+Pluses: Most woodworkers can lift the 68-lb Craftsman onto a workbench.…
When secured to a workbench, you get good leverage from the short, right-angle-grip handle, and can position that handle in six starting points on either the right or left side of the machine. Adding a 2-1/2" riser block to the column doubles the stroke, giving you greater workpiece capacity. –Minuses: This machine stalled when mortising 3/8" and larger mortises in hard maple, but handled red oak, ash, and pine just fine. The included chisels and bits left mortise sidewalls more ragged than most other models and heated up quickly, turning blue. (Craftsman will replace these cutters with a new set at no charge through December 2012; call 800-266-9079 to learn how.) Despite a microadjuster, the manual-slide fence was our least favorite.
Ease of Use
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