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02-07-2010 07:11 AM

I think its time to buy a BISCUIT JOINER but I know very little about them so I was wondering what the lumber Jocks community is using and why as well as any special features that can be added if any.

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 07:18 AM

I have a Dewalt. There’s not much to them and most are the same. Just a cutter, adjustable fence, and biscuit size selector. Other than that, there is not much else to get excited about.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 07:35 AM

Oh, what is a good price and would you buy one on Craig’s list?

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 07:44 AM

I have an older PC it works fine for me. I also have a table mounted unit that I don’t use because I don’t have room for it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 07:50 AM

I have the Porter Cable 557 Plate Joiner. I don’t really use it excessively, but it’s done really well for me so far. There’s not much to these things, but I’d stay away from the Craftsman ones. I bought my Porter Cable as a factory refurb on eBay (I think) for around $150. Looks like they’re still about that price, and maybe a little under.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 08:26 AM

I’ve had my Dewalt for over 10 years, bought it used too. It has faithfully cut thousands of cuts and mostly in IPE, one of the hardest woods. I like to use Ebties, a hidden nylon biscuit on decks with IPE. You look across the deck and see only the perimeter screws. The Dewalt even has the original blade in it even tho I have a new one ready to go in. I would look into the new Porter Cable, it has 2 blade sizes to cut even smaller biscuits for delicate work. I also like the base a little more than the Dewalt. Otherwise buy the Festool Domino if you have $800 plus the box with an assortment of dominos for $250, I did and it’s amazing but still has not completely replaced the biscuit joiner. Now if I could just pay my bills!

-- $tudie

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 08:51 AM

I have a ryobi that I bought over 5 years ago. It works fine. I don’t think these things have to really be something special. I don’t use mine all that much and I couldn’t imagine someone who would. They are good for aligning glue ups but not all glue ups can accept biscuits so… I guess if you’re doing a lot with them then a better motor would help. Check out the festool domino if you have deep pockets. That thing will save some serious time.

-- LAS,

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 09:40 AM

Dewalt 682 or Porter Cable 557 both have a quality dual rack and pinion fence, PC comes with 2 & 4” blade which allows it to go down to a smaller biscuit FF

-- Rick

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 02:57 PM

I’d go with the Porter cable, as it has a fence that can do a reverse 45 for mitres. If I remember right its actually 165 degrees. I also love the rigidness and quality. Nothing wrong with the dewalt either. I’d say PC is just better because of the additional adjustments on the face/fence

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 03:08 PM

I have a Dewalt and have never had any problems. Very simple to use, pretty streight forward.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 04:03 PM

I’ve had a Craftsman for about 15 years. It has always worked fine, but is seldom used since I went to pocket screw joinery for face frames.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#11 posted 02-07-2010 05:50 PM

I have a Port Cable. would recommend it. stay away from the inexpensive ones as they are not built to high specs. and with doing biscuit joining you need some sense of accuracy. They also have a wide range of biscuit’s.

-- Keivn S Leadbeater Sr.,FL 727.804.8422

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 05:53 PM

I use both the Dewalt and the Porter Cable. Both are good. Whichever one you can get a better deal on.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 06:08 PM

i want to get a Porter cable it has a few more features than the dewalt but either one of these will be good. my first one was from harbor freight and it works good for general joining but if u want to join small stuff like pic frames that’s where the PC comes in handy. but either of these would be good,(PC or Dewalt) as for prices i would buy in the in $100 range for the dewalt anything over that u can get it new, and about the same for the PC like $100-$150 and it all depends on the cond. of it too. good luck!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 06:33 PM

I have a Porter Cable model 557 which I have had for quite a while. It seems to work just fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 02-07-2010 06:37 PM

I got rid of mine and gone back to dowels.In my opinion dowels offer abetter although slower way of doing things biscuits don’t seem as accurate or strong it’s your choice I had a dewalt.Best of luck.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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