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Forum topic by willie posted 04-28-2016 07:58 PM 568 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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willie

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04-28-2016 07:58 PM

A couple years ago I bought a Ryobi detail biscuit joiner at a garage sale for $5.00. I’m not a big fan of Ryobl tools but for $5.00, how bad could it be! It came with a few of each of the three sizes of biscuits they make for it. I make a lot of picture frames and thought this would work for me. It does a fairly decent job and I really don’t have any complaints about the tool. The problem came when I used up all the biscuits that came with it and tried to buy some more.

After searching the big box stores, local woodworking suppliers, and on-line, I called Ryobi directly. They informed me that they no longer make this tool and do not have biscuits for it. They gave me a phone number, that led to another phone number, that led to several websites. It seemed like I was getting a runaround. Finally I was able to contact a company that makes biscuits and was told that they only make one size of the three, all specific only to this tool. They said they were not able to sell me any biscuits but gave me the name of a retailer where I could get them. The LAST place I would have thought to look, SEARS. I bought the last bag my local store had.

Glad I was able to find biscuits for this. I don’t need any more useless tools. I didn’t expect this to be a top quality tool but it is useful at times and is in almost new condition. Does any other company make a similar tool? The small size biscuits work well with small moldings and parts too small for a standard biscuit cutter. I did learn to check on the availability of parts and accessories for some of these older tools before buying them. I didn’t think I’d have this kind of problem and even though it was a cheap tool, I’d hate to have to toss it in the trash!

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 08:09 PM

What size biscuits? Typically #20, #10, #0, and small FF biscuits are commonly available. Will the slots accept any of those sizes?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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willie

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 08:40 PM

Standard sizes #0, #10, and #20 are too big, thick. I’m not familiar with FF biscuits but was told that Ryobi made three sizes only for their tool. They are 1/10th of an inch thick and come in three sizes, R1, R2. and R3. R1 and R2 biscuits are no longer available. The R3 biscuit is 1/2 inch long and is the only one still available.

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 08:42 PM

Okay, that is way smaller than a FF biscuit.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 12:25 AM

E-bay seems to have a pretty good selection of all sizes (although the prices are a bit steep).

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 02:15 AM

I don’t exactly remember where I saw/heard about it, someone was making their own biscuits by taking a piece of wood and sort of pressing them. I seem to recall it being done sort of like putting them in a vice and give it a real good squeeze. Maybe something like that would work for you.

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#6 posted 05-01-2016 02:59 AM

Sears stocks them. I’ll have to grab a few bags while they’re available!

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#7 posted 05-01-2016 03:18 AM

I’ve seen the ones at harbor freight. Has anyone used them they look thinner than the standard size?

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#8 posted 05-01-2016 03:21 AM

I’ve seen the ones at harbor freight. Has anyone used them they look thinner than the standard size.

Can you change the size of the blade, to a thicker one?

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#9 posted 05-02-2016 01:30 PM

Since they no longer make this tool, finding a thicker blade or any parts may be difficult. The main reason I posted this was in case anyone else has one of these and was having the same problem finding biscuits for it.

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