I have the Sears Craftsman version that was about $40. I'm a newbie, so my
skill level isn't all that great. However, it was somewhat difficult to
use. I had trouble getting the height set just right, and the natural
motion of the router took some getting use to with the attachment on it. I
ended up having to re-do some boards that I'd spent a lot of time joining
just right. Somewhat irritating.
As I said, I'm a newbie, so maybe someone with more experience and skill
would have better luck.
I wish I had taken my $40 and put it with another $130 and bought a DeWalt
or PC (preferably the PC) plate (biscuit) joiner. My advice would be buy a
dedicated plate joiner - preferably the PC.
I used the "Rout-r-bisc" for a couple of years until I bit the bullet for a
PC 557. I used a Whiteside slot cutter sized for the biscuits with a couple
of different bearings to compensate for the different sized biscuits (10,20,
0). Worked fine... but a little slow and no chance to do a flat panel. I'll
make you a deal on the unit and the slotcutter...
I thought about getting one, but decided it would be awkward to use, and
impossible in some situations.
Instead I spent $55 on a used PC joiner. It isn't as nice as the new ones,
but seems to be adequate.
They work well.
Easier to use in a router table, more control.
If using the router hand held then either buy or make a jig, makes life a
whole lot easier.
If you want to put biscuits in a panel then use a straight bit to rout a slot.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Andy) wrote:
Many thanks for your responses; its great to get the sensible feedback
from those who have tried it!
As the price of dedicated biscuit cutters is coming down I'm going to
go without the router cutter.
Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2004.
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