Kity MB16 Bench Top Mortiser archive

Tuesday 5 January 2010

Matt Long purrs over this great little machine


So, what does a woodworker really want in a machine? Here's my take on it - something that does a job simply, with no fuss, and that is reliable.

Well, for my money, this Kity machine ticks all the right boxes. First impressions are that it's solidly built, with simple,

intuitive features.

At first I was a little put out that the tightening for the depth stop and the work clamp were with an Allen key, but on reflection, this is OK.

If you keep your Allen keys stored properly near the machine, they make a quick and efficient way of tightening these features - perhaps more so than on some machines with dedicated handles. But Allen keys always get lost, so I'm not convinced. However, all the adjustments for the machine are well sited and easy to use: adjustable fence, work clamp, depth stop, and the chisel squaring collet.

I suppose above all else, the feel of a tool is the thing that really counts - the Kity is solid and smooth, with plenty of purchase on its pull-down lever - it just -feels- right.

It's at the sharp end, quite literally here, that the Kity is at its best. The hollow mortise chisel cuts beautifully, and better than many larger free-standing mortisers. I cut a succession of mortises in a lump of oak for my test, and for a bench mounted machine, it tore through the work, leaving a very accurate and smooth sided stop mortise. The chisel auger also has a nice wide helix which allows for quick chip removal.

The verdict

An impressive little machine with few bells or whistles. It does what it does well. You won't be disappointed.

Tegan Foley

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At A Glance

Toggle on/off switch
Adjustable pull-down handle
Work clamp and fence
Chisel adustment

At A Glance

Toggle on/off switch
Adjustable pull-down handle
Work clamp and fence
Chisel adjustment

The Numbers

Machine dimensions (L/W/H): 350 x 350 x 650mm
Table size: 345 x 150mm
Table moving: 120mm
Chuck clamping range: 10mm
Spindle travel: 70mm
Cone seat drill chuck: 19mm
Rotation speed: 2850rpm
Motor: 370w
Weight: 18kg
Price: £264.50 inc vat
Contact: NMA Tools
Tel: 01484 400 488

Pros & Cons

Intuitive to use
Solid dependable performance
Has the 'useability' factor
Allen key adjustments too fiddly

5 Star Rating

Value for money ****
Performance *****
Build quality *****