Bench Top Mortising Chisel Recommendations Please

  • 17 Dec 2017 10:48 AM
    Message # 5631368

    To the Discussion Group,

    What brand in power mortising chisels have you had good performance with?

    I have seen a favorable review for CGG Schmidt. I see Fish mortising chisels and wonder if they would be as good as the bits that Rob has recommended.  I am currently using an economical set from Rockler with so so results and need to replace a damaged chisel so thought to ask this group.

    Thanks for the input and Happy Holidays.


  • 19 Dec 2017 11:30 AM
    Reply # 5642493 on 5631368


    I have the premium set from Lee Valley.  They are really good.  I have a Powermatic 719T mortiser and have used them to make mortises from 1/4" to 1" without difficulty.  The mortises are plum and smooth.  They hold an edge well and are very easy to sharpen.  Sharpening is the key to all the bits.  Hope this helps,


  • 19 Dec 2017 11:49 AM
    Reply # 5642533 on 5631368

    Hello, I also purchased some of Lee Valley premium chisels, very happy with them. I only have a small Steel City Tools mortiser and made some 2" deep mortises in oak and had no problems. Much better than the economy ones.

    Happy holidays, Mario  

  • 19 Dec 2017 8:10 PM
    Reply # 5643130 on 5631368

    Thank you both for the advice on the Lee Valley chisels.

    Happy Holidays.


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