Biscuit Joiner JM80 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Biscuit Joiner JM80

Ryobi - Biscuit Joiner JM80

Ryobi offers a comparable biscuit joiner as model No. JM82K

$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.

The Ryobi had an excellent result in the parallel test when registering off the base but not when using the fence. The handle is comfortable, and the machine has a switch that’s easy to use, but it can’t be locked on.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Using fence: 0.015 in.; Using base: 0.001 in.
Noise Rating 96 dB (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ryobi
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-525-2579
Biscuit Sizes 0, 10, 20
Fence Features Adjustable-angle fence: Yes
Amps 6 amps

I purchased this to make large frames. Once I got the hang of it, it was smooth and did a fine job. At the price well.....

I actually vowed that this would be the last cheap tool I ever purchased after my first project with it. The fence has an indent in the first inch so when cutting a side slot to match up with at vertical you are always off about a 1/16". I finally had to build a cover for the fence to make everything match up. Save yourself hours with your router and spend a couple more dollars to get something that works.

Very good tool no complaints, works very well and without problems

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