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Ziffster

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370 days ago

I know these are the cream of the crop when it comes to dovetail jigs, but wondering if those who have used them as well as had experience with lower priced Jigs feel that they are worth the cost?

Also, what would a used Jig be worth?

I have only seen one D4R and it includes the Dust Collector (along with most of the accessories included originally with the jig but nothing beyond that) for $399 which to me seems a bit high since they sell new for $549 for the jig + $99 for the Dust collector. BTW it is a late model D4R so it has the updated D4R Pro fingers but not the single pass accessory kit. I am not in big rush to purchase, but as this is the only used one I have seen I was wondering if this was the going price for one of these used.

Thanks!


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 370 days ago

I have used fixed spacing dovetail jigs like the PC4210. I can see the benefits of variable spacing in terms of furniture design. It would give you the ability to use any drawer width, as opposed to being limited to 5-1/4, 6-1/4, 7-1/4” spacing on the PC jig.

That said, I think the real beauty of a dovetail jig is the single pass half-blind function. One bit. One setup. One pass. It also puts your workpiece in the right position to prevent chipout.

You can either have one pass, or variable spacing – not both. I chose one pass.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Nicky

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#2 posted 370 days ago

I’ve seen the DR4. Seems nicely made and very pricey. Woodworking is a hobby for me so I don’t have a need for a production level jig. The variable spacing is really nice, and makes this very versatile.

I was given a porter cable 4212 a few years ago. It sat for a while till I had a project that came up that required 22 drawers. I was a first time user of a dovetailing jig. I was a bit frustrated by the tweaking that was required to get good results, but did manage to get it adjusted properly. I was very pleased at how quickly I cut all of the joints for my drawers and very happy with the results after I had properly adjusted the jig/router. I’ve used it with more frequency, and spend less time adjusting, but still go through a lot of test cuts to get good results.

If this was my business, I’d be looking for a jig where the setup process is easy and fast. As a hobbiest, I’m happy with my jig. I’ve not had a need to do anything wider then 12”, so that maybe another factor for you to make a good choice. Dust collection would be nice as mine has none.

-- Nicky

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 370 days ago

I replaced a really cheap Craftsman DT jig with a Leigh D$. Yep, ti’s the cat meow…and when I bought it it was “only” $329, and well worth that. Now with the prices being so high, I’m not sure I’d buy a new one….but I’d sure look for a used one. Even the older models can be upgraded with parts from Leigh to the newer configuration. The going price on ‘em seems to vary a bit, but I’ve seen them as low as $250 (D4R) to about $400 for a D4R Pro. Even if they weren’t the Cadillac of jigs, just the Leigh support makes owning them a better deal.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 370 days ago

A dovetail jig can’t be made too well. Leigh is as good as it gets and is worth the price.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 369 days ago

Here is a Leigh for $120 I just saw on craigslist.

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