HF Pocket hole jig

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Forum topic by Carloz posted 03-21-2017 04:01 AM 1957 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2017 04:01 AM

it certainly looks more solid than Kreg counterpart and costs half the price.Does anyone have experience with it? The height is not adjustable which means easier setup and less ideal screw position but I do not plan on using it on anything besides 3/4 boards. Or should I stick with Kreg?

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 05:23 AM

What’s the price difference?

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 09:49 AM

I use the HF and love it. Fast setup and easy to use, refaced all my kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. The jig is mounted on a 3/4 piece of plywood that I clamp down with the end vise on my workbench.

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 10:40 AM

Mine works great! I had it out of the box and was using it in a matter of minutes…I made a closet storage unit for my daughters bedroom and this little gem worked like a charm.

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 11:01 AM

maybe it’s the picture, but it looks like it starts the hole higher up on the board. It could be an illusion. This might prevent drilling into a narrower piece of wood placed horizontally in the jig???

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 11:20 AM

Looks like the tip of the drill bit hits metal at the end of drilling each hole?

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#6 posted 03-21-2017 11:40 AM

Why do you say that? With a pocket hole, the drill bit should stop just shy of exiting end of piece being drilled.

Looks like the tip of the drill bit hits metal at the end of drilling each hole?

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#7 posted 03-21-2017 12:33 PM

Since I haven’t used the pocket hole jig lately I might be misremembering , but I think the depth of the hole is determined by setting a stop collar on the drill bit.

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#8 posted 03-21-2017 01:56 PM

I don’t have any experience with the HF jig but one thing that looks like it could be a problem is that there is a gap where the bit enters the wood. On the Kreg jig, it is flush against the surface where the bit enters the wood which should provide better support around the entry. It would seem to me that the gap, which is probably to provide a way for chips to exit the hole, could possibly contribute to more chip out so if you plan to have exposed pocket holes that you plan to put plugs in, that could be a consideration. I have no idea if that is a actually a problem, just an observation.

Another observation is that it looks like they use different angles to handle different thickness of wood? The Kreg jig always maintains the same angle and adjusts for the thickness by adjusting the height of the guide. Not sure if that makes any difference, just another observation.

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#9 posted 03-21-2017 02:35 PM

I’ve never seen this in my store and if I didn’t already own the blue one I would try this. The reviews on their site are pretty favorable.

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#10 posted 03-21-2017 02:49 PM

I have used this jig for a long time. It works great, but mount it on a piece of plywood that you can clamp down to your table. I like the kreg drills better than the HF ones – and I also like the Kreg screws. Go for it!

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#11 posted 03-22-2017 02:10 AM

I like mine. The only problem I have is that on soft wood it tears the opening of the pocket hole. I have not had this problem on harder woods. I have mine mounted to plywood that slides into my bench. The guides are removable and can be clamped onto your work for remote drilling. I do use the Kreg drill bit though.

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#12 posted 03-22-2017 02:22 AM

I Had no idea HF had this. This may replace my old jig, not Kreg.

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#13 posted 03-22-2017 02:35 AM

the video is very promising too.

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#14 posted 03-22-2017 04:43 AM

Kreg supports a lot of online and offline woodworking content through sponsorships if that makes any difference. I’ve had a Kreg jig for years and haven’t worn it out.

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#15 posted 04-07-2017 09:09 PM

Don’t worry about wearing out a Kreg jig. It is covered by a lifetime warranty.The advantage is being able to change modules for the Jig. I have the standard, the Micro and the HD, all adjustable. Warrenty support is top notch. When my HD bit broke, contacted them and they sent me 2 new ones. The other system that goes on sale at the Orange Big box is General with the kit for clamping. It does drop to $100 a few times a year. Dan

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