I see many paid promotional infomercials on late-night TV touting the
MultiMaster power tool by Fein.
I'm always highly skeptical of anything advertised so ubiquitously, but that
aside, I'd never heard of Fein.
What's their reputation among power tool-using pros? What is their quality &
reputation (ie, service, etc.)? Not necessarily re. the MultiMaster (but if
you own one feel free to join in) -- what's Fein known for?
If I recall, Fein didn't start advertising their tool until shortly before
their patent ran out last year. Until then, they relied - I guess - mostly
on word-of-mouth. For what it does, the Multi Master is a superb tool and
(again for what it does) no other tool comes close.
That's why I got the Harbor Freight model (at $39.99), roughly one-tenth the
price of the Fein. Other companies now make similar tools: Dremel, Bosch,
Rockwell, etc., and most of the bits are interchangable between them.
No, not really. Have you ever had your hands on a Multimaster? It
sounds like you're giving an opinion based on conjecture.
Fein's Multimaster is an excellent tool.
Fein's reputation is excellent - they make no crap tools.
As far as never hearing of Fein, plenty of people have never heard of
Festool - doesn't mean their tools are junk.
Why a company decides to sell through infomercials is a corporate
decision. I'm guessing direct sales puts more coinage in their
coffers instead of their distributors.
Good points - but there are exceptions. For example, what company do you
think of when hearing the word "chocolate?"
Then think of when was the last time you saw an advertisement (print, TV,
radio, whatever) for Hershey's.
I don't think Hershey sells using infomercials, however.
Regardless, I was perhaps overharsh on Fein. They are not common in
the US. Whether they are as good as they say they are, I don't know.
I've had people tell me that tools that I know are crap they think of
as very good. And, as well, there are tools that I really like, and
have had very good results from, that others say are terrible!
If you check places that cater to professionals and "serious
hobbyists", you'll find Fein Tools. I get mine from well known
supplier of boat building supplies, Jamestown Distributors, in Rhode
Find out where furniture and cabinet makers, or any woodworkers buy
tools and supplies and you'll find Fein there as well.
They are not "common" because until now, they were only known in the
trades, where they are well regarded. The infomercioals, etc, are just
an attempt to find more customers outside what has been their normal
I don't know too many brand names for dentist drills, either.
Why would you bad mouth a tool or company you have not used or
know anything about?
Fein, Metabo, Elu, LaMello, and Festool are high end stuff you
will probably only find at a commercial or specialty tool house.
I'm sure there are others that I have not used. I would certainly
not denigrate a brand I don't know without some point of
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
IIRC, my response was that if they were marketing using infomercials
I'd be reluctant to consider them. At least that was what I was
Then, after reading some more comments, I retracted that.
That is the joy of Usenet: you can critize me by selectively taking my
comments that you don't like, and ignoring the ones you do.
Anyway for both of you, I'll keep my eyes open for a Fein tool, and if
I see one I'll look it over carefully. Maybe I'll even buy it.
Again, an almost-equivalent tool is available from Harbor Freight for forty
bucks. I suggest you consider giving the cheaper model a try and, if you
find that it is of significant help in the projects you encounter, then
consider springing for the $300 model from Fein.
Why? Fein has a strong presense in the speciality and professional
lines of distribution. It would take a lot more money and time to
establish a presence in mass merchants. Especially in a tight economy,
when big box stores are probably not in the mood to start promoting
and merchandising something new. This was an easy and fast way to get
directly to the consumer without adding a big debt load to the company
during tight times.
I think it is a smart move on their part. If they sell respectable
numbers via infomercials, it will give them a foot in the door with
Home Depot, Lowes and other big box stores.
On Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:55:50 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Generally because virtually all products featured in infomercials are
substandard, over priced, imported bits of junk.
That may be true, but being carried by HD and Lowes may not be a great
thing... Both chains have a reputation for draging products down to
their (WalMart like) level, not for building themselves to a higher
One only has to look as far as GM to see that it is not a simple sell
to the masses world! GM has, over the years (and Ford and Chrysler,
too) managed to screw up some great things in their push to take a
quality, low market product and make a big market product out of it.
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