I would find out exactly which cutters come with the deal and what shape
the are in. You want to make sure of what you are getting. The cutters
do last a very long time. I use the standard 5mm bit the most and have cut
in excess of 5,000 mortises with that bit alone. The unit has indexing
built in however I use mine more like a plate joiner then any other way. I
have all but quit using pocket hole construction given this superior method
of putting together a joint. I would not thin twice about replacing it
should that need come up.
Looks like everything is there except the Festool dust extractor. :-). You
will need some type of dust extraction to clear out the mortises that it
I haven't seen this tool before, so I google'd it and it looks
impressive. If I understand it correctly, its basically a high-end
biscuit-type plug joiner. What I don't get is why is the dust
extractor such an expensive option. Does it blow air into the mortise
and then vacuums it out as well?
If you're asking about the dust collector, it's as high end as the
Domino tool itself. Much quieter that your regular screaming beast,
very effective dust collection, tool activated power on function, very
effective dust filtering.
Naturally, there are others will forgo the cost for a $98 two hundred
decibel animal. All I can suggest is to try on of the Festool dust
collectors on their thirty day return guarantee program and then
Also, Festool offers a package reduction price if you buy the Domino
and the dust collector at the same time.
ONE OTHER THING ~ The Domino puts ANY biscuit joiner to shame and
COMPLETELY replaces the need for a biscuit joiner. Some might disagree
with that statement, but I'm not one of them.
Ah, so many ways to skin the cat. Have used the Bosch multi-tool as
well. Didn't have it when I started the project and first used the
PC-557 to undercut some jambs. Multi-tool will do it but not as quickly
and cleanly as the 557.
Multi-tool? Gotta be one of my best tool buys in years. Find myself
using it all the time. Got the 12v cordless one.
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On 1/26/13 9:29 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
And by the time you guys have found those power tools, unwrapped the
cord, put on the proper blade, etc., I've already undercut the jamb with
my Japanese pull saw and didn't even scare the cat. :-)
Great idea. I never thought of that for a pull saw. WW
Yabbut, what fun is that? Scaring the cat always makes me laugh. Was
clipping a fingernail a little while back. Out of the corner of my
eye, I see a piece of clipped fingernail hit my cat in the nose.
She did a double reverse back flip and disappeared for the next ten
minutes. I laughed so hard it hurt.
From the OP:
I got a lot out of this thread, friends, and am getting a major itch for a Domino in my shop. The eBay unit that sparked my current interest is now up to $710 with two days to go. By the time this closes, I expect the price to be within a hair of retail for a new unit. I'm willing to invest $600 or so ... but will have to figure out a project for which a Domino will be "indispensible" in order to justify $900 plus.
On Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:29:22 -0600, Unquestionably Confused
There's something more important to consider when comparing any
biscuit joiner to a Domino. The Domino is used primarily for joining
*and* alignment fully in both those categories. The biscuit joiner is
more geared to alignment IMO and not nearly as suited for joining
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