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Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit Review

Having to buy lots of power tools can be a pain especially if they are cordless, you can end up with countless different batteries and chargers. In our Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo kit review we'll take you through what's in this combo kit and who it's right for.

Why buy a combo kit?

The main benefits to buying your tools as combo kits are:

  • Value​ - it is usually cheaper than buying them as separates
  • Common platform - you no longer have a mess of chargers and different batteries lying around your workshop.

​Contractors, hobbyists and maintenance men/women make up the majority of people who buy their power tools as combo kits. Especially those that are just starting out and would rather not splash out on a range of more expensive individual tools. 

Buying as a kit can save you a significant amount of money. As you skills grow you may need to buy more specialist tools. However the 8 tool combo kit from Porter Cable has pretty much everything you might need. ​

They also make ideal gifts for woodworkers if you are thinking of purchasing something for your loved one.


Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit Review

With 8 different cordless tools you can cover a fairly wide range of DIY jobs about the house or in your garage. There are two batteries, one charger and two durable kit bags for easy transportation included in the kit.

Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit

What you get:

  • ​PCC601 1/2" Drill Driver
  • PCC641 1/4" Impact Driver
  • PCC660 6-1/2" Circular Saw
  • PCC670 Reciprocating Tiger Saw
  • PCC650 Jig Saw
  • PCC710 Oscillating Multi-tool
  • PCC761 Cutoff Tool/Grinder
  • PCC700 LED Flash Light
  • PCC685 20V Max Lithium Ion 4.0Ah Battery
  • PCC680 20V Max Lithium Ion 1.5Ah Battery
  • PCC691L Battery Charger
  • 2 Kit Bags

PCC601 Drill Driver

The PCC601 is a small form lightweight drill driver from Porter Cable. It has a 2 speed gear box and 21 different adjustable torque settings. A great little drill for light work.

On the high setting you can get up to about 1500 rpm's which is fairly standard for drilling holes. On the lower setting it max's out at about 350 rpm's which is just about right for a cordless screw driver.

The PCC601 also includes an LED light to help illuminate your immediate work space just in front of the drill.​

Specifications

  • 2 speed gear box: 0-350 and 0-1500 rpm's
  • 21 different torque settings
  • 1/2 inch keyless chuck
  • LED light
  • Light weight
  • Small size

PCC641 Impact Driver

Just like the driver/drill above the PDD641 Impact Driver is great for small tasks, saying that the battery will last much longer than it takes to re-charge so it's certainly convenient.

An impact driver can really take the pain out of tightening bolts and driving screws into wood. Where these tools really excel is when you need to drive many screws or bolts repeatedly. Doing this by hand would be a royal pain.

Specifications

  • Single speed gear box: 0-2800 rpm's
  • Power 1450 in-lbs
  • LED light

​PCC660 Circular Saw

If you are in need of a light weight cordless circular saw then the PCC660 is more than capable of handling most small jobs and light commercial work.

It has a max speed of 4000 rpm and has a maximum cutting depth of roughly 2-1/8 inches. Although it may never be a powerful as a corded circular saw it can still get the job done despite it's small size. 

Specifications

  • Max speed 4000 rpm
  • Cutting depth 2-1/8 inches
  • Blade size 6-1/2 inches in diameter

PCC670 Reciprocating Tiger Saw

​The PCC670 is Porter Cables cordless reciprocating saw. It is perfect for small jobs especially that are in awkward places.

A variable trigger controlled motor allows you to match the speed of the saw to the materials you are cutting. A light and compact design means that cutting overhead or in small confined space is much easier than with a heavier corded model.

If has a very ​easy to use tool free blade changing system. Simply twist and insert the blade no tightening necessary or small tool to lose.

Specifications

  • Speed 3000 SPM(strokes per minute)
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Keyless blade clamp
  • Pivoting shoe

PCC650 Jig Saw

The PCC650 is a variable speed cordless jigsaw. It can run at up to 2500 strokes per minute. 

It has 3 different random orbital action settings. Each orbital setting changes the action of the blade stroke ever so slightly. Depending on the density of the material you need to cut, you can select the correct one for that material giving a better cutting finish overall.​

Specifications

  • Tool-free blade change system
  • Variable speed 0-2500 strokes per minute
  • 3 random action orbital settings
  • Duct blower

PCC710 Oscillating Multi-tool

Porters cordless oscillating multi-tool can tackle a host of jobs about the house. It has a quick tool blade change system that is very simple to use.

Note: you will need to buy the various different blades and tool head separately.​

Specifications

  • Variable speed 8000 - 18000 oscillations per minute 
  • Built in LED light
  • Quick change tool free blade swap mechanism
  • LED work light
  • Variable speed dial

PCC761 Cutoff Tool/Grinder

​The PCC761 is a high revving cordless grinder that can be used for light/medium grinding jobs, finishing and removal depending on the disc used. It has a cast metal gear housing. The metal gear housing helps to cool the grinder as it dissipates the heat from the grinding head and the internal gears.

​With a 3 position side handle it can be used comfortably and safely in a variety of ways, which is quite important if you are attempting some awkward grinding jobs or are forced to work in a tight spot. 

Specifications

  • Max speed 8500 rpm's
  • Spindle Lock
  • 4.5 inch diameter 
  • 3 position side handle

PCC700 LED Flash Light

A nice little addition to the kit is a pistol grip LED work light. With 4 LED's and outputting 120 Lumens is more than adequate for most indoor work sites. 

It has a pivoting head so can easily be adjusted to suit your needs and stands upright quite well on the battery pack.​

Specifications

  • 4 LED lights
  • 120 Lumens output
  • Pivoting head
  • Pistol grip 

Batteries & Charger

Supplied with the kit is one charger, one 4.0Ah Lithium ion battery and one 1.5Ah Lithium ion battery. You can purchase additional batteries if required.

The 20V battery series that Porter Cable use is capable of holding a charge for long periods. Battery technology has really progressed in recent years and cordless power tools have seen a massive benefit as a result.


Verdict

The Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit is ideal for home DIY'ers that are not looking to use the tools under heavy load for long periods of time.

If you are looking for a more heavyweight ​combo kit then the tools in the Dewalt 9 Tool Combo Kit are capable of much higher workloads and abuse.

​The Porter Cable 20v Combo kit for the money however is excellent value if you are looking for an all in one power tool kit for light jobs about the house.

Best Random Orbital Sander 2019

Choosing the best random orbital sander can help greatly to get the wood finish you require for your next project. A random orbital sander differs greatly from a belt sander in how the action of the sander applies the friction from the sanding disk to the surface of the material.

A Random orbital sander as the name suggests moves the disk in a circular fashion that is adjusted slightly as it spins to give a some what random disk action. The randomness is said to help increase the smoothness and evenness of the sanded finish. ​

Why do you Need a Random Orbital Sander?​

Random orbital sander allow you to cover a lot of surface area in a short space of time. The pad runs in a random elliptical motion that can give a much smoother finish than regular orbital sander.

One of the main advantages of using a random orbital sander is that you do not have to religiously stick to sanding with the wood grain. Other sanders require that you do not cross the grain or otherwise you can leave sanding spots that look bad.

Due to the fact that you do not need to sand with the grain a random orbital sander can be used by just about anyone regardless of their skill level. ​

Random Orbital Sander Reviews

Best Random Orbital Sander

Dewalt D26453K 3 Amp 5-inch

The D26453k from Dewalt is the best random orbital sander available to buy on the market right now.

It combines an array of excellent features, top notch quality and best in class build quality.

The Dewalt orbital sander has a 3-Amp variable speed motor that can run in a range between 7,000 and 12,000 OPM. It takes a standard 5-inch 8 hole sanding pad using a hook and loop system, meaning switching out different sanding disks is quick and easy.

The higher OPM is generally required for wood types from hardwood species.​ The variable speed control is perfect for getting the correct power required for either soft or hardwood and allows you to use the sander for both very fine finishing work or removing heavy material depending on your needs.

Specifications

  • 3.0 Amp variable speed motor
  • 7,000 to 12,000 opm
  • Controlled Finishing System
  • Anti-slip grip and top
  • Comes with cloth dust bag
  • Weight 3.4 pounds
  • 3 year limited warranty

This orbital sander features Dewalt's proprietary Controlled Finishing System(CFS) that helps to reduce gouging during startup - something that can ruin an almost complete surface as you attempt to add the finishing touches.

It's random-orbit motion that has a 3/32 inch orbit. The smaller the orbit the less likely you are to create unsightly swirls especially on heavily cross grained wood. Yet at the same time with the correct grit sanding paper it can still remove heavy material, thanks in part to the max power 12,000 OPM. 

The design of the D26453K features an ergonomic handle that helps reduce grip fatigue. The handle and top is coated in an anti-slip material that which helps to keep your grip comfortable when used for extended periods. The fan is a dual-plane counter balanced one that helps to reduce the strain on the wrist that can otherwise be associated with a single fan design. 

Dewault D26453K random orbit sander

The amount of dust that the Dewalt produces is minimized by the addition of a high capacity dust bag. For added convenience the dust bag comes with a vacuum adapter that should fit any standard shop vac or extractor.

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The best orbital sander for the money it won't let you down!​


Makita BO5041K 5-Inch

​The Matika is a close run second to the Dewalt above. It is equipped with a similar 3 Amp motor that has a over-sized sealed ball bearing for greater durability.

yet is adjustable from 4,000 to 12,000 OPM so there is a greater range that you can adjust to find the best finish on your project.

The speed range is greater but so too is the random orbit action at 1/8 inch. The smaller the action the finer the finish, so the Dewalt has the Makita beat here. Of course the smaller orbital action does not always guarantee a finer finish. The grade of sandpaper you use and your skill and care and attention can usually be the main deciding factors.

Specifications

  • 3.0 Amp variable speed motor
  • Variable speed 4,000 to 12,000 opm
  • Ergonomic non-slip grip
  • Pad control system
  • Adjustable front handle for ease of use in corners

The Makita uses a through-the-pad dust management system that can help reduce the chances of fine dust entering the air. It also has a high capacity dust collection bag that is as you would expect capable of being used with a shop vac.

To reduce the potential of start up gouging Makita use a "Pad Control System" to control the speed of start up helping to eliminate potential marks​.


Black & Decker BDERO100  5-Inch

For those on a budget or just in need of an orbital sander for a one off job then the Black and Decker is a smart choice. 

It is a fraction of the price of the others in our list of best random orbital sanders yet can still deliver a pretty decent finish if used properly.​

It is slightly under powered compared to the rest with a 2 Amp motor but still spins up to 12,000 OPM. The Black & Decker has a pretty simple no frills design. There is a well coated anti-slip grip on the main handle that is easy to grip. 

Dust collection is by a small canister ​and to help keep the dust out of the electronics the main switch is sealed to help extend the usage life.

Specifications

  • Hook and loop system for easy changing
  • Sealed dust switch
  • 2 Amp motor
  • 2 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dust canister

Bosch ROS2OVSK 120-Volt Variable Speed

A great mid range choice this sander from Bosch is capable of keeping up with some of the more expensive orbital sanders out there. 

​Priced roughly between the Black & Decker and the Dewalt(if you choose the soft bag) it is perfect for the occasional woodworking or those in need of something a bit more robust than a cheap sander that won't last too long.

Capable of operating from 7,500 to 12,000 OPM the disk on the Bosch uses a pad dampening system that should help reduce swirl marks.

A built in microfilter system helps to filter out dust particles down to 1/2 micron in diameter. It has a simple to twist off dust canister so emptying is quick and easy. The sander is also capable of being used with a standard 1-1/4 inch or 1-1/2 inch shop vacuum or Bosch vacuum hose.

The internals are further shielded from dust via a sealed switch. ​

It has the usual soft grip top and main body that you would come to expect from a random orbital sander.​

Specifications

  • Variable speed
  • Pad damping braking system
  • 7,500 to 12,000 opm
  • Weighs 3.5 pounds
  • Microfilter Dust system
  • HookTight hook and loop disc attachment

Porter-Cable 382 5-Inch

Another great mid-ranged orbital sander the Porter Cable 382 is actually the lowest powered in this line up at 1.9 Amps.

​It still spins up to 12,000 OPM and is a fairly light sander at just 3 pounds. A solid choice for the occasional user as Porter Cable are a brand known for their build quality.

The durability is backed by a sealed main switch and sealed ball bearings both helping to reduce the chances of dust clogging and damaging the electronics and the main motor. 

​It features the same dual blade counterbalanced fan design as the DeWalt to help reduce vibration and torque from the fan so you can have a less stressful grip and reduce hand fatigue.

Specifications

  • Dual-plane counter balanced fan
  • 1.9 Amp variable speed motor up to 12,000 opm
  • Weighs 3 pounds
  • 3 year limited warranty
  • Controlled finishing system

Best Orbital Sander Buyer's Guide

The majority of manufacturers will quote their sander based on a rating called orbits per minute(OPM) and the motors power is usually expressed in Amp's.

What features to look for in a random orbital sander:

  • OPM - does the sander have a variable range that can set the OPM? Usually between 4,000 and 12,000. ​
  • Dust extraction system - does it come with a dust canister, can it be used with a standard shop vacum hose?
  • Weight - Too heavy and it will apply too much pressure to the surface, too light and you will have to apply additional force which adds to fatigue.
  • Sanding disk attachment - Hook and Loop is the industry standard method for attaching the sanding disks to your sander. 
  • Cost/Specifications: Ultimately you need to balance performance/quality in line with your budget.
  • Usage - Are you going to be using and abusing your sander for extended periods of time on large surface areas?

Ideally you would base your decision on your usage needs. If you are looking for a no frills sander for a one off job or the occasional project then you don't need to buy the best.

However if you are using your sander for all of your projects quite regularly then making the decision to buy the best tool for the job is a wise decision. The best random orbital sander for your need swill balance both features and price.

​How to Use an Orbital Sander

Clearly any powered sander is going to be a fairly simple tool to operate that requires little training. However, to get the best possible finish from your sander then there are a few key points ​that need to observed.

The first is how you use the sander to get the best possible performance from it. Secondly is safety. Like any power tool a sander does need to be operated within a few safety guidelines to help keep you safe and those around you.

​Operation

A random orbit sander works by oscillating the sanding disk in a fairly random manner. As opposed to a belt sander that just rotates the sand paper as a belt in one direction.​ They're main advantage is that you do not have to strictly stick to sanding with the grain.

Because they are not required to stick to sanding with the grain you can cover a large area very quickly and can be a little bit more aggressive in how you use the sander.

Be aware that random orbit sander can suffer from leaving swirl marks on start up. Some of the models listed above have built in features to help reduce this. Care and attention should be taken to not pres too hard on the sander until it is up to full working speed​.

​Always try to sand a sample area of your surface first. Preferably an area that is not easily seen on the finished article. Doing so allows you to gauge the correct speed of the sander and the correct grit of sanding paper to use on it.

Overtime you will become more familiar with what speed/paper works best for each specific material you wish to sand.​

As a general rule sand paper grit rated 30 to 100 are more useful for stripping multiple layers of paint or for some slight leveling and shaping of wood.

Paper of grit 100 to 180 can be used for finer finishing work or for smoothing out slight scratches on a flat surface. ​

A higher speed combined with a higher rated sand paper will deliver the best results for fine finishing works. Conversely a slower speed and lower rated grit paper will be better for stripping of heavier paint or smoothing out more pronounced scratches or uneven parts of a piece of wood. ​

Safety​

When ever you are using any kind of tool in your workshop whether it is a power tool you need to be aware of some basic safety precautions when using that tool.​ All power tools carry some degree of risk due to the electric current running through the tool.

  • Always concentrate on what you are doing
  • Never leave a sander running on your workbench unsupervised
  • Keep the sander away from water, that includes making sure your hands are dry
  • Keep an eye on the electrical  cord, never position yourself or the sanders cord in such a way that the sander may run over the cord. Also make sure the cord does not tangle in other tools near your work area or that it may trip you up 
  • Always wear appropriate eye protection whilst using your sander
  • Always use your sander in a well ventilated area 
  • If your sander has the ability to connect to a shop vac then make use of it even for small jobs. Breathing microscopic wood dust is very bad for your respiratory system and if you have a good ventilation system then always use it
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Best Biscuit Joiner 2019 – Top 5 Biscuit Joiner Reviews

There are many different joints and techniques used to join two bits of wood together. Using a biscuit joint hides the join from view. If you are looking for a very professional, flush and strong finish to your projects then choosing the best biscuit joiner can help make that process much easier.

There are a variety of models to choose from. Some are suitable for those on a budget and others that are many times the price of the average biscuit joiner.

One thing is for certain if you intend on using a lot of biscuit joints regularly in your projects then you need to be sure that the biscuit joiner that you choose is not only reliable but will give you the flush and more importantly accurate joins that you require.

Confused by which model is the right biscuit joiner for you?

Our top pick would be the Porter Cable 557. It's 7 Amp motor packs a mean punch and has one of the most adjustable fences available, from 0 to 135 degrees with positive ​adjustable stops at 90 degrees.

Top Pick

Porter Cable 557

Powerful 7 Amp motor speeds to a max 7,000 RPM

Seven different cut settings and a fence that is adjustable from 0 to 135 degrees.

Below we have profiled the top 5 biscuit joiners available. For the averagely busy woodworker the Porter Cable and the DeWalt are more than suitable. They both offer a perfect blend of both features and affordability. 

Best Biscuit Joiner 2019

Looking for a suitable biscuit joiner if you are just starting out or need one for a one off simple job then the TruePower is easily the cheapest joiner here.

On the other end of the spectrum the Lamello is the leading high end established brand for biscuit joiners and have a very solid reputation for quality.​ Below we have a number of biscuit joiner reviews that should help you in your decision.

​Biscuit Joiner Reviews

Best Biscuit Joiner

Porter Cable 557 7 Amp

The 557 Plate Joiner Kit from Porter-Cable feature an industry leading 7 Amp motor.

This powerful motor spins up to 10,000 at max rpm; meaning even the hardest of woods can be cut with ease.

The Porter Cable 557 is one of the most versatile plate joiners available. It has an adjustable fence that can pivot from 0 to 135 degrees and includes adjustable stops at the standard 90 degrees.

At 7.5 lbs it is one of the lighter models in this list of biscuit joiner reviews. Weight may not be a big factor to consider in these types of tools. However, if you are using the biscuit joiner off the workbench and holding it at various awkward angles then it is something to consider.

The 557 has a whopping seven different cutting settings help you to cover a large range of biscuit sizes and shapes.

It comes with a standard 4 inch blade and there is also a 2 inch blade available(sold separately). Switching the blades out is pretty simple thanks to a keyhole-slotted blade cover and spindle lock mechanism.

Specifications

  • 7 Amp motor 10,000 rpm
  • 7 different cutting settings
  • Fence tilts 0 through 135 degrees, positive adjustable stops at 90 degrees
  • 4 inch blade included
  • Optional 2 inch blade(sold separately) for smaller 1-1/2 inch cuts
  • Quick and easy blade changing

If you are looking for a great quality biscuit joiner than can give you reliable precision and versatility every time then the Porter Cable is just the tool for you.

It's versatility is thanks to the large number of adjustment options, meaning you can configure it to just about any angle and wood thickness that you require, quickly and easily every time.

Suitable for both pro and home shop enthusiast you'll be making perfect joins with ease.

porter cable 557 biscuit joiner
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The Porter Cable 557 is the perfect blend of features, quality and price. Undoubtedly the best biscuit joiner for the money available today.


Dewalt DW682K 6.5 AMP

Coming in a close second to the Porter Cable is the Dewalt DW682K. 

Housing a 6.5 Amp motor the Dewalt is just as capable on the cutting front as the Porter.

Spinning it's carbide blade at 10,000 rpm means pretty much any hardwood is easily dealt with.

A highly durable biscuit joiner for any hardworking wood shop.

The Dewalt has a one piece adjustable fence that can be tilted to the standard 90 degrees that you will find on most models(with the exception of the Porter's 135 degrees above). The fence is one of the most accurate available thanks in part to its twin rack-and-pinion adjustment system.

​You will also find preset stops for all the standard biscuit sizes that you will find in any home or commercial woodworking shop. 

Depending on whether you have it clamped to you workbench or free-moving for more awkward pieces of wood you can rest assured that the anti-slip pins keep the Dewalt and your work-piece lined up reliably.  ​

If you are on a very tight budget and are wondering which one Porter Cable vs DeWalt biscuit joiner then the DeWalt might be the better option as it is cheaper and performs almost as well.​

Specifications

  • 6.5 Amp 10,000 rpm motor
  • Cutting depth up to 20 mm 
  • Pre-set depths stop for common biscuits of 0,10 and 20
  • One-piece fence adjustable to 90 degrees
  • Heavy duty non-marring shoe
  • 3 year limited warranty

Matika PJ7000 

The Matika PJ7000 plate joiner has a smaller 5.6 motor. However it does spin up to a slightly higher 11,000 rpm.

​A well designed extremely durable construction thanks in part to a cast aluminum front body. 

With six different depth setting you can handle just about any biscuits. 

The fence is adjustable from 0 through 90 degrees. It has positive stops at 0, 45 and 90 degrees which are the most common angles used in biscuit joins.

The shoe features non-marring rubber inserts(unique to the Matika) which help with any potential material slippage. 

Specifications

  • 5.6 amp motor at 11,000 rpm
  • Pivot fence has three positive stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees
  • Rack and pinion fence adjustment system
  • Tool-less blade cover with shaft lock for quick and easy blade changes
  • Six depth settings

Lamello Classic X

Lamello are considered one of the oldest and most respected brands in the biscuit joiner sphere. They pride themselves on being known as the "Cadillac of plate joiners" and are known for being the best plate joiner brand.

The Classic X features a slide shoe, fence and multi-function stop square all made from one piece precision machined milled metal, something that only Lamello can boast. This construction method ensures virtually no side to side play on the fence that can be found on really cheap joiners.

It can handle a broad range of different stock thicknesses due to the auxiliary fence that attaches to the main fence. For vertical work you can also attach the auxiliary upright so it is an ease to use it in a vertical position. 

Specifications

  • 780 Watt motor at 10,000 rpm
  • Highest quality biscuit joiner available
  • Precision machine milled parts
  • 1 year parts guarantee

The creme de la creme of biscuit joiners it is easily the most expensive plate joiner reviewed here, they are reserved only for the most expensive of woodworking shops. 


TruePower 01-0102

The TruePower comes in as the cheapest option in out list or top 5 biscuit joiners. 

It is a pretty no frills fairly reliable option for those that are looking to do the occasional bit of plate joining.

An entry level plate joiner that offers 0 to 45 degrees cutting angle. This model is best for those on a tight budget or those that are starting out woodworking as a beginner

Specifications

  • 120v 10,000 rpm motor
  • Preset depth stops for 0,10 and 20 sized biscuits
  • Includes tungsten carbide tipped blade
  • One year limited warranty

Biscuit Joiner Buyer's Guide

What is a Biscuit Joint?​

A biscuit joint is a means of joining two pieces of wood together with out any kind of metal fastener such as a nail or screw. They are usually invisible. A cut is made on the edge of both pieces of wood that you wish to join.

These cuts are commonly referred to a plunges. A small pieces of compressed wood known as a biscuit is then placed into the plunge in either piece of wood and glued into place. 

This joint is both strong and usually completely hidden from view unlike a ​dovetail joint for example. They are commonly used in furniture and other decorative pieces that do not require much stronger joints or important load bearing joints.

​What is a Biscuit Joiner?

​A biscuit joiner at its simplest is a power tool that allows you to make precision cuts into the edge of boards. They are used to cut the plunges described above. 

You could make these plunges without using a biscuit joiner. For example you could clamp or configure a wood router ​or carve out by hand using a chisel. This might be suitable for a one off join if you are already suitably skilled. 

However, if you are looking to reliably make multiple joints then a dedicated tool is required.

A biscuit joiner gives you the ability to make the plunges at varying angles to the wood. Where it really excels is that you can make these plunges the exact same way time and time again. Accurate plunges are necessary, without the plunge angle and depth being easily repeatable you will end up with a finished piece that is not aligned properly and in many cases not fit for purpose. 

What to Look for in a Biscuit Joiner​

There are a number of important features to consider when choosing which biscuit joiner to choose:

​Motor Power

Cutting plunges into hardwood requires a sharp cutting blade and a motor that is capable of spinning up to a high rpm.

Ideally you should be looking for a joiner that has a motor with the following specifications:

  • Power - Ideally higher than 5 Amp, industry standard is 7 Amp.
  • Rpm - The majority will spin to 10,000 rpm​
  • Durability - Any big brand name should have a motor that won't overheat or burn out quickly. 

The sharpest blades in the world are no good if you have a weak motor. 

The Fence

​The fences primary function is to ensure that the biscuit joiner is properly aligned at the correct angle to the piece of wood that you wish to cut. On cheaper tools the fence can be easier to secure in a misaligned manner. 

At a minimum you would expect all biscuit joiners to be adjustable from 0 to 90 degrees. Some models such as the Porter Cable are capable of ​135 degree adjustment. 

Weight​

If you are cutting your plunges at an awkward angle then the weight of the joiner may become a consideration. Too heavy and it may become tiresome to use. Too light and it is probably an indication of a lower quality tool.

Biscuit Joiner Blades​

The standard blade size is usually ​4 inches. There are smaller and larger blades available should you need them. 

How easily it is to change a blade is also an important consideration to take into account. There should be a simple blade guard that has an easy to use release mechanism should you need to change your blades regularly.  ​

Plate joiner vs Biscuit Joiner

Confused by the ​use if the terms plate joiner and biscuit joiner?
Don't worry they are the same thing and you will hear people use the terms interchangeably. It's one of those unfortunate things that can cause a little confusion if you are just starting out learning woodworking. 

You may also hear them referred to as biscuit cutter, biscuit jointer(not to be confused with a table jointer), plate cutter and biscuit cutter.​

Best Roofing Nailer 2019 – Roofing Nailer Reviews

Choosing the best roofing nailer for your next job can make life a lot simpler. Getting shingles on quickly and easily means your roofing job can be completed much quicker. Having the best tool for the job means picking a roofing nailer that is easy to use, reloads quickly and leaves a clean finish.

Pretty much every decent roofing nailer out there is going to be air powered. There are a few battery powered ones available but they pale in comparison to a good air powered nailer.

With your air compressor cranked up to 170 psi you should have no problems covering large areas of a roof compared to a battery operated nailer. ​

Every user will have different needs and there is a model to suit all tastes. What's right for a full time roofer is not necessarily the right option of a first timer. Any nail gun used for roofing can be used by just about anybody but in the hands of a professional that can make light work of very large areas of roofs that need to be finished.

For the Pro​

Looking for a high end roofing nailer that can handle just about anything you can throw at it? Then the Hitachi is a clear winner. A full time roofer​ needs a much hardier and more durable nailer than a home build who needs it for a one off job.

It is easily the best quality roofing nailer here and is packed with all of the features you would expect for a high end model. It has built it's reputation on being extremely durable and can take a lot of abuse week after week in all weather conditions.

For the Amateur ​

One off jobs or some light repair work don't require an expensive nailer. What you are paying for in these tools like any other tool be it a saw or drill is quality. If you are looking for a cheap roofing nailer that still gets the job done then perhaps the Wen is your best bet. 

However if you are an occasional user that does put big demands on their nailer then the Dewault is probably a safer bet. It delivers almost the same specs and quality as the Hitachi yet manages to do so at a cheaper price. The Wen is fine for a once off but it may not stack up to too much rigorous use.​

There is no need to buy an expensive model that once you are finished with on your current project is just going to gather dust for months on end.

Best Roofing Nailer

Hitachi NV45AB2 Nailer

The Hitachi NV45AB2 is loved by professional roofers and amateurs alike thanks to it's extremely durable construction, generous capacity and best in class reliability.

With a body built from steel it can withstand a lot of abuse on site. The body has numerous rubber coated area's on it increasing the grip when left down on a steep roof and reducing the chances of slipping.

Specifications
  • ​Toothless drive depth adjustment
  • Weighs 5.5 pounds
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • 120 capacity side loading magazine
  • Operating pressure 70-120psi
  • Accepts 7/8 inch to 1-3/4 inch log nails

The NV45AB2 packs a serious punch too. Capable of driving nails up to 1-3/4 inch at a max pressure of 120 psi it can handle just about any modern roofing material.

Depth control is adjustable via a conveniently placed knob just behind the trigger. Having a quickly accessible depth controller makes switching between materials a cinch. 

Capable of holding up to 120 nails in it's side loading magazine means fewer reloads and better efficiency on the job. 

The Hitachi has a carbide nose the can withstand years of abuse. It sits perfectly flush so you can be sure that nail delivery is accurate and powerful on every touch.

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Priced at the upper end of the spectrum the Hitachi is a serious workhorse. If you are looking for an ultra reliable, precision roofing nailer that can handle the requirements of all day professional use then the Hitachi NV45AB2 is the best roofing nailer for the money.


Dewalt DWFP12658 Roofing Nailer 

Dewault have built up a solid reputation in the power tools market. They have built that reputation on designing durable, powerful and accurate tools at a decent price point. 

The DWFP12658 is no exception and delivers an easy to use, reliable and powerful nailer.

The Dewault is a very compact easy to you nailer that can withstand quite a lot of abuse. Although it's not quite up to the Hitachi in terms of durability it is not far off and is slightly cheaper. So if you can't quite stretch your budget to the Hitachi rest assured you can still get your hands on a very capable roofing nailer.

The DWFP12658 is very easy to use. The depth of drive is located close to the trigger so you can switch things up pretty quickly. Choosing between sequential and bump firing is just as easy which means little or no interruption as you work through the day.  

Any good rooking nailer should be easy to reload and the Dewault is no exception thanks to its side-loading canister that only requires undoing a latch.

Specifications
  • Operating pressure 70-120 psi
  • Anti-slip padding on exterior
  • Tool-free shingle guide
  • Selectable trigger
  • Quick-set depth drive 

Senco Roof Pro 455XP Roofing Nailer

The 455XP roofing nailer from Senco is a pretty no nonsense nailer that although lacks the high end features of some of the others nailers listed here it is however well made and very comfortable for extended use.

This may not be a model for a hard working pro roofer but it is more than adequate for occasional use.

The Senco features an adjustable exhaust that can be rotated through 360 degrees, so if you are left or right handed you can easily choose which side you would like the exhaust on.

​It is designed to be very comfortable to use and has a comfortable rubber material on the handle that makes for a very ergonomic grip position. And at 5.5 pounds it is not a bulky unit so you can handle it for extended periods of time. 

The supplied case is also a nice tough and means transportation to and from a work site is easy.​

Specifications
  • Accepts 3/4 inch to 1-3/4 inch nails
  • ​Tool free depth of drive adjustment
  • Case included
  • 5 year warranty

Note that is model of Senco is manufactured in China so for some that may be something to consider before buying.


Bostitch RN46-1 Coil Roofing Nailer

Another workhorse for the roofing pro the Bostich is packs a mean punch, delivering 410 inch-pounds of force at only 100 psi.

​It is a very well designed, ergonomic and reliable roofing nailer. At 4.8 lbs it's also one of the lightest models listed here so extended use is not an issue.

The Bostitch is however one of the slower firing models in this list of best roofing nailers. It can shoot roughly 100 nails in a minute. For the amateur that is more than enough, for a seasoned pro however that might be a little too pedestrian.

Despite not being the fastest it is however very easy to use. So much so that is makes for a great first time roofing nailer. It has a single action side-loaded canister that makes reloading a dream. 

Specifications
  • ​Magnesium housing and carbide tip
  • Single-action side load canister
  • Accepts 3/4 inch to 1-3/4 inch nails
  • Lockout mechanism prevents empty firing
  • Seven year limited warranty

Wen 61782 Coil Roofing Nailer

The Wen 61782 may be the cheapest model in this list but it is still a very capable roofing nailer.

Despite it's low price point it has a lot of the features of the more expensive models listed above.​

However it can still be considered a quality tool and for the occasional roofing job or the first time roofer that need something reliable that won't break the bank.​

If you are a full time roofer that makes big demands from their tools the the Wen is probably not the best option. Considering it's price point it can still deliver a pretty good user experience as long as you don't intend using it all day long day in day out.

If used lightly the Wen is still a perfectly good nailer just as long as you are aware of it's limitations.​

Specifications
  • 120 magazine capacity 
  • Accepts 3/4 inch to 1-3/4 inch nails
  • Quick-release compartment for clearing jammed nails 
  • 100 psi operating pressure delivers 430-inch-pounds of force
  • Operates at 70 to 120 psi
  • One year warranty

Best Roofing Nailer Buyer's Guide

What to look for in a roofing nailer?

The are plenty of features available in the most popular models. However you should always try to choose a roofing nailer that has the following features/attributes as standard:

​Build Quality

You need something that can withstand a lot of abuse. The casing should be metal and capable of taking a lot of force. The less plastic components the better on these types of tool. However, when it comes to the grip you would expect a high quality ergonomic design that is easy to hold for extended periods of time.

Speed​

Being restricted by the speed at which your nailer operates can be very frustrating if you need to cover a large area of roof. You should be looking for a fire rate of at least one nail per second as a minimum.​ Switching between modes from bump mode to sequential is also a consideration, lucky most decent nailers these days have the controls relatively close to the trigger. 

Weight​

Spending hours on a roof holding and reloading a roofing nailer should cause a huge amount of fatigue. If the nailer is built though but light and has a comfortable design then you should be fine to use it for extended periods of time.

Although overall weigh is an issue so too is that weight distribution. A properly balanced nailer will mean that you can quickly and accurately fire the nails without having to compensate for an unbalanced tool that is difficult to control.  ​

​Depth of Drive and Mode

​The more jobs and roofs you end up working on the bigger the range of materials you will need to be able to work with. Ensuring that your roofing nailer has an easily adjustable depth of drive is crucial. The best roofing nailers will have an adjustable know close to the trigger that is convenient to use.

On the top rated roofing nailers switching between sequential and bump mode should also be easy. Having to stop and make adjustments to any tool as you use can interrupt your flow. As long as these features are easy to with through you should not feel like your work is being interrupted.​

Magazine​

  • Capacity​ - You should expect to be able to hold at least 100 nails. The better models can hold slightly more at 120.
  • Ease of change - Being able to quickly and simply switch out an empty magazine is one of the most important features of a roofing nailer. Wasting time fiddling with a tricky release mechanism is not something you would expect to find yourself doing with a quality nailer. Generally a single piece coil cover will be quicker than any other design.
  • Side loading - This is the preferred design as it is much more convenient to simple switch a magazine out from the side than any other way.

Trigger

Although a trigger on any power tool is ​a pretty simple part of the design it is however one that has a big contribution to how easily it is to safely operate the tool. A trigger that is easy to press time and time again will make for less fatigue.

Lets face if a any kind of nail gun be that either a finish nailer, framing nailer or even a brad nailer in the wrong hands has the potential to be a very dangerous weapon. Used incorrectly then consequences can be serious. The safer triggers will generally have a longer travel distance on them before the nailer fires, this lessens the chance of accidentally firing the nailer.