This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (quist)
Date: 23 Dec 91 21:24:19 GMT
I must say that I agree about trying them. I went into my local Wooodworking
Unlimited store and tried every BJ they had. I walked in the store thinking
I would buy the Ryobi, but after trying it, the P-C, the Elu (Norm's BJ)
and the Freud I changed my mind and went with the P-C.
The things I like about it are:
1. It is by Porter Cable and I have always been very pleased with their
2. The D handle grip is great because I can't always get both hands on
it because I'm holding the workpiece down/aligned or some other fool
thing. (I know for safety I should probably take the time so I
can, but I guess I'm an stupid and lazy.)
The Elu just seemed really awkward to use, but now if I needed to put one
in vertically, I see how the Elu would really be great. I have always been
able to use the P-C horizontally so far, so no worries.
The Ryobi was very awkward to hold. I was always knocking into the dust
bag and couldn't get a very firm grip around it.
I don't remember what I didn't like about the Freud.
Good luck in your search. I also found the best price in FWW and got my
local store to match it.