Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 53
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gabriel Huge time Saver
I absolutely love this tool. It is well built and very accurate. The rubber grips on the door side really grab well. I like the self centering latch hole position for heavy duty doors. I thing it is built well and if taken care of, it can be used for many years to come.
September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by matt Works well
Made nice neat properly placed holes - all there is to say. Like the clamp on design better than competitor screws design quicker
September 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ectex Great time saver !
I read nearly all of the reviews posted before I made up my mind to purchase this drill guide. I have 7 new slab doors to hang. That may seen not too difficult a job but in this 64 year old home each door and frame was site built and no two are alike. Each door was a different width, none exactly 24" or 30", hinges mortised at different heights and locksets installed at different heights. Not a large difference, but an 1/8" higher or lower and each door had to be trimmed to allow for clearance for a/c return air to escape the bedrooms. I'm not a novice as I worked as a handyman and in apartment maintenance for over 30 years. I found that over tightening the clamping device was not a good idea as it tended to deform the guide. I solved the problem of the 1" bolt hole by cutting a short piece of thin wall 1" PVC and cut it vertically with a hacksaw. This allowed me to compress it enough to fit inside the guide reducing the opening to fit a 7/8" hole saw which was perfect for the newer hardware. As far as the setback adjustment, I did forget to check it on my last door to bore and yes I ruined the hollow core slab door. I never had any problem during the boring of any other doors, but I had moved it to help remove the debris built up. I found that slow and steady was the way to go and once the guide drill penetrated the other side of the door I would change sides and finish. I may never have occasion to use it again but I feel it was well worth the investment. The only thing I felt was lacking was a detailed set of instructions. Watching the video helped fill in the gaps.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handygref Nice
Just as easy as it looks. And for the price unbeatable when you do a whole home with doors.
August 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bercio Terrible. Arbor saw was out of balance and clamp is weak and fragile
Looked like a sturdy product with lots of value. Unfortunately it is a horrible product and I can not return. The clamp deflects when tightened enough to stay in place.
The arbor saw/drill was slightly out of axis, resulting in a wobbly saw. Because it wobbled while spinning, the edges of the saw bit into the clamp a bit, wearing it down.
Because the clamp moves when a lateral or axial load is placed upon it, I was unable to use the tool to widen existing holes in salvaged doors.
Next time I will stick to the tried and true square and pencil technique!!
July 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by John Trash
Piece of junk, used to drill steel exterior door for deadbolt. Didnt stay clamped in place arbor wont come out of hole saw.
July 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KC87 Not good at all when expanding existing lock bore
I was trying to expand an existing lock bore from 1.25" to the 2.125" standard size used today. I was attempting on a metal-faced wood door. I thought the extra money spent on a milwaukee product would pay off. Boy was I wrong. I noticed two major design flaws which may not be factors when drilling new holes, as the pilot drill likely anchors for the bore. However, with no anchor, the bracket must be very steady to hold the bore saw. That is not the case at all with this product. As soon as the bore started going, the subpar clamp system moved and the very poorly designed switch for the backset kept moving on me, which in turn had the bore saw go all over the place, nearly ruining my door. For the price of this product, I expected so much more. Go with another brand, which in my experience was the black and yellow brand for about $10 cheaper.
July 15, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by stevelb1 Helpful but not great for enlarging existing deadbolt holes
I bought this to enlarge a deadbolt hole for a new lock on a metal and wood core entry. The hole saw size adjuster moved too much and it doesn't tighten tight enough. It wants to move. The key to getting it right was to push in the direction of the hole size selector you want. Mine was 2 3/8. Also important to help steady it with the free hand and just go for it. An extra clam would certainly do the trick.
Another annoyance was that it comes with a 2 1/8 size hole saw, Thats quite an assumption since a lot of new deadbolts today are 2 3/8 so I had to buy a separate hole saw. I would rather the hole saw be left out and sold separately and pay less for the product.
Now for a new hole it would be fine because the hole saw has a drill bit in the middle to start it so that would certainly keep it from moving.
However, to be more useful for enlarging holes where the starter drill bit isn't a factor, they should add an extra screw tightener and the ability to screw it to the door where the latch screws go.
In the end it did help but was scary going.
July 8, 2016