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Thread: Good Fein Multimaster clone?

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    Good Fein Multimaster clone?

    Never had any interest in one of these till now. I have a boat project coming up where it appears one of these will be near indispensable. Even so it will likely be a one time project, put away in the tool cabinet and pulled out once ever year for some little something.

    So if you have used one of the many clones tell me what you think of yours.

    Oh, I will using it to cut caulking between two overlapping board on a lapstrake (think shiplap siding) boat. The caulking used is very tenacious stuff and has to be cut to remove the planking.
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    Jeff i have the Harber fright one. Yes it's cheap, but it is as good as the rockwell that my boss has. Like anything as long as you keep a sharp blade on it it works ok. I just used mine again today notching 2x4's worked like a charm. For the price and what little i use it i can't beat it.

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    +1 on the Harbor Freight model, been very happy with mine!
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    My BIL and sister have gotten TONS of use out of their Harbor Freight clone, and have been very happy with it. It's my understanding that you can't use Fein blades on it, but they've had no complaints using the HF blades.
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    I use the dremel multi max, and it can use alot of different brand blades.
    Works great, no complaints, my kitchen guy used it since he ran out of sharp blades and said it worked as well as his fein.
    I saw it on sale for 89 somewhere recently.
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    Well I've had two different kinds. First the harbor freight version and it worked pretty good I thought. Blades didn't last that long but it seemed to do the right thing. I decided I'd get a Fein one day when Amazon had em on a real good sale. There is little comparison between the two. Both do the same kind of work but the Fein is way ahead of the HF as it should be considering the price. Their blades last a lot longer too.
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    If I'm not mistaken Woodcraft now sells imperial blades that fit the harbor freight multi tool along with the fein and others.

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    I use my HF one 2 or 3 times a year and it works just fine. At $30 or so you could buy almost 10 of them compared to the Fein. Noisy as heck though.
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    I am hearing a lot of people that like their HF model. I am sure it is no Fein by any means. After I posted this I looked at the price and was surprised to see the Fein with minimal looking for $200. I have only heard two bad things about Fein, price and price of their blades.

    Looks like they are down and there are cheaper blades. Still looking but I am probably going to use it a lot on the boat restore......
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    Another HF fan, I have the adjustable speed version and giggle every time I use it

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