I am jinxed. ;~)
It seems that in the last 6 major tool purchases that I have had problems
with 3 of them. I tend to find problems quickly. Similarly I have been
given full versions of software by vendors because I find lots of bugs in
the demo versions.
Anyway, My Domino had an issue with the eccentric indexing pin. It had to
be totally removed to be adjusted and I had to adjust it to its extreme
setting to get it properly adjusted. I talked to Festool and they asked me
to send it back and they would fine tune the unit and they would also take
pictures of the unit to send to Germany. They adjusted the bit oscillation
path and replaced the fence assembly. It came back with a broken fence,
thank you UPS. A phone call to Festool 5 minutes later and they would over
night a new fence. I got the fence 19 hours later and the Domino now cuts
"with out any adjustment" to with in .006" of dead on and the new indexing
pin is basically zeroed. The clear plastic indexing window is dead on also.
David at Festool did say that it would be better than new when I got it
back. It is.
So that none mistake me for a Festool DOMINO shill, I'll
pass on some of the previous responses.
To the question - with a barrel grip - your pushing hand
is more in line with the cut to be made than with a D
handle, so you're less apt to rock the tool - and make a
slant cut - or a sloppy one. The size and location of the
the fence handle is also important. You want the hand
on that one to be pushing DOWN, not down and foreward.
The Porter Cable with the big U handle on top encourages
rocking the tool - a dumb design idea. Handy to carry the
tool around - but dumb when actually using it.
Just something to consider.
I have a Porter Cable 556 D Handle jointer. When first used
I didn't like the way it can rock up and down during the cut.
After several years of practice I don't give it a second thought
and my biscuits come out fine. I have built a jig for cutting my
joints with it which produces superior results to hand held.
I often wonder if a D Handle router has the same initial problem?
I'd get a barrel grip type (I don't think the D Handle is used on
any current jointer, except the baby Royobi)
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