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Forum topic by rpearlberg posted 04-05-2014 12:06 AM 1086 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2014 12:06 AM

Dremel 3.0-Amp Multi-Max Tool Kit MM45-01 ($129)


RIDGID JobMax 3-Amp Multi Tool Starter Kit ($79)


Makita 3-Amp Corded Multi-Tool Kit TM3000CX5 ($99)

Which one should I get?? This is just for home use to keep in the basement for when i need it.

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:30 AM

I would get Fein Multimaster star
I used the Dremel multi-max afew times for different projects,it was under powered,the speed control started to act up by the second project(slow down/speed up on it’s own) but I kept on using it ,it still works but I wish I had spent the money and got the real deal,the FEIN multimaster.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 12:33 AM

Thanks. I didn’t really want to spend that much.

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 12:35 AM

I had the Dremel. It’s a great tool. Very lightweight and works well. I have it to my father because I now have the makita cordless unit. It is heavier because of the battery but I think it’s a better unit. If the corded version is anything like the build quality of the cordless id go makita out of the three listed. I’m not a huge fan of ridgids small tool. I think for the same price there are better tools out there. But I use my tools on jobsites. In all reality you probably can’t go wrong with any of them. That being said my vote goes to makita

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 12:52 AM

I’d go Ridgid. That said I have a $20 HF and it works fine. Something I rarely use so I didn’t want to spend a lot.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 12:55 AM

I went through all this a few years ago. Fein invented them, and they’re still the best, period. Back when I got mine the Rockwell Sonicrafter was considered second best, which is what I got (half the price of the Fein back then). The Dremel, which had just come out, was considered junk (too light and flimsy: that may have changed).

If I were in the market today, it’d be Fein, Bosch, Ridgid, Sonicrafter, in that order. For me, everything else that I can think of is an also-ran.

Don’t, however, forget about the Harbor Freight variable speed: for less than $40 it’s a beast. I had two that I considered throwaways. Yeah, right — they’re still chugging along; you just can’t kill them.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 12:55 AM

I have a Dremel MM, and I’m happy with it. I’m even happier with their customer service. The first one I had died after about a year and a half (out of warranty). I had only used it a handful of times, so I called them and they asked me to send it in. Within 2 weeks I had a brand new one (no cost to me), and it was the newer, more powerful model.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#7 posted 04-05-2014 01:11 AM

I have the Rockwell Sonicrafter 3-Amp Oscillating Tool. I like the lock down for changing bits and the fact that you can use any brand bits with it. Nice tool. (Not necessarily the best)

I have also used the Craftsman that was pretty good for cheaper $$

Here is a review from Popular Mechanics testing the top 9

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#8 posted 04-05-2014 06:56 AM

I have 2 HF single speed multi tools (got the second because they were so cheap). I’ve abused the hell out of them, including deep sculpting cuts in stacked 2×4s (to put in a recessed toilet paper holder). With a diamond edged blade I cut out a 2’ x 3’ hole through gritty plaster and wire lath for a skylight in just a few minutes. After using a tile saw to cut 5/16” thick glass for a shelf, I smoothed up the jagged, chipped edge with the same diamond blade. I scraped up old glued down linoleum from an entire kitchen floor.

They never get too hot to hold, even after an hour’s steady use. The danged things just won’t die.

I’m sure the Fein is a superior tool—but is it 10 to 20 times better?

By the way, Grizzly has universal fit blades for multi tools that cost HALF OR LESS than other brands—including Harbor Freight’s.

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#9 posted 04-05-2014 09:38 AM

I have a craftsman multi-tool, the nextec battery kind. It works well but the batteries dont last long. When I get tired of buying batteries I’m going to buy the corded HF model. I would not buy a craftsman again.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#10 posted 04-05-2014 10:47 AM

Ozito is the one for me, had it for years, used ever now and again, found heaps of bits for it on ebay

Do some tech info checks and make a decision, based on suitability and then $ cost as these days the purchase price doesn’t really mean much if the item is made under licence in the PRC as it will be made “under licence” to the exactly same specs

So…. if it suits your needs go for it

-- Regards Robert

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