Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KRich Easy to use
The Porter-Cable plate jointer works as advertised. Very easy to use and although I had never used a device like this I was able to quickly and easily join three planks of old 1920's reclaimed barn wood to make a top for a deck coffee table. The result was very pleasing and sturdy.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by maskatosan First Plate Joiner
Read many professional reviews and decided on the Porter Cable. Works as described and very user friendly. I too would agree that the sawdust/wood chip bag is not as efficient as it should be but it was only a minor annoyance.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Smitty Excellent price, excellent product
Got a great deal thru Home Depot Online. After exhaustive reviews of competing biscuit jointers I chose the Porter Cable 557. Right out of the box it performed as advertised. The one common complaint is that the dust collection system is inferior; this seems to be true but I found that it depends on the type of wood used and the moisture content. Kiln dried pine works great with no blockage whatsoever whereas stock Doug Fir is not so good and you have to check the vac hose and the cut slot for debris. That aside, this is a GREAT tool that's very easy to use, with accurate settings. I enthusiastically recommend this.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jerpa THIS over ALL other Biscuit Joiners!!!
I really held off buying a biscuit joiner, as I conducted months of research on them. Between the DeWalt, Makita, and Porter Cable - I am glad I held out for the price drop on this. It features excellent balance, sandpaper grip on the front of the joiner, so the joiner will not slip or slide against the wood stock like the others. Simple. Quick. Easy. EXCELLENT. This one takes the cake. Stop shopping and comparing - this is the one.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WoodArtist Well built, great price
After reviewing plate/biscuit joiners Porter Cable appeared to have the best rating and Home Depot had the best pricing ... So I purchased it. I was not disappointed. It feels and appears well built. Cuts are smooth and accurate. All adjustments are accurate and work as intended. I also like that it has the option for a 2 inch blade and can use FF biscuits as well as a couple other settings not generally found on plate joiners.
Others have expressed concern of the dust port clogging, but so far this has not been an issue for me. No complaints at this time.
May 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Another Quality Porter Cable Product
This plate joiner works just as described. I own numerous Porter Cable products and finally got the plate joiner I needed. It functions as well as all the other PC tools I own. Easy to use, handle and operate. I would recommend this one to anybody looking for a quality plate joiner. The case is a great addition!
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIY Great deal.
I did a lot of research on biscuit jointers and I came across this one.
I haven't had the time to use it but from what other woodworkers say for the cost it is well worth it. I bought this jointer because I am planning on using it to build a workbench table and some cabinets for my garage. I will give a better update after using it but I know I will like it.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mgbnut Nice Tool
Have used this a few times and does what it is supposed to do.
May 24, 2016