Biscuit Joiner JS100 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Biscuit Joiner JS100

Freud Inc. - Biscuit Joiner JS100

Freud’s JS100 biscuit joiner has features similar to those of model No. JS102, except that it uses a locking lever, not detents, to set the fence height

$99 (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.

The Freud had good scores in the parallel test. However, the small adjustable fence is hard to keep steady during a cut, and the fence slips under moderate downward pressure.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Using fence: 0.003 in.; Using base: 0.004 in.
Noise Rating 95 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Freud Inc.
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-334-4107
Biscuit Sizes 0, 10, 20, A, B, Max
Fence Features Adjustable-angle fence: No
Amps 5 amps

I purchased this tool mostly for the name, blade, and price. I wish I had spent more to get a better tool. Three main problems: 1. the springs on the base are weak and do not return the base nor hold it in the starting position, 2. the dust collector chute has a piece of plastic in it that severely inhibits the flow of waste to the collector bag. The tool continuously clogs no matter the depth of cut, 3. the motor is very noisy - seems like a bearing is defective. After all of that, the dust collector bag's zipper stuck rendering the bag useless.

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