For those of you woodworkers out there who missed it, the Powermatic PM701 Benchtop Mortiser was named “Author’s Best Choice Overall” in the August 2014 issue of Fine Woodworking. This isn’t the first time that the Powermatic PM701 has been recognized. Back in 2012, Wood Magazine labeled the Benchtop Mortiser as “Top Tool”.
The Powermatic PM701 Benchtop Mortiser features in-line depth stop which allows the user to stop at preset depths without racking the mortise bit to the base. You prefer left over right? The reversible handle can be installed on either side of the head for user comfort and convenience. An issue you run into with other brands is your work piece slipping when you are drilling. The PM701 avoids that with a stock hold-down that has a double lock system to maximize efficiency. Also, adjusting the fence has been made easier with Powermatic’s rack and pinion design; you can now provide simple fence adjustments.
There are a lot of features on the Powermatic PM701 Mortiser that earned it the top acknowledgements among popular woodworking sources. Checkout the Powermatic PM701 now and understand what’s like to own something with a Gold Standard.