I have a Kreg Forman pocket hole machine that I have used for the last eight years. I have noticed that over the last two years it has gotten slower in drilling the holes, even with new bits. In the last few months it has gotten louder. This machine is the pneumatic version. I have always kept the machine oiled good also. I took the cover off today to see if I could figure out why it was making the noise and turned the bit by hand and it didn't turn freely, sort of like some of the gear teeth were broken, kind of gravelly. I'm surprised at this because I have never been hard on this machine.
Anyway, I'm either going to have to buy a new motor or upgrade to their bigger floor model machine. Do any of you have the bigger Kreg machines? Pneumatic or electric? How do they perform compared to the Forman? I also considered a Castle, but everyone that has them has had to replace motors too, so I don't think I will go that route.
From contributor D:
I have the bigger floor model. I bought it used and have been very happy with it. It is a workhorse and very fast. I also have a Foreman and mine is not that old, but I have noticed the same thing. I think it is a bearing that goes bad. I am going to call them on Monday. They have been very good about helping me in the past.
Shouldn't be! Compressed air- for long tool life. Drain tank daily, keep intake filters clean (optionally, use an air to air pre-cooler), refrigerated or desiccant air drier, coalescing filter, regulator then to the shop distribution loop, all air drops take off the top of the air line, drains at low points. Clean, dry air!