Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 120
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jsalvas Easy to use with great features
I purchased this unit to install 3 doors in our kitchen and found it very easy to use. It made short work of making perfect cuts on the door for the hinges.
February 18, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Turtle Didn't Work for Me
I make High-end custom doors & jambs. Mostly exterior, using 4 1/2" baring square corner hings. Sometimes we get a request to match the bore & hing routing to a customer door.
For what it did do, fine, a standardize hing barrel to hing inset. what I need is a fully adjustable jig that compensates for the hing inset. Why? It seems the only time I need single tool jig like this is for something odd, not standard. But it did help to make jig that I could use.
If it had the same type of clamp screw on the front guide rail storage side(C side) it would then be fully adjustable, I'll even pay a little more.
June 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RyanL A once flawed product that now works great
I would like to clear up some confusion with this product. Some of the older reviews were quite negative because the 5/8" radius was not correct. This is absolutely true of the original version of this product, but some time in 2012 or 2013 Ryobi corrected this. The old insert was a 3/8" radius (I'm not sure how that got past Quality Control at Ryobi), but later models have the correct 5/8" radius.
The current green and black model (A99HT2) absolutely has the correct 5/8" radius as I have tested it.
I happened to have the old version which I had not yet used for a 5/8" radius hinge and noticed the problem with the incorrect radius and decided to get a newer version to see if there was an improvement, which there was.
When I called Ryobi about this they were not very helpful since the old one was past the one year warranty, therefore I'm giving this a 4 star review. In my opinion if you produce a completely flawed product you should stand behind it, and since really all I needed was the newer inserts I thought they could at least send them. But nope, they wouldn't.
Nonetheless I bought the newer version, which I slightly regret since I'd rather not give Ryobi any more business, but it does now work right and I think it is worth it to save the time on hinge mortises.
December 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pmertens Very good for the DIYer
After watching a video on Youtube in which the guy was using this jig I purchased it from HD. I was very pleased with my results. I'm glad I purchased it and it worked beautifully.
1. I wish it used a larger router blade.
2. Make sure that your router has a large base-plate. Mine was on the smaller size so the router bit dropped down and went deeper in places.
3. Practice a couple of times. I found that the extra 1/8th inch was unnecessary.
4. It is all plastic but with care is plenty usable.
September 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ron1wood Good bang for the buck
I was hesitant to purchase this due to some of the negative reviews but I needed to replace ( 8 ) doors and
the chisel was not an option. I hate plastic anything especially in tools and jigs but this one works great.
Two problems I read about was the 5/8 radius was off and the jig wood give too much when tightening to
the door. There is no reason to over tighten because it grips very well and out of the 8 doors I replaced, the
jig or template never moved and the 5/8 radius was perfect. End of day it is like brand new and will do many more doors. The best tool to use is a laminate router because it is much lighter.
February 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sonicman Ryobi Door Hinge Template
I am a finish carpenter of over 30 years and usually mortise hinges with a router freehand. I purchased pre-finished oak raised panel and half glass doors and decided to try the Ryobi Door Hinge Template because it clamps to the door while other jigs need to be nailed which is ok if you are painting the door. I measured the existing hinge, marked the door clamped the template turned on mo router and in 10 seconds I was done and the hinge fit like a glove for under $30 this is a must if you are a novice or a pro. Ryobi needs to make a jamb template to match
July 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JackStrat Great Hinge Template - Quick and Easy
I have used a competitor hinge guide for years and they work fine. But during a recent replacement door (10 doors) project, I had to adjust the hinge placement farther back than my other templates allow. I attached a fence and used spacers and shims, but it was a pain. Sooo...
I purchased the Ryobi guide at HD and it made the job much easier. First of all, the Ryobi guide sets the hinge closer to the back edge than the other guide, but still it was off .30". Since the Ryobi registers at the back, I was able to shim the rear clamp area using a .30" shim (note pad backer) and it worked perfectly.
The Ryobi has other advantages as well.
1) The Ryobi is designed around an integral clamp, so the device simply clamps to the door. Other templates often employ nails or screws to attach them to the door. I don't mind the screws, but every so often I nudge the template off my marks when screwing it down. Not an issue with the Ryobi. Reviewers claim the Ryobi clamp flexes or is weak. The current model includes non stick pads, requiring very little clamping pressure. Sure it would be great if the unit were machined from metal, but then you would pay $300 or more for the jig! The jig clamp system works perfectly fine as is, just do not over tighten.
2) The Ryobi is designed to use flush pattern router bits, meaning, the router bit follows the template and cuts right up to the template edge. Other brands use a 5/8" guide bushing or bearing with a 1/2" cutter, thus they route offset the template. Why is this an issue? The Ryobi system is MUCH easier to align to your hinge marks since the template opening matches exactly what will be cut.
Bottom line, it is hard to beat the Ryobi for the price. The clamp design, easy of alignment and the wide variety of hinge sizes makes this guide a no brainer!
September 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mikewisc Good Jig for Accurate Results
Like other reviewers have noted, while this jig is plastic, it does give accurate results and is very easy to use. The router bit included is sharp and works well on both MDF (hollow core doors) as well as solid wood. As others have noted, you do need to chisel out the corners if you are using square hinges (since all router bits work by rotation). The rounded hinges will fit perfectly into the rounded corners. I'm not sure I would depend on this jig to do loads of doors, but for the typical DIY-er this is going to save a lot of time and frustration compared to hand-chiseling the mortises. For the modest price, it is a very good purchase even if you plan to do just a few doors.
March 19, 2014