Ryobi has come out with a new AC-powered biscuit joiner kit, model JM83K.
The biscuit joiner is a tool that cuts half-football-shaped slots into 2 pieces of wood that are to be mated together. The slots are filled with glue and a thin football-shaped piece of wood is inserted before the wood is joined and clamped together.
So it’s kind of like using dowels, but easier.
The Ryobi biscuit joiner has metal fences with rack and pinion adjustment, an ergonomic handle, and 6A motor.
- 0-135° cutting angle range
- Positive stops at 0°, 45°, 90°, 135°
- Carbide-tipped blade
- 6A motor
- Up to 11,000 RPM
- Dust bag
The kit comes with the tool, dust bag, storage bag, and some #10 biscuits to start you off with.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Update: This looks to be an update to the Ryobi JM82GK, also $100 via HD.
If you look at some competing options, you should notice that the Ryobi looks completely different. Its “ergonomic handle” does indeed look to be ergonomic. The motor looks to be arranged vertically, and the handle is oriented in a more natural angle.
The $100 price tag makes this the most affordable name-brand biscuit joiner that I’ve seen.
I haven’t used a biscuit joiner before. I have used dowels, pocket holes, and floating tenons. Biscuit joinery has always seemed like a useful power tool joinery technique to me, but I could never bring myself to try it.
I wonder why this was released as a corded tool, rather than cordless.
In any case, the unique ergonomics and affordable pricing makes this an attractive option. If I were in the market for an occasional use biscuit joiner, this one would definitely catch my attention.
For more regular use, I’d consider one of the more professional woodworking options listed above – but not before trying to find a way to do a comfort comparison with this Ryobi.