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post #21 of 33 Old 08-02-2010, 10:23 AM
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I have the rockwell. Works great. Only annoyance is lack or "express" method (like dremel and fein have) of changing blades. Otherwise, it's built like a rock, is fairly quiet, cuts fast.
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I just received a Fein Multimaster Top Plus yesterday.

I just gave it a quick function test to see if it worked, it did. I was gathering up the cord and felt something. There was a cut in the insulation "only" long enough to where the cord bent sharply. Gosh, it had zip ties which I so carefully cut off with diagonal pliers! I was so mad at myself for nicking the cord. So I used a heavy layer of electrical tape to repair it. Hey, what you going do?

Gather the cord up again and I find a second spot where there was like a bludge and several nicks but none cut through. No way did I do all that damage cutting the zip tie and now I'm sure that I didn't do the bad nick either. I found a third spot which looks like a impression from the square like end of a zip tie.

I'm shocked to see this on a Fein(my first) product which brags about being German made. It's not cost effective to return it but I did email Fein about this.

I don't see how the Dremel blades will work(mentioned above) on a Fein seeing that the Dremel uses a series of pins and the Fein uses a sharp, pointed gear-like driver!! They must be refering to the older versions of the Multimaster.


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My son used his Fein Multimaster to cut the base of my alloy/galvanised steel greenhouse so I could wheel heavy pots in at the end of the season. (Can't lift heavy weights any more). Blade was pretty well knackered after this. The oscillation means only small part of blade doing the work. So I bought him three spares. Quite expensive (bi metal blade) and I would think that could be possible to simply bolt on a replacement saw edge to the part with the star hole. (Currently riveted/spot welded).

Perhaps some enterprising chinaman will produce these.
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post #24 of 33 Old 09-22-2010, 12:19 AM
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Get the fein multimaster. You will not be disappointed. Worth every penny.
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Craftsman is planning a push on their model for the Christmas season at $59.99 at Ace.

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I researched all brands and decided on a fein I got it used on ebay. I used it to cut out aluminum windows set into brick. A couple of guys at work needed their windows replaced. I used to have my own remodeling business but switched over to welding in my late twenties. I didn't like the price of the fein blades or how quickly I went through them. I took my dull blades and cut off the end and tig welded my own blades on, what a difference, I was amazed at how it cut. I usually get 5 sawzall metal blades and out of 5 I get 15 blades. My price per blade is now very affordable. I have been trying to find a jigsaw or other blade that cuts in both directions but even one directional quality blade cuts great. I have to turn my welder down to 34 amps, use a foot control and a shade 9 lens because the blade is so thin.
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I have used the dremel for over a year. It is amazing what you can use it for. It has worked well for me but in my opinion I think it is a lighter duty machine than some. About 3 months ago Lowes had the Rockwell on sale for $113. so I snatched one up. It is a heaver machine so I am more apt to use it more than the dremel. But just like all of them the blades are short lived and expensive.
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Any body notice that this thread was started in 2009?

For what it's worth, The Fein was a patented design and the patent just expired in the last year or so. That's why you are seeing all the new versions. You will now see Fein lower their price also, I suspect.

I looked all these tools over and got the one made by Ridgid. It was the only one where you can buy different heads and make other tools out of it. I started with the ocillating tool for sanding and cutting, then added a right angle drill head for $50. Great little tool. I use it all the time. I buy blades at Harbor Freight. A carbide grit edge blade is around $12 there. Sure beats $49 at HD.

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experience with cordless?

Has anyone had an opportunity to compare a cordless multi-tool with a corded version? I work while standing on a ladder at times and hate dangling cords. However, I am concerned about have less power with cordless. I am typically cutting wood while on the ladder, but also work with tile and grout where there is electric power. By the way, I have had experience with customer service with Dremmel (excellent), Dewalt (slow but good), and Ryobi (If HD won't exchange it, forget trying to get it repaired). My Rigid and Makita tools have never needed repair.
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I put a floating floor in my inlaws kitchen a couple of weeks ago and used a Performax to cut the bottom of the door casings off. It worked quite well and the blades are half the price of the others.

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I know the fein will last forever, a guy I used to work with has had his for at least ten years with no problems. I'm pretty sure he had it for a few years before I started working with him too. I doubt any of the other brands will last that long. I've only used the fein blades as well and I can tell you they last a long time and give you quality cuts and I always assumed the other brand's blades and accessories are inferior but can't say for sure.
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I bought the HF tool just to have it and the times I used it were when no other method would be acceptable. To tell the truth, it did what it was supposed to do, and I have no complaints. How long will it last? Well, when it dies, I might get another, it sure is inexpensive enough when it goes for $29.95.

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comprehensive reviews of the rotary/oscillating tools

Everyone's time would be better served if the below reviews were put as the first post of this thread. Comprehensive reviews performed by a pro comparing the five tools against each other.

Oscillating Multi-Tool Shootout Comparison

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