A hands-on review of what's on the market
Synopsis: Roland Johnson assesses eight corded biscuit joiners to see how they compare. He evaluates them for fences, adjustability, noise, how well the biscuits fit, how simple the switches and slot depth setters are to use, whether sides glide and whether they have dust collection. He rates his favorites by how well they did in his tests and then by price.
The year was 1956. Dwight Elsenhower was re-elected president; Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series; Elvis sang “Heartbreak Hotel.” And in Switzerland, the first biscuit joiner was made by Lamello.
Lamello still makes biscuit joiners, also called plate joiners, but at least eight other manufacturers are cranking out biscuit joiners for sale in the United States. And woodworkers can now choose from more than a dozen models.
For anyone looking to buy a new biscuit joiner, that’s a lot of options. In trying to sort them…