Makita - Biscuit Joiner 3901 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Biscuit Joiner 3901

Makita - Biscuit Joiner 3901

Makita’s biscuit joiner features an adjustable-angle, cast-aluminum fence.

$160 (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 Makita had an excellent score in the parallel test. The rack-and-pinion fence was easy to adjust, but the fence on the model we tested slipped under moderate pressure until the fence-lock lever was repositioned.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Using fence: 0.001 in.; Using base: 0.002 in.
Noise Rating 96 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Makita
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-462-5482
Biscuit Sizes 0, 10, 20, S, D, Max
Fence Features Adjustable-angle fence: Yes
Amps 5.6 amps

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