The first morticers were un-powered, with a solid chisel. I think the mortice was done from a set of pre-drilled holes before being bashed out with the chisel machine. This may explain the hefty counterweight and massive lever. Others were foot-powered. Hard and slow work, I should think, hence the modification of the power drill.Tom K":1agcjlmv said:Thats a museum piece why does it have a drill stuck on it?
Tom K":28x21odh said:Thats a museum piece why does it have a drill stuck on it?
kirkpoore1":1p74gppy said:That's a friggin' crime. The price isn't bad, but I'd cut off the hand drill and leave it lying on his floor as I drove away with the rest.
I seriously doubt that was a solid chisel mortiser to begin with. Those were almost always foot, not arm, powered so you could get a more powerful stomp on them. Also, that's a pretty massive casting for the solid chisel mortiser era. Once chain mortisers and hollow chisel mortisers came out, they displaced the solid chisel ones pretty quickly (for obvious reasons). This probably had another head on it back in the day.
Stateside, yes, as perusal of the Vintage Machinery website seems to suggest. This side of the pond though, there were arm powered ones.kirkpoore1":287nx517 said:Those were almost always foot, not arm, powered so you could get a more powerful stomp on them.