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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 12-19-2016 04:20 PM 1871 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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12-19-2016 04:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: multitool

I have a finish carpenter friend who said that he held out and didn’t buy a multi-tool for a long time, but once getting one, he finds uses for it all the time.

Aside from detail sanding (and I’m not sure if multi-tools make good detail sanders or not) I’m not sure that I can think of any uses for a multi-tool in a woodshop.

What say you guys?

Do you have one?

Do you find it useful?

What do you use it for?

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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 04:27 PM

I don’t use one in the shop, but they are a good addition for home remodeling. The flat saw blade can access places a jigsaw wouldn’t be usable. The sander is OK, but not great. They can be purchased relatively cheaply these days, so it wouldn’t be a large investment for you.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 04:30 PM

Don’t have one. I already have a detail sander and the sawing features don’t seem that useful in a shop setting.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 04:39 PM

There’s not a better detail sander out there, and the other functions also cannot be eaily duplicated. You will find yourself using this more than you thought you would. The biggest downside is that the HF model like you have pictured here melts the velcro at the tip of the detail sander after a little while, and can also melt the supporting rubber. You will find yourself buying new ones or fabricating your own, as I did.

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 04:42 PM

I’ve never used one in the shop, but they sure are handy when installing cabinetry.

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 04:49 PM

I have one and only use it rarely. It’s one of those tools that has limited use but is pretty handy for those special situations, most of which are not in the shop in my experience. I have used it to sand in tight spaces like the inside corner of a drawer for example. I have also used the cutting blade it to flush cut a bolt off as well. It wouldn’t be high on my list of tools to buy next. Personally, I would wait until you need it to buy it.

Mine actually came with a Ryobi tool with an interchangeable head that works with Rigid attachments. Most of those attachments aren’t that useful either.

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 04:50 PM

I basically have one just for cutting baseboard or crown doing installs. I also use them for cutting outlet holes in cabinet backs. For me it’s worth having for those reasons alone.
I’ve found myself using them for other misc. situations in the field as well.
I don’t think I’ve ever used it in the shop.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 04:52 PM

I have 2, and while I think I’ve used one of them for detail sanding once or twice, they are most useful for home improvement stuff.

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 12-19-2016 04:55 PM

Thanks Jerry… I just put that up for a generic image.

I got a HD gift card from my MIL and was thinking about picking up the DeWalt cordless “bare tool” model, since I already am knee deep in their 20v max system.

I’m concerned that the cordless ones may be too long to get into some tight places.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 12-19-2016 04:56 PM

sounds like a Sawzall to me….

not a fine woodworking tool

not a tool you use very often

but when you need one, they tend to be the only tool that can do the job.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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jbay

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#10 posted 12-19-2016 05:02 PM



sounds like a Sawzall to me….

not a fine woodworking tool

not a tool you use very often

but when you need one, they tend to be the only tool that can do the job.

- Mainiac Matt


I disagree. When I cut base or crown it cuts a damn fine line, straight and clean.
Nothing like a sawzall.

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#11 posted 12-19-2016 05:05 PM

I haven’t found a need for one after about ten years woodworking, so I kind of don’t think I’ll be needing one anytime soon.
I have such limited space in my tool storage drawers that finding room for one and its accessories would be bothersome as well.
Good post though Jerry.
Thanks
Eric
central Florida

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 12-19-2016 05:51 PM

Well this gift card is burning a hole in my pocket, and there’s not that many things at HD (that I don’t have already) which I need or like….

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 12-19-2016 06:01 PM



Well this gift card is burning a hole in my pocket, and there s not that many things at HD (that I don t have already) which I need or like….

- Mainiac Matt

Don’t forget that HD has a ton of stuff on their web store that they don’t carry in store. If you spend more than $50, I think they ship to home for free and they will ship to your nearest store for free for pickup regardless.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 12-19-2016 06:06 PM

I got one of these that I use daily:

But apparently that isn’t the same kind of ‘multi-tool’ you were asking about :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 12-19-2016 06:27 PM

I have the DeWalt and have used it a few times. It’s much easier to reach with than a jigsaw for some cutting for various home improvement projects. Glad I have it, but hardly a necessity.

I would recommend considering the kit rather than the bare tool. Buying the bare tool includes only the tool, of course. The kit comes with the battery, charger, and bag, obviously, but also some other goodies: sanding paper/pads, a blade, storage box for blades and sand paper, and the guide system. The prices of those other goodies add up and throw in another battery and the price difference suddenly doesn’t seem so much. FWIW, I’ve only found the guide system available from DeWalt directly (http://servicenet.dewalt.com/Products/Detail?productNumber=DCS355D1#_ga=1.51681387.315394722.1480954576); about $10 for the parts and $11 shipping means I haven’t bothered to buy it for my bare tool yet.

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