Did anyone buy one of those inexpensive (US$24.99) biscuit jointers on
www.ebay.com and is happy with the purchase? Home Depot and other h/w stores
here in the Ottawa area sell them for CDN$145.00 and up. I'm very tempted
because I don't plan on using it very much after building some cabinets for
the garage and basement. Comments or suggestions welcome.
I also was curious what someone who has tried one has to say, but I guess no
one is willing to admit it.
Except for a couple pipe wrenchs, everything I have bought that was really
cheap wasn't even worth what I paid for it. The biscuit joiners (not
jointers; an easy mistake to make) either won't last to the end of your
project, or they will be so unreliable that nothing fits together properly.
You can count on it.
I didn't expect to need an angle grinder much past a half hour job, so I
bought one for $20; I figured it would last for at least 30 minutes. The
disks that came with it didn't fit!
If you can't justify the price of a real one, look for used.
I got a cheap generic biscuit jointer off eBay about 2 years ago to
use as a backup and so far, I have no complaints. It works just fine
for the little things I use it for and has never given me a problem.
I always recommend buying the best. Inexpensive almost always means
low quality. The bearing are the first thing to go afoul on cheap
power tools. The die-cast metal parts are of the lowest quality.
Such is the case with Porter-Cable... tighten up a locking screw and
the casing breaks !
A fine tool lasts a lifetime: can take hard use: is a pleasure to
operate and you'll feel better when you use it and you'll produce
better work... there is a psychology incorporated into the tools we
own. You wouldn't put on a pair of filthy blue jeans when you take a
date to a fine restaurant... neither should we put on cheap tools to
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