Yaeger Aftermarket Blades for the Fein MultiMaster - Review
UPDATE: Yaeger Blades is now Liberate Blades. More info here.
The Achilles heel of the Fein MultiMaster (our review here) is, without question, price. The full set-up of the tool, a handful of blades, and the dust collection system is going to run you close to $400. Although the MultiMaster is one of our favorite tools and we think that the cost is worth it, given what the tool is capable of, we're bargain hunters just like anyone else. Which is where the Yaeger Aftermarket Blades come in.
Yaeger Blades is now offering some much needed relief in the category of MultiMaster blades. But who cares if the blades are junk? We tested out a handful of them against the Fein blades to figure out just this. First, we did some timed cuts through a scrap of mahogany and found that they were just as fast as the Fein Blades. The tired old 'knife through warm butter' line applies.
For our longevity test, we simply left the Yaeger blade on the tool for a week of use and again, it held up admirably. In fact, other than the stamped logo, we didn't find any real difference between the Feins and the Yaegers.
So they work, but what exactly are the savings? Let's look at the Universal 1-1/8" E Cut-Blade (#151) as an example. Amazon sells the Fein version of this item in a 3-pack for $47, or $15.67 apiece. Yaeger sells their model for $13, a difference of $2.67. This may not seem like much at first glance, just a couple of bucks, but it's actually almost a 20% savings. If you're using the MultiMaster like we do, and that is to say very aggressively, you're going to be buying a lot of blades. For further savings, we also noticed over at the Yaeger website that they offer discounts on bulk orders.
The blades are available over at www.yaegerblades.com as well as at ebay. Judging from the ebay profile, Yaeger is very intent on customer service, as they have gotten over 400 customer ratings and every single one is a full five star positive.
Yaeger currently has five blades available at YaegerBlades.com and ebay.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 19, 2009 5:11 AM