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Tool review: Biscuit Joiners

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Porter-Cable 557

Porter-Cable 557

With the most comprehensive depth-stop settings, this machine cuts slots for multiple biscuit sizes as well as for metal knockdown fasteners and specialty hinges. It makes accurate cuts whether using the base or the fence for reference, and it's easy to quickly set the fence angle and height. Coarse sandpaper across the full width of the nose prevents any slippage when making cuts. If you want to use face-frame biscuits, switching to the smaller blade is a breeze, and there's a molded storage spot in the case for the blade you're not using. Because the 557's fence has no support in its center cutout, you have to clip on a plastic adapter when working with boards narrower than 3-3/4". Dust collection proved its only (minor) setback because of a too-small chute that clogged with chips when using the included bag.


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