That is generally my opinion of multi-speed as well -- other than a
drill press, when is anything other than "fast" used? But when I was
cutting a small piece of weather stripping, I thought maybe slowing it
down a tad would give me a bit more accuracy.
I went to HF this eve -- came home with the same one I already had.
While there -- I was looking over the "blue" var-speed version.
Everything about it just seemed less polished. The off/on switch, the
enclosure, etc. As noted earlier, with the accessories (scraper, 2
wood blades, and sanding pad) it would seem a good deal. But my 5
year old noticed a plug-in nearby and "daddy" wasted no time. When I
plugged in the var-speed one, it seemed to hesitate.. then come up to
speed after a few secs. Well, maybe that is a "soft-start" feature,
or just a bad luck of the draw, but it seemed to indicate lesser
quality than the "red", uni-speed, version I had just used
yesterday. The uni-speed one seems perhaps to be the latest design,
it "feels" a little better and at least in my case, ran better. For
$20, I guess I'll stay with it for now.. unless I can come across a
Dremel for $55 or so (overstock is out of stock at $79). It not
already, check-out fitzallblades.com I've not ordered any yet, but
their prices are 35% below even HF prices.