Over at Walmart, they’ve been working on some new tools deals, with this Kreg bundle especially catching my attention. It features the Kreg R3 pocket hole jig (this is the one I own), bundled with a free box of screws.
Pocket hole joinery is a versatile and easy way to join wooden boards and panels together using minimal tools. It’s a fantastic way for DIYers to work on projects without requiring an entire home workshop. Pocket holes are used by some professionals as well.
Kreg is the most popular brands in the industry, and for good reasons – they have a range of pocket hole jigs aimed at different users’ needs and budgets, and their jigs are easy to use.
There are more options these days, but Kreg’s reliability, durability, and ease of use is worth the premium.
I started with the Kreg R3 jig, and it’s served me well over the years. At the time, I had drooled over the more featured and much pricier Kreg pocket hole jigs, but as it turned out, the R3 was all I needed. (I also do have access to a Porter Cable jig that I hadn’t donated or given away yet.) Even if not, I always considered that my R3 jig would be complementary to a more featured kit.
I mention this because I’ve become a “buy it once” kind of person. Hopefully that adds some context when I say that I would buy my R3 all over again.
With this deal, you get the Kreg R3 jig for its normal price – $39, but they throw in a box of Kreg #8 coarse 2-1/2″ Blue-Kote pocket hole screws (125 count), which typically retails for ~$14.
Deal Price: $39
This deal looks to be a Walmart Pro Tools Exclusive.
You will also need:
A cordless drill – you can probably make do with a 12V-class model, but a 18V or 20V Max drill might be the better choice.
A clamp. I bought Kreg-like Vise-Grip locking C-clamps, and I have seen bar clamps being used with this jig, but if I had to do it all over again, I might have spent a few dollars more on a Kreg clamp. You could try to use a clamp you already have, and then buy a Kreg clamp later on if you need something that works better.
Pocket hole screws. I’d recommend an assortment, at least to start with. That will get you familiar with the different thread styles, head styles, and coatings that are available. The screws included in the bundle are rated for indoors/outdoors use in plywood or soft woods. You’ll need completely different screws for working with 3/4″ hardwood material.
For those of you who own the Kreg R3 pocket hole jig, what has your experiences with it been like?