Biscuit Joiner 17501 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Biscuit Joiner 17501

Craftsman - Biscuit Joiner 17501

This biscuit joiner from Craftsman features a plastic fence. This model has been discontinued.

$100 (As of 10/1/2001)

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Editor's Review: Biscuit Joiners

by Roland Johnson

review date: October 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.

This Craftsman model has a comfortable handle and a switch that’s easy to use but can’t be locked on. The fence is flimsy and challenging to lock parallel to the cutter. Wide teeth cut a wide slot, so biscuits fit a bit loosely.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Using fence: 0.017 in.; Using base: 0.007 in.
Noise Rating 96 dB (No load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Biscuit Sizes 0, 10, 20
Fence Features Adjustable-angle fence: Yes
Amps 6 amps

This biscuit joiner drove me crazy. Slots were not consistent, the mechanism jammed frequently and I finally threw it away and replaced it with a Porter Cable model.

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