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    What biscuit joiner should I buy?

    Does anyone have any recommendations on what biscuit joiner I should buy?
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    Dennis

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    Depending on what you want to do...and how much you want to spend/save....you might want to take a look at the Festool Domino too.

    http://www.festoolusa.com/Web_files/...no_Machine.pdf

    I have the Porter-Cable 557 and like it.

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    I have a PC557 that seems to work pretty well. I imagine you will get a lot of different opinions. Festool's Domino seems to be the most beloved at the moment!

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    I've had the DeWalt, pretty much ever since it first came out. It's been great. No problems with it at all. I've been through a couple thousand biscuits - at least - over the years.
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    I have the Porter Cable also -- works fine for me. Only one I've ever had so I can't compare it to anything............

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    I, like Jim, have the DeWalt and am very happy with it. I have also looked at the Festool Domino, but can not make up my mind.

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    I've also got the DeWalt, and like it a lot. I've only used it a few times, but it's done what I've needed it to do.
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    I would suggest looking at a doweling jig or some other option.

    I just don't get good alignment with mine, I get better alignment with the dowel jig. It may be me and my technique? I can't find a thing wrong with the machine. I just get a lot better alignment using dowels and rarely use biscuits anymore. Had it to do over I wouldn't buy one. A recent discussion on Woodnet, I found I was not the only one that felt that way.
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    Which doweling jig would you recommend?
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    Dennis

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    i`m like jeff, when p/c came out with the first lamello copy i just had to have one so off i went to the local store and got one, big box of biscuits too....6-7 yrs later i sold it and most of the box of biscuits for pennys on the dollar and i`m not one to sell a tool.....i prefer to cut joints or use splines not a big dowel fan either...
    but if you`ve just gotta have one the lamello holds its value better than any of the others...
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