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BillyJ

253 posts in 3809 days

07-08-2010 02:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question fein multimaster

Does anyone out there own or use a Fein MultiMaster? Any thoughts? Is it worth the money to invest in one rather than purchase a disposable multi-tool?

I’ve been putting off purchasing one because of the money. I lost track of the number of times I used some other tool that did a half-vast job, wishing I had a Fein or something similar.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.



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Dan Lyke

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07-08-2010 08:37 PM

I’ve borrowed one from my brother-in-law to do some cutting. Came away from it with the conclusion that it’s an amazing awesome tool, but I don’t want to do any more projects where it’s the right solution. And the blades are really expensive.

On the other hand, I’ve been looking at a few tasks recently where it’d be handy to do stopped cuts in a way that the Multi-Master would handle very nicely, and it’d replace two detail sanders in my arsenal, so, yeah, I can’t justify one right now, but I’m sure that in a few years I’ll look back and wonder why I haven’t gotten one.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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dfletcher

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07-09-2010 02:20 AM

Dremel makes the same type of tool and it is very well done. It will do the same stuff for much less.

That said, I have used this tool and it is very nice, but way overpriced in my opinion.

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BillyJ

253 posts in 3809 days

07-09-2010 05:30 AM

I agree with the steep price, but I’m tired of buying tools that fall apart in a couple of years. Not that I abuse my tools, but I sure USE them to the max.

I just received my Rockler’s sales paper and it is listed for $360 (the Top Kit). I know that’s about $200 more than quite a few that are out there, but I have to wonder if it is worth the extra money in the long run.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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Dan Lyke

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07-09-2010 05:58 AM

I’m a Festool kind of guy, so take my suggestions through that lens, but I’ve regretted far fewer top end tools than I have low end ones. $200 difference between the Dremel and the Fein sounds like going for the Fein is a no brainer.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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UnionLabel

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07-09-2010 02:28 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fein-MultiMaster-Tool-w-Select-Kit-FMM-250Q-SELECT-NEW-/280529922630?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Sanders_Sandblasters&hash=item4150e2ea46

This is on ebay, seems like a good price to get going. I have the Dremel, I would like to up grade, but the remodeling situation still to slow to justify the expenditure.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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BillyJ

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07-09-2010 03:43 PM

Dan – at this point in my life, I’m beginning to see the wisdom in your statement. I am SO sick of tools that have a shelf life of a couple of years. Batteries that last less than that, and stuff that breaks under normal use. The couple of high-end tools that I’ve purchased have lived up to and beyond my expectations. I think your comment pushed me to stay the course and get the best that I can afford. Thanks.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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a1Jim

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07-17-2010 09:57 PM

Hey Billy
How you doing? I’ve had a multi master for a number of years and it’s a great tool. I would say to by a HF model as a test run about the function of this type tool and if you find you use it as often as I use my Fein then step up to the real thing.

-- a-1contractor.com

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BillyJ

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07-18-2010 03:38 AM

Jim – thanks for the input. I went ahead and purchased one. Rockler had the Fein Top on sale. Couldn’t go wrong with the price and the accessories. I tried the sawing and sanding – great tool. I can see many uses, and will take to every job I go to. Other than hammering and screwing, I think I will be able to use it for almost everything.

Also, thanks for asking. The fingers are sore, and it seems that I hit them on everything. I’ll be glad when they are altogether healed.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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a1Jim

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07-18-2010 03:47 AM

Hey Billy
Enjoy your new toy. Hope those fingers heal quick for you. .

-- a-1contractor.com

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MichaelA

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09-14-2010 10:49 PM

The fein is the original that all the other try to compete with and will also tell you that you can purchase adapters for thiers so you can use the fein blades.There is no comparison between the engineering of the fein electrical motor that is capable of enduring more heavier loads over a longer duration of pressure and the reostat (variable control) has a broader band from smooth to crazy fast.This is one proffessional tool that lasts.So yes its expensive but you will only purchase it once.

-- Michael

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dustinkester

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01-29-2011 02:30 AM

The Multimaster is a great tool, but I personally would save my money and go with a Dremel like dfletcher mentioned before. A SoniCrafter from Rockwell is also an excellent option – about half the price without much dropoff in durability.

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rrdesigns

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01-30-2011 06:33 PM

Aside from the blades, which are crazy expensive and dull out too quickly, the tool itself is a keeper. I’ve been using mine hard for many years now. The newer version addresses the one problem I have had with mine, replacing the blade attachment screw with a compression clamp system. When my original purchase finally gives up the ghost, I’ll spring again and buy the newer model. No regrets.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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Devolution

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02-01-2011 06:20 AM

I had the Dremel and it only lasted a few months. I now use the Fien and it’s about year old and running strong. It’s worth every penny. I use it for things that I never would have imagined. it’s like the duct tape of hand tools. or power tools? Power hand tools. The blades are expensive, but can be found at very reasonable prices at Amazon. It is an expensive tool and I don’t believe that I would purchase one if I didn’t use it regularly.

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allmyfingers

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02-27-2011 05:32 AM

we use the fein multmaster almost EVERY DAY doing woodwork, electric installs -make a pattern for the size of old work electric boxes trace and cut it you’ll never use a drywall saw again, drywall cuts for access panels, tile repairs, gutters, flooring repairs, detail sanding, cutting mouldings in place, cutting nails behind trim. It is an indispensable tool!!! the blades are pricey, but now there are competitors for the blades, Imperial brand are heavier, cheaper and last longer.
we are thankful more times than you could imagine to have that tool in our truck. it does things no other tool can do in ways you can’t yet imagine

-- caring costs nothing

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Cincinnati2929

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08-27-2018 12:20 PM

Buy the best you can afford. The Fein is the most comfortable tool in its tool type. I used to be a Festool guy and considered selling my FEIN and purchasing a Vecturo. I’m very glad I didn’t. Every oscillilating tool review I’ve read lists the FEIN Multimaster as the winner. People that owned/used both verified the comfort of the Multimaster stressing lower vibrations transmitted to your hand.

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