I recently purchased a Porter Cable 557 biscuit joiner. I have a
slight problem and irritation with it. I am asking is it the design
problem or am I expecting too much? It seems that the dust catching
bag and the exhaust vent leading to the bag are always getting
clogged. At first I thought that I was pushing the cutter in to
quickly, but even when I do it slowly the tube leading to the dust
catching bag clogs up after two cuts and the mouth of the bag is
clogged with saw dust. Any suggestions.
On my miter saw when I was using the bag this would happen. The air
coming in would eventually inflate the bag and the mouth would open,
but by this time the cut was already over. What I did was stick a
cardboard tube inside the bag taped to the end. This kept the mouth
open. I don't know if this is possible on the biscuit joiner.
Of course hooking up the vac is always better than the bag.
The vac works but if you plunge too quickly you get larger debris. Cut more
slowly and you get smaller particles of dust. I have never had a problem
with clogging after 2 plunge cuts. I only had a problem after the bag got
Be sure that the path is totally cleared out.
My DeWalt does the same if not connected to the ShopVac.
I purchased a Craftsman "Auto Switch" for $20 at Sears, and a Porter
Cable vacuum hose. The vacuum starts and stops with the tool. The hose
will also work with sanders, hand planers, etc... with a spot of duct
tape and or paper towel tube.
They all do, Al. I have a Lamello Classic and a 557 and used an Elu
(similar to a DeWalt).. the only thing that works, is a vacuum.
Doesn't have to be much of one either. If I have a lot of biscuits to
install, I use one of those Craftsman Autostart doo-hickies and a
'Stinger' vacuum. Total value of the package was about 60 bucks on
sale. I use the bag adaptor of the 557 as the hose connector.
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