January 22, 2009

Secco 916 Oscillating Tool

secco916.jpgUpdate: We got some feedback from someone who purchased a Secco 916. Sounds like things might not be on the level. Details here.

A number of heads up readers have pointed out this item to us. It's yet another entry into the oscillating tool bonanza that started as soon as Fein's patent wore out. This one is made by a company called Secco and is sold by Specialty Diamond Products exclusively on ebay.

There's not a whole lot more we can say. The info over at ebay is boilerplate and the tool comes with a nice, but standard, set of bits and blades. This isn't to say that it's a bad tool in anyway, but the only place it is being sold and the only mention we can find of the manufacturer is on ebay. This tool could be great, but there's simply no way to know until you buy it. We couldn't find any reviews, buyer feedback, nothing.

The 916 has a "buy it now" price of $199, which puts it way up there at the price of the most basic Fein kit. The fully loaded 72-piece Rockwell SoniCrafter, which we love, is only $180. The Secco 916 Oscillating Tool also does not have a starting bid price, but rather, a "make offer" option, leading us to believe that they'll happily take less than $199. The question is then, how much less?

If anyone has picked up one of these tools, let us know. We're curious how it measures up against the other oscillating tools.

At ebay (we don't know how long this link will work, but if it's broken a search of "Secco 916" at ebay should turn get you there.)

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 22, 2009 5:00 AM
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There seems to be wide range of opinions about quality of this tool. Is there a wide range in actual quality or in personal likes and dislike?

Posted by: Gerry p. at February 12, 2010 4:42 PM


Posted by: WALTER at October 3, 2009 11:57 AM

I install floor covering and have a SECCO 916. I have used it for 6 mo. It works just fine. It doesn't use FEIN blades, however the blades on ebay for the SECCO work on the FEIN and are much less expensive. The FEIN has a better on/off switch and more positive blade grip, but not worth the price if only used once in a while.

Posted by: Mark Davey at June 21, 2009 8:11 PM

Bought the Harbor Freight model about two weeks ago. Tool gets pretty hot during use and I originally thought it would be great as a detail sander but was WRONG. The sandpaper once fixed on the pad tends to slide around and the pad not the paper melts making it unusable. Tried using the circular blade to cut some Masonite - wouldn't do it - its only about 1/4" thick and pretty soft. For plunge cuts its just ok. Tried the scraper on some tyvek tape that was placed on a painted door to seal it during a remodel. It did remove the glue and tape pretty easily.

The tool is going back because of the sander. Think the paper Harbor Freight is junk or the sander pad is too soft. Sticky paper would have been better than the hook and loop since it stays put.

Not worth wasting 40 dollars in my opinion.

Posted by: Scott at May 31, 2009 8:24 PM

Harbor Freight now has a similar tool #65700.
This tool runs on sale at around $39.00.
The tool is, however not a variable speed type. The tools runs around 11,000rpm [no load]120VAC at about 1.5amps

The sanding triangle is 3". I plan to cut my own sanding pads using Velcro backed sandpaper. Buying pre-cut triangles is extremely overpriced!

This tool looks VERY SIMILAR to the Secco model! The color though is reddish orange if that's important.

I have used it to cut a groove in some wood paneling to reroute a door bell wire. The tool works OK! I have not had any opportunity to try the more expensive models, but I'm sure they are very similar.

I notice the tool does vibrate but I suspect that's the nature of this type tool. You really need to tighten the blade holding screw or the blade will indeed slip!

If the Fein or Rockwell models get a 10 I'll give the Harbor Freight model a 5. This model is ok for the homeowner weekend warrior type but may not survive contractor heavy daily use.

I recall seeing a u-tube video of some fellow buying cheap backsaws. He then would cut and carefully bend the blades to fit the tool and drill 3/8 holes. He would make 3-4 blades from a single $5.00 back saw. He reports good results.


Posted by: martin at March 31, 2009 6:07 PM

If this Johnson Shu is lagite . Why cant I access the URL.info@harpow.com. I would like to know the other blades that are available for the secco 916 Multimaster tool.. Your help will be greatly appreciated to where this China company is or an Email that I can get ahold of them Thanks

Posted by: Bruce at March 28, 2009 9:00 AM

Hi everyone,

We are the chinese supplier of this SECCO 916 Multimaster tool. I saw some comments here to our products. Thanks for that. Even there is disputes on this tool, it is worthy for US custoemrs to buy because here we are selling it very cheap cost than FEIN, Dremal, Bosch, Festool...etc around 25-35 US dollar. But of course you will have to calculate shipping cost. It is copetitive for a wholesaleer & importer in USA to do this machine. Now we have 17 kinds of cutting blades, sanders etc available.

We welcome feedback for the quality, that will help us on quality improvment. Thanks.

Any query, can email us info@harpow.com.

Best regards,

Johnson Shu

Posted by: Johnson at March 18, 2009 3:53 AM

Purchased a SECCO 916 as a gift for my "jack of all trades" husband. I know he really wanted a Fein however our budget just would not allow for such an expensive tool. I did have my reservations about buying a lesser product and having my husband be disappointed with the tool. He has been using the tool on and off at work for about 2 months and is happy with the performance. Some pro's are the price, paid 119usd for the kit and all the attachments. He has had me order more accessories from SECCO and (con) could not find any SECCO products for sale other than specialty diamond on eBay. This did turn out well (pro) because their customer service department was very helpful and even gave us a couple free sample blades with the order. A con of the tool is there seems to be a bolt that can come loose in the head and cause the cutting motion to stop during heavy use, thinking the tool was broken my husband was going to return it and test out their "100% satisfaction guarantee" but after a call he was instructed to tighten the bolt and see if this fixes it. Tightening the bolt did the trick and it hasn't been a problem since. Seems a little iffy to me but overall for the price we feel like we got a good value and will save alot on blades compared to the big names.

Posted by: Aspen at January 30, 2009 4:47 AM

You asked for feedback on the Secco 916, so I've got some.

Bought one on Ebay on Jan. 2, 2009, for $157.50 (plus shipping).

They are misrepresenting this unit! The description clearly states that it can use the Fein Multi-master blades. Not true!

Their blades have a circular center hole and a pattern of smaller holes that fit onto a circular array of raised pins on the blade arbor, allowing the blade angle to be changed.

There is no "adapter" disk to allow the use of the "star" hole on the Fein blades.

I challenged the seller about their claim and they hedged and said "Ya well, just tighten down the blade bolt and they'll work". Well, I tried that and a Fein blade just spun around in a heart beat!

There also does not seem to be any other blades available for this unit, other than the ones in the kit. No "bi-metal" blades at all, or recessed hub "flush-cut", circular blades.

Specialty Diamond Products does not even have any replacement blades for this unit on their web site!

One other interesting fact. My sales slip that came with the unit has an address in Santa Barbara, CA, that I looked up on Mapquest and found to be in the middle of a residential area, so some dude is selling these out of his home!

Currently, I'm trying to return my unit and plan to contact Ebay to report this misrepresentation.

I would urge anyone considering this unit to forget about it!

Posted by: RkyMtnRon at January 27, 2009 1:34 PM
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