Kreg Tool Co. introduced a new version of its Foreman pocket-hole machine at less than half the price of the previous model.
“We’ve had the Foreman around for a while,” Kreg marketing manager Dave Stone says. “The old one (model DB110) sold for $850, which was beyond the reach of smaller shops and others who wanted more speed than a manual jig, but just couldn’t quite justify the expense of stepping up to one of the machines. At $399, this one is definitely now in the range of affordability for smaller shops and trim carpenters who want that speed benefit,” Stone says.
The Foreman has features found on Kreg’s industrial pocket-hole machines, such as a built-in 110-volt electric motor, single-handle control and an adjustable fence system. At about 20 lbs., the Foreman is lighter and significantly more durable than its predecessor, according to the company.
The Foreman produces a standard Kreg pocket hole with a 3/8” drill bit, but can also make smaller and larger pocket holes with the company’s Micro Pocket and or HD drill bit accessories.
“The Micro Pocket is a smaller diameter bit that makes a smaller hole using a screw with a smaller head. What’s great with that is if you’re doing face frames, especially if you’re going to create insert panels, you can actually get two of the micro screws side-by-side in a 1-inch size space. The HD is exactly the opposite type of bit in that it’s bigger and designed for outdoor projects working with stock 1-1/2” and thicker using a big No. 14 coated screw,” Stone says.
The new Foreman can also be adjusted quickly for the thickness of the stock. On the previous model, screws had to be loosened to set the fence. The new fence features quick release levers.
Kreg will showcase the Foreman at IWF in Booth Nos. 4327 and 4335.
Contact: Kreg Tool Co. Tel: 800-447-8638. www.kregtool.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue.