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Forum topic by handystanley posted 02-15-2011 07:46 AM 2531 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2011 07:46 AM

Picked up the March 2011 edition of Wood Magazine and read the article on the Oscillating Multi-Tools. What has been your experience with them? For a corded model I was thinking about the Rockwell Sonicrafter. For cordless the Milwaukee.


-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 08:16 AM

Cordless battery life isn’t very good.

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 08:57 AM

I can’t quite figure out what I would really need one for?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 02:12 PM

I would think that you could use them to rough cut a butterfly inset. Then clean it up with a chisel. They flush cut stuff easy.

I have the Harbor freight one and it works good for me and it is only 30 bucks or so.

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 02:26 PM

Bouight the corded Dremel Multi Max on sale..still trying to reach a skill level where I don’t burn things..
That happened as I tried to excavate a hole in a future candy bowl..
But generaly it does what I wanted ..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 02:30 PM

I got a corded Dremel as a gift. I always thought it’d be nice to have one when I need it…unfortunately I haven’t used it in the past year since I got it. For me it’s a tool you think you want, then you get it and don’t really need it.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 03:38 PM

This is a tool I’m on the fence about too, but the one that interests me the most is the Ridgid JobMax because it also has other heads you can put on it. You can get a drill/driver head, impact driver head, ratchet head, and auto hammer head for it which I thought might make it more useful. I don’t have one, but that was my initial thought comparing it with other similar tools.

-- Marc,

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 05:53 PM

I suggest the Harbor Freight version, it’s on sale soon for $30 for the single speed or $50 something for the multi speed. Since you’re unsure about the tool that’s probably an acceptable amount to spend for a trail.
I own the Fein and it’s great, but for the amount of use I give it I could have gone with a cheaper version. Also I bought it years ago before the patent ran out and the knock offs were available.

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 08:11 PM

That Jobmax looks interesting. Wished they would have had those 30 years ago when I was doing real work ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 08:24 PM

+1 on the HF.

Opened mine up cleaned the grease out of the head and replaced it with “good” grease. Runs cooler & quieter. Its a great tool to have around, I reach for it often. It is one of those tools that you find more and more uses for. Good for rough stuff definitely not for fine accurate work.


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#10 posted 02-15-2011 08:33 PM

For a professional, the Fein is the only way to go. I haven’t sold one yet that they didn’t keep bragging about how great it was. It is better for remodel type work though. It doesn’t have as much to offer for woodworking. All the other brands are good enough for homeowners and hobbyists. They lack the power and quality of the Fein, but are a good alternative for the price.


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#11 posted 02-15-2011 08:58 PM

I have a Rockwell SoniCrafter … I get quite a little use out of it, especially cutting metal. I trimmed the rails down to size on the mobile bases for my band saw and work-bench, and have used it to cut thin-wall electrical conduit.

I have also used it to rough-dimension smaller pieces of stock (for pencil holders and the like) ... does a nice job on stuff too small for the table saw. It is quicker/easier/safer than the CMS for small stuff.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 03-05-2011 08:16 AM

Ordered a Rockwell Sonicrafter on Monday from Took King and it was delivered today. Hopefully I will be able to put it to the test tomorrow.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 09:06 AM

I think you will find more and more uses for that thing. I have the craftsman cordless model. I’ve used it with a straight edge and that was pretty cool. You can get a 3/8 blade and it oscillates to half-inch. Pretty cool little tool. Says it’ll work on non-various metals copper, aluminum. I had to try it. But there’s not enough time in the day for that. I think a lot of fun with it though.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#14 posted 03-05-2011 01:16 PM

I have a corded dremel and used a rockwell…both great tools. Its one of those tools that isn’t going to get a lot of use but when you need it you’ll be glad you bought it.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#15 posted 03-05-2011 03:43 PM

I have the Fein, which I got when I was remodeling my kitchen for cutting and fitting trim. I also used it when I put an addition on my shop where I had to tie in the framing. The sander is great for cabinet work but I haven’t used it much for other cabinet work.

My brother has a Dremel and I think it does a good job. He told me that he wants his Dremel to burn up so he can get the Fein but he’s just jealous. There is a big difference with the feel of both tools but the results are similar.

My suggestion would be go with the Dremel or Rockwell and if you find it a must tool you might upgrade to the Fein in the future. Buying the Fein blades are very expensive but the Specialty Diamond Blades and Tool company have some good after market blades.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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