It is a "speciality" tool and can do some very cool things.
It is NOT a production sander. It is a excellent detail sander
that can do things no other sander can do.
It is NOT a production saw but it can saw things that you
can not attempt with other saws. Try making a trim cut
around an electrical box that's 1/8" with any other saw.
It can make plunge cuts in some pretty impossible places.
You will have "postive" control over ANY cut the saw makes.
It can remove grout like nothing you can imagine.
It can scrape things up from concrete like butter.
You will not use it on every single job, but when you need
one of it's special talents, NOTHING will do the same job.
Ohhhh...almost forgot...the attachments cost a small fortune.
If you do a LOT of rehabs, this is your magic bullet for
Quick answer, yes, it does everything they say it does. It's not a
replacement for other tools except a detail sander (it's arguably the best
detail sander on the market), but it's a problem solver--need to get a
rotted window sill out, it's the tool you use to cut the nails holding it
to the frame, need to get some old mastic off of plaster, it's the tool you
use, need to shorten a door jamb, it's the tool, need to cut a hole in a
plaster wall for an outlet box, it's the tool, and so on.
I'm in the process of rebuilding a bathroom with a rotted out floor, and I
got one when I realized that it was going to make quick work of at least
three different tasks that I was having trouble figuring out an efficient
way to do. So far it has exceeded expectations.
Only downside is that the blades are expensive--treat them well though and
don't use it for jobs that other tools can do better and they seem to last
practically forever, so it's not that much of a problem.
If you think a recipercating saw is necessary and useful for house
rehabs then you'll find that the Fien Multimaster is equally a useful
and necessary tool for house rehabs. You can make very clean cuts at a
wall edge. I've used the tool for such things as removing flooring and
cutting bevel cedar siding to fit in new trim when I replaced a door.
One time, I used it to strip the paint off the window trim for an
entire 2 story house. Once you have one, you start finding uses for it
more than you ever thought. It's very well made and suitable for
professional large scale projects.
It's only draw back is that the various blades are a bit pricey and
some blades only last a single job depending on how demanding the job
is. My comment on this is that "it's just a job cost that you have to
Buy one! You won't regret this decision and you will eventually come
to the point where you try to figure out how you got by without a Fein
I bought one last summer when I redid the master bathroom shower tile &
tile floor. I wish I had spent the money much earlier. A wonderful tool.
The price I recall spending at Woodcraft was less than what your site
showed, BTW. There are various levels of 'stuff' available in kits from
> I do house rehabs and wonder if this tool is any good and anyone
> for a large project on a house?
This tool has no equal if you need to do what this tool can do.
Typical German pricing.
Be prepared to break your piggy bank.
BTW, check amazon for pricing.
Yup I bought one but only after a hands on test. About 1 minute cutting wood
with an E-cut blade and I was sold! I bought the $165.00 basic kit. It was
originally purchased for our vintage trailer restoration business but is now
carried in my home repair service truck. I will eventually get a grout
"Jack" <n> wrote in message
I am starting to think that it will work well when cutting out partial facia
board that is covered by 1x2 drip board that is covered by a drip mold that
is part of an aluminum roof system... Whew!
I have been using a recip saw but the blade is hard to guide when going
past the ends of 2x4's and circle saw is tough to control up there and
throws out lots of dust. But the Multi router sounds perfect for the job.
What, and pass up the opportunity to spend more money on another tool???
Lets see, since January, new band saw, stationary planer, dust collector,
tool chest... the Multi master would be cheap!!!
Thank you, I might take you up on it.
On Tue, 20 Jun 2006 07:45:04 -0700, "Jack" <n> wrote:
Marvellous things. Not a great deal of use in a workshop, but if you
ever need to work on site with something where there's no space to get
to it, then they soon pay for themselves.
There's also a pro version with more power. Worth it if you're sawing
metal with it all day.
I'm very pleased with mine. I keep finding more ways to use it.
The blades and stuff are a bit expensive, but I am learning to price
them into the jobs.
I'm due to undertake a project in the next couple weeks.....there would
be no way to do that job without the Fein MultiMaster.
Get the 'TOP' kit. Well worth the few extra bucks.
But, adding to the confustion, I just noticed that the case is clearly
marked "Multimaster TOP". Incidentally if you're in the US Coastal has an
instant rebate on it so it's going for $279, if they have any in stock (it
seems to be a hot item--I got mine in the store and it was the last one
they had, in fact they sold me their floor model and gave me another ten
I don't actually disagree with the other opinions; it will do things easily
that would be otherwise be difficult. But... those tasks don't come up
often; I have only used it a few time a year. I recommend it if you
actually know you have a significant need for it, but don't just buy it
because it might be useful.
And if possible, get the single speed model. I have the variable speed
because I got it at half price when a store went out of business. For every
single use, they recommend using the highest speed.
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