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Benchtop Mortiser - Model JBM-5


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  • Mortising has never been easier or more accurate. JET® Model JBM-5 Benchtop Mortiser features include: powerful 1/2 HP TEFC 1725 RPM motor for solid performance and trouble-free operation, heavy-duty cast iron and steel construction for durability and stability, three jaw drill chuck...


    Mortising has never been easier or more accurate. JET® Model JBM-5 Benchtop Mortiser features include: powerful 1/2 HP TEFC 1725 RPM motor for solid performance and trouble-free operation, heavy-duty cast iron and steel construction for durability and stability, three jaw drill chuck with extended chuck key for ease of positive grip on mortise drill bit. Rack and pinion head raising and lowering allow for positive drilling control. Two hinged side doors to allow for complete drill chuck access. Removable safety toggle switch for prevention of accidental turn on 1/2" max. mortise chisel capacity. 4-3/4" head stroke.


    • Powerful 1/2 HP motor provides consistently smooth performance
    • Heavy duty cast iron steel construction
    • Multi-position mortising handle allows you to reposition the feed handle for easier operation
    • Quick adjust depth stop for uniform mortise depths
    • Reversible column for mortising larger stock
    • On/off toggle switch with removable safety key prevents accidental or unauthorized use of the tool
    • Three-jaw drill chuck keeps a positive grip on mortising bits with up to 3/8" diameter shanks
    • Two hinged side doors allow easy access to the drill chuck


    • Style (Type): Benchtop
    • Motor / Spindle Speed: 1725 RPM
    • Chisel Center to Fence: 3-1/2"
    • Chisel Stroke or Head Stroke: 4-3/4"
    • Chuck Size (maximum bit shank diameter): 3/8"
    • Chisel Shank Capacity: 5/8" and 3/4"
    • Chisel Center to Fence (Maximum): 3-3/16"
    • Capacity Under Hold Down: 4"
    • Motor Type: TEFC - Totally Enclosed, Fan Cooled
    • Power Transfer: Direct drive
    • Motor Amps: 6A
    • Motor Phase: Single
    • Motor Power: 1/2 HP
    • Motor Voltage: 115V
    • Prewired Voltage: 115V
    • On/Off Switch: Toggle with removable safety key
    • Net Weight: 44 lb.
    • Shipping Weight: 51 lb.

    What's Included:

    • (1) JET - JBM-5 Benchtop Mortiser


    • Chisel and mortising bits are not included.

    Shipping / Billing Information

    All shipments must be inspected and any damage reported within 3 days of receipt.

    Address corrections and cancellations may not be possible once order is submitted. Requested changes may incur additional charges.

    This product ships direct from the manufacturer:
    • Your order will ship in 7-10 business days.
    • This product is considered special order. Your account will be charged when you place your order.
    • Express or overnight shipping is not available for this product.
    • Ships by Ground to the 48 contiguous states. Cannot ship to Alaska, Hawaii, PO Boxes, APOs, US Territories, Canada or other foreign countries.

    Return Information

    All returns must be pre-approved. Any non-warranty returns must be unused and in original packaging. A 25% restock fee will apply. Customer pays return freight. Please call our Customer Service Dept. at 1-800-535-4482 with any return questions.

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    4.5 out of 5 stars
    2 Reviews
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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      Good machine for the money

      For the [$] price tag, it's a good machine. For three times the price you can get the stationary powermatic and do much larger boards. But I don't have the room to spare for a mortiser so I went with this model. It's easy to assemble, comes well packaged with a set of 3 chisels and an adequate manual. The Jet has clean looks, fit and finish as well as a solid design. There's no wobble to the head which helps with consistent mortises. Setting the chisel square to the work piece is easy enough using the fence and your work piece. The manual explains how to do it. The hold down fork holds the workpiece while you extract the chisel. The long lever is more than sufficient for helping torque the chisel into woods like oak and maple. You will need to definitely bolt it down to a solid work surface due to the amount of torque needed to press and release the lever. Two things I would change about this machine:First - It needs to have some sort of height adjustment for taller boards that need mortises.Second - It needs a larger table. The Delta is $30 cheaper and has a table almost twice the size of the Jet and the Delta's table is cast iron. In conclusion, I rate the Jet Mortiser highly because it works like a charm every time. It's plenty powerful and it makes clean square holes every time. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.

    2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
      by on

      It's okay

      Compared to other bench top mortising machines this one runs at 1750 rpm and the others run at 3500 rpm. That's the primary reason I bought this one. The hold down device is not adequate and must be supplemented with additional clamps.

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