Rated 2.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by arcticplasma WARNING!! Don't use the 1" spade bit!
I bought the kit because I needed the 2-1/8" hole saw for a door I was installing and the kit was only 5 bucks more than the hole saw itself. The hole placement guide included seemed like an easier way to figure out where to drill than the paper cutout template that the door knob hardware provided. The hole placement guide required the striker plate to be installed in the door jamb before drilling into the door, so my first step was to use the 1" spade bit to put a hole in the door jamb for the striker plate. The spade bit seemed a bit wobbly, even though I had made sure it was properly seated in the chuck, so I went slowly and carefully. When I was almost through the jamb, the spade bit grabbed the wood and tore an 8" long chunk off the door jamb right next to the hole location. Fortunately it left plenty of room around the screw locations for the striker plate. Hopefully I can glue it back in place. When it came time to drill the hole for the striker in the edge of the door, I had to resort to the 1" spade bit again...I was super cautious this time and started VERY slowly and with no pressure on the drill. Unfortunately after about a minute of drilling, I learned that I had no choice but to increase pressure and drill speed, as the bit hadn't even managed to scrape off all the paint toward the center of the "hole". I ended up slowly working my way up to nearly full throttle on the drill and causing my hand pain with the amount of pressure I was putting on the drill. After a few minutes of applying a ton of pressure, with the bit going like crazy and the hole smoking like a chimney, I made it to a depth of 1/4" at the most. I'm no pro, but I knew this wasn't right. Fortunately, I found a black and decker 1" spade bit that I had lying around and swapped out the bit. In no time, with minimum pressure and going slowly, the bit cut right into the 2-1/8" hole. The ryobi spade bit went promptly into the garbage. The 2-18" hole saw and the hole placement guide worked quite nicely. I can't review the small drill bits, because I used some of my B&D bits that have the nice hex shank instead, but I can tell you that the 1" spade bit is garbage. A company is only as good as the product it sells, and the product is only as good as its weakest link. I learned my lesson, I'm never buying ryobi again. The same type of product is sold by more reputable brands, but I was trying to save a buck and bought this one. I learned my lesson, please learn from my experience and DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!
March 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tent poor quality
the spade bit was bent, the hole saw set screw was seized and loose on the guide bit which made it useless, and the pilot guide didn't adjust to various door thickness. I threw out the entire kit after it all fell apart during an install on a solid wood door.
December 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by charles not for first time users.
Don't buy if you've never installed a lock. Instructions read like tech manual and leave a lot to be desired. Even though its clear what each piece is and how its used, it leaves out obvious things like which location to pick to drill the large hole. There are two and the instructions nor the lock instructions specific why there are two and how to determine which one to use. Again, a carpenter or someone who has done this before may know and say "duh", after an hour I'm still no closer than opening the packages and reading the instructions. No one at home depot has any idea either after talking to a few " experts". I'll most likely search on YouTube and hopefully get an idea, but is that really nessacary to use a product that comes with such detailed instructions?
May 17, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Limegreeny11 Broke after my 8th Door
The hole saw bit worked fine until it broke with 2 doors to go on my house. The actual bit that goes into the drill became detached from the little housing attached to the saw assembly. Would recommend buying a better hole saw if you want to buy this kit.
January 19, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by scott18 Be carefull
The kit is a good idea but the overall quality is not very good. The drill bit had just a minor bend and caused allot of binding and burning. I had to be very careful drilling from both sides of the door to get the hole to line up well. The bolt hole attachment screws onto the edge of the door and you will have to repair the holes if you are not using a bolt plate (Interior). The Hinge guide works well for a scribe but is useless for setting depth as the plastic has a bit of a warp to it making it impossible to get a level finish. This part I would not recommend to someone who has little to no chisel skills! I am not sure if there is a better product out there without breaking the bank but I would look around.
March 2, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by smallshop This product worked amazing. Bought the 25 dollar 6 panel doors from HD and installed. The hing template is not necessary since you can just trace the hinge you bought but it might be a good starting point for the depth. The screw holes used to fix the jig match the plate perfectly for interior doors (i used Schlage). There was a little bit of alignment issue with the hole cutters but did not negatively impact the final finish just looked odd in free spin. Better than measure and guess work.
July 19, 2012