Kreg K4 kit or dremel multi-max

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Forum topic by eruby posted 01-12-2011 04:12 AM 3791 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2011 04:12 AM

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Not the typical dilemma, but I have a HD gift card burning a hole in my pocket and those were the only 2 things in the store that I remotely wanted. These items are also at the upper limit of what I am allowing myself to spend beyond the value of my gift card.

The Multi-Max scares me because the reviews that I have read tend to be rather polarized into the “its junk” and “greatest tool for the money” camps. I dont know if I should just save up for the Fein

The Kreg K4 kit will get used in my shop but it seems limited w/o the portable base. HD does not sell the master system.

Maybe I’ll just get a couple of Jorgensen parallel clamps.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 05:10 AM

I’m not sure what you mean by a portable base. I’ve been using Kreg for years and I have never heard of one.

If you get the K4, you will want to attach it to a board about 6” by 15”. I clamp the board to my workbench whenever I need to use it and it works great.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 05:30 AM

link to Kreg K4 portable base

It looks like this “portable base” allows you to use the Jig w/o the bench clamp (of course you would need a face clamp). The the K4 master system comes with this thing.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 05:46 AM

The Multi-Max is a nice tool but I don’t see any place for it in woodworking. I keep one on my work truck and pull it out maybe every other week as it works great for a few things, mostly trimming in tight spots where a sawzall will just rip up too much stuff. I would say its our least used power tool and we would get by without it easily. It does save us time when we need it though.

The kreg is a great tool and I actually just got done drilling about 50 pocket holes about an hour ago. Not having the portable base really isn’t a big deal. Its a nice addition, but the “bench” base is also portable and easy to use in a similar fashion to the portable base. I just got the master system and the portable base is convienient, but I built cabinets just as well without it. The face clamp that comes with the master system however is crucial. I use a kreg jig mostly to build face frames and I’d never do it without the face clamp. If you end up buying the clamp and to portable base you’ve already paid the difference between the basic and master kit. The little flip stop is the only other added piece in the master system though, and I doubt I’ll ever use it. I just don’t feel that pocket holes need to be placed that accurately that I need a stop, I’ll just eyeball it.

I’d skip the multimax if all you do is woodworking. It’s nice for remodeling work, but still only for a few specific tasks. The kreg jig is absolutely fantastic, but the master system really is worth the extra money.

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 06:01 AM

Okay – Now I know what you mean by “portable base”.

I have a portable base and very seldom use it. However, the face clamp is important.

I agree with everything jmichaeldesign says about Kreg. I know nothing about the Multi-Max.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 07:24 AM

Since you were looking to spend a HD gift card, the other tool they have at HD that I weighed against the Dremel multimax was the Ridgid JobMax. It is a similar tool, but variable speed and powered by a 12volt lithium battery. It comes with the occilating head which can saw flush, cut drywall, and remove grout between tiles. It also comes with a triangular sanding pad that can replace the blade and does a dandy job of sanding in tight corners. I use this tool for sanding more than cutting. The thing that sets this tool apart from the others is they sell other heads for the powered handle. I got the right angle drill attachment and that works great. They also make a 1/4” impact driver head which I wish I had known about before I went and bought a Millwaukee set. Would have saved me about $50. Another head is a powered ratchet driver and they have a nail driver head also. Anyway, the basic multi tool for cutting and sanding is $100 and the extra heads are $50 each.

I have a Kreg kit and I like it as well, but the Ridgid Jobmax is more useful to me. But, I haven’t started building my big cabinet project yet either. My opinion may change once I do. I guess it depends on what you are planning to use the tools for.

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 08:21 AM

I would get a Dremel with the gift card and keep that kreg jig on the top of your list. I bought a K3 master system and I really like all the added features and engineering that was put into these jigs. For once I could afford the top of the line.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 08:40 AM

I never drill pocket holes so I cant comment on that but I have the Dremel multi tool and I have found it to come in handy. I agree with a previous poster that its best served for home improvement work but either way its nice to have. I use the detail sander the most, works great for smaller projects and tight corners and hard to reach areas.

If you do a lot of home improvement type work I would def get the Dremel.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 04:15 PM

I have the Kreg K3 and the Dremel and use both quite often.

I really like the Dremel for cutting openings in cabinets (islands and backs) for electrical boxes. My only beef with it is that it gets really hot after a few minutes.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 04:40 PM

Go for the Kreg, you won’t regret it.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 01-12-2011 05:20 PM

If you do more cabinet work, the Kreg is a good addition. Not having the base will not limit what you can do, it only makes it a little easier to do multiple pieces faster. I used a very simple older Kreg jig for years before getting the K3.

The Dremel is handy for light remodel type work. Personaly, I would save for the Fein. Well actually, I did. I don’t regret that at all. Most people complain about the Fein being overpriced before buying, not after.


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#11 posted 01-12-2011 09:51 PM

The Kreg jig is a thing of beauty, And I guess the dremel multi max would come in real handy for cutting the ends off of the plugs you use to fill the pocket holes after your done, your right quite a dilemma, I think I would go for the Kreg jig, it’s so easy to use, and helpfull if you do alot cabinetry or face frames

-- RV

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#12 posted 01-13-2011 01:14 AM

I really like my Kreg jig. I have used it for more than cabinets or frames. I have the portable base but have not used it very often. I do most everyting in the shop. I don’t have a Multimax but I did borrow the Harbor Freight version from a friend for a specific job. It worked and it has been sitting in the shop for quite a while. Neither one of us needed to use it. For around $30 on sale I will probably pick one of these up for the few times I may need one.

The Kreg gets way more use.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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