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tahir

Biscuit jointer confusion

There's quite a lot of furniture that I'll be needing a biscuit jointer for, prices seem to range from around 45-1300, reviews on screwfix and amazon are inconclusive, some people give the cheapo ones 5 stars, others 1 star. I just want one that works reliably.

Any ideas?
dpack

not one of my tools but on the general principle that if you diy a diy one will last a few jobs if you do it all day spend out for a top end pro tool i would go for the cheap with decent reviews and expect it to last a few bits of furniture.

i got a wall chaser for 50 squid and was/am happy for it to still be working after the 4 hrs i needed it for,to hire a pro one would have cost more and to buy a pro one daft.
JB

If I can't decide between items like that then my usual principal is to buy the second cheapest item. The rationale is that there is a reason the cheapest is cheapest, if the second cheapest is too bad I can return it under warranty, if it breaks after doing the job then at least the job was done and probably cheaper than hiring and if I need to replace it in future then this experience will mean that I have some idea of what I am looking for.

So buy the second cheapest
perlogalism

I bought a cheap Screwfix (Ferm) one a few years ago when building a wardrobe. It did the job and I still have it but:
1: The depth lock has broken (cheap casting).
2: The chip / dust clearance has always been useless. So I spend quite a bit of time taking off the sole plate and manually removing the dust and sweeping out the cuts. Tedious and time consuming.

I too have been looking for a replacement but there isn't anything "mid market" that appeals. If you can fine a second hand Clarke BJ600, jump at it. By all accounts it out performed many of the expensive pro tools but was about 70 to buy. Like all good tools, it's been discontinued though Crying or Very sad

If you do find an alternative that works, I'd be interested to hear about it.
tahir

Just bought a 2nd hand Makita 110v for 100 on ebay
dpack

some makita stuff is pretty ok and can be mended if the motor brushes wear away etc
perlogalism

Just bought a 2nd hand Makita 110v for 100 on ebay


Sounds reasonable. How's the dust removal?
tahir

Didn't check tbh, we have an outdoor space to use it so not too much of an issue
dpack

it isnt the dust in the room as much as the dust in the cut /machine that is an issue if i understand the nature of the machines
perlogalism

it isnt the dust in the room as much as the dust in the cut /machine that is an issue if i understand the nature of the machines


Yup, that's it. Still, if tahir had no problems outside then that's all good Smile
vegplot

If I had the money it would be Festool everytime. jema

too late, I use a 35 or so cheap biscuit jointer and have built a lot of stuff with it. mousjoos

If I had the money it would be Festool everytime.


they are excellent but it's the accessories that make the range ridiculously expensive
I have some Festool stuff..I'm very careful with it & it never gets lent out
I have had an AEG biscuit jointer for about 16 years.....super quality & only 90 when new
MornieG

Makita. Better a secondhand makita than a cheap new one.

Mo.XX
Woo

Just about everything is made in China these days, in my experience.
We have had new generators 'for reliability' and been sadly disappointed. Our 1944 version a trusted friend.
Professional quality grinders, with dust protection promises and had to get them replaced after a few months.
the brand names sadly don't mean the quality article we expect anymore. Tiny, but vital components replaced with an inferior item causing catistrophic failure.
The time we spend taking things apart and repairing them amounts to a frustrating amount of our time.
They don't make 'em like they used to may be an old joke but it is certainly true.
I am hoping to get himself a biscuit cutter soon for when we get to 'that' part of the work. let us know how you get on?
tahir

let us know how you get on?

Will do, thanks for your input everyone
tahir

The biscuit jointer works really well, but have just ordered a dowelling jig as for quite a large portion of the work the slot is just too wide, even on a '0' biscuit.

Found this out after knocking up a jig to cut slots in the end of my 50x18 slats Laughing

Still, plenty of use for it so no probs
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