Well over half of the emails sent to me are on the subject of tools. I have no objections to responding to them but I thought it would be beneficial to start a video library of sorts to briefly touch on what I think of a particular tool or set of tools. These won’t be in depth tool reviews as I know very few people are interested in that kind of thing and I really don’t want to go over all the details. Instead I’ll just focus on the things I like about the tool, things I don’t like about the tool, and would I buy it again. I have a huge list of “episodes” that can be made and plan on releasing one per week. Hopefully this will be helpful to some people.
Pocket Hole Jigs
Specifications for the Kreg Mini can be found here: http://amzn.to/1NdJIvO
Specifications for the Kreg K4 can be found here: http://amzn.to/1QxLCJZ
I wrote an article on the Foreman shortly after receiving it. Specifications for the Kreg Foreman DB210 can be found here: http://amzn.to/1NdJS6o
I paid $20 for the Kreg Mini a few years ago. I paid $99 for the Kreg K4 back in 2008-2009-ish. Kreg sent a first production run model of the Kreg Foreman to me at no cost to me.
- The Kreg Mini is very convenient for repairs or those times when you forgot to drill a pocket hole and remembered after you began assembly and can no longer get the material in a larger pocket hole jig. This jig has been more handy than I thought it would have been.
- I can’t find anything I don’t like about it.
- I’ve put a lot of miles on this jig in the past six or seven years that I’ve had it. It works today the same as it did when I first got it which tells me it’s durable.
- The rear clamp can sometimes be inconvenient when working with larger panels but it’s not a deal breaker.
- I’d definitely suggest mounting the jig to a platform of some kind to add additional material support.
Kreg Foreman DB210:
- This machine is all about speed. Every one of the pocket hole jigs I’ve used will produce a pocket hole just fine. This machine will as well but much, much quicker.
- The fence is easy to adjust and has never slipped on me.
- The drilling depth and clamp depth are both easy to adjust.
- The motor seems strong enough.
- Dust collection is great hooked up to a shopvac and surprisingly not bad without a shopvac.
- It’s easy to change bits. I will say that I’ve broken more bits than what I think should be normal though. Not sure if that is because of user error or just the number of pocket holes that I’ve drilled.
- I dislike the fact that it’s a right hand only machine. I’m right handed and I’ve found this to be really inconvenient when I have material hanging off the right side of the machine.
Would I buy any one of these pocket hole jigs again?
The Kreg Mini is really convenient and I’ve used it more than I thought I would. Yes, I would buy the Kreg Mini again. The Kreg K4 has taken years of abuse and works the same today as the day I bought it. It’s a good pocket hole jig for a hobby shop. Yes, I would buy the Kreg K4 again. The Kreg Foreman DB210 is all about speed. If I were to go back in time a year or two ago when nearly every project I made had pocket holes in them I would probably buy the Kreg Foreman. If I were to replace my current shop tomorrow I wouldn’t buy the Kreg Foreman without the motivation of a large cabinet job and instead would probably buy the Kreg K4 or look into the Porter-Cable 560. It’s a good middle ground as it gets the job done just fine and I can’t justify the speed of the larger Foreman in my current workflow.