7 Best Biscuit Joiners for Wood Joinery – Biscuit Joiner Reviews
The biscuit joiner is a power tool made specially for making fast and professional joints in wood. If you have tried to make biscuit joints manually, you know how difficult and skillful you need to be. The biscuit joiner removes all the difficulty from the equation and allows anyone, of any carpentry experience to produce professional biscuit joints in a matter of minutes. Without further ado, here is our biscuit joiner review of some of the best biscuit joiners available on the market today!
7 Best Biscuit Joiners - Reviews
1. DeWalt DW682K Plate Joiner
2. Porter-Cable 557 Plate Joiner Kit
3. Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner
4. Festool 574432 Domino Joiner DF 500 Q Biscuit Joiner Set
5. Festool 574447 XL DF 700 Domino Joiner Set
6. Lamello Classic X 101600 Biscuit Joiner
7. Makita XJP03Z Lithium-Ion Cordless Plate Joiner
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#1. DeWalt DW682K 6.5-Amp Plate Joiner
Editor's Rating: (4.7 / 5)
The DeWalt DW682K is a popular biscuit joiner used by many professionals. It is rated as one of the best biscuit joiner by many biscuit joiner review websites. And for good reasons! It has a high-quality build construction from cast-iron and is a very beginner-friendly biscuit joiner. The aluminum shoe sits perfectly flush to the ground providing you with a perfect baseline of 3/4 inch height to start your joinery work.
You can purchase this model as the joiner only, or as a combo kit with biscuits of size 10 or size 20. The motor of 6.5-Amp offers plenty of power to the blades, allowing the DW682K’s blades to rotate at 10,000 RPM. At this speed, this unit is guaranteed to deliver a clean and professional finish cut.
What we really like in this biscuit joiner is the presence of a rack and pinion fence that is adjustable and gives you extreme precision over your cut. Additionally, the fence can perform the traditional 45-degree miter cut with outside indexing.
- High-quality build construction with a flat aluminum shoe. Durable and long-lasting
- Powerful motor of 6.5-Amp delivers 10,000 RPM to the blades for a clean cut
- Rack and pinion fence system for accuracy
- No dedicated 135-degree miter angle. Can only be positioned at 45-degree.
Who Should Buy?
For joinery work like making boxes or cabinet work, this model from DeWalt is one of the best plate joiner for the money. It does not have a dedicated 135 degrees miter lock, but you can quickly reverse the fence to provide this functionality.
#2. Porter-Cable 557 7.0-Amp Plate Joiner Kit
Editor's Rating: (4.6 / 5)
The Porter-Cable 557 is a popular favorite of ours. It is a step up from the DeWalt model reviewed above and offers superior functions. It also has an excellent build construction from metal and sports one of the most accurate fence we have seen in a plate joiner.
The fence can tilt from 0-degree to 135-degree and be locked in position. With this type of angle versatility, you can perform professional miter joints in a matter of seconds. For your convenience, the fence can be locked in position for repetitive use.
This Porter-Cable biscuit joiner has a more powerful 7-Amp motor that delivers 10,000 RPM to the 4-inch blades. With this kind of power and speed, you will get a very professional finish cut in your joinery work.
You can purchase this model is there as deplete joiner alone or with an assortment of biscuits ranging from size #20, #10, and #0.
- Very powerful motor of 7-Amp. 10,000 RPM blade delivers a very clean cut
- Can be purchased with an assortment of different biscuit sizes.
- Presence of a dedicated miter angle of 135-degree. Can be locked in position for future use
- The dust collector's filter is not the best. It can quickly clog with dust and debris. Will require frequent cleaning
Who Should Buy?
One of the best things about the Porter-Cable 557 is that you can purchase this model with a wide range of biscuit sizes. It is also a very powerful model that can be used with great ease. Therefore, we recommend this model to those who are looking for a professional and easy-to-use biscuit joiner.
#3. Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner
Editor's Rating: (4.6 / 5)
The Makita PJ7000 is one of the earliest biscuit joiner's available on the Internet. It has a less performing 5.6-Amp motor with a rotating blade of 11,000 RPM. The speed is very fast which means that you will always get a clean and smooth cut with this biscuit joiner.
However, since it is a little bit underpowered compared to other models in this plate joiner review, this model is mostly ideal for lightweight work on relatively soft wood. There is a 6 depth setting that allows you to perform common biscuit sizes of #0, #10, and #20.
Additionally, the camlock adjusts the fence angle quite easily, and of course, you can easily lock the fence to your favorite angle. It does not perform a 135-degree mitre cut, as it only has three angle stops of 0, 45, and 90 degrees. But to make up for that, the rack and pinion fence delivers extreme accuracy when you want to get fine joinery work.
All in all, despite being a fairly older model, it still has excellent features that will come in handy when making biscuit joints.
- Dedicated 6 depth setting for making different biscuit sizes
- Camlock system locks your mitre angle for repetitive use
- Rack and pinion fence system for more accuracy
- Ergonomic form factor. Large and comfortable handle
- Expensive for the features offered. There are superior biscuit joiners for less in this biscuit joiner review
Who Should Buy?
Despite being a very good model, we believe that this model from Makita is a little bit overpriced for what it offers. Get this model if you can grab it at a discount. Else, there are better biscuit joiners for the money in this review.
#4. Festool 574432 Domino Joiner DF 500 Q Set
Editor's Rating: (4.4 / 5)
The Festool 574432 is one of the most premium and professional biscuit joiner in this review. It does not come cheap, as this is a fairly expensive joiner, but you always get what you pay for. It contains a powerful 420 Watts motor that delivers an impressive 24,300 RPM to the blades. This will deliver the finest joinery cut you can make with such a device.
This unit has been machine engineered to deliver the most accurate joinery work and you can create miter cuts anywhere from 0-degree to 90-degree. It has positive stops at 22.5, 45 and 67.4 degrees for repetitive use. As expected from a biscuit joiner of this calibre, it obviously has indexing pins for edge alignment and joining panels.
The flat aluminum shoe can be leveled to make miter cuts of 135-degree, despite this unit not having a dedicated camlock for this setting.
One feature that is rarely seen in other biscuit joiners is the presence of a dust extraction system and not a dust collection system as most traditional biscuit joiners come with. You can easily connect this model with your external dust extraction system for a cleaner joinery work. This dust extraction system is also very beneficial in the sense that it helps prolong the life of the cutter and the unit in general.
- Very powerful motor with 24,300 RPM blade speed
- Small and compact. Can easily be carried to the job
- Ergonomic form factor with a large handle that limits hand fatigue
- External dust extraction system keep the work area clean as well as prolong the life of the unit
- The price. Very expensive
Who Should Buy?
We can only safely recommend the Festool 574432 Domino to professionals who make a living from woodworking. This is mostly due to its high price. However, it is a very durable and long-lasting biscuit joiner that will allow you to make very fine joinery work for commercial purposes.
#5. Festool 574447 XL DF 700 Domino Joiner Set
Editor's Rating: (4.9 / 5)
The Festool 574447 is an even more premium model than the Festool 574432 Domino. It is only intended for professionals, but what a biscuit joiner it is!
This is one of the few models that allows you to adjust the mortise width with the turn of a dial. This offers incredible ease of use, especially if you have to perform a lot of biscuit cuts on material of different sizes. Additionally, you can easily use this biscuit joiner for large projects because of the big 5-1/2” tenon size.
You can buy this model either as a vanilla model with only the biscuit joiner, or with an assortment of tenon sizes for more versatility. Frankly, we do not know of another biscuit joiner that offers such kind of versatility and ease of use. Clearly, this is a professional biscuit joiner intended only for commercial purposes.
- Very high-quality model
- Extremely accurate biscuit joiner. Can be used for fine joinery work
- Easy to adjust tenon size and can work with a maximum of 5-1/2” tenons
- Can be used for large and commercial purposes
- Too expensive for the average woodworker
Who Should Buy?
If you are a professional who regularly work on large joinery projects with biscuit sizes of 5-1/2 inches, then this model from Festool is the best biscuit joiner money can buy. Sure, it is expensive. But it will last you a long time and few models can come close to it in terms of versatility, accuracy, and ease of use.
#6. Lamello Classic X 101600 Biscuit Joiner
Editor's Rating: (5 / 5)
As its name suggests, the Lamello Classic is a classic biscuit joiner with classic functions and classic looks. However, despite its modest looks, it is a very performing compact biscuit joiner. It sports a powerful 780W motor that will deliver a very clean joinery cut.
It is also CNC machined engineered for maximum accuracy. However, the only problem we have in this model is the lack of a rack and pinion fence. Instead, it uses a dovetail fence system that is not as accurate and easy to use as a rack and pinion.
While this Lamello plate joiner has the popular angle stops of 0, 22.5, 45, 67.5 and 90 degrees, it lacks a 135-degree miter stop. However, this can easily be circumvented by referencing the unit outside of a 45-degree miter joint.
Despite all this, it offers a custom angle miter cut which brings a lot of versatility to the table. Lamello is known for its superior quality power tools, and the Lamello Classic X 101600 Biscuit Joiner is no exception. We have yet to find someone complain about this model, even if it has a fairly expensive price.
- CNC machine engineered for precision and accuracy on the job
- Powerful 780W motor will deliver a very smooth and clean biscuit cut
- Simple and yet easy to use
- Does not have a dedicated 135-degree miter stop
- Fence is not rack and pinion. Beginners will have difficulty aligning this biscuit joiner
Who Should Buy?
We recommend the Lamello Classic X 101600 to semi-professionals and professionals who are used to working with the dovetail fence system rather than with a rack and pinion.
#7. Makita XJP03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Plate Joiner
Editor's Rating: (3.9 / 5)
Lastly, the Makita XJP03Z is the only cordless biscuit joiner in this review. It is powered by an 18V 3 Ah lithium-ion battery. This battery can effectively allow you to make 320 cuts and 160 joints on a single charge. Quite impressive for a cordless unit. However, you will need to purchase the 18V battery and charger separately.
It has the traditional biscuit height of 3/4” with biscuit stops of #0, #10 and #20 for more versatility. The rack and pinion fence can also be easily pivoted to 0, 45 and 90 degrees when required and equally easy to lock in position with the camlock system. It is quite accurate. Note that there is no 135-degree camlock fence in this unit.
The dust collection system provides a clean joinery cut and we generally like the ergonomic and compact form factor of this joiner. The rear handle is coated with a soft rubber material for handling comfort.
All in all, the main advantage of this model remains its portability.
- Cordless model powered by a battery. Portable
- Can provide up to 320 biscuit cuts or 160 joints on a single charge
- Works with common angle stops of 0, 45 and 90-degrees
- Rack and pinion fence for accuracy and ease of use
- You will need to purchase the battery and charger separately
Who Should Buy?
If you need a cordless biscuit joiner and already own a compatible 18V lithium-ion battery to go with this model, it is one of the best cordless biscuit joiners for the money. It easily competes with more premium biscuit joiners at half the price.
Things to Consider When Buying a Biscuit Joiner
Before purchasing a biscuit joiner, keep an eye out for those basic and yet important factors.
#1. Motor Power
The motor power is very important in a biscuit joiner. If the motor is inefficient and stalls, it can damage your joinery work. Since those are fine work joints, ensure that your preferred model has a sufficiently powerful motor. Anything in the range of 5 - 7 Amps should be sufficient for workshop joinery work. For commercial purposes, or if you consistently work with hard material like hardwood, we recommend getting a model of at least 7 Amps and above.
#2. Blade Speed
Usually, a blade speed of 10,000 RPM is enough and recommended. At this speed, the blades generates a clean and smooth cut in material. The cut will be spinterless, even if you use material that are easily splintered like 1/4 inch plywood. Additionally, with a blade speed of at least 10,000 RPM, the cut will be professional and clean, requiring little to no afterwork. Practical if you use a biscuit joiner for commercial purposes.
#3. Fence System
The base of the biscuit joiner is the reference point of the unit. All biscuit joiners obey an industry standard of 3/4” of joinery when the tool is layed flat to the material. However, sometimes you may want to cut higher than 3/4” with a biscuit joiner. This is where the fence system in a biscuit joiner comes into play, as it allows you to level the blade up or down in an accurate and uniform manner. For the most accurate result and best stability, we recommend that you get a biscuit joiner than comes with a rack and pinion fence.
#4. Fence Tilt
In addition to the fence system, ensure that your fence system is tillable for working with miter joints. For best bang for the buck, get a model that offers an angle tilt of 135-degree. This is the standard angle of a miter joint. Additionally, it needs to have a lock mechanism to save the tilt angle for repetitive and future use.
#5. Dust Collection
Of course, the biscuit joiner generates a lot of sawdust. To help keep your work area clean, only go with biscuit joiners that have a dust collection system. It does not need to be fancy. A simple cloth dust collection will work wonders in helping keep your joinery clean.
The handle is the trigger mechanism of the biscuit joiner. Since your hands will rest on the handle every time you use this power tool, we recommend a biscuit joiner with a large, ergonomic, and comfortable handle. This will allow you to work for longer periods without hand fatigue.
Sources: popularwoodworking.com, finewoodworking.com