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Offline Kev

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Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:25 AM »
I was nearing the point of buying a K3 & K4 late last year, but I wasn't happy with user stories and I heard about the new K5 coming. Completely out of character, I decided to wait a while and see what other people thought.

There doesn't seem to have been much discussion anywhere (that I've seen) on the K5. Does anyone here have an opinion?

For the amount of pocket holing I'll be doing in my future, I don't think I could ever justify one of the Kreg stations ... so those flimsy crappy plastic things seem to be my fate !!!

Ironically I spend far more time pondering cheap tools than the expensive ones.


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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2014, 04:19 AM »
Did you have a look at the UJK version sold by Axminster?
At least it's made from aluminium. And more important the screws are regular Torx T20 instead of those funny Robertson which are hard to get outside the USA.
Reviews are also good and also available on .
And it has metric scales and not imperial like the Kreg stuf.

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Offline Kev

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2014, 05:01 AM »
I've never seen that before. Thanks ... looking into it right now!

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2014, 10:55 AM »
That UJK looks nicely constructed. Is the tube portion a vac port? Looks solid.

The type of screws  is not married to the brand of jig.


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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2014, 11:29 AM »
That UJK looks nicely constructed. Is the tube portion a vac port? Looks solid.

The type of screws  is not married to the brand of jig.


Seth

I watched the vid - yes, a vac port.

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 11:36 AM »
Personally I like the clamp handle on the front side. I find it a nuisance to reach around large panels for the back side clamps. I had the K4 (back handle), bought the K3 (front handle) when it first came out. Big improvement.  I have not used the K5 but I did try out the clamp with a few different pieces of wood at a dealer. The clamp action was good and the auto adjustment could easily handle  an 1/8" so it would be great for 3/4", 18mm, 19,, 20mm thickness variances.  Actually I think I tried it with 3/4" and 1" material without resetting the clamp (not certain though).


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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2014, 11:43 AM »
If I didn't already have the K4, I would probably go for that UJK. I like that the dust port is attached and the whole unit is one solid piece.

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2014, 02:59 PM »
Does the UK version work with 12 mm material?

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2014, 03:53 PM »
Yes, look at my link to the Axminster website, it's there:
"Use for a wide range of material thickness 12-36mm"
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Offline jplemons

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2014, 04:42 PM »
No experience with the K5 but I have the K4 set and like it a lot. It's not cheap plastic at all. Seems very durable. I even drilled through it on accident when I set the depth incorrectly and it's still strong and functions well.

Offline NuggyBuggy

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2014, 05:06 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
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Offline Mahomo59

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2014, 03:11 AM »
Had k5 delivered a couple of weeks ago from Workshop Heaven. So far I really like it. Easy to set up, storage is handy, front clamp is great and solid. So far only used it to construction my Ron Paulk style bench. Previously used Trend version, only went down to 16mm. Once I get shop sorted I will screw it to a piece of ply and hang it on the wall.
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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2014, 08:38 AM »
My K3 (purchased in '03) works well enough that I'm not even vaguely considering replacing it.  I do wish I could find equivalent screws with Torx drive.  The Robertson drive screws work well enough and certainly don't skip out, unlike Phillips, but I have a general preference for Torx. 

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Re: Re: Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 10:07 AM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
+1
Otherwise good upgrade from version4 for me

Offline builderbob

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2014, 10:17 AM »
My K3 (purchased in '03) works well enough that I'm not even vaguely considering replacing it.  I do wish I could find equivalent screws with Torx drive.  The Robertson drive screws work well enough and certainly don't skip out, unlike Phillips, but I have a general preference for Torx. 

Spark, try screwproducts.com that's where I get my Torx drive pocket screws. They are only available in 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" both fine and coarse. I'm very pleased with those screws!
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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2014, 01:35 PM »
My K3 (purchased in '03) works well enough that I'm not even vaguely considering replacing it.  I do wish I could find equivalent screws with Torx drive.  The Robertson drive screws work well enough and certainly don't skip out, unlike Phillips, but I have a general preference for Torx. 

Spark, try screwproducts.com that's where I get my Torx drive pocket screws. They are only available in 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" both fine and coarse. I'm very pleased with those screws!


Thanks for the heads-up, Bob.  Will give them a look. 

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Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2014, 06:26 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
+2

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2014, 10:12 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in.  
+2
. I covered this in my review at talkFestool on the K5. Quick and cheap solution was to use the K4 dust port, which is fixed and won't rotate , but stays put.. [mad]
The K5 vacuum port was really surprising compared to how rugged the older K4 port was. I am still amazed that Kreg hasn't been forced to offer a better port for the K5s
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Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2014, 08:53 AM »
Got my UJK jig last week and its definitely solid (well the accessory clamp is a bit silly with the colored rubber handle covers that make the release handle a bit stiff. You can remove them easily btw.) and I like it.

Haven't had a chance to take it for a test drive yet, but it does feel quality all over.

Edit: Used it for the first time now and it definitely is rock solid piece of kit and the DC works perfectly connected to my CT26.
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Offline RobBob

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2014, 09:05 AM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
+2
. I covered this in my review at talkFestool on the K5. Quick and cheap solution was to use the K4 dust port, which is fixed and won't rotate , but stays put.. [mad]
The vacuum port was really surprising over how rugged the older K4 port was. I am still amazed that Kreg hasn't been forced to offer a better port for the K5s

That's odd.  The vacuum port on my K5 does not fall off.  In fact, I cannot even pull it off.  Wonder what the difference is?

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2014, 08:00 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in.  
+2
. I covered this in my review at talkFestool on the K5. Quick and cheap solution was to use the K4 dust port, which is fixed and won't rotate , but stays put.. [mad]
The vacuum port was really surprising over how rugged the older K4 port was. I am still amazed that Kreg hasn't been forced to offer a better port for the K5  [mad]
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That's odd.  The vacuum port on my K5 does not fall off.  In fact, I cannot even pull it off.  Wonder what the difference is?
. May be yours is newer than mine?
You'd really know it if you had the flimsy version... [embarassed]
 The box tabs of the K5 port will pop out of where it attaches to the jig with no real pressure. Which means when you hook a vacuum hose up to it, the added weight makes it that much easier to pop the dust port off. [mad]
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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2014, 10:42 PM »
Not to hijack this thread but anyone have the kreg jig foreman?  Seems like after drilling pocket holes for hours my arm would love for me to have one! [eek]
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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2014, 06:21 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
+2
. I covered this in my review at talkFestool on the K5. Quick and cheap solution was to use the K4 dust port, which is fixed and won't rotate , but stays put.. [mad]
The vacuum port was really surprising over how rugged the older K4 port was. I am still amazed that Kreg hasn't been forced to offer a better port for the K5s

That's odd.  The vacuum port on my K5 does not fall off.  In fact, I cannot even pull it off.  Wonder what the difference is?

Same here... mine's actually kinda hard to get off the base.... just poor quality control on that part maybe?

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2014, 06:28 PM »
Not to hijack this thread but anyone have the kreg jig foreman?  Seems like after drilling pocket holes for hours my arm would love for me to have one! [eek]

Yes but----

I am more of a tool collector right now than a user! My friend in CA does a lot of woodworking and he and I both bought the electric Foreman machines at the same time. I have just drilled a few test holes so far, and I made a cradle for the machine to sit in on of Kregs metal stands. My friend has used his Foreman extensively and seems to like it quite a bit. He made seperate small stands on each side with rollers to hold longer material. For the price, the machine has some quirks, and the dust collection is an issue. But it sure does beat hand drilling if you are doing a ton of holes. I see now that Shop Fox has a similar machine, though I don't find any reviews on it yet.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2014, 08:47 PM »
The vacuum port on the K5 is a joke - it will not stay in. 
+2
. I covered this in my review at talkFestool on the K5. Quick and cheap solution was to use the K4 dust port, which is fixed and won't rotate , but stays put.. [mad]
The vacuum port was really surprising over how rugged the older K4 port was. I am still amazed that Kreg hasn't been forced to offer a better port for the K5s

That's odd.  The vacuum port on my K5 does not fall off.  In fact, I cannot even pull it off.  Wonder what the difference is?

Same here... mine's actually kinda hard to get off the base.... just poor quality control on that part maybe?
. Maybe they quietly fixed it on the later production models ..... [embarassed]
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Offline geoffshep

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2014, 05:36 PM »
I have the UJK jig shown above.  It is my first pocket hole jig but it is very well made and works well.  The clamp doesn't have much range between too thin and too thick but if you get the kit you get a mole-type grip too.  I think the clamp position can be changed on the baseplate jig for thicker stock but it would be a massive faff to change repeatedly. Dust extraction is very good but the supplied torx bit is already showing signs of wear at the tip.

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« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2014, 06:31 PM »
I got the ujk one recently as well.
 Good dust extraction and solid construction. Main reason i got it was as it can be undone and altered so i can use it on my new pocket drill table jig.
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Any Kreg K5 feedback?
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2014, 07:14 PM »
I have the UJK jig shown above.  It is my first pocket hole jig but it is very well made and works well.  The clamp doesn't have much range between too thin and too thick but if you get the kit you get a mole-type grip too.  I think the clamp position can be changed on the baseplate jig for thicker stock but it would be a massive faff to change repeatedly. Dust extraction is very good but the supplied torx bit is already showing signs of wear at the tip.

PS: Oops, should have said 'hi everybody', first post. Finally at that stage in life when I can treat myself to some better tools - I've only recently discovered Festool but I think there may soon be a few Festools in my collection.
[welcome] [welcome].  You got a Torx bit, hmm, I guess we get the square drive screws and bit driver by default over here since I hear that Square Drive is rare in Europe.. [huh]
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« Reply #28 on: June 21, 2014, 02:05 PM »
I bought the ujk set too recently. Its very solid. The black metal base looks like just a thin bent metal plate but when you get it you see its a really thick gauge metal and its really heavy. :-)

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« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2014, 08:00 PM »
Is there a place to get the UJK in the US?