For advanced woodworking projects, our list of the top ten best plate joiners will come in handy.
Plate joiners (also called biscuit joiners) use small circular blades that cut crescent-shaped holes (mouths) on opposite edges of two pieces of wood. This allows for a compressed wooden “biscuit” to be glued into the empty oval shaped hole to clamp two boards together. These tools are a must for woodworkers engaged in fine craftsmanship. We’ve compiled a great selection of plate joiners to suit any taste and budget.
1. DEWALT DW682K 6.5 Amp Plate Joiner
This DW682K Plate Joiner Kit by DEWALT has a powerful 6.5 Amp,10,000 rpm motor that can cut through the hardest of woods. The one-piece pinion fence and dual rack allow for an accurate joint each and every time. You can make flush cuts at zero degrees with this model without the need to remove the fence, which is adjustable and tilts from 0-90 degrees. It features pre-set stops for all standard biscuit sizes and a heavy-duty non-marring shoe.
Included with your purchase is the Joiner plus a carbide blade, vacuum adapter, dust bag, wrench, Torx key, and a kit box. DEWALT’s legendary warranty package includes a three-year limited warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee, and a one-year free service contract should something go wrong.
2. Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner
Makita’s biscuit joiner features a 5.6 AMP motor that delivers 11,000 RPM for fast precision cuts. It has six preset cutting depths and one-touch stops for several common biscuit sizes. It’s simple to change the blade on this model as the cover can be opened with clamp screws, and it has a locking shaft. The large cam locks are a breeze to operate, and fence adjustments are easy with the model’s rack and vertical pinion system that has stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees. A dust bag and rotatable dust nozzle keep things neat and tidy, and it comes with a one-year warranty.
3. PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit
The popular Porter-Cable plate joiner can handle a variety of woods with its seven different cutting settings. The power 7-amp motor rotates at 10,000 RPM, and the fence tilts from 0 degrees all the way up to 135 degrees with a positive adjustable stop at the 90-degree mark. It features a lock on trigger, micro-height adjustment knob, and a 1-inch dust port that will attach to a vacuum as well as accept standard bags. The whole kit comes with the late joiner, centering plate, 4-inch blade, chip deflector, Allen wrench, dust bag, operator’s manual, and a carrying case to help you keep it all organized. Built for optimum stability and control, this well-reviewed model is one of the best plate joiners on the market.
4. AOBEN 8.5 Amp Biscuit Cutter Plate Joiner
The AOBEN biscuit cutter plate joiner has a 4″ Tungsten carbide tipped blade that will cut through the toughest of woods at top speed. It is suitable for miter, frame, center wall, corner, wall, and butt joints. The Adjustable tilt fence allows you to work at any angle you prefer, and the powerful 8.5-amp motor will ensure you get the job done right. Made to operate with precision, it features an anti-slip handle and dust collection bag to keep debris out of your way. As a bonus, it comes with 50 pieces of No.20 size wood biscuits to get you started.
5. REXBETI Wood Biscuit Plate Joiner Kit
This kit from Rexbeti also features a 4″ Tungsten carbide tipped blade suitable for any type of wood, including hardwoods. It has three adjustable fence positions at 0, 45 and 90 degrees and an angle knob that allows you to adjust the fence angle for precision cuts and tight edges. It features a 10000-rpm motor and pre-set depths for biscuit sizes 20, 10, 0 and M. Ideal for beginners; it also comes with100 pieces of individually packed biscuits. Excellent customer service and Rexbeti’s lifetime warranty make this one of the best plate joiners on our list for affordability and quality.
6. Ryobi -JM83K-AC Biscuit Joiner Kit
Ryobi’s Ryobi biscuit joiner kit can handle all kinds of angles with precision— from 0 to 135 degrees with positive stops at 0, 45, 90, and 135 degrees. It features a carbide tipped blade that will cut through the hardest of woods and an ergonomic comfort-grip handle. The 6-amp motor delivers up to 11,000 RPM and the metal fences with rack and pinion adjustment ensure accuracy. Suitable for biscuit sizes 0,10, and 20, it is easy to set up and use right out of the box.
7. Makita XJP03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Plate Joiner
The Makita XJP03Z is the cordless version of the tool offering the same great features as the PJ7000 at a slightly higher price point. It features a vertical rack and pinion fence system for accurate adjustments every time. There are six depth settings with stops for the most common biscuit sizes, and the pivot fence features three positive stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees. The top grip handle and no-mar rubber inserts for the shoes add to its stability. Portable and convenient, the XJP03Z is ideal for woodworkers on the go.
8. Gino Development 01-0102 TruePower Biscuit Plate Joiner
The Gino Development plate joiner is a basic model and the cheapest plate joiner on our list. But don’t let that fool you. This joiner can still handle quite a bit with its 8.4 am motor and 11000 RPM. It has a maximum cutting depth of 0.55,” and the cutting angle is less versatile than some of the others on our list, with options from 0 – 45 degrees. However, the included 4″ 6T C2 Tungsten Carbide tipped blade still packs a lot of punch. It runs well and cuts smooth. The most common complaint regarding this model is in regard to the dust collection system, which seems to clog with a lot of use. This joiner is probably best suited for woodworkers who only need to use it periodically.
9. Triton TBJ001 Biscuit Jointer
The TBJ001 Biscuit Jointer is constructed out of cast aluminum for durability and longevity and produces excellent joins for both furniture and shelving. It can be used with biscuit sizes 0, 10, 20, and S6 and features a high based that allows you to change and clean it with ease. Insulated handles and non-slip pads add to its stability. The 6-Position turret stop allows for simple biscuit size selection. The kit includes the joiner, fitted blade, hex key, extra carbon brushes, dust bag, and blade pin spanner.
10. Chicago Electric Power Tools 4″ Plate Joiner
This plate joiner from Chicago Electric Power Tools is similar to the Gino Development and costs only slightly more. Despite this model being one of the cheapest plate jointers on our list, customer reviews for this product are mainly positive. It’s pretty basic as far as features go with a 6-amp, 10,000 RPM motor. The fence has a maximum depth of 1-1/8″ and tilts up to 45 degrees. The dust port and bag on this model function better than the Gino model, and there are preset depth stops for biscuit sizes 0,10, and 20. All-in-all, this is an excellent corded joiner that works as advertised.
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By BCR Staff