|Review by ChunkyC||posted 12-09-2009 11:49 PM||10100 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Where Purchased: Lowes
Purchase Price: $149.00
Let me start off by saying that this is the first biscuit joiner that I’ve owned so I can’t compare it to other models but I will give you my honest take on the model.
It has selectable depth settings for #0, #10, #20 and “M”. The M setting is for future use, what ever that means but at the M setting, you get the full depth of cut.
The height is very easy to set by loosening a thumb screw and turning a knob to set the height. The fence is adjustable from 90º – 180º.
It comes with a hard case, dust bag and dust collection adapters for a dust collection unit.
Over all I’m very happy with the DeWalt Plate Joiner. It has plenty of power and is very accurate, of course after a though setup. I like the feel of the tool. It has the “quality tool” feel about it. It has some weight to it so if you use a biscuit joiner all day long, you may want to weigh the advantages. I get nice flush joints when joiner edging to ply. I like the height adjustment and I like how it locks down after setting the height, I’ve not had any issues with the height adjustment moving on me.
The reason it gets 4 stars is because of the handle. The handle is attached to the motor part and not the fence. So it moves when plunging. This makes it awkward to keep the tool firmly against the work surface while plunging. I find myself holding the work piece and the fence with one hand to keep the fence securely against the face of the wood.
The dust collection leaves a lot to be desired. I’ve only used it a couple of times on BB ply and a lot on walnut. The walnut when cut, makes long strandy chips that have a tendency to clog the dust port. This may be in part do to the type of dust collection that I’m using, a 2HP unit that I have to go from a 4” hose to an 1-1/4” hose. It may work better if I were to hookup a shop vac directly to the unit and forgo the main dust collection unit.
Would I recommend the DeWalt? I would but I would also caution you to seriously consider a model that has the handle attached to the fence and not the motor. If you’re like me, a weekender, then the DeWalt will make a very nice addition to your shop, it has mine. If you’re a pro or use a biscuit / plate joiner a lot, then you may need something a little more stable (that darn handle thing again.)
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135