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PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit

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  • Plate joiner kit handles a variety of wood and offers seven different cutting settings
  • Industry-leading, super powerful 7-amp motor rotates blade at 10,000 RPM
  • Fence tilts from 0 degrees to 135 degrees with positive adjustable stop at 90 degrees
  • Four-inch blade makes standard-size cuts
  • Comes with 4-inch blade, centering plate, spanner wrench, dust bag, and chip deflector
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PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit + PORTER-CABLE 5554 1000 Assorted Biscuits + PORTER-CABLE 5563 Face Frame Plate Size FF Joiner Biscuits, 175 Per Tube
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 557
Item Weight11.1 pounds
Product Dimensions18 x 13 x 8 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model number557
Size2" & 4" "
ColorGray
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00004YKUO
Best Sellers Rank #5,785 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 31, 2003
  
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Product Description

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Offering seven cutting settings to handle a variety of wood types, the Porter-Cable 557 Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit boasts an industry-leading motor for powerful, dependable performance. Whether you're a professional cabinetmaker or woodworker, you'll appreciate the 557's versatile fence and efficient design.

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557 Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit
At a Glance:
  • Plate Joiner kit offers seven cutting settings to handle a variety of joining applications

  • Includes 4-inch blade for standard-size cuts

  • Innovative fence system with pivot point provides accurate height readings

  • Measures 7 inches high and weighs 7-1/2 pounds
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Black and Decker Porter-Cable 557 Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit

This plate joiner handles a wide range of joining applications and features a 7-amp motor with a rotating blade.
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Industry-Best Motor and Adjustment Knob Provide Power and Precision
The 557 owes its robust performance to a powerful 7 amp, 120-volt motor that rotates the blade at 10,000 rpm. The fence tilts from 0 to 135 degrees for east placement of both inside and outside corner registrations. A positive adjustable stop at 90 degrees and a micro-height adjustment knob ensure proper biscuit positioning for precision and versatility. For optimum control and stability during cuts, the bale handle is attached to the fence rather than the motor.

Advanced Fence System for Precision and Accuracy
Complete with a lock-on trigger, the 557 boasts an innovative fence system with a pivot point that provides accurate height readings, as well as a fencing plate for stabilization, centering, and spacing. A keyhole-slotted blade cover and spindle lock make for quick and easy blade removal and changing, while seven cutting settings tackle a range of biscuit sizes and fastening accessories.

Two Blade Sizes for Standard and Face-Frame Biscuits
The 557 offers a technologically advanced system accepting two blades both standard and face frame biscuits. The 4-inch blade is for standard-size cuts, while the optional 2-inch blade (#5559, sold separately) easily handles cuts as small as 1-1/2 inches.

Additionally, a seven-position rotating depth stop works for standard #0, #10, #20 as well as Simplex, Duplex, and Max (#6) joinery.

Compact for Portability and Comfortable Handling
For easy portability, handling, and storage, the 557 has a height of 7 inches and weighs just 7-1/2 pounds.

What's in the Box
Plate joiner, #5558 4-inch blade, #888776 centering plate, #883175 dust bag, #886490 chip deflector, #891869 Allen wrench, carrying case, and operating manual.

Black and Decker Porter-Cable 557 Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit
Bale handle is attached to the fence for control during detailed cuts.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this tool over any other on the market.
Duane L. Reynolds
The Porter Cable, IMHO, is head and shoulders above the Freud in quality, and a solid step up from the Dewalt in a design sense.
Canyun Bob from California
I have used the joiner and it performs very well and is easy to use.
CLVOL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

247 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Duane L. Reynolds on April 6, 2002
I purchased this biscuit joiner only a short time ago and being a die hard wood worker I have definitely put it to the test. The 557 powerful motor breezes through the hardest woods in a snap. I have used it in Oak, Ash, and Pine (alot of Oak) and no problem. I have read several other reviews in other brands in my search for the right joiner for me. After careful consideration there was but one choice Porter Cable 557. I have read several complaints about the Dewalt and there accuracy (I own some Dewalt tools and Love them). Fine Woodworkings review laid heavy on my decision as porter cables accuracy was within .005 (1 1/2 human hairs!!) the dewalt was .0315 or 1/32. I have used this tool plenty, Glued up cores, jointed rails & stiles for face frames, 45 degree miters, & 90 joints. The cores come out flush and I mean flush just general sanding. I would highly recommend this tool over any other on the market. Im sure you would consider this money well spent

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UPDATE.... 11/20/2010
8 years later and many biscuits installed my joiner still performs as the day I pulled it out of the box. Grant it, I do not us it daily, but every time I plug it in it gives peak performance. A no regret purchase!
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271 of 278 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2002
The tool itself is well-made, easy to use, arrived perfectly adjusted, and has all the features I could want and then some for plate joining. Amazon now offers this tool at a much lower price than I paid at the local dealer, so it's hard to imagine buying anything less. I'm very happy with mine and expect to make good use of it.

My complaints are minor. I might have given 4 1/2 stars if that was an option. From having used it some, here are my comments:

1. The dust bag doesn't work well for me. It seems like after the first few goes the 1" pipe got plugged and the scraps went everywhere but in the bag from then on. I had to clean out the freshly-cut grooves, which were full of the cutting debris. I would guess that using a dust-collector or shopvac with this unit would resolve these problems.

2. The manual tells you how to cut grooves, but it doesn't tell you how to use plates to join wood. How far apart should the bisquits be? Pictures show then line up one next to another, yet I think that about every 8-16" is enough for most applications. How big are the grooves? For example, can I use a #20 bisquit with 1/2" plywood? How far from the edge should I put the center line? Answers are: just short of 1/2" per surface, yes, and at least 1 1/2". Sure, you can measure, you can figure it out, but if you've never seen a plate joiner being used, the manual doesn't give all the practical info you might like.

But: the unit gives you a second (smaller) blade for cutting tiny plate grooves (handy for making small things using FF bisquit). It is very easy to adjust the depth of the cut, and a knob allows you to adjust it incrementally without the whole thing going out of whack (like the Freud does when you loosen the fence). The depth gauge works well.
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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful By David Lindamood on April 21, 2002
I am now hooked on the biscuit joints! I use to like the ease and use of dowel rods for end joints, but was sometimes limited with the size and application of the dowel. But this PC biscuit joiner has changed my mind!
The ease and accuracy is simply amazing. The fence system is simple to operate and allows for a host of heights and angles, all with precise cuttings. The powerful motor (7.5 amp) always cuts a smooth and accurate slot. There is very little, if any, vibration that could cause distortion. Changing slot sizes is as easy as turning a knob. Includes the #0, #10, #20 and FF cuts. The smaller 2" blade, which is included, is a simple task to change over to cut even smaller frames.
This unit has a great dust collection system. The dust bag REALLY works! All chips are routed to the dust opening chute and neatly collected in the bag. The bag is easily removed and emptied.
This unit might be a little more expensive than other plate joiners, but the results are in the end product. Accurate, precise cuts yielding a smooth, strong joint are almost a sure thing.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Guarraia on January 13, 2006
I have owned this tool for about 4 years. It is decent, but not perfect. It cuts very well, and I have no problem holding it steady against my work piece. I don't get any burning associated with cuts, either. The dust collection issues that others mention are an inconvenience if not using a shop vac, but not a show stopper. The most troubling flaw is the fence design (and I am not talking about the plastic hinge that other reviewers have had problems with). My problem is adjusting the fence to a certain height, "locking it," and having it stay put to make multiple cuts. When I use that fence as a reference for how far away the cut should be from the top edge of the board, the fence will drift, and the fourth cut or so that I make will be as much as 1/8 inch lower (farther from the top edge of the board) than the first cut. To me, this is unacceptable. I should be able to make repeatable cuts using the fence as a reference (like I would expect with a table saw or router station or miter saw, etc.). I spoke with Porter Cable representatives at a woodworking show, and they just told me I should not use the fence in this manner. I should only use the bottom of the tool as a reference for where the blade should cut. Well that is fine for 3/4 inch stock, but for anything smaller, I would need to shim the tool!! That is not the right answer. The tool has a fence, and that fence should be useable. Pretty disappointing tool from a reputable company.
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