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Forum topic by InstantSiv posted 07-15-2014 02:09 AM 1193 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2014 02:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig joining pocket hole

https://www.kregtool.com/store/c26/pocket-hole-machinery/p322/foreman-pocket-hole-machine/

This is interesting. Looks like they’re trying to market this to people between the hobbyist and professional. The reviews are quite telling though.

I just bought a db110 not too long ago too. I would probably of gone with this new one if it’s a solid machine. Oh well… money still well spent.

What do you guys think?


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#1 posted 07-15-2014 02:39 AM

People are giving reviews before it even comes out? Strange.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 03:17 AM

If you read them, the “reviews” are more about the price than about the actual machine

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 03:23 AM

I reckon it may encourage a sagging of resale prices
for the older drill tubs. Since I don’t have one, I’ll
keep my eye out.

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 03:28 AM

Likely not made in the usa.
Kreg’s automaxx clamps are made in China, and I had to go through 7 to get 2 good ones. On most, the threads were messed up beyond repair.

I’d wait for actual reviews, or use the $400 towards a porter cable 552.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 04:23 AM

The older Kreg machine is really useful. That was the $700 machine but today I was using it for some cabinet parts and could do a hole every 5 seconds with ease. It’s possible to go faster but that involves ramming the bit into the wood instead of letting it cut properly.

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 03:12 PM

I have had the older pneumatic version for years, as well. Very handy in a professional setting… that thing looks very “plastic”. That said, many of my shop tools are plastic as well!! I could see this being useful in a hobby setting, for someone who is selling at fairs, or such, and has a dedicated procedure that uses p-holes on a regular basis. If I was buying for a pro shop I would look up Castle at this point.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 04:38 PM

There are a lot of obsolete Castle drills on the used market. They have
a circuit board Castle no longer supplies, so when that goes,
the whole tool becomes useless. Boo on Castle for that. Anyway,
just an fyi for somebody looking for a used drill tub.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 05:54 PM

Loren That is unfortunate. FWIW I have one of their out of production edgebanders, and they still fully support it, including the logos!. I am certain that if they could they would. I am only saying, because my experience with customer service with that company has been exemplary. I know when porter cable wasn’t able to supply the router any longer, they did offer conversions to the bosch router they choose to switch too. Any how… Sound advice for those picking up tools on the secondary market. IMHO my Pnuematic Foreman is simpler, and better than their options for P-hole anyhow. It does not look like they are eliminating the industrial versions.. So I recant my castle advice and say go with kreg for p-holes… they know it best.

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