Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine Review

shop-fox-w1671Shop Fox promotes Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine as the bench-top mortiser king. It’s claimed to be a rugged, top of the range machine, with all the features of the top mortisers, and none of their faults. The exceptionally strong and durable fence/hold down prevents annoying wood movement and stops “sticking chisels”, common complaints, ensuring fast and accurate operation. Included are 3/4″ and 5/8″ chisel sleeves. With a shipping weight of 94 lbs, it’s light enough considering the power and strength of this versatile machine.

Price and main features list

The Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine is priced at only $355.96 and comes with a lot of features:

  • a base featuring a unique swivelling function,
  • a gas powered spring return,
  • double supporting columns,
  • an adjustable rod for accurate depth control,
  • a micro measured, adjustable fence,
  • the ability to mortise up to the center of a board 8″ in width,
  • the ability to mortise timber up to 8 3/4″ in thickness,
  • a heavy and durable construction of cast iron
  • Extra length, 22″ quick setting handle

Who is it for?

Shop Fox W1671’s for anyone serious about their carpentry, but not willing to spend a large sum to be able to mortise successfully. Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine will be well within most people’s budget and will certainly do the job.

Pros and cons

A unique side-swivelling base provides simple operation, opening new possibilities in the way you mortise your projects. A precise 1/2″ chuck allows use of more bits and chisels, extra capacity lets you use larger material. Features like the 22″ steel quick-position handle, the 8 tool holder, an easy 2 tooth chuck access, as well as a large base with twin super-hardened and planed columns, insures a perfect mortise every time. You can mortise to the middle of an 8″ board, or mortise wood which is up to 8 3/4″ in thickness. The 3/4 H.P. Aluminium finned motor purrs at 3450 R.P.M. and will provide years of low maintenance, trouble free use. Heavy cast iron construction adds to the safety, strength and durability.

The overall value of Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine is a plus. This Shop Fox W1671 is stronger and more powerful than many on the market. The 3/4 HP motor, at 3450rpm, gives adequate power, even for deep mortising. The 8 1/2″ Height allowance is large and the hold down has 3 variable lengths to suit any capacity. The fine, micro adjustment of the fence allows a high degree of accuracy. The rough casting quality is noticeable, but obviously all surfaces which matter are well machined.

Paintwork is about average, barely. Not uncommon with these machines to find the odd stripped screw thread or bent rod etc. Quality control at the factory is pretty well absent, be sure to check yours carefully when you get it. Owner’s manual has a few omissions, but is okay for one of Chinese manufacture.

Why should you buy it?

You should buy Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine firstly because of the great value and secondly because of the fine adjustments, which will allow you to mortise with a high degree of accuracy, quite large and solid materials.


Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine is a relatively inexpensive machine which will certainly do the job required of it well. A few quality issues can be ignored as they will not affect the functioning of the machine and the value for dollar in most cases outweighs such minor issues.