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Forum topic by JK0702 posted 09-07-2012 09:44 PM 1830 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JK0702

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09-07-2012 09:44 PM

I could use your opinions on the above joiner. I have a chance to pick one up on CL for $125.00, new and still in the box with the yellow shipping straps in place. I like Porter Cable, in general, and need a joiner. My question is, is this a good joiner and is it priced right? Thanks!

-- John - Huntington Beach CA


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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 10:00 PM

Decent deal if it’s a type 3 or later. It will say on the box.
Not too long ago the home depot near me was clearing these out for $120.
I passed on it but still wish I hadn’t a bit.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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teejk

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 10:07 PM

I’ve had one for years and it is a quality tool (or used to be anyway)...price is ok. but it’s one of those tools that seems to collect dust lately. I only use it for gluing up panels.

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 10:17 PM

Good Quality Tool, New still in the box for 125 bucks better grab it…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 10:36 PM

The PC is kinda the defacto standard of biscuit joiners.
There was a review a few months back in one of the major ww magazines and the PC was #1, and Dewalt was #2.
I’m going to have to get mine out of the box and try it out one of these days.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 10:41 PM

If it is the model with the timing belt drive, PASS. I’m not sure if it’s a model 556 or 557 that I have, but ithe one I have is very lacking in power.
I just checked and the model I have is the 556 with the timing belt drive. Stay away fro the 556. the 557 is OK. Nice metal carrying case though.

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SPHinTampa

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 10:50 PM

I have two of which I use on every major cabinetry project. The reason that I have two is that the blade nut is locked on my older one and I cant swap between the 2” (face frames and miters) and 4” blades (case joinery).

Otherwise I have been very happy with them.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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whitebeast88

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 12:49 AM

i recently bought the 557 off of rockler for189.00 and they were running a special for a free pc orbital sander so i figured i couldn’t go wrong.i’ve used it a couple of times and i’m liking it so far.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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hamburglar

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 02:40 AM

I lucked out big time on my 557. I really wasn’t looking for one to begin with but every time I come out of the sticks and hit the city I take a pass through the pawn shop.

Well one day I was roaming through there and I saw mine, looked it over and it was practically brand new with case, manual, 2” blade, plastic fence guard, etc. Being in a pawn shop I figured it would have a like new price as well, there was no sticker on it to state the price though. The pawnbroker must not of been on his game that day or distracted with something else. I brought it to the front and asked him how much for this? He took a quick glance at me and the case I was carrying and said “It’s Porter Cable, $70” I think I almost sliced his hand off with the quickness that I had placed my credit card in it, good thing those edges aren’t sharper!

I have used it a few times and it seems to work on the small cases I am building. I did the research after I bought it and became discouraged about the joint strength. (Temporarily forgot you have to take the internet and the info on it with a grain of salt…) In RL though I have done some independent testing and dropping 14.5” x 9.5” (2 1/2” x 3/4” poplar) butt jointed cases glued and biscuited with Titebond from about 4’ on the corner it has held up. :D

Tool gloat picture that I took when I got it

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 04:18 PM

You did good. I don’t need one but at that price I would have jumped on it too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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