on 3/30/2009 2:54 AM (ET) Ron wrote the following:
I don't know. I've never used any tool to cut out a windshield nor plan
to do so. I'll take it to an auto glass shop if I need to cut out a
Anyway, I was just pointing out the location of the HF tool for someone
who was looking for it at HF.
Apparently, it has been removed from the HF site, so it is a moot subject.
I was an auto glass installer for over 20 yrs and Fein came out with
that tool in the early to mid 80's for windshield removal on cars like
the Audi 5000 and the Ford Taruas. Windshields that couldn't be
removed with the common cutout tool, the cold knife. Up until 2002 I
was still using a "Fien knife". It wasn't until a couple of yrs ago
that I saw it advertised as the "Multimaster". To this day I still
have one in my tool collection that I paid over $400.00 for. HF sells
some tools that are OK for limited use, but I guarantee you that
"Multimaster" from HF is a POS that would probably break the first
time that you used it.
Agreed that infomercials can be irritating. Some commercials too. But it
might not be appropriate to paint the product with the stupidity of the
Here's an interesting review and product testing of SHAMWOW! By Popular
Spoiler: Shamwow actually works!
('Course I bought a set of 4 microfiber towels at HF for a couple of
Though generally I'll say that one should always go somewhere other
than HF for tools, the truth is every once in a while they have a
Couple of years ago, I erected a large metal building. There was the
need to drill many thousands of small holes. At just the right time HF
sent me a flyer with a listing basically for the sized bit I needed,
bag of 50 for about $10. I figured what the heck, I'd only loose $20
so I ordered two packs (that gave me 200 bits, since these were double
Well, the building is up. One pack is still unopened. The other pack
is almost full. Some of the bits that I used when I first started are
still being used now, the only ones that failed were ones that I
broke! Some of the blasted best drill bits I've ever bought, and I
paid a couple of pennies for each one. Heck, at this rate I'll die and
still not have opened that second pack... (And I use a lot of drill
But, bottom line, usually one gets what one pays for. Buy cheap, get
cheap. My HF Rayobi 18V drills... (Got to do the building too) were
intended to last the project and be tossed at the end (I do have
other, perhaps better ones but wanted two identical units to optimize
battery usage). Both still work, though two of the battery packs are
long dead. Good deal? Well, OK, but not great. But a Millwalkee
(spelled wrong!) that I got at the same time, for twice as much lasted
how long: half way though the construction. Burned out the motor.
Replaced the motor. Burned it out again four days latter. Oops, not a
<bg> Many are, but of course there is the issue of length. The bits in
question are specifically designed for drilling thinner stocks (such
as sheet metal, what I use them for). The chuck must clamp on a smooth
(or hexed) shank, not the cutting portions of the bit. Most chucks
only have about a half inch of space behind the point where they clamp
on teh bit, so the size is limited for that reason.
The Fein vibrating saw (like a Stryker cast saw) is a total waste of
money if it is not variable speed. You will burn out the expansive
blades and sanding pads at an alarming rate on most jobs, where the
lower speed works well.
Here's a comparison review of a number of oscillating tools. To the
people that have used a Fein it comes as no surprise that it was
considered the best of the bunch and worth the price.
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