Porter-Cable enters a category that has long been dominated by Kreg, but is their new jig an improvement?
Synopsis: For years, Kreg has dominated the pocket-jig product category. It recently got some competition from Porter-Cable, however, prompting senior editor Justin Fink to look at both models head to head. The Kreg jig has few moving parts, so repairs are generally easy. Its small size and slim case make it convenient to move from job to job or to store away between uses. The Porter-Cable jig makes several significant improvements over the Kreg, including a streamlined clamping mechanism and thickness adjustment. It is a much larger tool than the Kreg and does not come with a case, plus it has a greater number of moving parts, which puts it at a greater risk for failure over time.
The matter of mobility
Although these tools aren’t particularly large or heavy, their design influences their portability. Some pocket-hole enthusiasts have a jig set up in the shop, and some throw…