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June 16, 2021

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Kreg Jig K5 Master System Preview

Kreg Jig K5 Master System

Kreg Jig K5 Master System Set to Launch in September

Kreg introduced the K5 Pocket Hole Jig a couple of years ago. Users raved about some of the improvements that had been made over the K4, particularly the front mounted clamp handle. Kreg tells us that the K5 is the culmination of the best that each of the predecessors offered. Let’s take a closer look at the K5 and what the Kreg Jig K5 Master System have to offer.


Kreg Jig K5 Master System Key Features

  • Front-mounted clamp handle
  • Ratcheting clamp mechanism adjusts without tools
  • Quick-release pin holds drill block in place, and can’t get lost
  • Storage wings provide built-in storage for bits, screws, accessories
  • Stop-collar setup block makes drill bit setup easy
  • Swiveling dust-collection port accepts standard 1-1/4” vacuum hose
  • Adjustable workpiece stop mounts on either side for easy repeat drilling
  • Jig comes fully assembled
  • Automaxx Face Clamp has 3” reach, 2-7/8” capacity
  • Portable Base accepts K5 Drill Guide Block for portable use
  • Downloadable plans offer two design options for each project

Kreg Jig K5 Pocket Hole Jig Specifications

  • Body Material: Glass-filled nylon
  • Number of Drill Guides: (3) standard Kreg pocket holes
  • For Use With: Materials from 1/2” to 1-1/2” thick (12 – 38mm)
  • Drill-Guide Spacings: 9/16”, 7/8”, 1-7/16”, 14mm, 22mm, 36mm
  • Clamping Method: Toggle clamp on benchtop base
  • Screw Centering Ability (standard): 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 7/8”, 1”, 1-1/8”, 1-1/4”, 1-3/8”, 1-1/2”
  • Screw Centering Ability (metric): 12mm, 16mm, 19mm, 22mm, 25mmm, 28mm, 31mm, 35mm, 38mm
  • Warranty: Lifetime Kreg Drill Guide Warranty
  • Price: $169.99
  • Available: September 1, 2015

Included with Kreg Jig K5 Master System Kit

  • Kreg Jig K5
  • Standard Drill Guide Block
  • Extension Wings with Storage
  • Adjustable Workpiece Stop
  • Stepped Drill Bit & Stop Collar
  • Stop-Collar Setting Block
  • 6” Square Drive Bit
  • Screw Selection Chart
  • Starter Screw & Plug Set
  • User Guide
  • SkillBuilder Booklet
  • Automaxx 3” Face Clamp
  • Portable Base
  • Plan Download Codes

Many forum threads have been debating the Kreg Jig K4 Master System vs. the standard Kreg Jig K5 Pocket Hole Jig. There are fans of both, but the trend is clearly toward the K5. With the master system option making its way to the K5, we expect many new users to make the jump. The Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole Jig received a 4.5 rating from reviewer Adam Spafford back in March. The system was so good that I don’t think we’ll see current K4 users lining up to make the upgrade until they actually need a replacement. In fact, I’ve seen more than one fan suggest that folks be on the lookout for K4 Master Systems to go on sale leading up to this launch. No matter which way you go, it’s clear that Kreg has developed a well loved system among woodworkers that need an easy to learn and use pocket hole jig system.

Need a Kreg Jig K5 Pocket Hole Jig, but don’t want to wait until September for the Kreg Jig K5 Master System? Grab it at Acme Tools!


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