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ADKstorm 01-23-2007 07:21 AM

Is this Cutout Tool OK?
I was thinking of buying a cutout tool from Harbor Freight. I really only need it to cutout holes in drywall and I am a weekend DIY. The following link is the product which is currently on sale for only $19.99 US with coupon. I know brands have higher RPM's but for what I need it for, I was hoping 20,000 RPM's and 18 volts would be enough

Will this tool do the occassional job I will use it for?

Will it work well on drywall?

Tool Specs from site:

Superior to jigsaws for cutting into walls, floors and ceilings. Get right down to work no need to drill pilot holes. Cuts sideways and down. HSS spiral bit cuts wood up to 1'', plywood, plastics and paneling. Use with carbide bits (sold separately) to cut through plaster, ceramic wall tile, cement board & fiberglass.
  • 18 volt Panasonic nickel cadmium battery cells
  • 20,000 RPM
  • Depth gauge height: 1/2'' to 1-3/8''
Includes: slow charger, 1/8'' and 1/4'' collets, 1/8'' HSS spiral bit and carrying case.

Thanks for any help in advance!


KUIPORNG 01-23-2007 09:39 AM

Drywall is normally soft stuff and easy to cutoff... so if the tool do what it specified to do, it should be working no problem...

just worry about the quality of the product such as whether the battery hold charge...etc. but for $20 bucks... worth the risk ... I am sure it would work for at least for the initial while...

AtlanticWBConst. 01-24-2007 10:14 AM

It should work for what you want to use it for.
We have many corded routers and one cordless router similar to the one you show. The cordless brand unit that we have is a model put out about 5 years ago. It is a SENCO.

I use it occasionally to cut out a few holes in drywall.

What we have found over the years is that with ANY cordless tool. You will not have the extended life and heavy use capability of a corded model. (The exception to this would be good name brand cordless drills)

For the Pro who needs on demand power and heavy use - I say no.

For the DIYer who will use it lightly and work at a slower pace - For 19.99 - I say give it a try.

Brik 01-24-2007 12:08 PM

I would get it if it were NOT cordless. Cordless tools are troublesome enough to maintain battery life. Harbor Freight quality leaves a lot to be desired.

For the same price you can get this one

That would be the better route IMO. Also, they have coupons from time to time they will apply to sale items.

One more consideration - Look into reconditioned or closeout on name brand tools. I got a Dewalt rotary tool for $20 at lowes or home depot. It was a return, no box, manual or bits but for $20 I was tickled.

Here it is for ~$60

Also - They are on ebay.
Here is one with NO bids

So, you can likely spend your cash on a disposable tool or you may be able to get a good one for the same money if you look around.

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