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#1 jeff262 Sep 16, 2009 10:54 PM

should i get an expensive or cheap Biscuit Joiner
 
i plan on doing more wood working this winter and i found that i can get Biscuit Joiners that range from $399 for a Dewalt or $39 for an ebay one...is the Dewalt that much better? what should i be looking for in a joiner?
thanks jeff

#2 Pudknocker71 Sep 17, 2009 01:31 AM

Seems to me it depends on how much you plan to use it. Are you amateur or pro? Couple of home projects or contracts? I would think somewhere in between to at least get some quality. I seriously doubt a $40 unit will make you happy.

Looks like Craftman has a couple that might do the trick...

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/s_10153_1...late%20jointer

This one specifically...

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rs#reviewsWrap

#3 MarkFitzgerald Sep 17, 2009 01:39 PM

In my many years of being poor and buying tools the one thing I learned is that you usually get what you pay for. If you go cheap, expect the same results. Now that is not saying that this is a hard and fast rule, but I remember back to the cheap wrench set I bought when I was a young E4 with three dependents, and when an open end wrench snapped I broke my hand on the engine block, I decided then to always buy the best tools I could afford and it hasn't done me wrong since. My 2 cents...


Mark

#4 Dave Burrow Sep 17, 2009 02:09 PM

If the tool won't cut the grooves for the biscuits at the same depth repeatedly you will end up with poorly fitted joints. It should also be easy to handle. I have a Porter Cable 557 (Amazon price $219) and like it. Look at the reviews on Amazon. See if people are happy with what they bought. Lots of units there are about $200. I doubt that the $39 unit would be easy to get a good job from.

#5 Pudknocker71 Sep 17, 2009 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by MarkFitzgerald
In my many years of being poor and buying tools the one thing I learned is that you usually get what you pay for. If you go cheap, expect the same results. ...


Mark

Yep...I find the cheap tools end up costing you more in the long run.

Speaking of wrenches...I recently bought some ratcheting wrenches. 2 wrenches=8 sockets. :cool:

I like it when I need to buy a new tool for a specific job.:)

#6 62pilot Sep 25, 2009 05:34 PM

I join my biscuits with butter and honey.

#7 Pudknocker71 Sep 26, 2009 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by 62pilot
I join my biscuits with butter and honey.

Then that's where the goats come in.


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