Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 14
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DanTheMan Should have bought the Kreg
Walking through HD and stumbled on this. Was going to purchase the Kreg for a farmhouse table I'm building but when I saw this I couldn't pass up the value. By the time I drilled the 12th hole, the drill bit wandered so much it drilled the hole close to the edge of the wood. When I screwed the joint together the wood cracked apart and was useless. (see the photo). I thought it was odd that there were so many metal shavings coming out as I drilled the pocket holes. They should have stronger metal than aluminum. And I should have waited and just ordered the Kreg. Lesson learned the hard way.
May 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cobra Great Tool for the price point
For hidden joinery this tool is great. I bought mine about 4 years ago. Thumb can get a bit sore with use, but for placing a nice trim board on the front of a cabinet or a desk, this works better, looks better, and is stronger than using a small brad nailer.
I think it possible some of the other reviewers here were looking for something a bit different - for instance the screw coming out of the back of the joined piece. This tool drills at an angle, so if the screw being place into the wood is long enough, it WILL come through the back of the other board - no doubt. Solution - shorter screw - 3/4 inch or 1 in usually does the trick. If it just a trim piece, how long does the screw need to be right? For more strength in the joinery though - maybe a plate joiner or a dowel joiner would be better.
Mine has also had some of the aluminum shavings come out from my operating hand not being perfectly lined up when I start the drill. But again - for occasional small project use, and me slowing down and being careful, the thing is still working great.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paski218 Best for small jobs!
This is a great item for small jobs around the house . I have had this tool since 2010 and it has been very useful . I have fixed a dinner table,coffee table,created two fish tank stands and made two end table replicas of picture shown. As with any tool it must be used correctly and maintained.My neighbor borrowed it to fix a screen door a few months back and has yet to return it so I will be buying another maybe the kit this time around .
August 29, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ghm1 Poor, cheap design
1. The holes are fixed and properly placed only for 3/4" stock. With any other thickness, the screws don't exit the wood at the center, which is required for a strong, stable joint.
2. The aluminum jig is ground away by the hardened steel drill bit. After a few dozen holes, the precision is gone and the angle of the holes wanders.
November 9, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TeeCee Terrible, Terrible, Terrible!
If you're considering buying this item, please, PLEASE read this review first.
I wanted a Kreg Jig for a long time, but balked at purchasing one because of the price; I wanted the model with the attached clamp, and it was upwards of $140. So when I saw this version of a pocket-hole jig, I decided to try it out and save some money in the process.
It is garbage. Pure and simple. The construction is laughable, it's flimsy, and worst of all? It didn't work properly. That's because the sorry metal it's made of eventually shaved away from the inner holes after drilling a few times, so it caused the drill bit to (unbeknownst to me) shift all over the place. And that was only after drilling about 20 holes! Because of the shifting, the holes I drilled ended up being right at the edge of the wood, and when I screwed the pieces together of course the ends snapped like twigs. All my beautiful wood that I'd used up until that point to build my piece was ruined!
Thank God for Home Depot's fabulous customer service, because I was allowed to return it even though it was opened. However, I am still irritated with the General Tool Company because they owe me for the wood that their rotten tool chewed to pieces!
Do yourself a favor and don't buy this trash. Kreg Jig has a mini version that is only about 20 bucks, and that's what I got when I took this junk back. The manufacturer should be ashamed to even sell this trash; as a matter of fact, if they gave it away the price would be too high. Don't do it!
November 22, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jesse Decent for small jobs
Used this jig for a few years and it's performed pretty well. I haven't had the sort of problems some reviewers have mentioned about the guide holes losing their accuracy over time but I will say this: the screw-clamp is not fun to use for big jobs. It's fiddly and time-consuming to tighten it down for each hole and if you've got a big project, you'll get sick of it very quickly. That, and your fingers will hurt from the tiny grip you've got to tighten down every time.
So, it's worked alright for me, but I'm shopping for something better now that I've got a bigger project in mind.
August 19, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Loeffler Good for a little project.
If you are only going to use it a number of times, sure it is worth the money. The pilot holes seem to get more drlled out everytime I make a pass. So eventually the tool will be junk. Do yourself a favor and buy the Jeg jig, its worth the hundred bucks.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bmn47112 pocket jig
works great and cant compare with kreg jig because i haver never used one but looks like it does the exact thing for a fraction of the cost of the kreg. it can break twice and be replaced before paying for the kreg. i've had my original for years and still works like the day i bought it.
February 28, 2010