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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 01-09-2019 02:08 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Oldschoolguy

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01-09-2019 02:08 PM

More than likely I will need a biscuit joiner for a project. What are your experiences using one? Brand names, reliability, and performance will also be considerations. I’m looking to spend somewhere between 200-300 dollars. All your recommendations and comments are always appreciated. Oh, and is there any difference between a biscuit jointer and a biscuit plate jointer? As always, thanks for your time.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 02:20 PM

I had a Ryobi BJ for some time, and found it to be more trouble than it was worth. Trying to get the fence registered to 90° was a not-so-quick exercise. I went to a PC 557, and can’t recommend it enough for a biscuit joiner. To me a close second would be the Dewalt model. You won’t have to spend near that much on either as used show up frequently. If you opt for a used PC, look at the motor label and try to get a type 3, they had fence problems on some of the earlier ones that were fixed on the later models. Also, the PC came with 2 blades; one a very small one for FF biscuits…used ones are sometimes missing that blade.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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BlasterStumps

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#2 posted 01-09-2019 02:29 PM

I use a router bit made for cutting biscuit slots. Works quite well.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Kirk650

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#3 posted 01-09-2019 02:38 PM

I have the Makita. It works great, but has one flaw. The chip discharge opening (to the bag) will plug off too easily. I’d buy the PC if starting over.

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pottz

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#4 posted 01-09-2019 03:09 PM

i have one and use it quite frequently.i just used it glueing up boards to make a table top,not for added strength but to keep the boards aligned.i started with the dewalt many years ago but then upgraded to a porter cable which i think is one of the best on the market today.very easy to use,good quality.i always hook mine up to a vac,if you dont it can clog sometimes.its a tool i wouldn’t be without,many will disagree though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 03:12 PM

Had one for a few years early on, then realized it’s far from a necessity. Biscuits aren’t needed often, and when they are, there are several good methods for using them that don’t require a specialized biscuit cutter….router, TS, etc/

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

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 01-09-2019 03:16 PM

in the cabinet shop we had a porter cable and it was a very good machine but when I bought 1 for home shop I bought a cheapo cheaponese now most time it just sits there :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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RobHannon

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#7 posted 01-09-2019 03:17 PM

I have an older Dewalt and it is very easy to use and setup, but I almost never use it.

What are you using it for? Good chance you can accomplish the joint another way with tools you have and save the money for more wood. More wood justifies more projects that require more tools. Post the projects here and then we can get inspiration for more projects and more tools. Everybody wins.

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 01-09-2019 03:24 PM

I have an older Porter Cable and have used a friends newer Dewalt. Depth and bevel setup on the Dewalt was better. Would I sell the PC to upgrade? No – I don’t use biscuits enough.

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Holt

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#9 posted 01-09-2019 05:28 PM

I bought the DeWalt simply because Porter Cable got into some kind of infringement problem and had to make a change that wasn’t all that great. The storm of what model types were good and bad and how to tell them apart was so aggravating that I punted and bought DeWalt.

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WoodenDreams

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#10 posted 01-09-2019 06:23 PM

I have the harbor freight brand. Cheap only paid $54 with coupon a couple years ago. Used it on about 30 projects, and had no issues. It’s not the same quality as some of the other brands, but saves money for other tools.

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Kazooman

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#11 posted 01-09-2019 07:14 PM

I think the Lamello is the gold standard, but it is more than double your budget. I have the DeWalt. It works just fine. The only issue with it is that it sounds like it is tearing its guts out when you fire it up. Still going strong, so I assume that is a “feature” and not a flaw.

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Rich

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#12 posted 01-09-2019 07:14 PM


I bought the DeWalt simply because Porter Cable got into some kind of infringement problem and had to make a change that wasn t all that great. The storm of what model types were good and bad and how to tell them apart was so aggravating that I punted and bought DeWalt.

- Holt

What change did they have to make?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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pottz

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#13 posted 01-09-2019 08:16 PM



I think the Lamello is the gold standard, but it is more than double your budget. I have the DeWalt. It works just fine. The only issue with it is that it sounds like it is tearing its guts out when you fire it up. Still going strong, so I assume that is a “feature” and not a flaw.

- Kazooman


yeah i had one,always sounded like a bearing was going bad-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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JRsgarage

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#14 posted 01-09-2019 08:19 PM



I bought the DeWalt simply because Porter Cable got into some kind of infringement problem and had to make a change that wasn t all that great. The storm of what model types were good and bad and how to tell them apart was so aggravating that I punted and bought DeWalt.

- Holt

I think the one to avoid was type 2 which were the ones right after the law suit. PC probably rushed in redesigning the fence

-- Two is One, One is None

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FreddieMac

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#15 posted 01-09-2019 08:20 PM

I purchased the Ryobi plate joiner back in August for a computer desk project. I joined the top of the desk with it and did not have many problem. It was pretty easy to setup and use. I know plate joiners have a bad reputation, but I have had some success with mine since august.

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