Tool Test: Powermatic 701 – The New Benchmark in Small Mortisers

By Robert W. Lang
Page: 26

From the April 2006 issue #154
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Most hollow-chisel mortisers do what they are supposed to do, but there are usually some features or functions that aren’t quite right. On our old mortiser, we won’t change the fussy fence unless we absolutely have to, and a pair of Vise-Grips supplements the inadequate depth stop.

Powermatic has done a remarkable job of rethinking every feature of the machine and has set a new benchmark for small mortisers. The depth stop locks solidly to the dovetail ways, and the fence moves on a rack-and-pinion system, and locks solidly in place with two cam clamps. Once the bit is set parallel to the fence it stays that way no matter how the fence is moved. These two features alone had me sold, but there are many more.

From the April 2006 issue #154
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