|Forum topic by slooper||posted 03-07-2009 08:21 PM||29190 views||0 times favorited||33 replies|
03-07-2009 08:21 PM
I am debating between a couple biscuit joiners (Porter-Cable 557 and Makita 3901) and am wondering if anyone who uses either or both of these brands can give me some feedback to tip the scales one way or the other.
I’ve never used a biscuit joiner and do not have access to a store that carries them, therefore I cannot get my hands on them to chose by use or feel. I’ve narrowed my choice largely based on Roland Johnson’s review in Fine Woodworking issue #155. (also online here) The article was published a few years ago, but I don’t know if it is necessarily out of date. How much have these tools changed since then?
Anything much higher than $200 is out of my price range. Even $200 is a stretch, but I don’t like to shortchange myself on quality where I’d have to pay for it later. From what I can tell, Porter-Cable and Makita are comparable in price as well as performance. Makita is a few $ less which makes this decision interesting. PC is currently about $219 and Makita, $189.
So here are the issues I’m pondering in order of my highest priority to least.
Let me know what you guys think.