Buying a pocket hole jig - Need advice
I purchased the Kreg jig from Lowes about six months ago, the model with all the bells and whistles. I recall it was about $120. The main reason I got it was to install the rails on my deck using pocket screws. For that it worked very nicely. I also found it was quite handy for installing supports on the deck for trim boards.
I have a lot of different tools for joining boards, including a biscuit joiner, doweling jig, Kreg jig, and various router bits that can make various joint shapes for example frame and panel doors. The Kreg jig is good, relatively fast, and easy to use. The joints seem to be pretty strong. It is not the solution for all problems, nor is it a replacement for traditional joinery, but it certainly has its place. Whether there are less expensive alternates, I have no idea, but I have no complaints about the cost to benefit ratio. By the way, I do not own stock in Kreg, or any other woodworking company for that matter.