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96 Summary: biscuit joiner recommendations (LONG)


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96 Summary: biscuit joiner recommendations (LONG)

From: bennett@adobe.com (Bennett Leeds)
Date: 8 Nov 91 17:55:13 GMT

Thanks to all who responded. Here's a compilation of the replys to my request.
I have not included any of the follow-ups, which were even more numerous (and
include an interesting thread on PC joiner slop). I have done minimal editing
on the replys, and I apologize if I've left out anything important.

I haven't yet made a final decision. Were it not for needing to do edge miters
I would probably get the Elu joiner. The overall quality/price ratio seems the
highest of all the units to me, and I like its blade depth adjustability
mechanism. However, I know I'm going to be making edge miters quite a bit, so
it looks like my best bets are the Lamello Top 10, Ryobi, or perhaps the PC
with the aftermarket adjustable fence.

However, the Ryobi's fence locks in position with two bolts, one on either
side, that control both fence height and angle at the same time. I think this
would make it difficult to fine-tune the height without disturbing the angle
setting. Can any Ryobi owners discuss this possible difficulty? Perhaps it's
just as easy to set both angle and height accurately at the same time.
Unfortunately, even playing with the machines in the store is not the same as
actually cutting joints with them.

I'm not concerned with which side the fence registers against when making edge
miters, as I always plane the pieces to identical thicknesses anyway.

If there are any Elu owners out there, I would still like to hear from them.

Again, thanks to all who took the time to help me out.


I have the cheap Skil biscuit joiner. The specs on the motor and blade
I believe are as good as any of the others. So far I've been quite happy
with it, although it seems that the depth adjust knob rotates a little
too easily. I took the fence off and am using it primarily for right angle
joints - the fence only has 90 and 45 degree options. The book that came
with it says to make different size wedges and had some reasons, which I
can't remember right now, for why this is better than a fence anyway.

I paid $119. The Lamello machines must be really nice since they're several
times more expensive. One interesting machine is the Delta with it's adjustable
table, but I wanted a portable tool. Overall I love using my joiner and
have abandoned other joinery techniques (for the moment, until something
I build breaks :-)

Rainer Malzbender


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