I can find the Fein MSxe 636 II for around 100 dollars on Ebay and elsewhere. How much better are the newer Fein multitools? Is it worthwhile to pay the extra money to get the newer models, like the FMM series?
More than likely most people will not have both to make a reasonable
comparison. Does the one yu are interested in have the features you want?
FWIW I have an older model that you must use a wrench to change
attachments. That is a PIA at times.
Mine also has less power than the newer models. I don't eve recall
wanting or thinking that I needed more power.
I would NOT pay more for power, I would for a toolless model.
I believe that that is the last model before they went to the "star"
mount. While it's an excellent, capable, and durable tool, all that
holds the blades in place is the friction of the screw and they tend to
come loose, often at the least opportune moment.
There's a piece available that supposedly upgrades the mount to the new
standard but it only works if you weld it in place.
I'd definitely go with one of the newer ones if I was buying now.
Reviews of the early Harbor Freight multi-tools indicated that it they
had the same problem as the Feins. Fein fixed it with a star-shaped
ridge in the mount, Harbor Freight fixed it by adding pins.
It depends on what you're doing with it too. Sanding isn't generally an
issue, it's more of a problem on the Fein with the saw blades.
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 4:58:02 PM UTC-4, J. Clarke wrote:
I gave my early, single speed version to my son and bought the variable
speed unit. It has the pins and the concave washer. I'm pretty sure the pins
allow the use of the blades that fit the star shaped mount.
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