I bought a Lamello (Now called the Top) in the '80's as there was
nothing else around at that time. That one was stolen. Later I ended
up with a PC 557 (Type3) and a Lamello Classic. I have used other ones
and they all do the job to a certain extent.
Awesome as the Lamello is, it just isn't worth the money as the PC 557
is all *I* ever needed.
I did not like the ELU or the DeWalt (don't know anything about the
latest incarnation), the Craftsman and Ryobi and many HF-like are
usually sloppy in the cradle, awful motors, inferior blades and noisy.
So... after all that, buy the PC, you'll be happy.
I find that a PITA. Take the board (shelf?) clamp it on the gable and
up/down the biscuit cutter. Never fails, fast.
By the time you change bits, I'm done.
Yes you CAN do it with a router, but the room for error multiplies by
a factor of eleventeen.
You might consider going to the Festool Owners Group and advertise in the
classified section for a used biscuit joiner. The people who have bought a
Domino will have no more use for their biscuit joiners. You'd get a good
price on a joiner and might even snag a Lamello. Who knows?
I've got a Freud joiner and a box of 2000 biscuits. I'll be selling them off
I considered a domino as well and it would be a good purchase for me,
but I have outstripped my tool budget and have to concentrate on
making a few bucks before I go down that road.
I hadn't considered your suggestion but it makes sense, I'll look
into the forums and see if anything comes up.
I bought one from HFT or similar outlet. Cheap model. The kerf of the
blade (thickness of cut) seems too wide and biscuits do not fit
tightly into the slots as (I) expected.
Are they supposed to fit tightly into the biscuit slots? Or are they
supposed to swell up after gluing?
If I took the blade to a sharpener fellow, might he reduce the kerf by
grinding down the teeth?
On Sat, 8 Jan 2011 17:11:22 -0800 (PST), Hoosierpopi
Yeah, you could have that done. Also, look at the play in the shaft
which allows the blade to move up and down. Shimming with very thin
washers is the fix. I should do that to mine HF bisquicker, too.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will
preserve for our children this, the last best hope
of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take
the last step into a thousand years of darkness.?
-- Ronald Reagan
I have the DeWalt. It came out long ago when Porter Cable had its
original biscuit joiner that Norm used. The one with the upright
handle in back. After the DeWalt ate PC's lunch in biscuit joiners,
PC decided to copy everything about the DeWalt joiner. And finally
came out with the 557 model. Based on pictures it appears as if the
PC 557 is a good biscuit joiner. And it should be since its a 100%
copy of the very good DeWalt biscuit joiner.
If I had to do it over again, I might not get a biscuit joiner. I use
it sometimes and its handy sometimes. But I could live without it.
With the Festool Domino out, I'd look at it. Its about 4 times more
expensive than a good biscuit joiner, but might be 4 times more useful
On Tue, 11 Jan 2011 05:41:51 -0800 (PST), RonB wrote:
I've already ordered the PC, seems the consensus is that the
PC is a good machine, the tipping point for me was the ability
to use the ff biscuit out of the box.
Have you used your PB series planer yet?
I purchased one of these as well, still sitting in the crate
on my porch :(
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