|Review by StumpyNubs||posted 11-25-2010 07:58 PM||7584 views||2 times favorited||31 comments|
I’ve always called Harbor Freight “God’s gift to men” and since there’s been a bit of hubub about this tool paradise on this site recently I thought I’d post some reviews of my favorite HF Gems…
This one I just bought TODAY and I already can see that it is among the best tools in the store! For one thing, this thing is extremely well made! That isn’t always the case at HF… ok… I suppose it is RARELY the case. But if you had this jig setting alongside the Kreig version, I guarentee you’d pick this one up to examine first. Why? Because it really looks great. While the $100 Krieg jig is mostly plastic, this is all aluminum. And I don’t mean that crappy cast aluminum. This is precision machined aluminum, and may be the only thing harbor Freight ever sold that is truely well made in every way.
The design is also very well executed. The heart of it are the guide holes, of course. There are two sets of two so you can drill a pair side by side in your piece. One set is at a steep angle for 1/2 to 1” thick material, the other set of guide holes is at a lower angle for thicker material. you can move the hole guides to adjust how far apart you want them using nicely etched measuring marks so no ruler is needed. Lock them in place with the knob and use the very nice, heavy duty hold down clamp to secure your piece and you’re ready to drill.
The bit is included as are a bunch of screws. Another nice feature is that you can remove the hole guide assembly from the stand and clamp it to large parts that the stand won’t accomodate.
Bottom line is- this Jig is WELL worth the price of $55 with a 25% off coupon (found regularly in woodworking magazines) and may even be better in many ways than the twice as expensive Krieg jig.
That’s my two cents…
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