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Old 05-08-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Just burned up an older porter cable biscuit joiner today so I need to replace it. Is the newer porter cable or dewalt any good?
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Just burned up an older porter cable biscuit joiner today so I need to replace it. Is the newer porter cable or dewalt any good?
I have the newer porter cable. Had it a few years. Its good for a biscuit joiner. I just got the domino last week. Already burned through a half a bag. I love the thing. I have a feeling that its going to completely replace the porter cable. If you've got the coin to throw at it I'd recommend giving the domino a try. I put off getting one but now its one of those tools that I wonder why I waited so long.

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When I saw the newer PC it didn't look like they had cheapened it like the rest of the tools.

See if you can put hands on the newer Makita. I have used it a few times and it was pretty nice.
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Spencer I have a domino and I like it but I still use the biscuit joiner more. I use the jointer for casing, base, beams and other jobs. I personally like biscuits because it is faster, cheaper to use and I can get by with one biscuit instead of two dominos.
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I just picked up a new makita, but I have never used others before. If you have any questions about it, I would be glad to help.
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Spencer I have a domino and I like it but I still use the biscuit joiner more. I use the jointer for casing, base, beams and other jobs. I personally like biscuits because it is faster, cheaper to use and I can get by with one biscuit instead of two dominos.
Good to know. Those are things I probably will still be figuring out. I'm still in the new tool infatuation stage with the domino.
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Spencer I have a domino and I like it but I still use the biscuit joiner more. I use the jointer for casing, base, beams and other jobs. I personally like biscuits because it is faster, cheaper to use and I can get by with one biscuit instead of two dominos.
Other than cheaper I couldnt disagree more. Why do you use a biscuit jointer for base?
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If you want a good biscuit jointer get a Lamello.
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Being realistic, what PC tools are good now? They are designed as HO tools. Not designed for pros.
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Other than cheaper I couldnt disagree more. Why do you use a biscuit jointer for base?
A butt joint with a biscuit is a very common way to splice base, crown, or other running trim. On a 3 1/2" -4" casing miter it will take 1 biscuit vs 2 dominos.

I own both an older Porter Cable and a Lamello in addition to a Domino. Both biscuit joiners are accurate. There is an overlap in function between a Domino and a biscuit joiner but each shines over the other in different situations. Running trim I use the biscuit joiners more often.
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I have the Dewalt and it is a solid tool. Not cheaply built at all.
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I picked up the DeWalt used for a song and it has been a great tool. Very well made and works great.
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Being realistic, what PC tools are good now? They are designed as HO tools. Not designed for pros.

There are still a few holdover tools from the "old" Porter Cable that are still good. Their biscuit joiner is one of them. Most of their stuff is homeowner now, like you say.
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Being realistic, what PC tools are good now? They are designed as HO tools. Not designed for pros.
The 3x21 beast belt sander is one. But sadly the list is short.
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If you want a good biscuit jointer get a Lamello.

My old guy finish carpenter buddy swears by Lamello.

Though the cost of a Lamello joiner you can buy 2 or 3 other brands

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A butt joint with a biscuit is a very common way to splice base, crown, or other running trim. On a 3 1/2" -4" casing miter it will take 1 biscuit vs 2 dominos.

I own both an older Porter Cable and a Lamello in addition to a Domino. Both biscuit joiners are accurate. There is an overlap in function between a Domino and a biscuit joiner but each shines over the other in different situations. Running trim I use the biscuit joiners more often.
Great, another tool to carry. 4mm domino's are cheap enough and it is not much slower to cut them.

The less I can drag with me the better
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I could see how you wouldn't want to carry both tools, they are so heavy and massive.
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My old guy finish carpenter buddy swears by Lamello.

Though the cost of a Lamello joiner you can buy 2 or 3 other brands

You get what you pay for.
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Great, another tool to carry. 4mm domino's are cheap enough and it is not much slower to cut them.

The less I can drag with me the better
I'll agree that the less you have to hump around the better. That's why the biscuit joiner lives in the van and the Domino only comes out of the shop when necessary.
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