Looking to purchase a plate joiner. Dewalt and Porter Cable are the two
that I am looking into. Having never used one, which of the two would
you reccomend and why? I will use it for projects around the house
(tables, board glue ups, face frames, etc). Thanks.
I had a Freud. I was going to replace it with the Makita because I have had
good luck with Makita tools. At the last minute I bought the PC type 3
because of the FF biscuits. Make sure you get the type 3 if you buy one.
The PC works great. One surprise, it's exactly as noisy as the Freud.
The PC has a 1" outlet for a dust collecting bag. Bag included.
I bought a 1" x 2 1/2" adapter and duct tape the 1" end to the PC and hook
my shop vac to the other end.
I do this when I have about 300 slots to make. No dust. Between the PC and
the shop vac I wear ear protection.
I just looked at my copy of the upc code that I sent in for my rebate,
and it says it's a type 2. What exactly is the difference? I suppose
there's not much I can do about it at this point, since I already
mailed in the receipt and upc, and now only have a copy.
Some of the type 2's require a shim for the fence to be flush with the base
when doing 0 degree cuts:
Apparently not all type 2's have this problem so you have to measure ... the
above should give you a better idea.
Swingman, thanks for the information. I raised up the fence and put a
straightedge on it, and there was a slight gap on the slot face where
the anti-skid piece is, so I'm assuming I need the shim. I may try
taking it back to HD and talk to the manager about exchanging it, but
I doubt I will get anywhere without the original receipt and
upc...just copies. If that fails I'll order the shim kit.
Do you have any idea when Porter Cable first came out with the "Type
3"? My only arguement would be that HD sold me an old tool.
IIRC, sometime last January or February (03), so it's been about a year now.
Print out the article on Owen's page (I'd ask his permission first) and take
it with you when you go. Tell them that it is imperative for _your
particular use_ that the tool be a type 3 and you thought that what was you
were getting since Porter Cable fixed the problem a year ago.
It's OK with me. The change seems to first appear in the Fall of '02
with the last of the Type 2 run. Meaning that some late Type 2's don't
exhibit the 1/16" setback of the saw slot from the fence face. Best to
check the tool before deciding it's got the setback problem.
Owen Lowe and his Fly-by-Night Copper Company
Offering a shim for the Porter-Cable 557 type 2 fence design.
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