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Kreg Jig® K5--The most advanced Kreg Jig® yet!

 

The Kreg Jig® K5 makes it easier than ever before to build it yourself and build it better.

 

$139.99

The all-new Kreg Jig® K5 incorporates the best features of every Kreg Jig® that came before with it with a batch of new upgrades that you’ve never seen before.

Those features start with an all-new clamping mechanism that has a front-mounted handle and adjusts to different workpiece thicknesses without tools or adjusting nuts. Adjusting for different thicknesses is accomplished, instead, by simply sliding the clamping mechanism into position, lifting the front-mounted handle, and then pushing it back down. This quickly and easily sets the spring-loaded clamp to hold tight without working loose over time. Resetting for a different thickness only requires repeating the same simple steps. Rubber padding on the clamp face prevents workpiece marring.

Adjusting the K5 is simplified further thanks to a quick-release Drill Guide Block, as well as a new setting block for the drill bit stop collar. In addition to the included standard 3-hole Drill Guide Block, the Kreg Jig® K5 is also fully compatible with the Kreg Micro Pocket™ Drill Guide and Kreg Jig® HD.

The K5 supports long or wide workpieces easily thanks to a pair of removable extension wings that double as storage compartments for drill and driver bits, Kreg screws and plugs, and other K5 accessories. Add in an adjustable workpiece stop, a swiveling dust-collection port, and hex-shank drill and driver bits, and it’s easy to see that the Kreg Jig® K5 truly is the most advanced Kreg Jig® yet.

When you purchase a Kreg Jig® K5 you also get access to SkillBuilder™ videos that teach you how to get the most out of the jig, and you’ll receive exclusive free downloadable project plans so you can start building with the K5 right away.

 

Kreg Jig® K5 Features at a glance:

  • Ratcheting tool-free clamping mechanism
  • Front-mounted handle
  • Quick-release Drill Guide Block
  • Extension wings with built-in storage
  • Swiveling dust-collection port
  • Adjustable workpiece stop
  • Accepts workpieces from 1/2" to 1-1/2" thick
  • Screw selection chart keeps this essential information close at hand
  • Drill bit setting block makes stop-collar setup simple
  • Compatible with Kreg Micro Pocket™ Drill Guide and Kreg Jig® HD
  • Includes sample pack of screws and plugs
  • SkillBuilder™ videos show how to set up and use
  • Includes exclusive FREE downloadable project plans

 

Check out the Kreg Jig® K5 HERE

Available September 1, 2013

$139.99

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Time for an upgrade!

I  will be buying. Wish could buy today.

Again, it looks like some nifty upgrades have been made to the K4, and I'm sure it's a great system improvement overall.  Love the swiveling vacuum attachment.

 

I do think you made a mistake in taking the portability out of it though.  As a few of us have mentioned, in the small shop where space is at a premium, one of the really nice things about the jig was being able to store it away after use.  It was a key feature.  Sure, you and others can tell us it's "fine" to just screw it to a larger board to clamp it down, but then you have to readdress the whole storage issue.  I guess one could drill a hole in the clamping board then hang it on a wall, provided there was space for that.

 

Great job overall, but you really should have kept its portability.  I don't think adding the clamping recess would have made it "huge" as you suggested.  We're talking about an extra 2.5" inches.

 

I'll stick with mine, but I don't think that will make a dent in your overall sales success.

 

P.S.  Sorry if this double-posted: first one just vanished as I was typing.  If you find it, feel free to toss it in the trash.
 
KregRep said:

Thanks for your comments and questions. I'll try to keep up:

The nickel trick is one that some people use for setting the K3 and K4 (or now the K5) for 3/4" stock. Set a nickel on the jig base, drop the drill bit into place so the tip rests on the face of the nickel, and then tighten the stop collar. Works great, but is correct just for 3/4" stock. At other thicknesses it will stop the bit, but not center the pocket correctly on the board thickness.

We didn't put a clamping recess on the K5. The K3 was the same way--the front-mounted handle makes it tough without the base getting huge. We did add recessed holes in the K5 base so that you can screw it down. Like my old K2000 jig, I'll screw mine to a piece of 1/2" plywood, and then clamp that down to my bench. (By the way, when I first did that years ago--long before I worked for Kreg--I thought "oh it will be hard to tear down and store" but I soon found that I used my Kreg Jig all the time and never tore it down!)

The clamping mechanism could work like Automaxx to adjust to different thicknesses, but we'd lose the spring-loaded capability that holds the clamp pad tight against the workpiece as our new ratcheting mechanism does. The spring-loaded clamp holds tight without crushing or marring the workpiece, and it even allows for some variation in workpiece thickness without having to readjust the K5 clamp. Bottom line, though, is that adjusting the K5 clamp is so easy and fast, you'll love it. Even on a prototype, I've been able to switch between thicknesses in literally just a few seconds--and you never have to think about the clamping pressure, it's always right.

KregRep

For those of us in Europe...

Is there going to be a metric version?

What is the thickness of a nickel?

Is the self-adhesive screw chart available on its own?  (not Europe-dependent, that one!!!)

Thanks

Hey, I can't wait until September.  My birthday is July 21st, so how about letting me have it a little early.

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Well I'm getting this new model. I have to tell everyone that I am impressed with Kreg's service. I had an item go bad on me and they promptly replaced it. I have many of their items and am well pleased. Keep up the good work Kreg.

Basically the k3 with quick adjust and better support wings standard.   

I have been using the nickel trick since 1989 and done so on all the jigs up to date.  This also is how I bore for 2 inch thickness as well.  I just posted an example under set up a few days ago with photos for proof where I answered a question of another member.  I bored a 2x4 and used a 1 1/4" screw to attach it to a 1/2" piece of stock.  Just so you know it can be done.  I also posted a correction to that post as I had in the post stated that the correct screw was a 1 3/4" screw.  There is a photo of a box of the 1 1/4 inch screw. in the post. 
 
KregRep said:

Thanks for your comments and questions. I'll try to keep up:

The nickel trick is one that some people use for setting the K3 and K4 (or now the K5) for 3/4" stock. Set a nickel on the jig base, drop the drill bit into place so the tip rests on the face of the nickel, and then tighten the stop collar. Works great, but is correct just for 3/4" stock. At other thicknesses it will stop the bit, but not center the pocket correctly on the board thickness.

We didn't put a clamping recess on the K5. The K3 was the same way--the front-mounted handle makes it tough without the base getting huge. We did add recessed holes in the K5 base so that you can screw it down. Like my old K2000 jig, I'll screw mine to a piece of 1/2" plywood, and then clamp that down to my bench. (By the way, when I first did that years ago--long before I worked for Kreg--I thought "oh it will be hard to tear down and store" but I soon found that I used my Kreg Jig all the time and never tore it down!)

The clamping mechanism could work like Automaxx to adjust to different thicknesses, but we'd lose the spring-loaded capability that holds the clamp pad tight against the workpiece as our new ratcheting mechanism does. The spring-loaded clamp holds tight without crushing or marring the workpiece, and it even allows for some variation in workpiece thickness without having to readjust the K5 clamp. Bottom line, though, is that adjusting the K5 clamp is so easy and fast, you'll love it. Even on a prototype, I've been able to switch between thicknesses in literally just a few seconds--and you never have to think about the clamping pressure, it's always right.

KregRep

Nice tool, but don't think this is on the agenda, my old one is in working order.  If I went out an bought every new version of the tool, I would have a half dozen in my garage.  

The K-5 looks realy cool and all the bells and whisle's are nice but with all that dont you think its time to come out with a motorzied Kregjig. Ya I now you have one I have seen one in Jay's shop but its to big and cost to much for use poor folks so when it come's down to it you can only drill one hole at a time and it would be nice to get a Kregjig and the drill all in one but thats my 2 cent.

Great job guys. passed on ideas included turned out to be the looks and the proffessional inovations expected by the best of the best. Kreg has become the tool of choise of all my projects and looks like it will get even better in the future. Also thanks to all the people sharing their projects as it has helped so many achieve the looks and ease of most all things to improve appearances around the world. To all that served. I thank you and you are appreciated more than you will ever know.    Tim     U. S. Army     1963 - 1969

Larwyn said:

That one has an interesting list of features.  The front mounted clamp handle and vacuum port make it even more tempting, but so far my old K2000 and even older K2 are still performing flawlessly, so I have no real reason to "upgrade" as yet.  Though I did spring for the HD and am quite happy with that one also. 

Good job Kreg!

I want to order it now!!!!

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