Since 1910, General Tools has grown to become the recognized industry leader for specialty hand tools and instruments. The General Tool EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit enables you to produce strong, attractive joints in a multitude of applications, eliminating clamping and gluing. The kit includes a portable or bench-mountable jig that easily makes flush, corner and angle pocket hole joints.
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50%of customersrecommend this product9 of 18reviews
Rating Breakdown22 reviews
50%of customersrecommend this product9 of 18reviews
After owning this product for about 4 years, I was forced to use it again on another project and just remembered how much I hate it. This thing is pretty bad. The packaging was so cheap that the inside of the packaging was broken (made of a thin plastic) the moment I opened it. That's just the packaging though.
Once I began to use the product, I experienced the same issues that other customers complain about which is the metal shavings that come out while using the product. Also, not a deal breaker (although this never ends so every use actually dulls the drill bit). Another small design flaw is the fact that the clamp itself is made of hard plastic and is pretty cheap and uncomfortable to turn if you're really trying to hold material in. It tends to leave an imprint in the wood on the "finished" surface, so I've learned to put a larger sacrificial piece between it and the board being drilled.
One thing that really makes this useless is the fact that you cannot adjust the height of the hole. This means that 3/4 inch stock is just right, 1/2 inch material is too far back (toward the clamp), and anything larger is way too close to the edge.
And another thing that you'll discover is that once you adjust the depth collar, you had better get it right. Even on 3/4 inch plywood you cannot use the 1.25" screws as it will come out the other side of your finished piece. so you have to make a choice... either you're going to have to get 3/4" screws (or cut the ends off) or you're going to have to have the head stick up past the wood.
Now I'm sitting here in the middle of a project because I ran out of 1" screws and instead of looking at screws, I'm just going to buy the Kreg Jig. It's a much better designed product and at $40 for the "portable" version (if you're not going to use it on a bench, don't bother with the others) it's the same price for a much better product since you can actually adjust it for the depth of wood you are cutting as well as having a way to measure where you should set your stop collar.
I am about to return my 2nd one of these. The first kit lasted for 5 holes before the tip of the drill bit broke off. Basically, the kit's entire problem is in the poor workmanship of the metal guide holes. The angle isn't quite right, leading to the drill bit scraping the edges. Between the tiny metal fragments and the heat/speed of the bit, it creates a tiny metal "barrier" inside the guide hole and renders the product unusable.
I figured it was a faulty drill bit / metal guide piece in the first kit, so I went back to Home Depot and exchanged it for another kit. This time, I examined the metal guides a bit closer before using them.
1. First thing I noticed is that the holes were not the same shape as the first kit's. The first kit seemed to have two holes that both had different angles (you could easily tell just by eyeballing the height of the opening). I figured this was intentional. The second kit's exit holes were almost identical in height. I used both and they produced nearly identical drilled holes, which was a different behavior from the first kit. That's shoddy workmanship right here - two products behaving THAT differently.
2. Second thing I noticed is that the exit holes on the 2nd kit were not uniform in shape. I'm not sure how they were manufactured, but there were imperfections all around each exit hole. Again, shoddy workmanship / manufacturing. You can see this in the photo I've attached.
3. The second kit lasted for 9 holes before the same metal barrier cropped up again. The second guide hole didn't work at all. The result was just a burning smell and a bunch of metal dust all over the semi-hole in the wood. This is particularly frustrating - a total of 14 holes drilled between two kits and two separate trips to Home Depot.
4. I did not use any of the "coarse" screws but the "fine" screws were about 50/50 in terms of getting a good one. After the 6th screw, the next three had imperfections in the threading of the screw, basically resulting in a rough hole into the wood instead of a tight coupling. After FINALLY getting them out, I switched over to some similar-length wood screws I had bought for a different project, and those worked a LOT better - even better than the first ones that seemed to go in fine.
In the end, the only usable piece was the drill bit from the 2nd kit. Instead of driving to Home Depot for a 3rd time to exchange the kit AGAIN, I just ended up carefully eyeballing the angle and manually drilled in the last few holes. It worked well after I did a few test holes, but it definitely was not as clean and uniform as I would have gotten if the metal guide simply worked as it should.
I cannot recommend this product to anyone. Despite the name, there is nothing "pro" about the quality of this product. It's a very cool idea, and if it were manufactured better, I would definitely keep it.
Cons: Not Durable
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Imperfections in the exit holes of the metal guides
I read the reviews between this and more expensive products before purchasing for about two weeks. I decided to purchase this to work on a project of building a queen bed. Boy am I happy I did. The tool was easy to use, just slap in the board and make the pocket holes. I did make a few mistakes on some scrap pieces and did see some metal shavings, but that was more my inexperience than a flaw in the tool's design. Hold the drill level, everything works great. Once I figured it out on the scraps of wood, I was making every joint with pocket screws and gorilla glue. I am happy with the way the project turned out. I was able to turn a 4 or 5 day project that would have used dowels and glue into a 2 day project using this pocket screws and glue. I have attached a picture.
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39out of44found this review helpful.
Review 4 for EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit
from Collingswood, NJ
PostedNovember 1, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
I started to use this when building a simple cabinet. Quickly, the guide for the drill bit started to get eaten away. I'm not sure what it is made of, but the metal didn't stand up well to drilling after about a dozen holes. After about 30 holes, the accuracy was gone. If I could do it over- I would either buy the Kreg jig the first time, or the sturdier and affordable Harbor Freight pocket hole jig.
I'd seen these and similar before but thought I'd give it a try for a railing project. This product seemed straight forward enough, sturdy metal construction, but....
The clamp is centered between the two guide bushings making clamping of slightly round stock unreliable. Following the instructions, I verified the depth of the drill stop but in use I got metal shavings out with the wood making me question the hardness of the steel bushings. The second hole (second bushing) gave metal flakes and the bushing spun and migrated back up the drill bit. Finishing the hole put the bushing back in place. It is now loose but not loose enough to extract and Loc-Tite, J-B Weld, or Devcon in place.
Looking at the bushings one is chamfered and the other is not which leads me to believe the loose bushing was not swaged in place.
I was in the market for a pocket hole jig and of course saw the Kreg and it's high price. I immediately started looking for a cheaper alternative. This was one of the options. In short I bought it and ended up returning it because it was a little janky. They cut corners to make a cheap alternative to the high-price one mentioned above. The clamping mechanism is no bueno. Nothing beats an actual clamp. The wing-nut thumb-screw just doesn't hold.
It'll help you get the holes you want but I would NOT recommend this for lots of holes. You'll go nuts in frustration. Spend the $ on the higher price one, keep your sanity, and do pro pocket holes.
Pros: Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Cons: Limited Features, clamp is not very good
13out of14found this review helpful.
Review 7 for EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit
OK for 1in work
PostedJuly 9, 2012
I purchased this kit for use on a small furniture project. It is easy to use, but has one big drawback. It is only useful for 1inch lumber. Because the jig forces you to use one set distance from edge it is not useful when using larger lumber. In my case, I wanted to use pocket holes to screw a tabletop to a base from the bottom in order to avoid holes/plugs etc. The base is constructed of 2 inch lumber. Using this jig results in a hole very close to the edge of the board which is not what I was looking for in terms of strength/stability.
It does what it is advertised to do, but for larger wood dimensions I would recommend the Kreg Mini Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Kit (Model # MKJKIT) which allows you to set your distance from edge and therefore the location of your exit hole.
This is General Tools attempt to create a pocket hole jig which, unlike other pocket hole jigs on the market, does not require making manual adjustments to the jig to compensate for various thicknesses of lumber. After using this jig for a short period of time it becomes obvious that they did not succeed. Here is why...
The EZ Pro Delexe Pocket Hole Jig is set at a fixed angle. There is no adjustment to change it. When you drill a pocket hole with this jig the pilot hole that is drilled always ALWAYS exits the board being drilled 3/16 inch from the edge of the board. This is no matter the thickness of the board being drilled. ("3/16 inch" is an average - there is a lot of 'play' between the jig and the drill bit right out of the box which makes drilling accurate and consistent holes impossible..)
Joining boards with screws exiting 3/16 inch from the edge of the boards makes for very weak joints. I find the screws are easily pulled-out, and the wood destroyed in the process, when a joint made with this jig is twisted.
Also, I found that the 'play' between the drill bit and jig increased with use. The jig is made from aluminum, and I never drilled a hole without finding some amount of metal shavings (aluminum, from the inside of the jig hole) mixed in with the sawdust from the holes I drilled.
Finally, the 'kit' comes with 24 wooden plugs that you are supposed to be able to use to plug the pocket holes drilled. The wooden plugs don't fit. You would think they would since there are no adjustments that can be made to the jig (so the angle of every hole should be the same) - but the wooden plugs don't fit. Not even close.
This jig will not make strong joints, in any thickness of lumber.
The kit worked very well and easy to use for the dog gate I was making. Product would be better if the there were to set screws on the back, not only for smaller pieces but also to secure the piece in more properly each time. Another piece of information when using the kit, depending on the wood you are drilling and the thickness there could be cracking at the pocket hole. Overall I was and it worked as I expected it to.
6out of6found this review helpful.
Review 10 for EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit
from Washington, DC
PostedNovember 17, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
A pocket hole jig needs to have two adjustments to accomodate stock of various thickness. First, the bit's lock ring sets the depth of the hole. Second, the jig's position should be able to be adjusted in relationship to the edge of the wood. This keeps the hole centered in stock, for joint strength, and prevents drilling out the other side. This jig does not appear to have the second adjustment, and it is most likely permanently set for 3/4" boards. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it for narrower 1/2" ply.
This jig will not work on thicknesses greater than 2", and the way it's designed, you can't adjust where the hole starts, so it always turns out too shallow. The screws the kit comes with are too short, but longer ones split the pocket open due to the shallowness. The thing also spits out metal shavings with each hole, which means each home is slowly destroying the jig. Save the aggravation, spend a couple of extra bucks, and buy a better one. I'm returning mine.
Cons: Not Durable, Limited Features, poorly designed
I wish I had read the reviews before I bought it. The holes for the guide are sloppy before you start using it and then after it shaves out the sides it is worse. Also the 1 ¼ inch screws that it says it comes with are really 1 inch. I was very disappointed.
Cons: Not Durable, Limited Features, Difficult to Use
I Have only used this product on 1 project so far, but it was easy to realize the difficulty in performing the same task without the assistance from this jig. It appears to be very easy to use in every wood working project I would attempt by myself. Accuracy and precision of the holes for fine wood projects is a must and this tool allows me to feel fully satisfied and looking forward to my next project.
6out of8found this review helpful.
Review 14 for EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit
from Davie, FL, USA
Age Range:35 to 44
PostedJanuary 24, 2012
Bought this jig for a couple of projects I was working on. Worked great and was easy to use. Liked the solid metal construction and having all the accessory pieces in the kit. Was going to buy a much more expensive item but this kit was less than half the price and was every bit as good in my opinion.
Looked at other pocket hole jigs that were much more costly. This was less expensive and easy to use. Works great with no problems. Makes a strong joint, I think the people who did not like it did not know very much about tools.
solid jig works great. easy to use and well thought out. Like the included accessories and case for storage.
2out of5found this review helpful.
Review 19 for EZ Pro Deluxe Pocket Hole Jig Kit
Expensive, non adjustable, useless.
PostedJanuary 21, 2012
As others have stated, it's non adjustable and that's a big big problem. I'm sure there are some applications that this item could be very useful for, but I can't see it being very versatile. And for the price, it's of no value. I'll be taking this back to the store tomorrow and getting a proper jig.
this is the tool for perfect cabinet frames. it's easy to set up, very accurate, & you have a professional look when finished. Remember the $60 bucks you saved, compared to the competition, will buy another tool. Awesome investment
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight