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    own a fein multimaster???
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    Default Re: am i the only woodenboat forum member that does not

    I had one, I wore it out.
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    Default Re: am i the only woodenboat forum member that does not

    My son has one I can borrow.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I have the cheap Dremel version. I used it yesterday.

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    I don't even know what it is. Do I need one?

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    it is my goto tool for the the plunge cut for scarfing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    It is an essential tool for removing the caulking of teak decks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaRlSEGhBXk
    Well I've been pronouncing the name of that company for years it seems.

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    I ought to get my wife and kids signed up here so they can see my Christmas gift desires.
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    I have the Bosch green equivalent, cheaper, lighter duty, but it does what I need it to, usually as the tool of last resort. It's also a pretty good detail sander.

    Last time I used it was to trim a kitchen end panel back so I could get the toe-kick running continuously under the drawers and tall pantry. I made the horizontal cut from the front edge with a hand saw and then used the multitool for the vertical.
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    I'm on my third one from Harbor Freight $19.99 They work well and are quite reliable. I don't buy the extended warranty. The first two failed after almost three weeks each of continuous and extremely dusty use. I returned them for free replacement within the 30 day period. I'd guess the third one which is now over a year old will outlast my present and future need for it. So still have one for total of 20 bucks invested.

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    I've never owned one... though I've used one.

    The one I own is the 12 v cordless Milwaukee version. I've considered upgrading to the 18v now that it's available. One reason I dawlded in purchasing this sort of tool was that I REALLY wanted it cordless... and all the early cordless ones were pretty lame. The other reason was that I could imagine spending a bunch of money on a tool I only used once every year or two. I shouldn't have worried. They certainly are a specialty tool. But they are also a tool that there is no great substitute for. I have ended up using mine more like once a month. There have been several times when it's paid for itself with just one project. But they aren't exactly 'efficient' in that they suck a lot of juice. As a result, I carry a boatload of 12v batteries around to keep that thing running for any length of time. I think the 18v would ameliorate that a good bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I have the cheap Dremel version. I used it yesterday.
    I had the Dremel and then got the Fein; it was the difference between riding a rusty tricycle driving a BMW.

    It is the most used tool in my kit besides the standards; hammer, screwdrivers. Worth every penny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMike View Post
    I had the Dremel and then got the Fein; it was the difference between riding a rusty tricycle driving a BMW.

    It is the most used tool in my kit besides the standards; hammer, screwdrivers. Worth every penny.
    Mine was a Christmas present. I wanted a Dremel rotary tool and got the Multi-Max instead. It has never gotten much use, but is sometimes the best tool that I have for the job. It is not used professionally.

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    Default Re: am i the only woodenboat forum member that does not

    I fein ignorance

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    I ain't got one, but it's on my Christmas list.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Mine was a Christmas present. I wanted a Dremel rotary tool and got the Multi-Max instead. It has never gotten much use, but is sometimes the best tool that I have for the job. It is not used professionally.
    Don't get me wrong, the Dremel is a good tool if used occasionally, I used it for a few years.
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    I got the Black and Decker knockoff (I liked the spring-loaded "quick tool-change" feature). I use it a lot on renovation tasks, for things like cutting into installed trim or hardwood flooring.

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    I just watched Todd cutting the scarphs in 3 bow planks on Tortuga on YouTube with one of them.
    After a few minutes I was screaming poetic skanky cuss words at the slow rate.
    I also do not have a bandsaw,jointer, router or drillpress.

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    I donít even have a table saw.

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    Default Re: am i the only woodenboat forum member that does not

    Not the only one. I bought cheap Harbor Freight version to see if I'd use it enough to justify an expensive one. I can't kill it. Looks like I've dragged it behind the truck. Going on 3 years and still going strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Carter View Post
    Not the only one. I bought cheap Harbor Freight version to see if I'd use it enough to justify an expensive one. I can't kill it. Looks like I've dragged it behind the truck. Going on 3 years and still going strong.
    That was my reasoning for owning the Dremel first!! I had to give it away to a friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puttputt View Post
    I fein ignorance
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    I'm with McMike on this: "I had the Dremel and then got the Fein; it was the difference between riding a rusty tricycle driving a BMW."

    My cheapo one wasn't a dremel - but whatever it was, I put it in the garage sale when we moved for $5. Took $2 IIRC.

    The multimaster is surprisingly useful. Cutting the bottom of door trim before putting in new flooring, cutting precise corners/edges & oh yeah, sanding in tiny little places. A carpenter friend watched me do some of the things I just mentioned & bought one the next day.
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    I used to scoff at those until I hired a man that had one - then I bought a good used Fein on ebay complete with box and some tools for $100.
    Sometimes it is pretty handy, but I buy blades by dozen. (The japanese pattern teeth are pretty good, but a nail or screw will kit it right now)
    I bought a diamond blade to do some kitchen counter tile repair and being able to so that job probably paid for the whole kit. In 10 years I have never used the sander. With the exception of wicked figured grain and or some odd shape, as a rule if I can't plane it smooth, it doesn't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I used to scoff at those until I hired a man that had one - then I bought a good used Fein on ebay complete with box and some tools for $100.
    Sometimes it is pretty handy, but I buy blades by dozen. (The japanese pattern teeth are pretty good, but a nail or screw will kit it right now)
    I bought a diamond blade to do some kitchen counter tile repair and being able to so that job probably paid for the whole kit. In 10 years I have never used the sander. With the exception of wicked figured grain and or some odd shape, as a rule if I can't plane it smooth, it doesn't need it.
    The corner between the house & coaming in the cockpit. OK - any corner like that. The metal/wood blades will handle a screw/nail or two, the wood ones - nope.

    Mine too was eBay.
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    Christmas is a Fein time to treat yo self.
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    I have the bimetal blades also, because I know there is a nail in there, and I am going to find it. Hardly ever use it on the boat, but all around the house I have been doing a long term "remodel" and it has proven invaluable really.
    You know, it will plunge cut a pretty nice mortise.
    (Amazon has good blades by the dozen)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I have the bimetal blades also, because I know there is a nail in there, and I am going to find it. Hardly ever use it on the boat, but all around the house I have been doing a long term "remodel" and it has proven invaluable really.
    You know, it will plunge cut a pretty nice mortise.
    (Amazon has good blades by the dozen)
    Can you link me the bi-metal ones you buy from Amazon, I just spend the money at HD because it's the only way to fly.
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    I bought a Multimaster a long time ago, before I got even got into boat building, to sand into corners in casework. The original version with the klunky blade change by a hex key, I won't jinx it by saying that I wish it would wear out, but cordless sure would be nice. I've used a couple of versions of Rockwell's Sonic Crafter, the Fien is a far superior tool.
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    I began reading this thread in total ignorance. Now having been edumacated, it appears I may need to acquire one for my next build. Certainly don't need one now.
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    I've got along fein without one so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMike View Post
    Can you link me the bi-metal ones you buy from Amazon, I just spend the money at HD because it's the only way to fly.
    Look at these...
    https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Osc...l+dewalt&psc=1

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    I finally broke down and bought one specifically for an exterior trim repair job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Thank you sir.
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    Down here no, above deck probably. Bought mine in 1987, cost over $700.00
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