General International M1 Benchtop Mortiser

WOOD magazine rating
General International
75-050T M1


• Heavy duty cast-iron head, column and base built for steady vibration free performance.
• Head slides on precision machined cast-iron dovetail ways - stroke is controlled by a gas head-cylinder for smooth operation.
• Head tilts up to 30° left or right for angled mortising, and pivots up to 180° for off table mortising.
• Adjustable head height extends working capacity by up to 3” (up to 9” under chisel), to accommodate work with taller workpieces.
• Equipped with easy to adjust dual depth stop for complete control of both down stroke depth and upstroke travel.
• Large feed handle with extra long, multi-position arm for better leverage and increased feed control.
• Includes an adjustable workpiece stop, handwheel controlled clamp and a column mounted hold-down.
• Totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor with start capacitor for smooth start-up and longer running life.
• Dust protected on/off switch.
• Includes adapter bushings to accommodate both 5/8” and 3/4” sized chisel shanks.

• Chisel capacity: 1/4” to 5/8” (6 TO 16 mm)
• Maximum chisel stroke: 9” (228 mm)
• Distance from fence to center chisel: 4” (102 mm)
• Distance from chisel to table (chisel 1/4”): 6” TO 9" (152 TO 228 mm)
• Chuck capacity: 1/2” (13 mm)
• Table size: 13-1/2” x 9” (343 x 230 mm)
• Fence size: 14-1/8” x 2-7/8” (360 x 73 mm)
• Base size: 14-1/8” x 10-3/8” (360 x 265 mm)
• Overall height: 29” (736 mm)
• Spindle speed: 1720 RPM
• Motor: 1/2 HP, 110 V, 1 Ph, 3.8 A
• Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)

WOOD magazine review

Tilting head lets you make angled mortises

Review Summary

+Pluses: The heaviest machine in our test of 10 benchtop mortisers at 106 lbs, the 75-050T M1 is also the only one with a tilting head—up to 30° each side—for making angled mortises, such as you’d do for chairs or stools. A robust front-mounted clamp holds workpieces tightly against the fence, especially important when making angled mortises.
Except for the chuck, all routine adjustments (fence, hold-down, chisel, top and bottom depth stops, and base-mounted length stop) require no tools. –Minuses: Other than the 30° stops for angled mortises, we found the tilting scale and pointer unreliable for setting angles in between. It has a manual-slide fence—although it’s a step-up version from the General International 75-040 M1—and only three practical handle positions. It lacks a tool storage tray, but has a clip for the chuck key.

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