biscuit jointer for FF size biscuits

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Forum topic by Richard posted 05-08-2014 03:34 PM 4403 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2014 03:34 PM

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Anyone know which biscuit joiners can do the FF size biscuits. Most of the ads I see show the PC units having the ability but they are a little pricey for me since I really won’t be using it for them that much. I currently have the older model from HF unit with the crapy fence that does 0 , 10 and 20 but I need the FF for one project that is useing thin wood and I don’t want to use splines or dowels on it.

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 05:52 PM

The Porter Cable one does I think. And it fences 45% bevels best. Have the Skil one that has been discontinued and does neither FF nor bevel against a fence just tilts over and it’s freehand and guess.

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 06:01 PM

I’m pretty sure the PC is the only one (the 557). It’s not just a matter of replacing the blade, the tool itself gets an adjustment for the depth of cut. You might find a router bit slot cutter that will do them, or watch for a used PC. If you do that try to get a Type 3 pr later, it fixed some of the fence problems the earlier ones had. The “type” is printed right next to the S/N. A lot of used ones seem to be missing the FF blade, so if you choose that route make sure it has the smaller blade.

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 07:22 PM

I believe there was a Ryobi version as well.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 07:28 PM

Thanks Guys , I knew about the adjustment to the depth of cut. I guess it looks like I am either going to have to get the PC or come up with a different plan for the joinery.
Fred thanks for the heads up on the Type 3.

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 08:35 PM

The Dewalt 682 will do FF biscuits. Just manually adjust the depth stop to fit an FF biscuit, then change to a smaller blade. I think I prefer pocket screws or stub tenon joints for face frames though. Biscuits that small don’t have much bite.

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 09:09 PM

I’ve never used FF on my PC 557 but as I recall it involved changing the blade (it came with the tool but I never bothered). I haven’t checked pricing on the 557 lately…is the biscuit going the way of the dinosaur? I still use mine for alignment on edge glue-ups but that’s it.

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