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A seven-position rotating depth stop on this 7 amp Plate Joiner accommodates biscuits for FF, #0, #10, #20, Simplex, Duplex, and Max (#6). A 1" O.D. dust port accepts standard bag or can be connected to a vacuum to keep you work space clean of sawdust. The fence tilts from 0° to 135° with a positive adjustable stop at 90°. The unit is equipped with a micro height-adjustment knob for precise positioning which can be accurately measured at any angle using the height scale. A lock on trigger makes repetitive cuts easier on the trigger finger and a spindle lock allows for single wrench bit changes. The unit includes a 4" diameter blade. Bale handle is attached to fence, rather than the motor, and provides greater stability and added control during cuts. The PC-557 includes plate joiner, 4" blade (#5558), centering plate (#888776), dust bag (#883175), chip deflector (#886490), allen wrench (#891869), carrying case, and operating manual. Made in Mexico.
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PC 557 clogging issue
from Chicago, IL
About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer
Comments about Porter-Cable Plate Joiner:
I've owned a PC557 version 3 for over 5 years and it is an excellent tool with one exception. When using the dust bag, the tool is prone to sawdust clogging the dust port.Frustrated by having to use a coat hanger wire to unclog the machine every 4 cuts, I came up with a modification that has eliminated this problem for me.All you need is Rockler item #42251 ($7.00) and an 8" plastic wire tie.Discard the removable tube that normally connects the dust port to the bag. Cut off the small first step on the Rockler #42251 hose adapter. The new opening now matches the diameter of the dust port. Unzip the dust bag. Insert the hose adapter into the bag with the small end protruding from the spring clip opening. Loop the wire tie behind the spring clamp and tighten. Attach the protruding end of the Rockler adapter to the dust port.Using this fix, I have gone from 4 cuts and a clog to 20 cuts and no clogs on pine, popular, and red oak.I offered this solution to Dewalt/Porter Cable and they showed no interest.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Plastic is Expensive
By gentle Ben
from Milwaukee, #WI
About Me Professional
I love the unit, works great. The plastic pivot was broken on the site. The replacement is the entire front assemble with a cost of $109.75. The replacement has the same plastic piece!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend