Shop Fox Benchtop Mortiser

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.8
out of 5
Brand:
Shop Fox
Model:
W1671
Price:
$300

Description

Shop Fox designed this mortising machine to address frustrations found in other models on the market. The heavy-duty fence and hold-down eliminate unwanted wood movement and "sticking chisels," an all-too-common complaint. The unique swiveling base allows easy off the bench operations and opens new possibilities for custom mortises. The extra height and depth capacity allow the use of much larger stock. The all-steel quick-adjust depth stop is easy to set and provides a positive stop. Features like a 22" long solid steel quick-positioning handle, 8-tool holder, easy two-door chuck access, large base and twin hardened and ground columns insure perfect mortises every time.

WOOD magazine review

Smooth plunges, great handle leverage

Review Summary

+Pluses: With the longest six-position handle (23") and a head that slides smoothly on twin cylinders, the W1671 punched mortises with ease. The spring-loaded, manual-adjusting fence has a microadjuster for fine-tuning mortise locations. –Minuses: It comes with only a 1/2" chisel and bit; you’ll spend another $15–25 apiece to buy additional Shop Fox chisels and bits.
You move the gas strut to one of three column settings to adjust the stroke for different-size workpieces—an inconvenient task that, over time, could weaken the ball-and-socket connections. Because the fence lacks a cutout in the center for the hold-down, you can’t stop workpieces less than 2-1/4" tall from lifting when you lift the chisel from a mortise. And you need to keep track of three hex wrenches for making adjustments.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

mortiser

Review Summary

clamping could be better

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

Not bad for a bench top

Review Summary

All bench top mortisers are clumsy and have a lot to be desired but this one has a bigger motor than most than most, works well considering. The free standing Powermatic is the only way to go if you're into a lot of traditional mortise and tenons, but I since bough a Festol Domino which is all I use now.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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