|Review by ferstler||posted 11-28-2008 10:04 PM||12852 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
This is Ryobi’s second biscuit joiner that I know of. The first was similar to this one and cost the same $99 bucks, but had the stock number JM81. The earlier version was cheaply made, with a plastic base plate and rather clunky controls.
This newer version has a metal base plate and the controls are more refined. The fence is adjustable from 0 to 135 degrees and the fence height can be set from 0 to 2 inches. It can easily handle number 0, 10, and 20 biscuits and comes with a detachable dust bag. I run it detached, and hook it up to my dust collector via a very flexible hose. The power cord is ten feet long and the motor draws 6.4 amps. Sears also sold a nearly identical version of the newer model reviewed here for a while, although the paint scheme was different.
One woodworking magazine reviewed this version along with several other brands. Their verdict was that it was heavy and awkward to use. However, handling can be subjective, and anybody ought to be able to deal with the 8.4-pound weight. This device is quite different from other designs, and I personally like the way the handle sits in relation to the motor. Also, the design is more straightforward, with the vertically mounted motor being directly attached to the blade shaft. The other designs require a right-angle drive fitting that at the very least makes more noise.
All in all, this is a good joiner and I see no design problems with it. It is a great bang-for-buck tool.