Porter-Cable - Biscuit Joiner 557
Porter-Cable’s biscuit joiner features a micro height-adjustment knob and an adjustable-angle fence
This tool comes with an extra blade for cutting FF mini-biscuit slots. Changing the blade was easier than on most of the others and is described in the well-illustrated manual. The versatile fence reaches 135° and is easy to adjust to angles over 90°. The included thickness plate can be used to locate biscuits in the center of 1/2 in. stock. This tool is a bit larger and heavier than most, but it has comfortable handles. The dust port is sized to accept a 1-in. vacuum hose, which improved dust collection.
Also Reviewed by Roland Johnson, 10/1/2001
Woodworkers in the market for a biscuit joiner have many models from which to choose, so Fine Woodworking decided to test a dozen of them. Results showed that the features to look for include a comfortable handle; an easy-to-operate switch; an adjustable fence that works smoothly, offers good support, and adjusts for angles you need; a turret stop that adjusts for the biscuit sizes you use; and a grip system that keeps the tool from sliding.
The Porter-Cable scored well in the parallel test. It has a switch location that makes good sense. The fence pivots to 135° . A 2-in.-dia. blade is included for cutting smaller (#FF) biscuits.