Biscuit Joiner Classic C3 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Biscuit Joiner Classic C3

Lamello - Biscuit Joiner Classic C3

The Lamello Classic C3 biscuit joiner is less feature-rich than the Top 20, but still a heavy duty tool

$499 (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 Lamello Classic C3 had a near-perfect score in the parallel test. The motor slides smoothly, and the joiner's large fence is easy to position. Also the base easily disassembles for cleaning and blade changes. But the tool is expensive.

Editor's Note: Price was updated on 4/6/2009

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Using fence: 0.000 in.; Using base: 0.001 in.
Noise Rating 96 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Lamello
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 041 61 935 36 36
Biscuit Sizes 0, 10, 20, S, D, Max
Fence Features Adjustable-angle fence: Yes
Amps 6.4 amps

This is an excellent tool in almost every respect. Its Achilles heal is the port to the dust bag. It is too narrow and when using the machine on solid wood the chips almost inevitably back up there, requiring disassembly of the base to clear. This isn't a problem with particle board or mdf.

Expensive but well worth the cost.

This is a no-nonsense workhorse of a tool. It has no frills, but everything needed for everyday use. Mine gets used in a production environment practically every day. It's been 3 years and the tool never had a glitch. Only one minor complaint - the plastic dust port angle tends to come loose. All in all, as straightforward and reliable a tool as one could ask for.

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