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sikrap

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04-11-2009 10:41 PM

I have an opportunity to grab a Porter Cable plate joiner, model 557 for $100. It appears to be brand new and comes in the case with the manual. The only issue is that it doesn’t have the 2” blade. I guess I’m asking if this is a good deal. If so, does anyone know where I could grab the 2” blade cheap? I’ve searched for it on-line and the best price I can find is Amazon for $38. That would mean that I’m actually paying $138 for the joiner. All opinions would be appreciated :) Thanks!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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#1 posted 04-11-2009 11:08 PM

I’d say it depends on how much you’ll use it. I have one that I haven’t seen in at least a year. But, if you use it a lot….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 11:20 PM

is the 2 inch blade standard to all biscuit plate joiners.The blades are not cheap.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 12:41 AM

Obviously, I’m new to this. The manual states that the 2” blade is used for “face framing”, so I assumed that this is the blade I would use for all facing for cabinets. Is that incorrect?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 06:29 PM

Do your need the 2” blade? It’s only for FF biscuits, I’ve never used used FF biscuits and if I ever need to, then I’ll buy the 2” blade. The 4” blade that comes with it is the standard blade for 0, 10 & 20 biscuits. That being said, for $100 I’d pick it up. I used to have the DeWalt DW682 which worked well but when the 557 came out I picked it up for an introductory price of around $189. I got it because it had the 135 degree fence adjustment and I then sold my 682. At a $100 for a new one that’s a real good deal, assuming it comes with the 4” blade.

As for using the 2” blade for face framing, depends on the width of your stiles and rails, you may be able to use 0 biscuits in which case you use the 4” blade that comes with it.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 07:22 PM

I use a pocket hole jig (Kreg model) for my face frames. I have the PC 557 and love it. I have never used the 2” blade. At a 100.00 bucks, it’s a deal. I’d buy it wouldn’t worry about the small blade, as long as it comes with everything else. Good luck.

-- Rick

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 07:52 PM

I love my PC 557, but have never used the 2 inch FF cutter. The 557 retails for around 200 bucks, so I think at 100 bucks it’s a very good buy.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 02:23 AM

Thanks everyone. I did grab it for the $100. To appease me for not having the 2” blade, the seller included 1000 biscuits. They should last me for 2-3 generations :)

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 06:15 AM

I just learned something today. All this talk about a 2” blade for the 557… I needed to cut some biscuits in a project I’m working on tonight so I pulled out the 557 and opened the case and this little plastic bag is sitting on top of the 557. So I looked at the bag and it’s a 2” blade. In all the times I’ve used this thing so far I never paid attention to that bag before. I didn’t even know it came with one, didn’t care. Now I understand Dave’s concern that it didn’t have one. Doh! And if I decided I wanted to use FF biscuits, I would had never looked in the case for a 2” blade I would have just bought one, I bad. Maybe if I had read the manual…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 05:18 PM

Curt, I’m happy to have been of help :) Now, since the 1000 biscuits will probably last me for 2-3 generations, if anyone wants to swap the 2” blade they aren’t using for a bunch of biscuits, let me know.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 04-13-2009 10:28 PM

Just a quick update. I happened to be at HD this morning and they were putting the PC 557 plate joiners on a “Clearance” table. They had already been reduced 25% which brought the price down to $166 and they were offering an additional 20%, which brought the price down to $131. I decided to look inside and see what the small blade looked like and realized that the one I had bought was missing more than just the 2” blade. That persuaded me to grab one at $131 and return the one that I had bought for $100.

I realize that this is pretty boring, but the point here is that if anyone else is thinking of getting a plate joiner, you should RUN to HD and grab one for $131.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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johnpoolesc

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 10:34 PM

never boring to talk about tools.. face framing with plate jointer? pocket hole is faster and as solid a mortise and tennon imo

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#12 posted 04-13-2009 10:41 PM

i’ve got the dewalt and yes i paid to much.. and use it twice a year

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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