Recently, I talked briefly to a guy at Home Depot demonstrating a Dremel
oscillating tool. According to him, their accessories fit the Fein
oscillating tool, but the reverse is not true. Don't know about the rest.
The Dremel blades fit the HF model (by experiment) and say on the package
that they fit Fein tools. Bosch says to use Fein blades.
So, I'll rephrase: There is a high degree, if not universal, of
interchangeability in the blades of different manufacturers.
This makes sense: The real money (like Gilette) is in the blades, not the
tool. The simple cutting blade from Dremel is about $11 (and costs about
five cents to manufacture).
...boy, I've had a Fein tool for quite awhile now, and LOVE the way it
functions...I use it mainly for hard to cut things like base or crown
that needs a trim for a cabinet installation; non-invasive and
accurate. That said, I would be elated if I didn't have to pay Fein
prices for *that* blade...looks like a job for Supergoogler!
Toss the Fein in the dumpster, get the HF equivalent, and you can use
everybody's blades (or darned near everybody's). Using cheap blades, you'll
find that there are even MORE jobs to which you can apply the tool (toenail
trimming, pet grooming, weed-whacking, fish scaling, emergency amputations,
sidewalk chewing-gum removal, opening turtles, etc.).
Looking on Ebay, the SECCO tool says their tool will not accept Fein blades,
BUT they sell an adaptor to allow the use of Fein blades. SECCO blades,
WILL, however, fit a Fein tool.
Here's the item, current bid, with shipping, is about $70.00.
Ebay also has oodles of cheaper blades. And other things. For example,
here's a guy selling a Fein "sander," which is really a Fein Multimaster,
for less than $60.00.
I can't look anymore... it's all too tempting.
You can find all kinds of shit on Ebay. This past week I called a wallpaper
store and attempted to buy a mural for $105. We don't have a company credit
card and they wouldn't take a company check. Found the same mural (actually
four of the same by different sellers) on Ebay and bought the mural for $40,
Second that. Oh, I suppose they WOULD work as well as an orbital sander, but
the special-sticky-back sandpaper they require is a deal breaker. I've only
used mine a few times for places an orbital sander would not fit.
I HAVE thought about trimming regular sandpaper to fit (which is an
excellent way to sharpen scissors), then using rubber cement...
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