Porter Cable 557 or Makita PJ7000?

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Forum topic by Marcus posted 11-25-2012 10:36 AM 3150 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2012 10:36 AM

Finishing out the christmas list and this seems like a fun little addition to the shop that I would never buy for myself, but a great present from my wife. Has anyone played with both of these units? So far I’ve only been able to track down the Makita in store to play with, but I liked the feel in hand and the fence seemed rather nice. The PC seems to get great reviews all over the web, so it has piqued my interest.

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 01:26 PM

I’ve had the 557 for 8 years, and while I can’t say it earns it’s keep it’s definitely a top notch biscuit joiner. I’ve never handled the Makita, but the PC cuts the smaller face frame biscuits. This isn’t just pop-in-another-blade feature, and those smaller biscuits are useful. It also has the 135 degree fence setting for the picture frame miter biscuits. Some of the early models had some problems, but they worked all that out by time the type 3 (mine) was introduced. Chip collection on mine with the supplied bag was awful, constant clogs. I use it with a vac attached now, therwise I’d just let it blow the chips out. I think the ones on the market now are type 4…the only concern I would have is how the change in ownership of the PC brand has changed the recent models.

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 01:41 PM

We sell a lot of Makita tool where I work. It is a matter of preference.

-- Mike, VT

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 01:52 PM

I have a Porter Cable, vintage 1995ish. I’ve never had any issues with it, but it only gets occasional use and I don’t make my living with it.

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 03:16 PM

I can vouch for the 557 as well. I have the Type 3 version and it is solid as a rock IMO. It is easy to adjust both blade depth and fence height, it holds the adjustment pretty well too. As Fred said the dust collection is kind of meh… but I don’t use the bag anymore and just let it blow out. For me it was an impulse buy, basically brand new at the pawn shop for $70. I don’t think I would own one if I was paying full retail price for it.

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