I would like to get something to make the occasional pocket hole, but I donít want to spend too much. Any recommendations? Any products that I should avoid? Iíd like to spend $60 or less if that is possible.
Kreg is the only way to go in my book. They make a kit that runs about 50-60 bucks - and this year's new models are upgradeable to the full-blown setup, too. Of course, they came out with it 3 months after i bought LAST year's model! bah!
I'd sell ya my full-blown setup (last year's model) for about 75! I've wanted the new model ever since i saw it.
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Seriously, this is the cheapest Kreg kit and it is pretty good. I know they have a new kit which is a slightly better for around $40.
You can also buy the Kreg stuff just about anywhere. I've seen them at Menard's, Fleet Farm, etc. so it isn't exclusive to wood stores.
What I would do - buy the Kreg K3 Standard Pack - $80. Once you sold on this method of joinery you'll want the K3 Updgrade Pack because its so much faster.
And that vacuum attachment on the upgrade... I never used it for a long while after I bought the whole setup. Then I tried it out once for the heck of it - holes are SO much cleaner and much less effort to drill - especially with hardwoods.
Tom's recommendation of the R3 is a definite set up from what they used to have for that price. What's nice about it is the drill depth guide and the adjustable hole placement gage - the old one was sort of a hit or miss guess.
The only one I've ever tried is the Kreg Pocket Rocket, and I love it. The last I knew is was about $50, but I think they may have revamped their lineup a little bit. Honestly, most of the time I just use it very much like their $20 basic setup...the jig and the bit are the essential components...I tend to use my own Quick Grip type clamps instead of theirs.
I guess I kept seeing one of the Kreg master systems advertised for about $200 and that seemed a little steep to me.
Thanks for the recomendations.
Sonny, I can't say that my knife has ever worn a hole in my pocket, but I usually close the blade...