Some info about 557 7 (PORTER-CABLE)
- 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
Warranty: standard manufacturer’s warranty
S&H: Free shipping if ordered online
Dimensions and weight: check our reviews
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.
Festool Domino DF 500 Q Set
Distinctive, patented cutting action that 557 rotates and oscillates to create perfect, clean, and repeatable mortises every time. ;Mortise width modification with the turn of a dial lets for easier alignment when joining panels. ;Pivoting Fence lets you to create angled mortises from 0-90? With positive stops at 22. 5?, 45?, 67. 5. ;Indexing pins for fast alignment against the edge of the workpiece for correct placement. ;Dust extractable design gives clean mortise holes for better glue adhesion and longer cutter life.
Northern Industrial Reversible Compactor – With Honda GX160 Engine
Heavy-responsibility Northern Industrial plate soil compactor gives superior compaction in any direction, forward and reverse. Ideal for sand, gravel and mixed soils in narrow trenches and along foundations and abutments. Powered by a high-quality Honda OHV four-cycle engine for dependability and long life. Engine Type: Honda GX160 OHV, in general Dimensions L x W x H (in. ): 15 3/4 x 42 7/8 x 42 7/8, Vibrations Per Minute (VPM): 6,000, Rated Watts (kW): 4, Compaction Depth (in. ): 12-16, Area Capacity Per Hour (sq. Ft. ): 5,000, Compacting Plate Dimensions L x W (in. ): 15 3/4 x 11 15/16, Compaction Force (lbs. ): 4,046, HP: 5, Travel Speed (ft. Per min. ): 82.
Lamello Zeta P2 Biscuit, Crimson
The new Zeta P2 machine is a dual function biscuit joiner that works as a normal biscuit joiner and can path slots for the Clamex P RTA connector. The machines groundbreaking VMD (Vertical Mechanical Drive) system will automatically oscillate the cutter up and down when it reaches maximum plunge forming a T-slot biscuit hole. The P2 has dual depth adjusters. One with the standard 20,10,0, S,D, Max settings and a second with the Clamex P settings for the VMD system. Its got a powerful 800w motor and utilizes the new Lamello flush reference baseplate system with interior dovetail for the stop square. The Zeta P2 comes in a good looking wooden carrying case and will include a drill jig for Clamex P system.
Festool 498219 XL 14 by 140mm Domino Beech Tenons, 0-Pack
14mm x 140mm beech tenons, will include 70 pieces. Rotation-evidence, hard wood Domino Tenons fit exactly in the mortise produced by the tool, with glue expansion slots intended into their surface to ensure a hard, generations-lasting joint. Made from hard hardwood stock, Domino Beech tenons form the base for strong joints that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Factory-Reconditioned Ryobi ZRJM82K 6 Biscuit Jointer
This is a factory reconditioned product. Reconditioned usually means that the product was returned to the maker, who brings the product back to like new condition. Some merchandise may contain cosmetic blemishes. Will include 6 Amp Biscuit Jointer Kit – ZRJM82K, Dust Bag, #10 Biscuit variety, Case.
Tomahawk Power Economic Compactor W/6 Hp Kohler Engine
Maker’s Warranty: 12 months Ship Weight: 207. 0 lbs HP: 5. 5 Engine Type: Kohler 6hp Bore x Stroke (mm): 68 x 45 Rated Watts (kW): 4. 1 kW at 3,600 RPM Compacting Plate Dimensions L x W (in. ): 21 1/2 x 16 5/16 Blows Per Minute (BPM): 4,000 Vibrations Per Minute (VPM): 6,400 Travel Speed (ft. Per min. ): 65 to 82 Compaction Force (lbs. ): 3,968 Compaction Depth (in. ): 22in. Area Capacity Per Hour (sq. Ft. ): 623(6706) in general Dimensions L x W x H (in. ): 21 x 17 x 37.
Triton TDJ600 Duo Dowel Jointer
Double dowel drilling with 710W motor and 32mm spacing. Simplifies furniture and shelving construction. All-metal system and gearing for long life. 0-90 angle adjustable fence. 0-38mm fast setting of drill depth. Precision rack and pinion system for correct height modification. Clear 3-line viewer enables easy set up with fast repeat operation. Insulated handle with hex key storage. Will include two 8mm dia drill bits. Product Features: Precision rack and pinion system lets correct modification for material thickness. Variable setting for drill depth meets exact prerequisites of each joint. Double drilling for fast correct jointing. 0-90 fence modification for a large range of dependable and correct angled joints. Jig teeth for exact drilling of recurring holes at pre-set sizes. Clear, calibrated viewer enables exact set-up and drilling. Front bail handle increases control and grip. Dust port lets connection to an extraction system for a cleaner, safer working environment. Trigger on/off switch located for easy access.
Festool 49821 XL 12 by 140mm Domino Beech Tenons, 90-Pack
12mm x 140mm beech tenons, will include 90 pieces. Rotation-evidence, hard wood Domino Tenons fit exactly in the mortise produced by the tool, with glue expansion slots intended into their surface to ensure a hard, generations-lasting joint. Made from hard hardwood stock, Domino Beech tenons form the base for strong joints that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Maa XJP03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless
The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Plate Joiner (model XJP03Z, tool only) gives portability and performance in the field or in the shop — without the cord. The XJP03Z combines power and precision with ease-of-use features for strong and correct biscuit joints for furniture making, cabinet construction and good woodworking applications. (note: battery and charger sold individually). For improved tool performance and expanded battery life, Makita produced Star Protection Computer Controls. Star Protection is communication technology that lets the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in concurrent and monitor conditions throughout use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool may also be powered by Makita 18V LXT and Compact Lithium-Ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery showing Star Protection inside. The XJP03Z gives up to 320 cuts or 160 joints on a single charge (18V LXT 3. 0Ah battery, sold individually). The rack-and-pinion vertical fence system is engineered for correct fence modifications, and the cast aluminum pivot fence has three positive stops at 0 degrees, 45 degrees, and 90 degrees. The blade diameter is 4 inches, and there are six depth settings with one-touch stops for the common biscuit sizes as well as #0, #10 and #20.
Lamello Top 21 800-Watt Biscuit, Red Crimson
Top 21 is Lamellos top of the line biscuit joiner with all the features. It’s the only biscuit joiner in the world with a repeatable adjustable blade height and stop square that mounts on the bottom for support when joining near the end of a surface. The Top 21 features a new baseplate that’s ground square so it may be used as a reference point and slots may be cut right up against another workpiece. The new stop square mounts in an interior dovetail slide making it very exact. The machines powerful 800w Smart motor is electronically controlled for soft starts, maintaining correct RPM in all types of materials, and overload protection. All referenceable surfaces are CNC machined vs. Cast for extreme precision and repeatability over years of service. The Top 21 comes with an integrated dust bag, 6 tooth carbide scoring cutter in a good looking wooden carrying case.
Multiquip MVC82VHW Honda GX160 Compactor with Water Tank, 18" Wide
This Multiquip, model MVC82VHW, is a Plate Compactor, Honda GX160, With Water Tank, 18″ large. Recognized as the business standard for compacting granular soils and asphalt. Anti-vibration handle, decreases vibration to the operator by 50. Economical price tag. Hard, high-strength steel base plate with curved edges for excellent performance and smooth turns on hot asphalt. Greatly maneuverable, ideal for tight, confined regions. Unit plans include: Exciter Speed: 5,600 VPM. Plate Size: 17. 7 x 22. 4 in. Max Forward Speed Per Min: 72 ft. Fuel intake Per Hour:. 31 gal.
Northern Industrial Tools Single-Direction Compactor with Honda Engine
The Northern Industrial Tools single-direction plate compactor is intended to compact granular soils and crushed aggregate. Calm 160cc OHV Honda GX-160 engine with high power and low fuel intake powers the 21 1/2in. X 16 5/16in. Compacting plate. Vibrations Per Minute (VPM): 6,400, in general Dimensions L x W x H (in. ): 21 x 17 x 37, HP: 5. 5, Area Capacity Per Hour (sq. Ft. ): 623(6706), Engine Type: 160cc Honda GX160 OHV, Rated Watts (kW): 4. 1 kW at 3,600 RPM, Compacting Plate Dimensions L x W (in. ): 21 1/2 x 16 5/16, Compaction Depth (in. ): 22in. Compaction Force (lbs. ): 3,968, Blows Per Minute (BPM): 4,000, Travel Speed (ft. Per min. ): 65 to 82, Bore x Stroke (mm): 68 x 45.
- PORTER-CABLE 5554 1000 Assorted Biscuits
- PORTER-CABLE 5561 No. 10 Plate Joiner Biscuits – 125 Per Tube
- PORTER-CABLE 5563 Face Frame Plate Size FF Joiner Biscuits, 175 Per Tube
- PORTER-CABLE 5562 No. 20 Plate Joiner Biscuits – 100 Per Tube
- DEWALT DW6820 No. 20 Size Joining Biscuits (75 Pieces)
- Porter Cable 883099 Blade, 2″
Models to consider:
|DF 500 Q DOMINO Zeta P2||A05WB11 RTS500||Top 21 MVC82VHW|
|JM82GK PB147||JPC-60 C95T||VP1340A SWDP01|
|LXJP02 XJP03Z||DF 500 Q DOMINO PM574447||JPC-80 DW682K|
|PP2931NN TCHZR80||PD574308 JM82G||RM75 JPC-940R|
|JPC-80 LXJP02||PM574447 MVC82VHW||C95T DF 500 Q DOMINO|
|A05WB11 Top 21||DW682K Zeta P2||DF 500 Q DOMINO JM82GK|
|PP2931NN PB147||JPC-60 VP1340A||JM82G RM75|
|SWDP01 PD574308||XJP03Z TCHZR80||JPC-940R RTS500|
|XJP03Z DF 500 Q DOMINO||C95T LXJP02||RM75 PP2931NN|
|JPC-60 JM82G||JM82GK JPC-80||PD574308 VP1340A|
|SWDP01 DF 500 Q DOMINO||Top 21 MVC82VHW||RTS500 JPC-940R|
|A05WB11 DW682K||PM574447 Zeta P2||PB147 TCHZR80|