Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 50
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by deckbuilderrandy1 Low quality, cheap.
I bought this, since it was lower cost than other models. Boy, was that a mistake.
After drilling holes in several doors, I couldn't believe how cheaply made this product was. First off, it's made entirely of a low quality plastic. During drilling, the hole saw shreds apart the plastic and leaves shavings everywhere. Maybe it's a one-time use?? Secondly, when you attach the jig to the door, you can't visually tell if the hole is aligned with the center of the door width. When I removed the jig after drilling the latch hole, I noticed it was no where near center...so I ruined my door.
Next time, I'll buy the Milwaukee version which is likely better quality, given the higher cost. Can only blame myself...you get what you pay for.
November 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CTHomeowner Good Value
Clamp and jig is pretty good. Easy to install and line up and came with everything you needed to make a door knob hole with the exception of the drill. The bits are OK at best. I only had three doors to drill and they managed to do the job and only chip off a few teeth. If this was something I was going to use over and over then I would get a better hole bit. But using this was much cheaper than hiring someone to hang the doors for me.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bruce Easy as a pre-made pie
My parents' house was built in 1969 and the knob hole is much smaller than the required holes for today's standard knobs and locks. So off I went to HD and bought this door hole installation kit. First off, it's really easy to use. Since we already had the striker hole in the door, I just lined up the jig with the hole, using the small hole saw as a guide/pin. Then tightened down the clamp and started drilling. A minute later, I'm through. Install the door knob and I'm done.
A couple things you need to be aware of:
Most doors have a thin veneer that will chip on the exit side of the hole. Mark your hole saw at the thickness of the door so when you get close to breaking through, you can put less pressure and cut instead of punch through that veneer.
The hole saw is very easy to get cocked off axis. It's not a big deal but for those of you perfectionists, you'll need to be careful when starting the saw.
This generates a good amount of saw dust. Have a shop vac ready to clean up.
The jig gets in the way of being able to solidly support the door as you drill. It'd be nice if there was a piece that would rest against the jamb so the door isn't trying to move while you're trying to drill straight.
March 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bandman1967 Wonderful Invention!
I am a retired teacher who does a lot of my own repairs at home, when I can. This wonderful template helped me saw through a steel door like a pro, with a perfect fir for a full sized door handle and deadbolt. I am very excited about this project and how well it went. I wish I would have know about this for years!
January 6, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CarpenterGal Great as a guide, but mandrel is weak
I had the same experience as one of the other reviewers: the threads on the mandrel stripped after three uses of the 2 3/8" hole saw. However, the guide is great for reboring holes for modern knobs in doors that are 53 years old.
June 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1844 Excellent results with the DeWalt Lock Installation Kit for an amateur.
I had to enlarge and relocate two holes in my metal front door of a condo to fit a new lock set. It was my first ever lock set adventure. It was easy and successful. This product was recommended to me by a professional in the Home Depot store. It was not for sale there, but he said it was worth going on line to get and it was less expensive than the one in inventory which had no size adjustments.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Okemoswala Makes a tough task easy for the novice
I was afraid of making the hole off center and so ruining the door. That is why I put in the money for this item, even though I needed it for only one door. It made it too easy to do a polished job. The users should use gentle pressure when using the drill and you will then get a fine hole. I do not know how many doors can be done before the teeth wear out.
November 4, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JimM I can't believe it; Dewalt, what were you thinking?
I needed to bore holes in some door slabs for locksets and deadbolts. I picked up the Dewalt installation kit at HD to do the job. Before I used it I read the online comments and couldn't believe the number of negative comments regarding the holesaws. I have a large set of Dewalt holesaws and have made holes of all sizes in lots of different materials and hardnesses of wood without problems. After using the kit I now know what the reviewers were complaining of. I experienced the same problems as several others; the included holesaws and arbor are simply junk. I successfully completed the work with my other holesaws. I can't believe that Dewalt would put their name on these poorly designed holesaws and arbor. By the way, the guide worked fine; when clamped to the door it held tightly until the holes were bored.
January 6, 2014