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Recently I have been thinking of getting a biscuit jointer. I would not use it all that much but havng one around would definately be handy. I have done some research online and a lower end model appears to fit my needs pretty well. I have noticed that sears sells a craftsman that is identical to a ryobi at HD. upon further research, HF has similar model in both chicago electric and central machinery branding. Is it possible that any of these are the same unit or similar enough to warrant spending less than half the cost and going with a harbour freight? I have never purchased from them before as they do not have a local store near me.

Are there power tools junk?

I am a firm beleiver in "you get what you pay for". However with craftsman being made by just about anybody these days, I do not want to overpay just for a namesake. I have checked the usuals for used-craiglsist, ebay etc...and I think for what I am looking for, new is the way to go. All of the units are cheap enough that I can afford to pay a little extra and get a warranty as apposed to used.

Here are my selections, let me know what you think-offer up opinions on features etc...
- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

Craftsman 6.5 amp Industrial Biscuit Plate Jointer

Craftsman 6.0 amp Plate Jointer

Ryobi Biscuit Joiner Kit - JM82K at The Home Depot


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hi trevor

imho, i would pay the least i could for a biscuit jointer. i spent big bucks for a pc. after getting the kreg master system, i hardley ever use it. the kreg system is foolproof and there are so many uses for them.

the pc biscuit jointer is a pia to use and i am probably in a minority that will admit that.

in the future i would get mine from harbor freight probably. i am more and more amazed at the quality of their products!!!!

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I cant speak for the rest but the second HF one on your list is the one I purchased and I gotta say I have no complaints with it at all solid machine works just fine and came with a spare set of bushings so all in all I would buy it again and recommend it to my close friends if they asked.
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If you have a router table, why waste the money? Just pick up some slot cutter bits. It'll do the same thing, probably cheaper too.

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I was wondering the same thing Ken, the router can do the same thing.

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I would agree, The only problem i could see is when you are doing a job out of the shop, say your sons house. then you would need the HF model.

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I agree, levon.. I used it to build a 24x24x32 cabinet w/drawers the last week or two.. +1 on Kreg!

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I must disagree with the hf tools I IMHO would not buy from hf I have a lathe form them, is the biggest piece of crap that man has made, unless you use it as a boat anchor, the thing weighs like 25 lbs and the metal is so thin that it shakes like a paint mixer the motor is under powered. you can grab the stock while spinning and stop it.. I have other tools like a 30" breaker bar in 1/2 drive and the thing bent,, on a 15/16" nut and bolt.
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I believe that there are a few that has been "burned" by HF in the past, myself included. However, I'd like to point out that there is another option to biscuts, pocket holes.

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A hand held router could do the job using a slot cutter.
For $70 minus $14 from a 20% off coupon, the HF could be a bargain. If it's junk, write a review here and take it back.
I have a few of their tools. Not all are great, but some of them are good deals for what I'm going to use them for.

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