December 4, 2007

Proxxon Oscillating Detail Sander - Review

proxxon.jpgWe're big fans of the Fein MultiMaster. In our opinion, it's one of the best tools to come around in a long time. And we thought that it stood alone, with no other tool like it. We've been hearing about the Bosch PMF 180 E Multi, a similar tool that's available in Europe and may or may not be coming to the states, but what we didn't know about was the Proxxon Delta Sander. It's the Mini-Me of the MultiMaster and we were lucky enough to get a chance to test one out.

The basics of the tool are the same as the Fein. There's the oscillating head with interchangeable blades, sanding pads, files, scrapers, and polishers. If you're familiar with the Fein, then all the controls will be familiar to you. The accessories change out the same way, with a little hex key, and there's a little dial to control oscillation speed.

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October 17, 2007

Proxxon Oscillating Detail Sander

proxxon_sander.gifUPDATE: Our review of the Proxxon Oscillating Detail Sander is here.

So everyone knows that the Fein MultiMaster is an outstanding tool and there is a lot of buzz right now about Bosch's similar PMF 180 E Multi and whether or not they'll be releasing it in the states, but did you know that there is another oscillating tool out there? We sure didn't, until we were flipping through the latest Garret Wade catalog. It's made by a company called Proxxon and they refer to it as their oscillating detail sander.

Strangely, the only place we could find any real information on the tool is at the Garrett Wade site, Minicraft, and It's not on Proxxon's website and although it does show up in a hobby message board, no one who wrote about it seems to have any first hand experience with the tool.

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August 17, 2007

Bosch PMF 180 E Multi

bosch_multitool.jpgOur pals over at Toologics got the big scoop yesterday when they posted about Bosch's new PMF 180 E Multi. It appears to be very similar to the amazing Fein MultiMaster and since the Bosch name screams quality, it should be quite a tool, not to mention some much needed competition in the niche market of oscillating tools. As reported at Toologics, the tool is only available in Europe at the moment, but it appears to be selling at less than half the price of the Fein. No word yet when it's coming to the States.

We did a little research and found the tool on Amazon's German site. With the help of an online language to language application, we translated the lone posted comment. The reviewer had this to say,

Hello, I have bought the device today and am inspired by the achievement circumference. It substitutes for several other Bosch devices and is useable for work which could be differently barely managed (the Terse take a short-cut, doors shorten etc.). On the homepage of Bosch a nice video about the achievement circumference is put nowadays. Hence, I can only recommend you the device.

Very well put.

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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.

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