A biscuit joiner brings us together. Well, our wood at least. For those looking to grab a necessary power tool for jobs landing in the advanced woodworking project category, biscuit aka plate joiners are definitely something to take a look at. Although a little more advanced than the obvious cordless drill or even most common tools found in combo kits, these things can come in handy for those in love with wood and what they’re crafting. Let’s take a look at the top 10 best.
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Before we get into our recommended products, we’ll brush up on the technical definition of these things. A biscuit joiner is also called a plate joiner, and it is a woodworking tool that is used to put together two pieces of wood, attaching one to another. The biscuit system was invented in the year 1956 by Hermann Steiner in Switzerland. He discovered it accidentally when he was looking for a simple way to join chip boards.
The biscuit joiner can use a small saw blade that looks circular in order to cut a crescent-shaped hole, which is also called the mouth, towards the opposite edges of two different woods or of the wood composite panels. The oval-shaped, highly dried and compressed wooden biscuits like particle or beech can be covered using glue or the glue can be applied on the slot. The biscuit is then placed on the wet board and they are then clamped one to another. The wet glue is going to expand the biscuit and it is going to improve its bond.
In terms of learning how to use one if you have not done so yet or for additional information on the tool, we love this how to use a biscuit joiner article.
- How much you are willing to spend – Biscuit and plate joiners have some of the widest ranges in the power tool market we’ve seen. So that’s when the question arises: how much is in your budget? This will also depend on your uses. Will you be in a shop, garage, or job site? Are you a manufacturer? The more advanced the project (or projects will be), the higher you’re going to have to spend.
- Motor power – We recommend the average power tool use grab a biscuit joiner 6 Amp or higher. However, some of the heavy hitters out there go as high as 800-watts — but those will be around a grand or more in price.
- Additional accessories? There are sometimes accessories included in your plate joiner package that hikes up the price but may be worth it for your needs. Some come with anti-slip guards, others a removable fence, dust bags, chip deflectors, different types of biscuits and more. It all comes down to what you foresee yourself wanting now as well as the future.
To start off our list, this one by Makita is a precise and powerful biscuit joiner with a 6-amp motor together with 11,000 rpm. It can cut through many different types of wood and the vertical fence based on the rack and pinion has been engineered to ensure accurate fence adjustment. With the cast aluminum pivot fence, it can make a convenient three positive stops at the 0, 45 and 90 degree. It is easy to use with its ergonomic design for comfort, quick blade changes, and low downtime. This biscuit joiner is known for its ergonomic and slim body design which ensures added comfort and the cast aluminum on the front body ensures added durability. The user-friendly large cam locks are used for fence adjustment. It has a large top grip handle to ensure improved handling. There is also a non-marring rubber strip insert on its shoes to prevent the materials against slipping — if you want one of the best biscuit joiners out there in our opinion, take a look at the Makita PJ7000.
The DeWalt DW682K offers enough power to help in working on most types of woods. The dual rack with pinion fences make sure that the fences and blades are kept parallel for accurate joints each time. The integral one-piece fence can be adjusted and tilt from 0-90 degrees. Flush cuts can be made using the 0 degree setting without having to remove the fence. At 45 degrees, the locating notch in the fence allows the indexing of the outside surface of the mitered joints. There is no marring or heavy-duty aluminum shoe that allows the joiner to get clamped for the stationary work. The plate joiner is retractable, has anti-slip pins and helps to hold the work in one place. The preset depth can stop all the common biscuit sizes. The tool comes with a 90 day money back guarantee by DeWalt and it has a 1 year service contract with a 3 year limited warranty. This is definitely one of the best biscuit joiners to buy.
Up next, the Porter-Cable brand logo tells us this one is a bit cheaper than others in terms of price but still doesn’t sacrifice much quality. Coming as another one of the best plate joiners, it is able to handle many different types of wood you may encounter and it offers seven different types of cutting options. It is an industry leading, relatively powerful joiner with a 7 amp motor that rotates the blade to reach to 10,000 RMP. The fence can tilt, starting from 0 to reach up to 135 degrees, while the positive can be adjusted to reach to 90 degrees. The four-inch blade is used to make the standard size for its cuts. It comes with a chip deflector, dust bag, spanner wrench, centering plate and 4 inch blade. The robust performance of the Porter-Cable 557 biscuit joiner is the result of some decent power and overall solid build.
Now we’re talking professional. This particular joiner has a unique and also patented cutting action that can rotate and oscillate in order to create repeatable, clean and perfect mortises each time. The mortises have the adjustment feature that turns off the dial, and this allows easy alignment if the panels are joined together. The pivoting fence lets us create angled mortises from the 90 degree angle with positive stops of different sizes. The indexing pins allow for quicker alignment against the edge of the work piece to offer accurate placement and the dust extractable design provides clean holes for better adhesion of the glue and for longer cut life. This thing has a lot of extra bells and whistles — The system has sip, beech and pre-fabricated domino tenons. The joiner together with the different cutting method comes with indexing features as well as adjustable mortise sizing, and this ensures that it makes the flawless mortises every time it is used. Take a look at the Festool 574432 if cash isn’t a problem and you want one of the best high-end biscuit and plate joiners in the market.
Ryobi always comes up with affordable power tools. This is our pick for the best budget-friendly joiner which comes with the ability of cutting angles together with the positive stops of 0, 45, 90 and 135 degrees. It has a carbide tipped blade, accurate metal fences, and the pinion and rack adjustment with the over mold for some decent comfort. The tool has a powerful 6-amp motor capable of reaching up to 10,000 rmp. This decently powerful and well-designed tool offers the power needed to work on most types of woods in a smaller shop may encounter. It includes a tool storage bag, 10 biscuits and dust bag. Try the Ryobi JM82GK if you want a plate joiner that isn’t going to break your wallet. Just keep in mind it’s for smaller applications as opposed to those in the professional realm.
This joiner’s biscuit specs are 0, 10 and 20. They include a 4’’ 6T C2 Tungsten carbide blade that has been tipped. The tool can cut the biscuit in an easy and quick way to ensure super strong miter joints, the T Joints with edge to edge cuts. It also includes a dust port, an adjustable fence, and a dust bag to ensure easy clean up with the preset depth stops for different sizes. The product has 1010 watts, 11000 rpm, 120v/ghz, cutting angle from 0-45 degree biscuits spec, and the maximum cutting depth of 0.55’’. The item comes with a one year limited warranty and it can be used for large projects without leading to any problems. The TruePower 01-0102 is a robust tool and everyone is happy with the results that they get from it — it’s one of the lowest priced joiners in this article.
Lamello Top 21
This one by Lamello is a top biscuit joiner if money didn’t exist. It has a highly efficient, accurate and simple joining system for the panels. It has a swiveling front stop and a multi-functional stop square that comes with the fixed pivot point together with a high precision application surface. The applications are detachable and fixed connections that come with 15 different joining elements for kitchen and furniture manufacturing, installers and booth construction. The joining elements, glue applications and biscuits joiners with the clamping set are put together to make the system. It also includes depth adjustments for the joining elements for this biscuit joiner. The perfected fit can be achieved from the start since the biscuits may be inserted in the groove and they stay in place very well. Look at the Lamello Top 21 if you aren’t playing any games.
Here’s another Makita plate joiner worth checking out. This one has precise cutting with 6,500 RPM, which is able to cut different type of woods. The item has a rack and pinion vertical fence system that helps make the accurate fence adjustment. The cast aluminum pivot fence uses three positive stops of 0, 45 and 90 degrees. The cordless plate joiner offers portability on the jobsites where there is no AC or limited power sources. The tool has an ergonomic and slim body design for added comfort with a large top grind handle to offer improved handling. It also has a tool-less blade cover with a shaft lock for easy and fast blade changes. There are non-marring rubber inserts in the shoe’s engineering that prevents the materials against slipping and the cast aluminum front body is combined for additional durability. The 30 minute rapid optimum charger communicates with the built-in chip of the battery within the entire charging process to offer better battery life. Check out the Makita LXJP02 for another one of the best biscuit joiners out there at the moment.
Lamello Classic X 101600
Here’s another beastly Lamello model to take a look at. This is a biscuit joiner with a nice base plate, swiveling front stop and a stop square flush on the sides make for easy positioning on the edge to be used as the reference. It is ergonomically and powerfully designed with a 780 watt motor (yikes) and a guidance system render, which comes with an accurate parallel group to offer the right alignment. It is most of the time described as being the Cadillac for plate joiners. The multi-function stop, fence, and slide shoes are made using precision machined milled metal. This is the only joiner that has been made in this way. The type of construction the Lamello Classic X 101600 brings makes sure that the joiner offers the perfect accuracy for many years.
Chicago Electric 68987
To top off our list, the Chicago Electric 68987 is a bit more rare in the power tool world, however is a versatile plate joiner that makes easy and quick cuts for reliable miter joints, butt joints, edge to edge cuts and T-joints. The features do include an adjustable fence and a dust port with a dust bag to offer easy cleanup. The preset depth may stop for the biscuit sizes of 0, 10, and 20 and the decently powered 4″ plate joiner is important for most wood workers out there. The item has an average 8.5 amp and 11000 rpm motor. The fence can adjust to reach the maximum depth, which is 1 to 1/8 inch. It comes with a dust port with a dust bag and a preset depth that can stop the biscuit size for different sizes. Just another biscuit joiner to cap off our 10 best list.