Multi tool decision...Help!

Discussion in 'Tool Talk' started by diymostthings, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Two simple questions:

    1. Are they useful as an extra to my normal power tools?

    2. Is there a make to buy (or avoid)?

    Thanks
     
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    101 uses, cut grind sand,scraper,grout removasal,list is endless.

    Got a Bosch one,prefer mains over cordless myself.

    What's your budget?
     
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  3. Dam0n

    Dam0n Screwfix Select

    Yes they are very good for those situations where nothing else would quite work.

    Get a cheap one and see if you use it. If you find you are using it alot then invest in something expensive.

    Try the Titan "gasp". I bought one as I was in the same boat as you and wasn't sure if i'd ever use it but it's been a real time saver. The tool itself is very good for the price point.
     
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  4. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

  5. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Bought a new one from lidl last week. Quick change blade £30.

    £20 in Aldi at mo.
     
  6. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    They are incredibly useful and can solve of all sorts of problems.

    The cheaper ones do a good job but expect a lot of noise and vibration through you hands, As you pay more you tend to find less vibration and noise. Bosch corded and Dewalt cordless are good value and are in the middle ground with Fein at the top end
     
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  7. HappyHacker

    HappyHacker Active Member

    I have two Feins, the first one purchased before there was competition (they invented and patented them) and the second one more recently to get more power and the fast blade change. I do not use either of them much but when I do they make what could be very difficult, time-consuming or messy jobs very easy. I have used them for jobs as varied as cutting floor boards so that I could lift them, cutting hinge pins on patio doors, sanding and detail sanding, cutting pipes in restricted locations, cutting holes in plasterboard, cutting nails under window boards, cutting putty from window frames, removing silicon beads, cutting out old back boxes without damaging the plaster, etc. I went for corded as I have invested in Milwaukee battery technology and they did not do one at the time.

    Good advice from others above about alternatives to the Fein.
     
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  8. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Well I can cut, grind, sand, scrape remove grout with my other tools Kiab - budget (if I buy one) would be £70-£100...
     
  9. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Hmmm - food for thought. Buying a cheapo tool goes against my feelings - having ben caught by this a number of times. But as you recommended the Titan - I'll certianly look into it. Thanks.
     
  10. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

  11. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Yes I'm sure there are cheapos out there - but will they still be working after 10,000 cuts?
     
  12. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Diolch yn fawr, sospan. Well I have heard Fein are good but seem expensive. I could put up with vibration for limited use if its much cheaper...Thanks for the tips.
     
  13. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Thanks HappyHacker - that seems a good list of jobs which are difficult/impossible with other tools - so I'm warming towards getting one!
     
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  14. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Nope, you have starlock, starlock plus & starlock max, would stick with starlock,maybe starlock plus, if good selection of blades are available.

    See this earlier link:rolleyes:: https://www.multitoolworld.com/
     
  15. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    Thanks again Kiab - that's a pity. I wonder if the type of fixing goes with the cost of the machine (e.g. starlock with cheapo, starlock max with the dear ones?)
     
  16. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Some of the not so cheap multi tools use starlock, forget starlock max,3rd party blades are non existent.
     
  17. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Don't know!
     
  18. RolandK

    RolandK Screwfix Select

    Yes they are really useful. I bought a Worx sonicrafter a whike back as it was on offer in Homebase. Been given a fair old bit of heavy use and still going strong.
     
  19. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    I have a couple of the cheaper Lidl ones must be about 8 years old and some Bosch they seem to be about the same. They tend to be used and abused by the wife and daughters for their DIY and craft stuff. Fitted a scraper blade to one for the wife to use to knock the burnt bits off her cooking things - a worthy challenge !
     
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  20. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    OK Noted Kiab thanks. I'll forget starlock max.
     

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