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Old 04-07-2009, 10:12 AM   #16
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HD only had the Dremel brand too. The 3/4" wood/metal were about $10.00 each. I saw the Fein on Amazon 3 for $45.71 (theirs are 1-1/8"). HD also had the 3" half-round grout blade and sand paper. Don't recall the price offhand as I didn't buy either. The Fein 3-5/8" wood flush cut blade is $24.99 on Amazon. Did a search there for the Dremel accessories and their 3" flat blade is $10.99 and others are listed.

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I have a few cabinets and door frames and sills to work on so I grabbed a Multimax last week. HD had a $25 gift card with purchase so it seemed a good time. I met a contractor there looking for more blades and he said it was very handy tool.
First use, I tried notching out laminate flooring over a heat vent. The half round wood blade bound and vibrated loose. So I rotated it two notches, and tightened it . It came loose again and it bound and burned in the wood. So I took out the straight tongue blade for wood and had better results, but I can't seem to keep a blade from vibrating loose.
I think Dremel makes good stuff, but what am doing wrong here??? I'm a bit concerned with the thickness of blades and how well they will hold up thru the long term. If my half round is burning in laminate I can't imagine what it will work on .
I've got a fair bit of cabinet and sill work to do and may just go back to jigsaw
Any buddy got any tips?
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you get what you pay for in these types of specialty tools, when i first saw the multimaster by fein i said wow nice but no way am i paying $400 for that!

well i ate my own words when i was installing a kitchen and saw a tile guy with one,we started talking and sure enough i was online that nite shopping.

after i made my purchase i never looked back,i use it on a daily basis from scraping,sanding, notching,cutting shims,Etc.

the sticker shock was gone from the first couple of jobs, the things i use it for i would have burned the dremel out the first week.(i consider the dremel a throw away of $)
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you get what you pay for in these types of specialty tools, when i first saw the multimaster by fein i said wow nice but no way am i paying $400 for that!

well i ate my own words when i was installing a kitchen and saw a tile guy with one,we started talking and sure enough i was online that nite shopping.

after i made my purchase i never looked back,i use it on a daily basis from scraping,sanding, notching,cutting shims,Etc.

the sticker shock was gone from the first couple of jobs, the things i use it for i would have burned the dremel out the first week.(i consider the dremel a throw away of $)

I must agree with you on this. There is no comparison to the tools just pick up the multi master and the dremel , you will feel the difference. I would also burn the less priced saw out before long. I bought the Fein kit for 356.00 at my tool supplier. The blades are some what pricey tho. Went on line to register the Fein and they sent me a 10.00 coupon to use at any store for blades. If your only going to use it for a few items the dremel would do you fine . but for commercial use stay away from it, go with the Fein.
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..........I think Dremel makes good stuff, but what am doing wrong here???
Yes Dremel does have some good stuff. I used their Metal EZ Lock™ cutoff wheel to cut 2" angle iron to length with no appreciable wear on the wheel.
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ406-C.../dp/B000FBLRVA

That said the Dremel tools are still comparatively light duty. I don't have the Multimax (an ambitious name) but from what I have heard I think it will do the jobs you describe, it will just take longer than portrayed in those Infomercials. The Fein commercials are the same in that they portray Zip Zip and you're finished.

From your problem statement you may be pushing this tool too hard. Besides the lower price it has lower power than the Fein.


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.....the sticker shock was gone from the first couple of jobs......
Agreed, The Fein $$$ is a shocker both for the tool and then the accessories. The surprising thing is that Fein considers the Multimaster as the consumer version of their commercial heavy duty SuperCut.

How about those prices? I have the Fein Multimaster in the metal case. What I most object to is the price of blades. to save bucks My next order is going to be with Al
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.... I took an even cheaper route and bought the Harbor Freight version for $34(after my 15% off coupon that came in my mailer).......and was surprised how easily and smoothly it sliced right into it. ....
That is a good deal the price now is $40 before any coupons:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=65700

They also have a Li-Ion cordless version for $70:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=67097
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I just bought this 2.3 amp Rockwell Sonicrafter for $139 (with a bunch of blades included) at Amazon... much more powerful than the Dremel: <-- commercial that sold me.

I am surprised that this knockoff version has not been mentioned yet.

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I've seen ads for it. Already bought a Dremel before I saw them though. Haven't seen one up close. I THINK Sears carries them....
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I am surprised that this knockoff version has not been mentioned yet.
Here is another sale on the Rockwell:
http://www.coastaltool.com/rockwell/sonicrafter.htm

This review thought the Rockwell topped the Dremel:
http://www.toolsnob.com/archives/200...ter_review.php

I bought a Green plastic Rockwell 1/4" corded drill with Jacobs chuck in the 60's for $9. It lasted 3 or 4 years, No complaints. Anybody remember these?
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Well, I splurged and bought the complete Sonicrafter kit- the $180 version
Their $130 version is a better value than the Dremel as you get much more than one blade. The dremel quickly outpaces the cost of the sonicrafter if you try to equip it with the same accessories the sonicrafter comes with.

So far so good. It is a much sturdier tool than the Dremel Multimax. So far I've used it for flush cutting a 2x4 I couldn't use a sawsall on. I've cut nails that were hard to reach so I could remove a piece of old framing. I used it to notch concrete so I could break of only the part I needed witha chisel. I made a flush square cut in the wood siding to mount a vent. Cut some densguard with it.

Works great. Only caveat is make sure you have the screw down tight. I did have an accessory loosen a couple of times until I started adding a little more torque to it. Since then, no more problems.

In only one project the tool has made me VERY happy I bought it. Seems well built, rugged, and does the job.

The Fein may be the best. But the rockwell is a great tool and a much better value.

There's a review on the different multi tools here (incl. Fein, Rockwell, Bosch, Dremel)
http://www.toolsnob.com/archives/200...ol_roundup.php

The full review of the sonicrafter is here
http://www.toolsnob.com/archives/200...ter_review.php

And yes, Sears does carry them now. However, Rockwell had a special offer of an optional 3 payments with no additional cost if I bought it directly from their website.

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Last week I had to install some enlarged soffit vents in my plywood soffits. Got to thinking the Multi Max was the dream tool for this and I have to say it was, very fast and tidy.

Then on a job site this week I had to cut into baseboards and install a flush mounted Vac Pan which is a floor level, central vac inlet valve you sweep to. This device is installed either in the kick plate of a cabinet or flush wall mounted through the baseboards into a wall cavity and the vac pipes extend within the hidden space, quite often done as a retrofit.

Again I must admit Multimax was the deam tool as the baseboard had several contours and thicknesses.This was another apllication I bought the Multi Max for as kick plates and base boards on ceramic floors or hardwood can be a pain to access and cut cleanly and my work also requires knothing out 6 inches of the sole plate withing the finished wall cavity.

So all went well until the granite counter guy showed up and we got to talking about the Fein tool he was using and he showed me all his blades and scrapers.

He did suggest that in his experience because the tool is oscillating you should never push it just guide it... good tip

»The MDF basebboards I was cutting into were a snap, but I have too say I left the site feeling a twinge of shall we say.... Locker Room Envy

Either way the MultiMax has paid for itself within 2 weeks but I do find myself thinking I should sell my unused Porter Cable detail sander, and upgrade the Multi Max to at least a SoniCrafter or scour the used tool shops and garge sales for a Fein...
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Either way the MultiMax has paid for itself within 2 weeks but I do find myself thinking I should sell my unused Porter Cable detail sander, and upgrade the Multi Max to at least a SoniCrafter or scour the used tool shops and garge sales for a Fein...
Save those contour pads from the Porter Cable kit and use with the Fein sanding kit; they fit! And, as you know, the PC kit has a ton of profiles in there.
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Either way the MultiMax has paid for itself within 2 weeks but I do find myself thinking I should sell my unused Porter Cable detail sander, and upgrade the Multi Max to at least a SoniCrafter or scour the used tool shops and garge sales for a Fein...

That's what I would do.

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Ordered my Fein yesterday. Yes it is pricey however i tend to beat the crap out of my tools.
I still like my flush cut saw for door jambs if there is room to use it, otherwise it will be the Fein.

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