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I’m pretty sure I bought a cheap one many, many years ago, but I can’t seem to find it now. I think I only used it once on a single project and wasn’t very impressed.

I noticed that almost every cabinet making video I see these days shows them using Pocket Holes even where I feel that it’s totally unnecessary. So I started reading the reviews and everybody pretty much says it the best tool they ever bought besides the basic woodworking tools.

There have been times when a pocket hole might have made things easier, but I usually found a way around it.

I’m retired and not in the business of fast production of cabinets plus I don’t want to leave too much for the family to have to get rid of when I pass on. I already have so much to get rid of as it is.
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I use a Kreg, forget the actual model number but it was about 130.00. I use it all the time. Works great and makes very strong joints. I know there are much cheaper brands but have Breard they are junk. I have seen Porter Cable has one now and it looks to be quality but don't know anyone win has used it. I can vouch for the kreg but the are not inexpensive. I can't imagine doing a project with out it.


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I bought the K2000 a few years ago, used, from a gentleman that was clearing out some of his equipment. I use it all the time. If you don't mind using mechanical fasteners for face frames, shop cabinets, etc., it's the way to go - makes strong joints. I haven't found the need to get one of the newer models.
I think they are about $130 or so on Amazon.
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I use mine mostly to assemble face frames for my projects.

If you are using it sparingly, this model might be good for you. I bought it for use in the field for remodeling a kitchen. I only need to drill a few holes and it worked well.
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Or, this one for more work.
Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig - - Amazon.com

This model has the clamping handle on the operator's side which helps if you are drilling holes in larger pieces such as cabinet sides (to attach face frame).

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I looked at mine, it is the K4, the K5 wasn't out yet but if I ever have to replace mine I will go with the K5 unless I can check out the porter cable version in person. It looks a lot different but seems to have a lot of useful features.


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Unsure how much use I would find for it I went with the R3 version ($39 Kreg jig.) It can do anything the larger jigs can do but takes a lot longer to set up when making multiple holes.
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I bought the K2000 a few years ago, used, from a gentleman that was clearing out some of his equipment. I use it all the time. If you don't mind using mechanical fasteners for face frames, shop cabinets, etc., it's the way to go - makes strong joints. I haven't found the need to get one of the newer models.
I think they are about $130 or so on Amazon.
Hi Vince, Has the K2000 name changed because i haven't found any information on it? I found a K5 that's in the same price range and a K4 for about $100
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I guess it depends. My son has the r3 and it works but it takes some time to set the depth correct and takes forever for multiple holes. On the k4 and 5 you can remove the hole part and use it as the r3. 130.00 does seem expensive for what it is but it sure does save time and makes quality pocket holes. It has been a great investment for me personally but I do use it a lot and has definitely paid for itself in time saved.


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Unsure how much use I would find for it I went with the R3 version ($39 Kreg jig.) It can do anything the larger jigs can do but takes a lot longer to set up when making multiple holes.
Thanks Otto, I was just thinking that i should probably try something less expensive to see how much i would use it. I think the one I bought years ago was a "General" brand from Home Depot and it must not have been so good or I would have used it again.

I don't think I would mind spending a little more time setting it up unless it was really tedious and less accurate. I have a cheap dowel jig that has caused me more grief than its worth.

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Yes, the general brand is not a quality product imho. I see the k4 is down to 100.00. It is the one I used and paid 130.00 for it as the k5 was not out yet. If you don't mind spending the 100. I would go with the k4. It will do everything you need it to do.
Btw. The is the PC model island talking about. Definitely more expensive but looks like a neat machine. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004AD...P7L&ref=plSrch


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