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Forum topic by NedG posted 09-06-2012 06:20 PM 1188 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2012 06:20 PM

I just bought a Porter-Cable 557 biscuit joiner. I’m wondering, are the cheaper Milescaft biscuits (available at Manards) just as good as the Porter-Cable brand? Thanks. —- Ned

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 06:27 PM

I’ve not tried those, but in my opinion, the PC biscuits aren’t all that good (IMHO). So I’d bet they are at least as good, maybe better.

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

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 06:30 PM

dunno? I only use biscs for alignment, never for structure (I stick with M/T or pocket screws). So for me I guess the cheap ones would work.

as an aside, DON’T drop your 557! 80% of the time it will hit the floor on the piece that holds the depth adjustment (let me know if you need the part # if you don’t pay attention).

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:38 AM

One of my sales reps sent me a box of the PC assortment (500 #0, 250 #10, 250 # 20) these things are about 65 to 70% good, the rest are pretty much kindling wood, I won’t be ordering any, I have had good luck with these

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 03:12 AM

I have never had any problems with Porter Cable biscuits. Probably 1 or 2 in a 100 will be unusable.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 03:37 AM

Make a biscuit slot and separate them into lose, tight and just right.

The too tight ones can be shrunk in a the oven or squashed in
a vise. They also work well for perfect alignment with no glue
in the slots… great for edge gluing applications. The too loose
ones can be bloated up by putting them in a bag with a wet

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 03:44 AM

throw the dice

the money u spend will quickly teach u which cookie/biscuit works, and which one doesnt

trade what you learn against a clock that ticks money

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 05:56 PM

a pretty critical review of biscs! far as I know, they will never be perfect. Maybe things have changed but the original design was for them to absorb glue and swell. Hence .000001 tolerance was never the plan.

that said (if still true), sounds like it’s a “close enuff” thing.

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 12:07 AM

Au contraire, they will and can be perfect. At our shop we buy the genuine Lamello brand biscuit. They’re a bit more expensive yes but they look like they were made by hand, each one crisp and true. How many do you ever use? We use thousands in a year and the lack of fooling around makes these worth it.
Dry them in an oven and always store in a zip-lock bag.
Perfect cutter width is important too. Many grooving blades shipped and sold are too far off for accurate work and always get smaller (too tight a fit) with sharpening.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 03:35 AM

I have never had a problem with the Lamello’s .But the others I have used were often to wide .i figured it was due to moisture .Read somewhere that you can put them in a microwave to dry out .I tried it -a lot of steam came out of them though not so sure they shrunk .Though since buying lamello i have never had a problem .Also lamello has those huge #6 [I think thats the size] .I love those big ones .Much bigger then 20ts

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 04:36 AM

They are probably as bad as the Porter Cable biscuits. I like the Dewalt biscuits because they fit snug in the slot. P.C. biscuits have too much slop for my taste.

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

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 09:16 PM

vipond…you are correct in that I don’t use many and have to take a little more effort to make sure everything aligns before the glue sets. I’ll check out the Lamellos.

pinto…I think Dewalt still owns PC and I’d bet that your biscuits only differ in the label (the old trusted PC brand has been moved to the bottom shelf in favor of Yellow I think).

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