5D Tactical is well known for making some excellent 80% lower jigs. In our opinion, they are right on par with 80% Arms for having the highest quality, easiest-to-use jigs. If you’re looking to get yourself a jig to finish either a billet 80% lower or forged 80% lower, there’s an excellent chance that you’ve come across one of these.
Side note, if you’re looking to compare some of the 5D Tactical jigs with some of the 80% Arms jigs, check out our other article here (jig comparison). We’ve also just recently compared both models of the Easy Jig as well, to give you a full review of all the jigs (Link to other article).
5D Router Jig
The 5D Router Jig is a little bit older than the Router Jig Pro. It can be fully milled using a router, and utilizes a router adapter and guide pins to help in the milling process. It is relatively simple to use, and has all of the depths pre-measured for you. It is extremely simple to use.
5D Router Jig Pro
In all honesty, the Router Jig Pro is extremely similar to the Router Jig. It looks nearly identical, but it does add a few features that significantly improve the jig overall. First, the Pro jig is fully universal. It will fit any AR-15, AR-10, AR-308, or AR-9 lower. It is extremely durable, and just like the original Router Jig, it is very easy to use.
Now that you’ve learned a little about both of them, we will compare the two jigs based on some common factors and features that the average user will consider.
Ease of Use
Both of these router-based jigs are very easy to use. They both have built in depth guides, and they come with very detailed instructions and a video available to help finish your lower. They both require some guide pins while milling using the router attachment, and are really similar overall. Despite how similar they are, the Router Jig Pro does have a little advantage over the original.
In our opinion, the actual jig is easier to put together. While they are pretty similar, the Router Jig Pro is slightly easier to use. Don’t mistake that for a knock on the original Router Jig, though.
Additionally, the Router Jig Pro has a Shop-Vac attachment, which will make your cleanup easier during and after the milling of your lower.
The Router Jig Pro is faster than the original Router Jig, but not by much. These both can realistically finish a lower in about 30-45 minutes, for the average person. This, of course, is if you invest in a quality 80% lower router and 5D Tactical end mill bits.
One of the biggest pros of both 5D Tactical jigs is that they are extremely durable. Both of them will last for well over 20 lowers. However, the side plates of the Router Jig Pro are 1.5 inches thick, which is well thicker than any of the other jigs on the market. For this reason, it does have an edge in terms of durability.
The original Router Jig is 100% guaranteed to fit any manufacturer’s 80% lower for an AR-15. The Router Jig Pro can do that, but it can also accommodate any AR-9 or AR-10 lower as well.
Lastly, we will talk briefly about the price. Since the Router Jig Pro is the new and improved model, it is understandably a little bit more expensive. However, the difference in price is not that significant, especially when considering all of the added features that will come with the Router Jig Pro.
All in all, the newer version offers excellent bang for your buck.
Hopefully this article has cleared up some of the differences between the two jigs from 5D Tactical for you. They are both excellent quality jigs that are easy to use, but the Router Jig Pro is slightly better in most aspects. It will give you a little bit more compatibility, and is slightly easier to use.
Regardless, both jigs are a great choice, and can handle any 80% lower project you can throw at it. They are definitely worthy of your consideration!