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Forum topic by Adamal posted 07-30-2013 08:40 PM 10871 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2013 08:40 PM

Can anyone tell me me if the extra $50 is worth it for the Kreg K4MS rather than the K4? The master system includes: Portable base, Material Support Stop, Premium Face clamp and the Dust Collection Attachment.

I’m new to pocket holes and right now I need it for building some face frames and the to attach them to the cabinets. I was going to use biscuits, but everyone seems to like pocket holes. Besides, it’s an excuse to buy a new tool!!!


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#1 posted 07-30-2013 08:42 PM

I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you the K5 is going to be available soon so you may want to hold off for that or to wait and see if the K4 price drops.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 08:43 PM

I went with the K4. The clamps cost $30 and the rest of the kit is not useful to me, at least not at that price. I actually bought a K4 and one of the clamps that attach right to the bench. I saved $20 on the deal by not buying the whole kit.

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 08:57 PM

I bought the K4MS. I have never used the material stop or the dust collection port. If I did it again I would buy the limited set, then add clamps as I found a need for them. Kreg now offers a new auto adjusting clamp. This looks useful but I want to talk to someone who has one before I purchase it.


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#4 posted 07-30-2013 10:26 PM

I have the K3ms, and wouldn’t buy the cheaper one. The full set is much more versatile.
And I’d wait for the K5. It will be the same price as the K4 and is much better.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 10:27 PM

I went with the K4MS, I knew Id be buying the clamp, and I wanted the dust port badly enough. Hooked up to a shop vac and a dust deputy, it makes a pretty decent difference in performance on repeat work.

This was my last set-up

This is what I’ll be going for next.

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 10:30 PM

Thanks all.

Yeah, I saw the K5, but it’s not available until September. Plus, since I’m not familiar with any of it, I don’t know what benefit there would be.

I guess I’ll go with the plain old K4. If I feel the need, I can always buy the additional parts.

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 10:43 PM

If doing a lot of work with it, I’d suggest getting the dust collector adapter as it will save lots of time (both working and cleanup afterwards.)

Love my K4MS.

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 11:57 PM

Not impressed with the material support stop but really like having dust collection hooked to shop vac. I also have used the portable base a time or two and it was handy to have. I also would’ve bought the clamp if not included. I did add the 90* clamp. When I bought the jig kit, a separate large assortment of screws (not the few little bags but a separate case of screws) was included in a sale special at Lowes so that helped offset cost.

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 12:57 AM

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 02:07 AM

I love the k4ms that I have but never have enough reasons to use it. Glad to read this post. hadn’t heard of the k5 jig, but i just looked it up and its looks like its got some nice new features.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 07-31-2013 02:18 AM

Sorry that I can’t cite the model #’s, but I have what I think is the biggest/best pkg. that Kreg has offered in the last couple of years. I have the clamp that has 3 holes in it, a bunch of screws, drill bit, stop collar, long #2 sq. drive bit, clamps, etc. I think it is great. I use it all the time for lots of different projects. The dust collection thing works really well. I built my own side extensions to balance longer pieces. There is some little plastic thing that kind of folds up and has a black plastic thumbscrew – no idea what to do with it. I feel like it is cheating to use it, but it is so great.

Edit: Just looked at the K5 and the features do look good. I would wait for it. Since whatever the # is that I have is working just fine, I probably wouldn’t go for the K5 (but if I could find a buyer for my K4?) I did buy the set of auto-adjusting clamps and they really are pretty cool. This new base has the same technology which would make life a little easier (only a little). The wings are built in (& removable). The swiveling dc outlet is nice. Yes, it is an upgrade, but actually I’m pretty happy with what I have.

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David Dean

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#12 posted 07-31-2013 01:27 PM

If it was me I would go with the K-5 it has all new attments so down the road you wont be saying I wish I got the K-5.

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#13 posted 07-31-2013 02:08 PM

I bought the KTC5750 off Amazon a while back and if I knew then what I know now, I would have just gotten the K4MS. The KTC5750 pretty much has all three sized jigs, a descent sized screw assortment, and it came in a nice tool box for easy storage. With that being said, the only thing that I have really used is the K4MS kit that was included.

I guess one day I’ll be thankful that I have the other sizes and such, but until then I see it a big waste of money. Well, at least I really like the tool box.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#14 posted 07-31-2013 02:59 PM

I might be too late to offer any help to the OP, but here is my setup. I have added the dust port and the micro jig. The dust port works great when I connect it to my Bucket Max. Drill a lot, yet only a few chips escape the vac.

Hope this helps. I am currently using the jig to build cabinets for my garage makeover. I have a blog documenting the makeover.

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#15 posted 07-31-2013 06:40 PM

I have a K4 and am going to get a K5 as soon as possible

-- Joe

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