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FirstTimeForEverything

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80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:07:08 PM »

Was wondering if anyone else has used the easy jig Gen 2? Just bought it and am very pleased with how it's performing so far. Getting good finishes. Anyway was wondering if anyone has done a AR 10 or AR 9 with this jig? I will be posting a review when I'm all done and some tips and tricks I think help.
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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 09:36:35 PM »

Was wondering if anyone else has used the easy jig Gen 2? Just bought it and am very pleased with how it's performing so far. Getting good finishes. Anyway was wondering if anyone has done a AR 10 or AR 9 with this jig? I will be posting a review when I'm all done and some tips and tricks I think help.

I have used and reviewed it but have not tried it on an AR-9 or AR-10. I don't believe the AR-9 should machine any differently than an AR-15 lower though.
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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 01:58:41 PM »

Alright so I finished my AR 15. Im very pleased with the results I got from the milling, the finish is very nice.

During the milling I noticed that a lot of chips build up around the bushing which really does not matter for the straights, but coming around the corners the chips keep the bushing from going into the corner completely. What I recommend is every third pass or so clean everything out and wipe the jig plate, and bushing. Then come in and clean up the corners nice and slow.

The drilling I messed up on. The safety selector hole has a detent hole and when I was drilling though the drill caught that hole and whipped the drill around and over sized the hole. yes I was trying to do this with a hand drill because my drill press was to small, I do not recommend using a hand drill. The holes on the jig plate have to much slop to ever get it right. Now it did work just fine for the trigger pins.

Since I am a machinist by trade I went and made some .502" brass bushings and drilled and reamed the hole out to .500" and press fit them in. It worked amazingly all I had to do was borrow my buddies drill press.

I could not post a picture on here but if you have Instagram come check it out. @machiningfools

PS. I just ordered an AR 10 and AR 9. Will post about those also for the easy jig gen 2

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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2018, 10:15:16 AM »

The drilling I messed up on. The safety selector hole has a detent hole and when I was drilling though the drill caught that hole and whipped the drill around and over sized the hole. yes I was trying to do this with a hand drill because my drill press was to small, I do not recommend using a hand drill. The holes on the jig plate have to much slop to ever get it right. Now it did work just fine for the trigger pins.

Did you order/use the 'Hand Drill Stabilizers'?

I'm curious, because I just ordered an EJ2, with the stabilizers, and am hoping those will help with the slop you described.
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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2018, 12:59:38 PM »

I did not have the drill stabilizer. My buddy has it and it still feels looser than I would like. I recommend that if you do use the hand drill set your jig on the ground and get as sturdy as possible. The side without the detent hole worked OK but didn't have a good finish but would work. I ended up getting some reamers and thats how I will do the rest of mine.
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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 09:16:49 AM »

I did not have the drill stabilizer. My buddy has it and it still feels looser than I would like. I recommend that if you do use the hand drill set your jig on the ground and get as sturdy as possible. The side without the detent hole worked OK but didn't have a good finish but would work. I ended up getting some reamers and thats how I will do the rest of mine.

Do you have a link to the reamers you bought/used? That actually sounds like a better plan than a plain ol' drill bit anyway.
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Re: 80% ARMS Easy Jig Gen 2 review
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 10:53:32 AM »

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Do you have a link to the reamers you bought/used? That actually sounds like a better plan than a plain ol' drill bit anyway.


Well you are still going to need to have a drill press. When I drilled out the hole i had to align the drill with the hole making sure it was in the center since it will be smaller than the hole on the jig plate. Then drilling it and if you can find reamers that are the same length as your drill you can just switch them and ream right through. But reamers are tipicaly longer. I'm actually a tool grinder so I made my own reamers. There are a couple of websites that you can get reamers from. Most places sell them in sets though.
 
Hope this helps.

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