BISQUIT JOINERS???


I am in need of a new biscuit joiner and am looking for recommendations. I am hobbyist so Lamello is not a realistic option. Thinking more on the lines of DeWalt or Porter-Cable
Thanks Scott
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Not to be rude, but have you Google the archives for this? We've discussed this issue ad nauseam. Tons of opinions to be had on a search.
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Porter Cable Type III

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I've got the 557 and for me it's a mixed bag. I hate the "give" between the fence and the motor. I love the fence's flexibility (degrees of movement). Would I recommend it? hmmm... If you don't need 135 degrees, go with the competition. Avoid Ryobi BJ like the plague. I'd love a Lamello, but every time I have a functional tool i can't float a replacement past SWMBO. If there's a tool I don't have, THEN she's more than agreeable for a new acquisition. Don't you hate it when SWMBO is so sensible.
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When a tool is a better grade, you'll be more likely to use that tool. In case of the Lamello, the joint is so nicely done, that it makes me smile a little every time.... assuming you use their cookies and adhesive dispenser (I use the MiniCol). So it's a hundred-and-a-half more than the PC... I have seen them as low as 349.00....worth every penny. BUT....it's edging itself away from the 'tool' side of the equation and heading more to towards the 'instrument' column.
One Lamello Classic..and a dozen 60" KBodyies.
It just doesn't get any better than this.
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res0orrw wrote:

gathers dust. I just don't use it anymore and opt for pocket holes anywhere the joint won't show. I don't even use it for edge gluing as I prefer nothing and it hasn't let me down yet.
I hear the Porter Cable is good but I liked the Makita because it was free of whistles and bells and the fence is easy to adjust.
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does work... not much else I can say....
BUT like Don... Mine gathers a lot of dust..... hardly ever use it for edge gluing table tops etc...
Pocket holes are not my favorite method but to be honest I also use them more then my Bisquit jointer...
Bob G. .
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I recommend the Type III as it is the latest and probably only new one available but supposedly an improvement over their Type II. Personally I have an early Type I. The type I was the original design and not a "fixed" design, "read that as a Type II", that was designed to keep PC out of how water with DeWalt. The Type I is probably the better of the 3.

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I don't usually use biscuits but I believe makita is usually a good brand. Don't always go for colour or price but what you are looking for in a tool. If you want a tool that will last a long time buy one of the industrial ones.

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I'm new to "bisquits". I bought an inexpensive Freud. I looked at some others (yellow and grey colored). The Freud seemed solid. I figured I didn't need the extras bells and whistles of the more expensive units. Came with a case couple of different blades, dust bag and biscuits. All for $79. Do I get a gloat?
Never seen a Lamello except on TV - Its the red and gold colored one Norm uses?

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Sure. And so do I for grabbing the DeWalt, new, for $99 at a Wooddorking Show a couple of years ago. I like the DeWalt.

A'yup. (Assuming you're asking a question.)
I have switched to Lamello Biscuits, however. And find them much more suitable than the "Tube o' Porter Cable Biscuits" I was grabbing from Home Depot.
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I've had nothing but good experience with the DeWalt, although I paid more than $99. It's reliable, repeatable, and does what it's supposed to do. Fancier joints get made with other methods.
Reliability counts for more than good looks. Thank goodness.
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Otherwise I'd be single. *s*
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Or she just finds you handy.
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I have the DeWalt and am well satisfied with it. My observation form reading this NG is that owners of either brand are by and large satisfied with them.
Not to hijack the thread, but I'm wondering where B&D will go with this and some of the other PC tools now that they've bought PC & Delta?
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Lawrence Wasserman says...

To China of course.
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