The massive “X-Y” table on Jet's new JFM-5 floor model mortiser ($999) makes mortising a breeze. One handwheel moves the table laterally; another moves it forward and back. As a result, you can position workpieces and chop mortises much faster than on benchtop models. Everything about the 291-lb. JFM-5 is big. The 20-in.-long table and 3-1/2-in.-high fence are machined from a single casting, so they're dead square. The tables travel on dovetailed ways and features precise rack-and-pinion adjustment. The generously-sized hold-down has a pivoting handle. You make coarse adjustments in-line before pivoting it 90 degrees for clamping. The head travels 8 inches and features a quick-adjust depth-stop system. The extra-long handle provides excellent leverage and the 1-hp., 1725 rpm motor has the power to drive large mortising bits. The JFM-5 comes with 5/8 in., 3/4 in. and 1-1/8 in. chisel bushings, a chuck extension adapter and an adjustable stop for repeated cuts.
Jet Tools 800-274-6848, www.jettools.com, JFM-5 Floor Mortiser with Closed Stand, $999.
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