Can a Mortiser be used as a Drill Press?


Old 02-20-04, 09:36 AM
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Can a Mortiser be used as a Drill Press?

I am thinking about buying one of those $200 bench top mortisers. I know they make contraptions to attach to a drill press that will perform the same function, but I've heard they are fussy and a hassle to use. I don't actually own a drill press yet either, but I think I will get much more use out of the mortiser. However, having never actually used a mortiser, I am wondering If it would be possible to use the mortise machine as a drill press (in wood) on those very rare occaisions when I need to do controlled perfectly perpendicular holes.
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Old 02-20-04, 04:41 PM
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I would guess you could. I would wonder about variable speeds as needed for bits, adjustability of the chuck to fit bits.

Perhaps someone will come along who has gone this route before.
Old 02-20-04, 09:25 PM
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I've got Delta's mortiser, and a table top drill press.

The mortiser won't accept any of my standard Forstner bits.

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