Biscuit Jointer recommendation

JeffTodd

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Could any of you recommend a biscuit jointer?? I would like to pick one up for my future enclosure building endeavors. My dad has a PC one that works excellent, but I would like to find one that is a little more budget priced. I would like to keep the price below $70, but I am not sure if its possible. Thanks in advance.
 

Brian Fellmeth

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I've had good results cutting biscuit slots with a 1/8 inch straight router bit. You need a router table and plunge the panels onto the bit against a fence.
 

James Mudler

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$70 is kinda limiting. Ryobi make a detail jointer for around that. It takes smaller biscuits and I can only find them at Sears locally. I have one for making picture frames.

If you can up your limit to $100, the Freud unit at Lowes is a good value. Amazon had some Dewalt refrubs for around $120 and free shipping.

Good luck
 

JeffTodd

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Thanks for all the input. I figured that 70 was kinda limiting, but just wanted to see if there were other options out there other than the selections that Home Depot and Lowes had.
 

MikeAcc

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I would suggest the Freud. I have a Freud router and jigsaw, both very powerful.

I have the PC biscuit jioner. The only problem I saw with the Freud was the handle size, large and uncomfortable...at least to me. I would recommend putting your hands on one prior to purchase.
 

Brian Bunge

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I have the DeWalt biscuit joiner and really like it. I don't use it too often, but there are instances when it does come in handy.

Brian
 

Rob Lloyd

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I've had the PC one since it came out and it works great. The DeWalt is also supposed to be good.

I tried the router and slot wing bit but it was very slow and not easy to do for some situations if you don't have easy access.
 

Greg_R

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The Ryobi detail joiner will work for joint alignment. If you want strength you'll need to find one that will handle #20 or #10 biscuits. You might be able to find a refurbished Dewalt in the $70+ range. The Porter-Cable (557) and Lamello are a noticeable step up but cost $$$.
 

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