July 17, 2007

Fein MultiMaster

Update II: Our hands-on review of the new Fein MultiMaster 250Q Top is here.
Update: We now know why we couldn't find any info on Fein's new generation of MultiMasters. It's because there wasn't any. Fein didn't officially release the tool until this past weekend. But now, it's out there and it's got a nice new website as well. Check it out here.

If you've never heard of the Fein MultiMaster, you have no idea what you're missing. It's powerful, precise, and because of the range of accessories available, might be one of the most versatile tools out there.

The actual tool has the look and feel of an angle grinder, but instead of spinning, the MultiMaster oscillates back and forth. The range of motion isn't that extreme (but it's quite powerful), so there is an extraordinary amount of control. Unlike a rotary tool, you never have to worry about the MultiMaster spinning out of control and zipping an unwanted mark in your work piece. The accessories are changed out with a little hex key (we've seen a new model advertised that has a keyless change out, but we couldn't find it on the internet).

We've used the Multi-Master and have been really knocked out by how detail oriented you can get. The blade attachment is prefect for detailed flush-cutting and also gives you the ability to do a plunge cut. We really liked Bosch's fine cut saw, but compared to the Fein, it might as well be a Sawzall. You could probably perform surgery with this thing.

If you need a detail taken care of, the Fein MultiMaster is probably the tool that you need, and it isn't just used for cutting. The accessories range from scrapers to sanders, to grinders, and even a grout remover. The Fein website has a list of applications that includes: auto restoration, pumpkin carving, model building, window repair, cabinet work, and drywall repair. This tool can do just about anything.

There are a variety of models available and each one comes with a different selection of accessories. The kits range from around $280 and up. Replacement accessories are relatively expensive, but it's likely you won't be tearing through them like sawzall blades.

We highly recommend taking a closer look at this tool.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at July 17, 2007 5:49 AM
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I realize these reviews take time, but you really ought to go out and get one of the Harbor Freight oscillating units... it's only $60 bucks and if you don't have a HF nearby, you get get one online. If you have enough clout, they'll probably send you one free to test. I myself am somewhat dubious about "Chicago Electric" but over the years I've seen plenty of positive reviews in woodworking forums but usually with the caveat that they were great power tools for the homeowner or budget woodworker, but would probably not stand up in intense daily shop or job site use. But since we'd agree that neither would Dremel's tool, why not try the CE unit before condemning it?

Posted by: Mike L. at December 2, 2008 9:48 AM

I'd like one of these, but can't get over the cost. That's an awful lot for a tool, even one as versatile as this one.

Posted by: Steve at July 17, 2007 11:30 AM
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