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557 Biscuit Joiner

Porter-Cable - 557 Biscuit Joiner

This biscuit joiner from Porter-Cable has a versatile fence and is capable of cutting all sizes of slots

$200.00 (As of 9/1/2005)

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Editor Choice-Best Value

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

review date: September 1, 2005

This biscuit joiner represents the best value out of the models in our test because it comes with an extra blade that can be used to cut FF mini-biscuit slots. This makes it capable of cutting all sizes of slots. A threaded stop can be adjusted to fine-tune slot sizes. Changing the blade was easier than on most of the tools and is described in Porter-Cable's well-illustrated manual. The fence is versatile, with a full range of angles for 0 to 135 degrees, and easy to adjust to angles over 90 degrees. Although the 1-3/8-in. maximum height adjustment is average, this is one of only a few tools that comes with a plastic thickness plate. Attached to the fence, the thickness plate makes it easy to center biscuits in 1/2-in. stock. This tool is a little larger and heavier than most, but it has comfortable handles that made it easy to use for extended periods of time. The dust port and bag aren't great on this tool, but the port is sized to accept a standard 1-in. vacuum hose, which improved dust collection.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Performance level Professional grade

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 Porter-Cable
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-848-5175
Weight 7-1/2 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Biscuit Sizes FF (w/blade change), #0, #10, #20, S, D, M
Fence Features Adjusts to angles up to 135 degrees
Amps 7.5
Dust Collection Dust bag

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