April 21, 2017

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  • Fence tilts from 0 degrees to 135 degrees with positive adjustable stop at 90 degrees
  • Four-inch blade makes standard-size cuts
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  • Industry-leading, super powerful 7-amp motor rotates blade at 10,000 RPM
  • Comes with 4-inch blade, centering plate, spanner wrench, dust bag, and chip deflector
  • Plate joiner kit handles a variety of wood and offers seven different cutting settings
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Recent reviews of PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit:

I bought this biscuit joiner only a short time ago and being a die hard wood worker I have certainly put it to the test. The 557 powerful motor breezes through the hardest woods in a snap. I have used it in Oak, Ash, and Pine (a lot of Oak) and no problem. I have read some number of other reviews in other brands in my search for the right joiner for me. After cautious consideration there was but one choice Porter Cable 557. I have read some number of complaints about the Dewalt and there accuracy (I own some Dewalt tools and Love them). Good Woodworkings review laid heavy on my choice as porter cables accuracy was inside. 005 (1 1/2 human hairs.) the dewalt was. 0315 or 1/32. I have used this tool plenty, Glued up cores, jointed rails & stiles for face frames, 45 degree miters, & 90 joints. The cores come out flush and I mean flush just general sanding. I could greatly recommend this tool over any other on the market. Im sure you could think about this money well spent. UPDATE. 11/20/20108 years afterward and many biscuits installed my joiner still performs as the day I pulled it out of the box. Grant it, I don’t us it daily, however every time I plug it in it gives peak performance. A no regret buy.

The tool itself is well-made, easy to use, arrived perfectly adjusted, and has all the features I could want, then some for plate joining. Amazon now offers this tool at a lower price than I paid at the local dealer, so it is hard to imagine purchasing anything less. I am happy with mine and expect to make good use of it. My complaints are minor. I may have given 4 1/2 stars if that was an choice. From having used it some, here are my comments:1. The dust bag does not work well for me. It looks like after the 1st few goes the 1″ pipe got plugged and the scraps went everywhere but in the bag from then on. I had to clean out the freshly-cut grooves, which were full of the cutting debris. I could guess that using a dust-collector or shopvac with this unit could resolve these problems. 2. The manual tells you how to cut grooves, however it does not tell you how to use plates to join wood. How far separately should the bisquits be? Pictures show then line one beside another, still I think that about every 8-16″ is enough for most applications. How big are the grooves? as an example, can I use a #20 bisquit with 1/2″ plywood? How far from the edge am I supposed to put the center line? Answers are: just short of 1/2″ per surface, yes, and at least 1 1/2″. Sure, you may be able to measure, you may be able to figure it out, however if you have never seen a plate joiner being used, the manual does not give all the practical information you may like. But: the unit gives you a second (smaller) blade for cutting tiny plate grooves (useful for making small things using FF bisquit). It’s easy to change the depth of the cut, and a handle lets you to change it incrementally without the whole thing going out of whack (like the Freud does when you loosen the fence). The depth gauge works well.

I’m now hooked on the biscuit joints. I use to like the ease and use of dowel rods for end joints, however was on occasion restricted with the size and application of the dowel. But this PC biscuit joiner has changed my mind. The ease and accuracy is simply amazing. The fence system is easy to operate and lets for a host of heights and angles, all with exact cuttings. The powerful motor (7. 5 amp) generally cuts a smooth and correct slot. There’s little, if any, vibration that could because distortion. Changing slot sizes is as easy as turning a handle. Will include the #0, #10, #20 and FF cuts. The smaller 2″ blade, which is included, is a simple task to change over to cut smaller frames. This unit has a great dust collection system. The dust bag REALLY works. All chips are routed to the dust opening chute and neatly collected in the bag. The bag is easily removed and emptied. This unit may be a bit more costly than other plate joiners, however the results are product. Correct, exact cuts yielding a smooth, strong joint are nearly a sure thing.

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