Harbor Fright multifunction tool review


Sorry for another thread on this subject, but I just did my first job with this tool and wanted to throw my 2 cents worth out there.
I got the old fixed-speed version (for $35--I didn't win the lowest-price-paid prize here, but still pretty cheap). Just finished an install of a ventilation fan in the ceiling of a bathroom. I used the HF tool to cut three holes in the wall: a large on in the ceiling for the fan, a hole in the corner to route wiring through, and to open up the existing switchbox hole (and to cut out the old switchbox).
I have to say this was the best $35 I've ever spent on a tool. The thing worked like a champ. When I bought it, I got both the diamond and the carbide blades with it, which turned out to be exactly what I needed to finish this job.
The cuts were done in three stages. I first used the carbide blade to cut through the plaster. This thing basically went through it like butter, although it needed a lot of force applied to the tool.
Then, since the plaster had wire screen embedded in it, I used the diamond blade to cut through the wire. Then I used the toothed wood/soft metal blade to cut through the lath (it even ate through some of the remaining wire).
I was afraid that the blades would wear out quickly, but they made it through all of this cutting with lots of life left to spare.
The tool does get pretty hot after being pushed hard (and one time I got a hot piece of metal flung onto my cheek as I cut through the wire with the diamond blade), so it's best to grip it by the rubber.
The other thing I noticed, which would apply to any of these vibrating tools, is that it's hard to cut something that's not well secured, like a loose piece of lath; you can see it just vibrating with the tool, and not being cut.
So in summary I have to say that this tool made this job about 200% easier than it would have been without it. And for what I used it for, I see absolutely no need for variable speed.
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On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:21:24 -0800, David Nebenzahl

Welcome to the club!
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Salty,
Do you recommend climb or conventional cutting with a vibratory multitool??
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On Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:50:21 -0400, "Existential Angst"

Whichever fits your rectum best.
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goof to get this type of feedback
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