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Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

07-19-2014 04:46 AM by mizzourob | 6 comments »

I know this might be a slightly odd tool review and if you are familiar with the Porter Cable 18 volt line up you are probably scratching your head wondering if you missed something. No you did not, and no you cannot buy this off the shelf at a big box store. But with a little bit of patience and ingenuity this is possible. This is my first biscuit joiner, and I wanted a cordless one. A while back I bought into the 18 volt porter cable lineup (if I knew then what I know now I might have we...

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Easy to use and does what it's supposed to do.

Easy to use and does what it's supposed to do.

05-20-2013 08:24 PM by Bill1974 | 5 comments »

I have had this biscuit joiner the (JM82) for a few months and it has worked well. It’s easy to adjust and handle. It seem a little more powerful than a porta cable one that I had used, it get up to full speed quicker than the PC. The case is nice, but the bag location is a little awkward. It would also be nice if there were a better way to store extra biscuits in it. Additionally the cord gets bent pretty tight when put in the case, just past the strain relief on the unit, I cu...

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Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

02-03-2011 02:19 AM by StumpyNubs | 19 comments »

I almost never use biscuit joinery, but when the Chicago Electric Plate Joiner went on sale at Harbor Freight for $30 I bought one. Since nobody’s reviewed it yet, I thought I should give my observations. First of all, Harbor Freight is a wonderful store full of a LOT of great tools, some of very high quality and all for very low prices. But as a general rule I never buy their hand power tools. There’s just too much orange plastic! But I took a chance on this one and the result...

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Tightest joiner on the market.

Tightest joiner on the market.

01-09-2011 05:26 AM by therookie | 18 comments »

After trying to do every single project that I wanted to do without using biscuits, I finally hit a wall that forced me into buying a biscuit joiner. So I went to every place that I could find the joiners for sale, I looked and did a general over view of them all and this one stood out to me because of the lack of up and down play that is not it in it un- like the others I looked at. So all in all, I love this tool and think it is one of my best purchases for $178 with free shipping from amaz...

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A gem from Porter Cable

A gem from Porter Cable

05-30-2010 08:11 AM by thatwoodworkingguy | 8 comments »

I went through a period of having to do A LOT of glue ups to make table tops and wide panels.Not wanting to dowel it all I decided it was time to splurge on a new toy! I picked up this little baby.Right out of the box things were looking great. It comes with a nice hardshell case. Some things about this case I really like are how spacious it is. I hate it when the hardshell cases hardly hold the tool and you have to mash it to get it close. Thats IF you figure out how to get the tool in with ...

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Gets the job done!

Gets the job done!

12-09-2009 11:49 PM by ChunkyC | 14 comments »

Where Purchased: LowesPurchase 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. Specs: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 ...

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Nice but pricey, really a DeWalt at heart

Nice but pricey, really a DeWalt at heart

07-21-2009 01:49 AM by jake | 2 comments »

As we all know, Craftsman is a private label and Sears makes none of the line. This unit is actually a DeWalt at heart, with minor changes like the handle. While I believe I like the more traditional handle of other brands the knob works fine and is easy to get used to . While I think a handle on the front of the machine would add stability, most are configured like the Craftsman/DeWalt being on the body of the motor and gearcase.Pro’s: It’s very well built, heavy duty is an under...

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A nice joiner at a terrific price

A nice joiner at a terrific price

11-28-2008 10:04 PM by ferstler | 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 ...

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solid joiner for the price

solid joiner for the price

02-04-2008 11:41 PM by KDL | 12 comments »

I bought this joiner two years ago after talking to a few woodworkers/salesmen I trust. I have used it on two large cabinets, a small table, and a small sideboard. On the whole, I think it’s a good machine for a very fair price. There are higher-end joiners that are, I’m sure, really slick. But for the money, this is a good tool, and when I bought it, it was definitely the best in its class. It comes with: The joiner, dust bag, wrenches, regular and face-frame blades, manua...

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