Lamello - Top 20S Biscuit Joiner - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
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Top 20S Biscuit Joiner

Lamello - Top 20S Biscuit Joiner

This biscuit joiner from Lamello is suited for precision shop work

$650.00 (As of 9/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Biscuit Joiners: From Simple to Super

review date: September 1, 2005

As its price suggests, this biscuit joiner is in a class of its own. Thanks to a soft-start motor, there's no chance of the Top 20S kicking itself off the mark when it's turned on. The plunge action was super smooth, and the clearly marked fence has detents at 22.5, 45, and 67.5 degrees. There's a height stop that can be attached to the base to aid in parallel alignment and vertical use. It can reach 2-3/8 in. to center biscuits in 4-3/4-in boards. It can also be slipped onto the base for more surface area and a sturdier tool. In addition, there is a thickness plate for centering biscuits on 1/2-in. stock.

For precision biscuit placement, the blade can even be adjusted 2 mm up and down inside the housing, a feature unique to this biscuit joiner. The tool did not come with a dust bag to test, but the dust port worked well. An accessory vacuum hose is available from the manufacturer. Out of the box, this joiner will cut slots for all biscuit sizes except mini-biscuits; an aftermarket blade is available to make mini-biscuit slots. Accessing and changing the blade on this tool was easier than on most of the others. This joiner came with a nice wooden case, suitable for the top shelf in a shop but doomed to break in the back of a truck. At $650, this tool is better suited for precision shop work than rigorous job-site applications, anyway.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Performance level Premier

More In-Depth Information

Biscuit Joiners: From Simple to Super Online Membership RequiredBlade accessibility, dust collection, and fence adjustment are just a few features that explain the $100 to $650 price range

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Lamello
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 041 61 935 36 36
Weight 7-1/4 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Biscuit Sizes #0, #10, #20, S, D, M
Fence Features Adjusts to angles up to 90 degrees, with detents at 22.5, 45, and 67.5 degrees
Amps N/A
Dust Collection Dust port

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