Jet Benchtop Mortiser

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Jet Tools
Model:
JBM-5
Price:
$350

Description

• Heavy-duty cast iron and steel construction provides durability and stability during use
• Dependable rack-and-pinion head adjustment gives you accurate drilling control
• Long, multi-position mortising handle let you reposition the feed handle for easier operation and optimum handle position
• Three-jaw drill chuck keeps a positive grip on mortising bits with up to 3/8" diameter shanks
• Two hinged side doors allow easy access to the drill chuck
• Quick adjust depth stop for uniform mortise depths
• Column is reversible for mortising larger stock
• Removable on/off toggle switch prevents accidental or unauthorized use of the tool
• Powerful 1/2 HP motor provides consistently smooth performance

WOOD magazine review

Solid performer, but only three chisels

Review Summary

+Pluses: The lightest and easiest-to-stow-away machine in our test of 10 units at 44 lbs, this bare-bones mortiser performs as well as several machines better equipped.
Because the head slides up and down on a single cylinder instead of the more traditional dovetailed column, you’ll never have to adjust the tensioning gibs as you do on most mortisers. –Minuses: It’s one of four machines with a short 16" handle and uncomfortable grip, but its smooth-gliding cylinder helps make up for that deficiency. The small cast-iron base—topped with an MDF table—contributes to this machine’s top-heaviness. It only comes with three chisels and bits, whereas most come with four: It doesn’t include a 5/16" chisel and bit (a $38 option). And you’ll need a slot-head screwdriver to tighten—but not overtighten or you'll strip it—the brass chisel-mounting screw.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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