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Forum topic by Jimthecarver posted 01-28-2009 02:46 AM 1831 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2009 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question miter saw sander shaping finishing refurbishing joining sanding sharpening

I was wondering if any of the LJ’s here have used the Fein Multi Master
I have been thinking of purchasing one of these as it looks like it would be an asset to my work/job.
But then today I seen that Dremel also makes one but 1/4 of the price, any feed back would be appreciated.
Thank you.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 01-28-2009 03:06 AM

I have one and use it very seldom. So many functions seek kind of hoakey. Cuse a carbide edged tool to clean out grout between tiles. It sure can scratch up your tiles very fast.

So I’ve used it to trim molding when a new floor was put in and it did a fantastic job. But then I also have a Bosch tool that will do the same thing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-28-2009 04:06 AM

ive had mine for a few years and wouldnt leave home without it ! it has paid for itself many times over . i would not a cheap knock off .

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#3 posted 01-28-2009 03:26 PM

I ran across this similar model by Rockwell today. I haven’t ever used the Fein, Dremel, or Rockwell, so can’t give any opinion on any of them.

Rockwell SoniCrafter

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#4 posted 01-28-2009 03:33 PM

heres another thread about the different brands of this tool

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#5 posted 01-28-2009 03:47 PM


I have used the Fein Multimaster, It is a good tool and an expensive one to boot.
It is robust and works well when you need it. Which for me is not that often, thats why $400
bucks was too much for me to outlay for a tool I don’t use alot. But it did do a good job when it was in use.
So I bought the Dremel Version for $300 less. It came with somel of the blades and sander attachments
the Fein came with as well. The Dremel is a little smaller than the MultiMaster but has same moter specs. For $300 less It was a done deal I bought the Dremel model. I research all my tools and in a side by side comparason the Dremel MultiMax was my coice anyway. It being slightly smaller means for me anyway that I had a little more control over the tool and cuts.

If you are rollin in dough or do the type of work the Fein is made for often than Buy the Fein, if not
Buy the Dremel MultiMax ,I like it. OH! and by the way, Dremels and Bosch aren’t cheap Knockoffs,
The Patent expired for Fein with the MultiMaster and other companies saw that to be a market they wanted as well so came in at a price point to make up for all the years and MultiMasters that were sold, tryin to play catch-up.
Hope this helps.

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 04:30 PM

Thank you for all of the feed back. I read the thread and it appears that the dremel is a bit under powered compared to the MM. The Rockwell looks pretty good for the price and is about 1/2 the price. Bosch also makes a cordless powered tool like the MM but they said the battery life is very short….That just wont cut it in the remodeling field….(pun intended).
I have been doing some research to see if Ridgid makes one but have not been able to find anything, I have many Ridgid power tools and they seem to last and perform well.
I am not opposed to paying the money for a tool that will last but hate to throw money away on junk!
Again thank you for the feed back,
LJ’s Forever

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 01-28-2009 07:08 PM

The Multi-Master rocks! Plunge cut the bottom of a jamb. No Problem.
Break out fossilized glazing. Hunkey Dory.
Sand out the plough cuts in a router table trivet. Sure.
Detail sand moulding, glue squeeze out etc in a tight spot. All in a day’s work.
I finagled this tool out of the budget when we needed to repair some old windows. I got a non-toolless change model on Amazon for a decent deal. I like the long cord and knowing that I won’t be fighting (or buying) batteries to get the job done. I have a PC detail sander that I never use since getting this tool.
It’s worth every penny to me.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-28-2009 08:26 PM

I have one and these are my two cents. It is probably the finest multi-purpose tool of it’s kind, but its usefulness to you will depend on your intended usage of it. I purchased this as a detail sander and it works pretty good for this though I dont’ really love it as a sander. The oscillating head does allow you to get right up to edges and things without marring them, but it also tends to leave arc shaped scratch patterns due to the non-random and non-linear pattern. I think if if were going to just buy a nice detail sander and only cared for that use I would probably look into the Festool. The other functions are pretty neat though. I have enjoyed the e-cut saws, scraper, etc. very much. I actually wish I could get some more attachments, but cannot afford them. So, my opinion is that the tool is very well made, very powerful, and very useful (just not so much as a detail sander for furniture).

WARNING: The vacuum attachment for the sander sucks. The special heads with the holes in them fall apart. Also the suction from the vacuum tends to pull the head down hard on the workpiece thus making the scratch pattern problem much worse.

I’m not bashing it in any way. I really like the tool and have used it in many construction/home improvment type tasks. I just don’t find it terribly usefule for furniture type construction.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#9 posted 02-02-2009 06:16 AM

I agree with PeteMoss. The vacuum system isn’t very good. It is functional though. Everything else about this tool is great IMO. I replaced a couple of broken tiles in a shower stall which took no time at all and was very neat and accurate. The only time I use it in woodworking is for detail sanding which I don’t do much of anymore as I sand all the parts before assembly. Duh. I mainly use it for household repairs and small jobs for which it excels. It is well built but spendy. It would be a great used tool purchase if you can find one.

The problem with rotary tools like the Rotozip is they have too much torque to control. Because the MM vibrates it is much easier to keep in one place, especially when working in tight spaces.

-- tim hill

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