Maybe it's the tool I bought, but whenever I use my new oscillating
tool I'm just not impressed with it.
Cutting wood takes too long. Cutting metal (cuting nails) takes much
too long versus a Dremel. And it's LOUD.
I bought a Menards-brand Li-Ion cordless model. Is there THAT much of
a difference versus the others? I can't find a review that implies
cheap oscillating tools are necessarily worse than, say, Rockwells.
I know that cheap power tools aren't as good as expensive power tools.
But when I buy Harbor Freight I get about 80% of the effectiveness and
On Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:44:54 -0700 (PDT), Bryan Scholtes
I bought a HF multi-tool when I did some remodeling last year.
Basically to cut the door stops near the floor so I could fit
thresholds. Worked fine.
Also worked well for some sanding in tight spots.
It's not loud at all.
Anticipate using it for cleaning out tile grout and some more sanding.
Otherwise it won't earn back what I paid for it.
It's not for cutting nails or cutting wood except in small amounts.
You're using the wrong tool.
I was watching This Old House,and the contractor guy used one of those Fein
Multimasters for sawing and cutouts,and it looked very useful.I've heard
that the variable speed models are better. I wonder if you can use an
incandescent lamp dimmer as a speed control for them? I have one for my
ancient Dremel model 270 Mototool.
The triangle shaped pad does the job in corners, and the sanding disks
are stiff and have some overhang so they go right into 90 degree
Have to say I only sanded some softened varnish and water staining
off some Anderson windows. Wood was pretty soft too.
Maybe 45 minutes of sanding use.
A drum sander on a drill might have done as well except for the
corners, Would have been harder to handle than the multi-tool.
I'll pick up the multi-tool first for that window job.
I've seen TV ads for a new Rototool cutoff saw,that uses rotary BLADES,not
the Rotozip is merely a fancy Dremel Mototool,or a small trim router.
WRT the HF oscillating sander/saw,has anyone tried an incandescent lamp
dimmer for an external speed control?
I use one for my Dremel 270 Mototool.
My one Dremel tool is about 30 years old. It was a single speed drill
(high). I then bought a Dremel speed controller soon after that for it
to drill, grind, or polish at a slower speed.
I recently bought a variable speed Dremel, so I don't use the older
Dremel so much.
the lamp dimmer works fairly well as a speed controller for the Dremel.
I built it into a double outlet junction box,so the Dremel just plugs in,or
I can use it as a soldering iron temp controller. Plus there's a spare
120VAC outlet for other items. Also,replacing a worn lamp dimmer speed
control is cheaper than buying a new Dremel part,and a lot easier to
install.The newer Dremel we had at work,it's built-in speed control wore
out pretty quickly(got flaky,intermittent),as some of the other techs were
My Dremel is also more than 30 years old,also single speed. Since I have
the external speed control,I saw no need to buy a newer Dremel,as the 270
is still working great.
I've heard the newer Dremels are not of as good quality.
the only thing I miss from the newer Dremel was the adjustable chuck.
(now an option on the latest versions)
for some bits and some materials,using a slower speed on the Dremel is
better,less burning or melting and less chatter.
just like routers with variable speed are preferable.
I've never used a multi-tool or oscillating sander/cutter.
HF does charge a lot more for their variable speed multi-tool.
Besides,a variable speed control is one more thing to break or get flaky.
I have the Dremel model and would hate to be without it. I dont cut
off nails with it if I cuold use my sawsall or drive them in or pull
them out with a hammer.The saw is what it is and doesnt replace my
jamb saw, pipe cutter or any other tool. It is a handy little tool
though that often fills niches that these other tools don't....this
usally means solving access problems.
It has it uses. And for those uses, it is superior.
I've found it superior on:
* Undercutting door-jambs (as one poster mentioned). Beats everything else I
tried: Dremel, angle grinder, angled hand saw, etc.
* Cutting holes in sheetrock for electrical outlets.
* Sanding in tight places.
* Mixing oil and water (miscibles).
And today (Friday 6/20) and all weekend, HF has them on sale for $19.99.
I am pretty happy with my HF Multi-tool. The thing you should
remember is they are not capable of cutting like a full-up circular
saw. They might not be quite as effective as a vigorous hand scraping
for tiles, etc. A good power sander can possible out-sand them. But
they are hard to beat in tight or awkward areas where you need to do
that kind of work. It is often hard to get a hack saw into some areas
to cut off a nail.
I built a garden building last year and ended up needing to cut an
inch or less off of several 2x4 ends near my soffits. I stood and
scratched thinking about how hard it was going to be to get a hand saw
or saws-all into the close quarters when I remember the multi-tool.
It took a couple side entries for each 2x4 but the cut-offs were
sitting on the ground in less than one minute for each.
Mine spends a lot of time on the shelf, but when I need it, I love it.
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