Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 15
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dks34 Porter Cable Plate Joiner
I purchased this product after doing some comparison reading between this model and the Dewalt Biscuit joiner. I would highly recommend the Porter cable model. I had never used a biscuit joiner before and after reading the manual I was able to make perfect joints after only a couple of practice tries. The model is a little heavier than some of the other models but the cuts were clean and easy to do even on a mitre joint. Its worth the extra dollars to pick this up!
February 21, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Optimist Great machine
Perfect joints with a minimum of practice. Very easy to make adjustments and to use. Makes glue-ups a snap. I am totally satisified with my purchase.
August 23, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jared Quality.
Good quality, power, and tolerances for the money. Wish they sold it in stores instead of online-only. Primarily used to join select pine boards so far to as a test before I join up some 4/4 oak for an entertainment center top. Good tight joints.
August 4, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RJ Porter cable biscuit tool model 557
I bought this tool specifically for the small ff size biscuit! It did not come with the the two inch blade needed so I also bought it online it cost 66 dollars with shipping from Porter cable, quite expensive for such a small blade?
I then removed the tool out of the packaging to read the manual and see how to install the blade! I could not get the hight adjustment knob to move more than a quarter of an inch, fearing I might break it I called the Porter Cable tech line and they were nice and apologetic and offered to e mail be a mailer to send it to the nearest repair center! I called the center and they told me it could take a week or more for me to get this tool back! I live in northern Florida, Inverness, because I was just starting a kitchen cabinet rebuild I chose to drive the 70 miles one way to the repair center! They took the tool in the back and returned it to be about twenty minutes later telling be it was assembled very tightly at the factory so they loosened it up and lubricated it for me at no charge! This is a tool that I had never even turned on! I am happy to have it back now the repair dept did a great job But I am very disappointed at the quality control and the Hassle of getting it to a,point it should have been when purchased!
The other gripe is the dust bag does not work with oak it plugs up after cutting a few biscuits and it is way too small to use with a vacuum at least my shop vac anyway This is supposed to be a higher end Quality tool but I have found it to just be an expensive one trick pony Tool that is the FF size biscuits
August 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tt Works really nice.
This biscuit joiner is easy to learn how to use and seems to work really well.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1950 Made my dining table project simple
Did a great job . Only drawback is the shavings get clogged in the machine and even had my shop vac hooked up to the outlet it needs to be a larger tube to allow them to pass.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rambo75 try and find a better one.
before investing i did my home work. looking at comparison reviews, over all this jointer has the best features.
ease of use
acurate fence adjustment
good dust collector for any angle
heavy molded plastic case
im very proud to tell others "porter cable" when they ask what kind of joiner i have, and i know that im am not alone when i say this.
December 22, 2006
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BV Porter Cable does it again
As with all Porter Cable tools I've ever purchased, I'm very pleased with the rugged, contractor grade quaility of this tool. The ability to quickly dial in the correct depth setting for Porter Cable brand biscuits, as well as several other widely produced sizes is a huge plus. The reason for the 4/5 rating was that it can be difficult to align the cutter with the fence in the less often used 90 degree position (used for cutting into the face as opposed to the side of a board). The red mark that shows the position of the cutter is covered when the face is in this position, but it hasn't proven to be much of a problem for me as I am normally joining boards on their sides as part of a glue-up, and this tool has excelled in all of those situations.
May 1, 2006