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I'm looking for a biscuit joiner and would appreciate some advise on which one is best for my use. I will probably only use the tool once per year or less. Any suggestions?
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Chuck,

I have had a Porter Cable 557 plate joiner for a bunch of years. I don't use it often anymore, but it sure comes in handy when needed. The thing is built like a tank, and fun to use.

Fortunately for you, you can probably find a used one now that Norm Abrams is off the air, and the Kreg jig is becoming much more popular.

If you are only going to use it occasionaly, the Ryobi would work well, if you're willing to gamble, the HF joiner is the cheapest in town. Biscuit Joiner

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Thank you, Doug. I went to the website you suggested and downloaded the bench model deal. Will pick up a HF joiner the next time I'm in Salina.

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Can I ask what your going to use it for first? I've had a Porter Cable first addition unit since they came out. Around 25 years ago. I buy tools I know will last most of the time.

If I was you I would buy a cutter based on what your going to use it for. Make sure the capacity you need is represented in the model your buying. The first problem I had to over come was that the biscuits were too large for the project I wanted to use them on. If your joining small or thin boards make sure the cutter can cut slots for small biscuits.

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Al, I too enjoy the tools that I purchased 30-35 years ago. And some of the brand names would surprise you. But at 70, and in poor health, I tend to not put longevity as my no.1 priority. However you do make a good case on the size of biscuit needed. I hadn't thought of that. The project I'm working on requires the use of 1/2" stock and a thinner biscuit will be needed. Maybe I need to look on flea bay for a used one. Thank you.

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After a lot of research, I got the PC. It has served me very well. Accurate and precise.
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I have a pc and for the price it can't be beat.
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Chuck,

Like you, I needed one for occasional use so I got the one from Harbor Freight and does the job. I have used it to make panels, doors and to attach a face frame to a bookcase. I purchase high quality tools for the ones I use often but go for budget on seldom used tools. I think I paid around $40 for it on sale and have had it for around 5 years now and it still works.

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I have a PC but really don't use it that much. IMHO the only real good it does is help align the boards you are gluing together. The biscuit provides no strength, that is what the glue is for. If you are looking for additional strength look at some of the doweling systems or better yet use a mortise & tenon. If you are just gluing boards together make yourself a simple gluing rack from wood & clamps, use a joiner to get a good flat edge on the boards, cut the boards a little long and glue them up. They don't have to be perfectly aligned (they are cut long remember) so you can trim the ends to size after the glue dries. I've been in a lot of wood shops and never saw a plate joiner being used. Good luck,,,,,,,
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You can do that with a router.

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