This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: ries@arcturus (Marc Ries)
Date: 17 Mar 89 21:01:54 GMT
If you (or someone else on the net) have access to a
_complete_ set of Fine Woodworking for last year, I
believe there was an article reviewing the two (I checked
my collection, but it's incomplete and I didn't find the
I vaguely remember that final thoughts went something
The Freud was more accurate, but the Porter Cable was
easy and fast to use.
In either case, they both go for the same amount at most
"discount" mail-order tool marts [~158$]. The standard
"face plate" on the Porter Cable can be switched between
flat or 45d angles. A new adjustable plate is being
offered as an option for (an "introductory" price of)
A recent show of This Old House had the Master Carpenter
using (I believe) the Porter Cable. But, they said
something like "cut your joints, stick the biscuits in,
and when the wood gets wet, they expand and hold
I had visions of them either watering the joint or
waiting patiently for a rain storm. The reference
material I have read indicates you actually coat the
biscuits with glue, install them, and the glue moisture
expands the biscuit (making a tight fit).