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JCAHILL4 03-02-2009 04:08 PM

Thoughts on a Dremel Muli-max?
 
I am thinking of purchasing this Multi-max to use as a jam saw. (I am getting ready to do a big flooring job.)

Anyway, I read that people have purchased these for one job and then find 1000 different things to use it for but I hate uni-taskers and I am worried about spending $100 on a tool I only use once.

Anyone else have one of these?

http://www2.gpmd.com/imagel/d/ldrer0554.jpg

Thurman 03-04-2009 05:12 PM

I bought one because I felt like I needed it in my business. I have not found 1000 uses for it yet but I feel that it is definitely worth the $97 or so I paid for it. I have no plans to use the sanding pads, but may one day. I for one have not had the bad experience of others with the blade(s) vibrating loose. Maybe I got a newer version or something. For trimming out new door jambs, new thresholds, and I have even used it on a roof fitting replacement lap siding on a dormer window. Works for me. Thanks, David

tommy potatoes 03-05-2009 07:38 AM

I bought one last weekend. It would have been worth the price of it alone to have had it about 8 hours earlier, when I was halfway underneath a cabinet, trying to cut out a piece of ledger board with a battery powered dremel tool. It looks pretty slick to me, and it's a fraction of the price of a Fein Multimaster...

bjbatlanta 03-21-2009 10:34 AM

Hard to beat for $100.00. I probably won't use the sanding pads much either, but for cutting in tight spaces it works well. May not be a Fein, but for the limited use I;ll be using it for it's fine.

mike4 03-26-2009 04:05 PM

I did purchase the multi-max recently and found to be all it was advertised to be. It is a great tool for getting into tight spaces where traditional cutting tools (handsaw, circular saw) cannot. Surprising easy to control and fast cutting. Would recommend it to anyone.

bjbatlanta 03-27-2009 01:12 PM

I have not (and probably never will) used it to cut drywall, but it does great on wood. Should make quick work of drywall, I'm just used to using other tools for cutting it. The few times I've used mine I can say it is easy to handle....

wrangler 03-31-2009 05:01 PM

Being on a bit of as tight budget these days I took an even cheaper route and bought the Harbor Freight version for $34(after my 15% off coupon that came in my mailer) I tried it out on a piece of casing and was surprised how easily and smothly it sliced right into it. I too never forsee using the sanding disc, but the time this will save me in cutting baseboards and crown moulding will be well worth the cost.

bjbatlanta 03-31-2009 05:22 PM

I had actually looked for the China Freight version before I got the Dremel. They were always out of stock. I'm sure theirs is fine for occasional use...

wrangler 03-31-2009 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by bjbatlanta (Post 253077)
I had actually looked for the China Freight version before I got the Dremel. They were always out of stock. I'm sure theirs is fine for occasional use...

True, and unless I find it to be indespensible, for me it will be occasional use only, but just in case, since I got it on sale I went ahead and paid the $9 for the 2 year replacement warranty.

Thurman 03-31-2009 07:28 PM

Funny I should read this today. I had some repairs to a townhouse to do. The dormer windows on the roof both had rotted wood on the "nose" of the window sill. I don't like to replace the entire sill if I don't have to and have replaced just the nose before. Some of them are two piece and that makes things easier, some are not so I have to do it the hard way. The hard way was to use my battery operated small skill saw and cut what I could from side to side and finish with a compass saw. That was before today- -I'm up on a ladder looking at this one piece window sill and remembered I had bought the Dremel Multimaster tool recently, on sale. I go get it, put the little blade in it, drag the cord up the ladder and used it to cut just the front (1 3/4" or so) of the window sill off. I took a chance and cut the two staples where the brick mold was attached to the sill at the factory with it. Worked for me anyway. This is probably the fastest, and easiest I have ever cut one off. Now, off to find the other 999 uses for this tool. Thanks, David

JCAHILL4 04-02-2009 11:45 AM

End thoughts
 
Thanks for all the replies, after much consideration I am just going to save about $80 and buy a japanese saw to cut the jams with. I just don't think I will use the multi-max enough to justify the price tag.

bjbatlanta 04-02-2009 12:41 PM

Good move Wrangler. I buy their heat guns (about $9.00 on sale) for drying joint compound on patchwork. They generally last a year or a little better (with pretty frequent use) so I don't go with the extended warranty. I bought a sharpener for circular saw blades ($60.00 on sale I think) and I did go for the warranty on it. I figure one 12" - 80 tooth blade and it's just abut paid for itself.....

wrangler 04-07-2009 06:57 AM

Have you tried the sharpener yet? I've never tried to sharpen a blade and have wondered if they still perform as well and as long as new. Also, has anyone found a good source for blades for the oscillating saws? All that I have found so far are pretty pricey. I was thinking that I might even try to make my own by cutting up a flush cut saw.
TIA,
Brett

bjbatlanta 04-07-2009 08:42 AM

I haven't gotten around to the sharpener yet. The instructions that came with it aren't the best. Going to try to find some more info on line if possible on "how to". I've got several old "regular" blades to experiment on before I try the good carbide ones. Several years ago there was a guy in the area who sharpened blades and handsaws for a nominal fee, so it's "doable". Might play with it this afternoon if I get a minute.....
As far as the blades for the multi tool, I picked up a couple of extras at HD. They are kind of pricey for such a small blade, but still cheaper than the Fein blades. There's probably an online source that's more reasonable, but haven't found it yet.

wrangler 04-07-2009 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by bjbatlanta (Post 256249)
As far as the blades for the multi tool, I picked up a couple of extras at HD. They are kind of pricey for such a small blade, but still cheaper than the Fein blades. There's probably an online source that's more reasonable, but haven't found it yet.

Nor have I. Which blades did you find at HD? The only blades I saw at my local outlet were for Dremel, and I think they were $10 each.


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