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    What a gem i could not believe it

    So for years since i arrived in Canada i have wondered what the use of those Fein multi tools was. I saw them at the woodworking shows and when i enquired about the price i wondered how they ever sold any. It was so high i could not retain it and even thought on more than one occassion that the sales guy was having me on.

    Well then i guess the patent must have expired and all the copies flooded the market. I could still not see its merits.

    That is until a friend here helped me get one across the border from Harbor Freight on special.

    Now its my new best friend around the house.

    First use was cutting drywall what a dream.

    Second use was cutting strips of laminate the other night and also getting in to cut the laminate near the wall side where the router could not reach.

    Here is the tool i am refering to and i got the variable speed one but now cannot fathom why.

    The best price i have seen this one for is $49 when its on their so called sales. I might have got a bit off with a coupon i cannot remember.

    If you dont have one and have been a skeptic like me do yourself a favor and buy one you wont regret it.

    Here is a $20 non variable speed unit for this price one cannot go wrong for those awkward jobs around the house.
    cheers

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    I agree Rob. I've got one of the HF Variable speed ones and it really works well. Amazingly smooth for a HF motor...
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    I have to agree with you Rob. A couple of years back I almost bought the Fein multi tool but something in my gut said to hold off. Glad I did. I have the single speed version from Harbor freight for just over a year and to me it's just as good as the over priced Fein. And yes I have used the fein before. I've cut sheet rock, plywood, solid wood and metal with it. I've even used it to help remove old tile. It's one of my go to tools.

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    I have the same one Rob and works just fine put more than one good grin on my chops, and if the darn thing burns up, for the cost, just get a new one

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    Yeah i am going to try it on grout next.

    Just need to get familiar with the different attachments and their optimal purpose.

    Whats the purpose of the variable speed can anyone advise when and how to use the feature. I just have mine full ball. When i reduced it i found it did not cut the same.
    cheers

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    I've got one too. Only used it once in the past 6 month with no problems but for what I need it for it sure beats paying $400 for the Fein.
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    I've used mine a lot - I purchased mine on a review posted by Brent some time back. I like it for plunge cutting drywall and wood paneling for outlets, etc. Much less dust than the rotozip and, to my mind, more accurate - if a bit slower. Flush cutting door frames for wood floor installation is another popular use.
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    I have had a fein multimaster for years. Before they went "mass marketing" Im surprised you dont see them in your local supermarket right next to the cheerios
    I used to use the daylights out of mine especially in stair work and in kitchen installs. They are a great tool but, yes, very pricey, and the accessories are quite costly as well.

    the purpose of the variable speed is when cutting or sanding different materials, especially plastics so you wont melt them from the heat generated by the high speeds.

    good tool, im glad to see them finally get some competition, might bring the street price down a bit.

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    I purchased the dremel multi max, and have used it a bit, but my son has used it constantly with the upgrades in his home.
    some of its value is in the things you can do so easily with it, as in he needed to cut away the bottom of moldings around entrances to fit a new floor........

    my contractor uses the fein, and he loves it, but says the generic blades arent that good and the fein blades are very expensive.
    And its not like the HF or dremel that uses a universal blade that many of them use.

    for a woodworker who concentrates on furniture building or box building, Im not sure its a necessity, but for people who do all kinds of work around a home, it will probably be the best money spent on a tool.

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    HF finally opened a store close by in Braintree, MA. When I was there to pick up some auger bits, I saw these on "sale". The clerk also let me use the 20% off coupon, so it came out to around $40.

    I had toyed with the idea of getting one of these for a year but could never justify the $ for the Fein. Even if the HF only lasts me two years, it cost me a fraction of the Fein.

    Thanks for the review

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