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Forum topic by Sawdustmaker posted 01-22-2008 03:40 PM 704 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sawdustmaker

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01-22-2008 03:40 PM

After reading a review of plate joiners recently I am considering the purchase of the Porter-Cable 7.5 Amp Plate Joiner Model 557. I don’t make a living with my power tools, but I don’t want to purchase a tool that lacks power or accuracy. I’m ready for the biscuit world. Does anyone think there is a better bang for the buck? I’ve found it online for $175.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach


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#1 posted 01-22-2008 04:29 PM

The three players in the medium to high price range are the Porter Cable, Dewalt and Lamello. The PC tends to rate higher than the Dewalt, and the Lamello is the cream of the crop. As far as biscuit joiners go, the PC is a worthy beast. I think you’ll be happy with it.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-22-2008 04:30 PM

To me most of the top makers models are so close in features that it tneds to come down to support and parts that are availible in you local area. What is carried and how is the support? I always look on-line and locally bacause I like to support local vendors and use the expertise that they bring to the table.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 01-22-2008 05:05 PM

I have a PC and use it quite a bit. Works well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-22-2008 05:06 PM

Well our local guys bring no expertise to the table. You could go ask for a plate joiner and you’d get sent to housewares. If the local guy is going to ask a premium, he better bring someting extra other than parts. However, just my experience locally. We just have the box stores available where the local tool expert was selling bath towels last week.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 01-22-2008 05:35 PM

I’ve had the PC for quite some time and it has always worked very well. Can’t see paying any more when you don’t need to, I mean, all they can really do is make accurate biscuit slots and the PC does just that. I’d recommend it.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 01-22-2008 09:01 PM

I’ve done some more searching on reviews and it sounds like a good tool to purchase. It is amazing to me how quickly the price jumped in these few hours. Ace online hardware was at $175 and change this morning and just a few minutes ago, it now is selling for $209. plus shipping (another $14.) so I thinkthe big orange box store price of $219. won’t leave me feeling swindled. Thanks for your advice on the PC

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 02:18 AM

Brian, looks like $219 is the popular price, but many with free shipping and no tax. Check this site:
http://www.toolseeker.com/ to compare prices on the internet. Hey if you want to try one out let me know I’m in Newport News, just up the road, your welcome to come take a test drive if you like :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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