PorterCable 511 Cylindrical Lock Boring Jig Kit

By Robert Robillard on Tool Reviews

 Porter-Cable 511 Cylindrical Lock Boring Jig Lock Installation KitPorter-Cable Lock Boring Jig Review

The folks at Porter-Cable recently sent me their PorterCable 511 Cylindrical Lock Boring Jig Kit Installation Kit to review and evaluate.

This jig is used to drill precise holes in doors to allow you to install  cylindrical knob sets and deadbolts.  It will fit door thickness measuring 1-5/16 to 2-1/8-Inch.

The beauty of using a lock boring jig like the Porter-Cable 511 is that you ensure yourself a precise positioning of lock set bores and the jamb mortise.

First Impression:

I work on alot of doors and install alot of cylindrical locks.  Most of the work the old fashioned way with a square, utility knife and a sharp chisel. When I got this tool the first thing I noticed was the storage case.  It was rugged and the solid plastic housing held everything in place and will no doubt hold up well in my tool trailer.

The jig and accessories all seemed to be good quality.

The 511 lock jig Includes:

  •  a lock boring jig,
  • 1-Inch boring bit,
  • 2-1/8-Inch boring bit,
  • full-up strike mortiser,
  • latch mortiser,
  • maximum security mortiser,
  • strike locator,
  • one quick change drill adapter

Using The Porter-Cable 511 Lock Jig:

The speed of the set up really blew me away.  I was able to drill all the holes in a door slab with one set up and in 10 minutes.  All of the cuts were clean and neat.  This type of work usually me a half and hour to forty minutes.

All of the bits in the case seemed of high quality, were super sharp and worked really well.

The mortising strike punches looked a little cheap but looks can be deceiving,  they worked great and were very accurate.

Overall Impression:

The Porter-Cable 511 jig  is a great tool and a huge time saver.  I’m always saying “time saved is money earned.”  this tool will do both and pay for itself on the first three doors.   Bottom line:  this is a professional grade tool and I was very impressed.

I can see many people finding this jig useful from professional locksmiths, re modelers, carpenters, and serious DIYers.  From start to finish, this all-in-one tool will save you time by allowing you to drill every hole at once while eliminating complicated steps that usually lead to errors.

How Much And Where To Buy:

The Porter-Cable 511 Cylindrical Lock Boring Jig Lock Installation Kit sells for $206.99 and can be purchased at quality tool supply stores and online here:

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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