Biscuit Jointer...which one.... ?

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Leon,
The PC 557 is the only one that takes a 2" cutter. Yes, I've owned two of them, one was sold on this wreck. Both are gone, I switched to a Makita and never looked back. No slop, no play, tighter slots. I was unable to deal with the fence problems of the type 2 and was stubborn enough not to want to add a shim to make a $200 tool usable. Most users say, the fence problem is no handicap, everytime I wanted to cut a slot near the end of a board it was a problem for me.The Makita beats the pants off of the 557 for small parts and no slop with tighter joints. I've had all three of them. I wouldn't trade my Makita 3901 for a good 557, there to sloppy, the bed that is. If I get another it's going to be a Lamello.
Gene
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I have the type 3 and there are no problems with it.
Dave.
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No Bob, the type 3's don't have the problem the type 2's had with the fence.
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It's not worth losing sleep over. Both the PC and the Dewalt kick some serious ass. I do admit that a biscuit cutter isn't exactly the most used tool though. But if you glue a lot of boards together, they seriously kick ass in helping you align the joints. Bottom line: If you've got the cash, buy one.
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