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Forum topic by Rick M posted 01-28-2017 09:26 PM 3293 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick M

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01-28-2017 09:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kreg jig quikjig

I have one from way back when it was just called a Kreg Jig because there was only one, and I get enough use from it that I wouldn’t mind upgrading. Biggest difference I see between the K4 and K5 is position of the clamping lever. I’m not doing production but if the K5 really is better then I would spend a few extra bucks on it. Anyone used both?

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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 09:58 PM

I saw both demoed at a wood show last year. I sprung for the K5. It is really well thought out and I think we’ll worth the extra bucks. Just not having to fuss with a nut for the clamp pressure is worth it.

Occasionally I think about going up to the self powered unit, but haven’t made the leap yet.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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them700project

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 10:01 PM

Im very happy with my k5 can’t compare it to the k4 but i feel that the few occasions where larger panels were being drilled i would breakdown and cry if i had to walk around it

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Rick M

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 10:09 PM



Im very happy with my k5 can t compare it to the k4 but i feel that the few occasions where larger panels were being drilled i would breakdown and cry if i had to walk around it

- them700project

Ha, I think you sold me.

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 10:12 PM


I have one from way back when it was just called a Kreg Jig because there was only one, and I get enough use from it that I wouldn t mind upgrading. Biggest difference I see between the K4 and K5 is position of the clamping lever. I m not doing production but if the K5 really is better then I would spend a few extra bucks on it. Anyone used both?

- Rick M

The K3 had the clamp in front, the only reason the K4 came out and had the clamp in back is a patent issue that Kreg got called on, the K3 was considered the better jig by most due to the clamp placement. The K5 returns it to the front with a changed mechanism. IMO the K3 is still the best of the three but the K5 is easier to use than the K4. I would not buy a pocket hole jig with the clamp behind the work.

I should sell my K3 now that I have a Kreg Foreman but I still hold onto it.

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Woodchuck2010

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 03:26 AM

K5 for sure. It’s usually the same price and has the better clamp, supports, and storage. I bought mine on eBay and got the whole case with screw assortment for free.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 03:30 AM

I was looking at upgrading my K2 with a K5, but some reviews said the plastic body on the K5 wasn’t as rigid as the all metal K2.

I’m open to having my mind changed by anyone who can compare the two. The K5 system is far more advanced for sure.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#7 posted 01-29-2017 03:33 AM

I have the K-4 and the K-5, I sold off my K2 kit when I got the K-4. Started reading about the advantage of the handle in front. I sprung for the K-5 when they offered the new style hand clamp with it. Just when I think about selling my k4, I start using both. The biggest advantage I think is dust collection. The K2 did not have it, and you were limited to one size screw. The new models you have the micro jig and the HD jig that fit it. Dan

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Slider20

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#8 posted 01-29-2017 04:34 AM

I upgraded from my small Kreg Jig to the K4, pretty happy with it. Then about a month later I got a Festool Domino and I don’t think I’ll be using it much anymore.

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#9 posted 01-29-2017 05:41 AM


I upgraded from my small Kreg Jig to the K4, pretty happy with it. Then about a month later I got a Festool Domino and I don t think I ll be using it much anymore.

- Slider20

I haven’t checked my lottery tickets tonight. Maybe I’ll get lucky and land a Domino too :)

Edit: Nope.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#10 posted 01-29-2017 01:51 PM

I have the K4 master kit and I like it.
if buying now I would get the K5.
The K4 base is not a “standard” thickness so you will need to mount it to a table/bench/baseplate and cut work supports to size.
The K5 comes with the work supports.
While I would like the handle to be in front on the K4 I have long arms and can reach around most work pieces, the built in work support on the K5 base is an even bigger improvement for the way I want to use the jig.

-- Regards, Charlie

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ohtimberwolf

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#11 posted 01-29-2017 02:07 PM

I’m thinking of buying one and would like to know if: Anyone knows if the following issues have been corrected since. The review was quite lengthy and detailed mostly positive. But…

July 30 2015 This is a portion of the review.

“Why not five stars? Because the K5 jig has failed me twice while clamping wood to the jig. The clamp broke once because a screw came loose under the clamp. The second problem occurred today when the clamp slipped back after pressure was applied. I took the jig apart and a small rubber ball fell out of the main body of the clamp. After examination I determined the ball was deformed somewhat, but other than that I couldn’t find anything wrong with the jig. The inside of the jig is mostly plastic, but the key part that holds the clamp’s position on the ribbed track is good quality metal (and the screws are metal). I put the jig back together and it works, but I don’t know for how long. The rubber ball seems to maintain the pressure that pushes the metal tongue into the ratcheting ribbed track. An odd set up. How long can a rubber ball maintain the needed pressure?

So, 4 stars for the jig. The system it supports is outstanding, but the jig itself seems to have been made in a less than outstanding manner. I cannot give a jig comprised of plastic and a rubber ball in critical locations 5 stars.”

Here is the link for the reviews this came from if anyone wants to see the whole thing.
https://www.amazon.com/Kreg-K5-Pocket-Hole-Jig/product-reviews/B00EF3L9BM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_hist_4?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=four_star&reviewerType=avp_only_reviews&pageNumber=1

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#12 posted 01-29-2017 05:20 PM

I bought the Porter Cable jig recently and love it. you might want to check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-560-QUIKJIG-Pocket-Hole-Joinery/dp/B004ADJQTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485710349&sr=8-1&keywords=porter+cable+pocket+hole+jig

-- bryansong, Independence, Missouri

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Rick M

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#13 posted 01-30-2017 05:27 AM



I bought the Porter Cable jig recently and love it. you might want to check it out.
- bryansong

Hmmm, that looks like a nice tool.

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#14 posted 01-30-2017 12:04 PM



I bought the Porter Cable jig recently and love it. you might want to check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-560-QUIKJIG-Pocket-Hole-Joinery/dp/B004ADJQTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485710349&sr=8-1&keywords=porter+cable+pocket+hole+jig

- bryansong

Every time I start to upgrade my K4 to a K5, I think of that PC version and get stuck in analysis paralysis.

Is there any kind of dust collection for the PC?

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ohtimberwolf

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#15 posted 01-30-2017 12:34 PM

Rob, yes there is, watch this link. Also one of the posts at the site says it can use the dust chute in the alternate position if you let it hang over the end of the bench or board. Bryon thanks for your link. larry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehvSdDv5yfI&t=40s

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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