Tool Test: Makita PJ7000 Biscuit Joiner
The biscuit or plate joiner category of the hand-held power tool world has been pretty sleepy over the past few years. But Makita has introduced a new model that, while not revolutionary, adds some nice, user-friendly features.
The PJ7000 packs plenty of power in its 5.6-amp motor, yet the motor has a relatively small circumference making it comfortable to grip, even for smaller hands. The top handle is comfortable as well. Combined, these holding features provide solid control and less user fatigue. And at just 5.5 pounds, it’s relatively lightweight – about 20 percent less than most competitor models.
The fence system for this biscuit joiner consists of two parts: the fence itself and a removable angle guide. The angle guide moves up and down on a rack-and-pinion gear system to make height adjustments for various thicknesses of material. The fence pivots in a fixed position to make angle cut adjustments. Three detents are built in for 0°, 45° and 90˚ angles. With the fence in the usual 90˚ position, the 4″ slot-cutting blade is centered for material approximately 3⁄4″ thick (20mm). When using both the fence and the fence with the angle guide, setup was quick and accurate with easy-to-read scales.
The tool also comes with a set plate that snaps on to the fence to cut a slot centered on 1⁄2″-thick material.
Like other plate joiners, an easily adjusted, on-board depth stop makes the switch between #0, #10 and #20 biscuits a snap. There are three additional settings, Max (20mm), D (14.7mm) and S (13mm) for use with other Lamello fasteners and hinges.
At $179, the price, combined with the nice features, makes it a good buy.
Article: Read “A New Manual for Biscuit Joiners” on our web site.
From the December 2012 issue #201
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