HF Variable Speed Multi-Tool -- Soft Start?


I picked up one of these for $49.95 yesterday. When I got it home I was surprised that it seems to have a soft-start function. The box and instruction manual do not mention it; but there is a brief pause when I turn it on and then it comes up to speed smoothly, similar to a soft start router.
Normal?
RonB
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Never mind. I finally found the right Google combination and apparently it is normal.
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Could be an under powered motor struggling to come up to speed. If that tends to go away with use things may have been too tight for the motor. I really can not see a need for a soft start.
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I finally found a search combination on Google that got me to a few related reviews and forum comments. It does have a "soft start" feature that is described as anywhere from "nice" to "humorous". I does take a few uses of the machine to get used to it. One rather critical fellow said he starts it, goes to lunch, then comes back to use it :^). Not quite that bad but it takes a full second or more to come to speed.
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I finally found a search combination on Google that got me to a few related reviews and forum comments. It does have a "soft start" feature that is described as anywhere from "nice" to "humorous". I does take a few uses of the machine to get used to it. One rather critical fellow said he starts it, goes to lunch, then comes back to use it :^). Not quite that bad but it takes a full second or more to come to speed.
RonB
If it works and you are satisfied that is all you need especially considering the price. Wishing I had not needed the Fein 5 years ago...
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Since I posted earlier this morning I have been in the garage playing with it and various attachments, materials. Durability notwithstanding, I think it is going to be a great tool to have, probably one of those that will find new uses as I go on from here. It appears to have plenty of power and I was very surprised at the control. Their ads show someone doing rather precise cutting on hardwood flooring and I had doubt. But with practice I think that might be feasible, I saw a couple of complaints about noise that I do not understand. Without an attachment, the tool is quiet. Cutting through a piece of plywood scrap with the saw blade was noisy; but that is the speaker-cone effect on the plywood.
Wish I had owned it a year or so ago when we were trimming door frames in the new house. RonB
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I am just the opposite. Had I known just how hand this little tool could be, I would have plopped down the $275 they wanted for the stripped down, no box, tool with one blade and a scraper version they were selling at the time.
I have used the absolute crap out of this tool, and this $35 version has paid for itself many times. Even the damn blades are good and seem to last quite well. I never had any idea this tool was so versatile.
I was put off by the price (remember when the variable speed kit with box and accessories was $600 on Amazon?) but then the price of the consumables got me, too. I couldn't see a stamped steel blade for $35 that would have to be replaced on a fairly regular basis. $8, I can stand.
The longer I have it, I wonder how much time and money I would have saved even paying full price for the Fein before their competition hit the streets. Now it doesn't leave the truck.
Robert
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I am just the opposite. Had I known just how hand this little tool could be, I would have plopped down the $275 they wanted for the stripped down, no box, tool with one blade and a scraper version they were selling at the time.
I have used the absolute crap out of this tool, and this $35 version has paid for itself many times. Even the damn blades are good and seem to last quite well. I never had any idea this tool was so versatile.
I was put off by the price (remember when the variable speed kit with box and accessories was $600 on Amazon?) but then the price of the consumables got me, too. I couldn't see a stamped steel blade for $35 that would have to be replaced on a fairly regular basis. $8, I can stand.
The longer I have it, I wonder how much time and money I would have saved even paying full price for the Fein before their competition hit the streets. Now it doesn't leave the truck.
Robert
Don't get me wrong I love the Fein, I just wish I would have had the choices of less expensive that todays market offers.
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When I sold my countertop company, everything went along with it. I have a lot of projects which require tools. Darnitall. I bought the cheap multitool... and would under no circumstances buy a Fein at this stage of the game. But I did buy one years ago, and it made me a lot more efficient. Great tool. (Imagine taking out a countertop by cutting it with a jigsaw, grabbing the Fein and cutting that last 2 inches to the wall...THAT alone saved me countless hours and damaged walls. I am amazed how good those 8 dollar blades are.
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On 07/19/2010 10:40 AM, Leon wrote:

Unless the motor is rather gutless and has no significant torque, I appreciate a soft start feature in any hand-held power tool where the start-up torque might cause the tool to wrench and twist in my hand. I don't like surprises.
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