A Great Value, February 12, 2000
Reviewer: Beau Considine
First, the rack & pinion design of the fence makes this a
very stable and accurate tool. It is powerful and the grip
and switch location is convenient. When used without the
vacuum attachment, this machince shoots the chips right at
the operator. However I always use a vacuum attachment
because I don't like having all those chips all over the
shop anyway, so this is not a serious draw back. The
Porter Cable which is priced competitively offer a smaller
blade option for face frame construction but the handle is
awkward and the fence is sloppy. This tool works great. It
is accurate, dependable and easy to use. You could buy a
more expensive tool and get a greater degree of refinement
but if all you want is a dependable tool that does its job
well. I recommend this. If you cut biscuit joints all day
long you may want a quieter tool. If you only make a few
pieces of furniture at a time, you will be probably be
glad you saved the money.
Jekyll and Hyde?, May 2, 2000
I read a couple of negative reviews here of this tool, and
Ican only conclude that they did not buy the same machine
I did. Ibought mine when they first came out (five years
ago?).... Everything was square and true right out of the
Since I wear hearing protection with ALL power tools I
cannot comment on how loud it is. (My ears don't ring all
the time, either.) The dust bag, as is usual with all dust
bags, doesn't work and I haven't used it since the first
try. The shop vac does the trick.
It has worked flawlessly on everything from positioning
slats in a headboard (OK, I could have used mortise-and-tenon
joints, but there were a LOT of slats) to attaching edging
to plywood, to table-top glue-ups. The only biscuit
failure I've had was when I tried to use it to attach the
aprons to the legs on a children's play table. Some places
NEED better joinery!
I am a little confused about the other reviews talking
about the machine dumping dust on your feet. Mine has a
swiveling plastic nozzle that I direct to the side when I
cut without the vac. It seems to work fine. Have they
changed this design lately?
... it, it seems like a bargain. The Lamello is
unbelievably expensive (at least for a hobbyist), the
Porter-Cable seems like a nice tool (that I have not tried
yet), but the DeWalt seems like the value champ.
Fence adjustment, December 16, 2005
Reviewer: Jan M. Graaf (San Antonio,TX) - See all my
Received DW682 two days ago.
Used the bottom plate shoe to cut slots for standard 3/4 "
thick material. Perfect! This morning I changed to fence
operation for 1" thick wood and found misalignment of
1/32" in height, edge to edge. Earlier reviewer stated
that fence is adjustable by resetting two screws.
My DW682 has two flat-head Torx screws (countersink)that
secure the fence to the protractor piece only for angle
The fence swivels on two fixed pins that are drifted into
the aluminum cast assembly. There is no adjustment.
Repeat, no adjustment. This misalignment causes the
biscuits to insert not parallel to the edge, eliminating
any possible "tuning" adjustment prior to clamping.
To get the face parallel to the plate cutter and shoe,
nothing short of grinding a new angle on the face plate
will fix this problem. I will be visiting DeWalt factory
service first thing on Monday.
DW682k is a great tool, September 20, 2005
Reviewer: L. Schmidt
This plate joiner is really easy to use. It's really nice
for joining raised panels, they come out flush everytime.
Great for assemblying face frames and for aligning them on
the cabinets too. Dust collection is very good if you take
it slow, but if you're in a hurry you'll need to hook up a
vacum as the nozzle will clog. With a vacum there is
little or no dust. As with all Dewalt tools I own it's a
winner and well made to last.
needed adjusting, July 14, 2005
Reviewer: Joel A. Loeffler "joel"
When I got the tool, the fence was not alligned with the
blade. The slots on material would not line up parallel,
and did not fit well. The fence is attached with two
screws, and is movable. Other machines (I also have a
Makita) use a design with two machined, parallel surfaces,
and this is not a problem. With the Dewalt, it is. After
aligning the fence, the machine works, but out of the
factory, it was not even close.