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10-16-2010 09:38 PM

I’m in the market for a new joiner and am wondering what you guys use. I’m just starting at this but I want one I can grow into thanks. Bob

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 09:54 PM

If you’ve got the budget and the space, an 8” seems to be the sweet spot for serious hobbyists. I’ve only got room for a 6” floor unit…it does a decent job, but the capacity of an 8” would be really nice.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 10:14 PM

Usually, the switch from 6” to 8” means a switch from 110 volt to 220 volt. If you are not set up for 220, you are limited to 6” which, IMO, is big enough.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 11:54 PM

I’m not talking about a jointer ,I would like to know about a bisquit cuuter for making joints. I am looking at porter cable 557 but not sure how much I would use the 2 diffrent thickness choices. Also the small bisquit size it can cut with 2 inch wheel. I was told the Dewalt is the same body just not as versital. Thanks again, Bob

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 12:19 AM

If your objective is to get a biscuit joiner I have to ask why? What are your objectives? I own one that I bought about 10 years ago and now I very seldom use it. It is a tool that has gone out of favor for most woodworkers (including me).

I don’t mean to be negative and discourage you. However, if you tell us what you want to accomplish I can probably tell you a better way to get it done. Biscuit joiners can help with alignment and, in some cases, they can help with end grain gluing but there are alternative ways to do both.

FYI – If you still want a biscuit joiner there are probably many used ones available at low cost since many of us are no longer using them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 12:33 AM

My bisquit joiner collects dust also Richgreer.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 12:42 AM

I have a Grizzly G0452 6” jointer … it is a great tool that does a good job at a very reasonable price.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 01:11 AM

Porter Cable 557, it has many features that you can grow into.

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#8 posted 10-18-2010 01:12 AM

I remember when Norm was using it for everything. I’ve become disillusioned with mine also.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#9 posted 10-18-2010 03:54 AM

I have a biscuit jointer and never use it. Edge jointing works well. I wonder why I even bought it. Anyone want a seldom used DeWalt biscuit jointer?

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#10 posted 10-18-2010 04:10 AM

An 8” jointer is told to be a sweet spot. I’ve upgraded to an 8” and hope to agree…will wait to see. A 6” jointer with a 60” bed or better will do great things. The first is that the majority of my jointer work is to straighten a roughsawn edge. The 6” works perfect for this.

Then, there have been boards that need a twist or bow taken out of them and the wider the better for that. Cutting a nice looking twisted board down to 6” kinda doesn’t feel right.

For brand, take your look around. As for buscuit jointers…I haven’t found my favorite yet.

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#11 posted 10-18-2010 04:49 AM

I have a PC 557 and like it. I use it all the time.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 10-18-2010 05:04 AM

I’m with SnowyRiver.

Since buying my 557, I’ve used it plenty, and always find new opportunities to use it.

I can’t imagine needing one, since so many other joinery options usually exist, but … since I bought it … I use it. The joints are strong, easy, and accurate. It’s also a handy way to ensure alignment and increase strength in glue-ups.

Must be a pretty good market for used ones. If you can find a 557 OR—better yet—a Lamello …. you’ll be good for years.

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 10-18-2010 07:58 AM

I use the Dewalt DW682K . It is solid.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 10-18-2010 12:49 PM

I use my PC 557 all the time.

I originally bought it for a set of bookcases I was building, and it worked great for that, but now I find I use it a lot for aligning my dry fits prior to glue up.

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