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Old 07-13-2014, 11:09 AM   #1
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Best value for money or what's that tool?

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For the life of me I can't remember the name of that electrical hand tool with the triangular blades with saw teeth on the end. Fenn made the original but now everyone offers one. Want to plunge cut some molding. Soooo....What's it called, who offers the best value for money option and which has the most universal blade fitments (meaning not locked into buying a "company blade"-able to use generic blades). Thanks in advance.
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A miter box?
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Do you mean a reciprocating saw, or sawsall?
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Harbor Freight Multitool.

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Old 07-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Oscillating tool is the best I can come up with...
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I have a Fein tool which is very good but the attachments are eye-wateringly expensive. I started buying cheaper attachments that claim to work with Fein and they are crap. You get what you pay for. I presume that Fein's patent expired. I have no experience with other makes of tool, just the cheap attachments.
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Greetings,
Mr. F. THAT'S the one. Thanks. So are you suggesting HF? Unfortunately there's not one very close and the money I'd save buying there would be used up in gas. Any "brand" names you would suggest?
Mr. X. Exactly, the cost of the attachments...That's why I was asking about a maker which would accept generic attachments.
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I bought the Harbor Freight model for use on the boat occasionally. I don't need to use it often, otherwise I would have bought a quality model like the Fein.

It works well for what I need and didn't break the bank. It makes great plunge cuts with little dust but an overabundance of noise.

I included the online link for purchasing from their website.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:48 AM   #9
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I bought a Dremel multi tool that has become my favorite tool. It does the same oscillating motion.
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Check out Sears ... Craftsman are inexpensive and use universal blades, etc.
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you are meaning a vibration saw. I have one on the boat and used it just this weekend.

Mine is made by rockwell I think.
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Yeah, I've got the Dremel version. Blades are expensive but what a labor saver for so many things on a boat.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:28 PM   #13
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Fein Multimaster

Other brands (Porter-Cable, Bosch, Dewalt) will use the name Oscillating Multi-Tool

Not a fan of Harbor Freight. The accessories (blades) are poor quality and my experience is one-time use.
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Rockwell is the company that reestablished this saw in the mainstream market. Look at Lowes or HD. They sell for about $100 if I recall.

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Rigid at Home Depot is pretty cool as it is not only a vibe tool...different heads can be purchased...the second head I bought was a right angle drill head for less than $50. The next will be a jig saw head as my jig is pretty sad. The tool and 3 heads fit in a case that's about 1/2 the size of a shoe box so I'm buying into a system as a liveaboard to save room on tool storage....it may not be the best but I'm happy so far and if the tool ccraps out in a year or less...usually the store will do an on the spot switch.

They come corded or battery and accept other manufacturer parts as I have a Bosch 3/4 circle saw attachment and a "Warrior" triangle carbide sander head that's perfect for leveling epoxy in corners.

If I was just going to use it a little for a quick job or two or light sanding in corners..the Harbor Freight one get's pretty good reviews and with a coupon is so cheap it's ridiculous...like $15 w/ coupon.
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The Harbor Freight version is worth exactly what you pay for it which is not very much. It's heavy and clumsy and the little nubs on mine that are supposed to keep the blade from turning wore off quickly so I have to really crank down on the blade wrench to keep the blade positioned how I want it.

For casual use, I would recommend Craftsman, Rockwell or similar.
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I have a Lowes brand one (Ridged? ) its OK. I think the Fein is better but for the 5 cuts I made with it its a great compromise of price vs quality. Unless you plan on using it exactly 1 time steer clear of the Harbor Freight model.
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Oscilating saws

I have been using a cordless Bosch version of the Fein tool for several years. It was part of a saw and drill kit, and has been invaluable on board. The two batteries last a long time per charge, and the cordless convenience is great.
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like Kolive, and Healhustler I like the dremel . I have had great luck removing the window trim on our m.t. cuts through the old caulk making outside window trim easy to remove. Also great when cutting wood in corners where a regular saw can't be used.
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Been using the Dremel version for years, mostly on house project but also on the boat. Don't know how I ever did without one.

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