Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie I normally don't like gimicky tools, but...
this worked quite well. I have only used it twice, on one door (deadbolt and latch), but I thought it was adequate. The included edge guide was nice in that you could reverse it to the width of your door. It was a little hard to keep in place while hammering the scoring edge into the door, but acceptable for the price. I had no difficulty hammering this into the wood on the edge of the door. It was nice that the scoring tool is reversible for square and rounded edges. I found the rounded edge profile to be perfect for my latches. The chisel worked well. I wasn't able to get it to the full depth on the first pass, but it was not difficult to keep getting a little more at a time until I was at the proper depth. Much easier than a typical wood chisel that always wants to dig deeper. Sure, there are probably nicer items out there, but for the price, this can't be beat for an occasional project helper.
March 24, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYUFO Effective tool for recessing door latches
I purchased this tool in store after researching it online. I was skeptical given that reviews said it was plastic and not that sturdy. For $9 it was worth giving it a try. I had 13 solid oak doors that I was changing out the hardware on and none had been routered for the latch mechanism, they just had a round hole. I used the tool with the door still hung and it worked surprisingly well. My doors are solid oak so I had to use a heavy hammer and I hit it pretty hard. First you line up the scoring tool in the latch hole using the door depth guide for vertical level. Give it several good hits with the hammer and it leaves the latch plate outline cut into the wood. Then turn it perpendicular to the latch hole and use the chisel tool on the side and hammer out the pieces of wood within the scored area. This leaves behind the recessed area for screwing in the latch plate. The tool comes with both rounded edge and square edge scoring tool (just take the bit out and flip it over to use the shape you need). It also included a detachable screwdriver bit but I didn't think using a tool with two chisel surfaces on the handle as a screwdriver was a good idea. I'd recommend this product for retrofitting an old door that wasn't routered out already. Not sure how great it would be on a new door, but it would probably work just fine as long as you measured carefully and kept the tool level. This $9 purchase saved me from having to buy a router and special bit and taking all my doors off the hinges.
March 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by diyer2015 Horrible product
This product does not work as advertised. The best it did was mark a shallow outline for the latch. The plastic started to crack and dent after hitting it with a hammer in the designated spots. I purchased it to cut into a hollow core Reliabilt door and it simply did not work. They should make a door latch installation kit similar to the Ryobi hinge template. The kit also does not clamp to the door so it makes it hard to keep it in place while hammering the plastic. This product is great in theory but if the wood is hard, it will never work. I will be returning it to HD.
July 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by AlexUA Not that good
This thing is only good for making outline for the latch, especially if the wood is hard it can't cut deep enough to needed thickness for the latch plate, so it's either keep notching little by little or just take a latch plate and use thin pencil to outline and use router. I don't know why they still haven't made something like A99HT2 that is very good for it's price range and makes job very easy with a portable router, just clamp, measure the deepness of the cut and route it out, it takes a minute or less to do cut out for 3 hinges once router is set up now that's productivity.
For the price I guess it's ok but I would rather pay twice the amount or even more to get clamped version with ability to use router.
May 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by triley Makes Latch Mortising a Breeze
I wasn't sure this would stand up to the rigors of being beaten on to set latches in solid hardwood doors, but after going through a house renovation the only real issues are the words "Strike Here" can no longer be read and the spring steel chisel is loose.
The spring steel chisel used to gouge out the material for the latch plate eventually works loose and you can't tighten the screws any further. It was fast and convenient to use, but even without it the kit is well worth the cost.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Billybud house flipper must !
This tool performs well with a little finesse. It's easy to strike once the key is in the hole.. The door thickness guide is useless. Removing the cutout takes a little practice to get the right depth. The two cutouts also are a little off. I had to use the square cutout for the radius hinges. Overall a lot faster than trying to do it with a chisel and hammer.
March 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Baktasht AMAZING!!!
works amazingly well. It made a normally difficult messy job very easy, and very clean. The end results look professional and clean.
May 6, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Gene Does not work as advertised
In short, this does not do the door latches as a stand-alone tool, it needed other tools assistance to complete the task. I am not a woodworker, just a little better than a beginner. I had 14 doors to complete and did 8 doors using a dremel with a router bit. I hand draw a template on the door edge, then use the dremel router and guide to follow the template. This is time consuming and since it is hand guided, not all that professional looking. One miss cue and you have a permanent etching in the wrong place. So, I saw the Ryobi tool and thought that with the template and correct depth chisel part, I would give it a try. It is marginal. The plastic guide allows for the template to be crooked, and after a couple tries, I was able to work this by lining it up, lightly tapping a line and then either re-doing it, or confirming it was properly aligned and not skewed. Hammered in just fine and leaves a very nice template. The chisel is marginal at best for me. It can go sideways, to far and does not start out at the right depth, so you have to work it a few times. Well, it was much easier to skip the chisel, grab the dremel router and use the Ryobi tool as just a nice template. Overall, it has marginal value and as a one tool to do the job, I think it is unsatisfactory at least at my level of competence. I did finish the last 6 of the 14 doors using the tool as a template and the dremel router method. It would be nice if Ryobi or someone would just make a router guide for the latch. Ryobi makes a template that includes router bit for the door hinges. I used another brand for this and whizzed through 14 door hinge cutting sessions. That template works great. Hopefully, a similar template is on the drawing board. I would not use the chisel with this tool. You would be better served to get a small chisel that can work from various angles and use that versus the one provided. I tried to use it to clean up after the dremel router just to see if it was capable and came to the conclusion that it is just not suited to the task. Returned to just using the router and very slow, careful working.
January 29, 2015