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Chain mortisers

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I am building a traditional Japanese house in the US. I am currently in Japan doing some research and have been offered several chain mortisers. I already have one but know how hard they are to source in the US, and how expensive they are. I would be happy to ship these to people. They are used but in good working order. The owner is asking $600 each. Shipping is $100 to the US. New, these cost close to $2000us. I will be here for a few more weeks. Email me if interested.


Kuribo at tds dot net
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Hi Chris!!!

Gosh it has been awhile since I heard from you? What have you been up to?

There are a number of folk on here that are interested in timber frames, and as you know, I work in most of the vernacular Asian forms myself on a professional level. Please tell us more about the home you plan to build, as I know you had one already built by some Daiku you brought over from Japan to build it? What brought you back over to Japan again and what are you seeing in the way of tools? What makes, and models you are seeing of Chain Mortisers? Are you seeing any Chisel Mortisers? Do you know the amperage and power requirements for these machines and what type of "step down" converters they will require for use on North American power grids?

I also wonder how often you go back and forth to Japan or perhaps Korea?

Thanks for the offer to help... The above info would be great to help folks make decisions.



I still have the photos you sent me of the first house you had built...do you have others you could share here or perhaps of what you are seeing over there in the way of tools?
Chris Bowen
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I am still working on the same house! I am in Japan to do some research on plastering...I get over here every three or four years.

The chain mortisers are hitachi brand. There are four main brands. Most people seem to favor hitachi and Makita. I can get chisel mortisers too but they are more expensive. I have both but tend to prefer the chain mortiser.

The units available to me are all 12amp 100volt. I have used them in the us without any problems.They run a bit faster perhaps but under load it isn't an issue. They are built very stout.

Hitachi made several models but they are all nearly the same as far as I can tell.

Hope that helps.nice to hear from you!
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