Harbor frieght multi function tool

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Review by Hooligan__j posted 01-07-2010 10:41 PM 5361 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me start by saying I bought this tool based on a review on Lumberjocks, and even though I am rating it 3 stars overall, that is only because fractions of stars are not allowed. (I would rate it 3.95 stars.)

I purchased this tool mostly out of a totally new medical condition found in woodworkers around the globe: Isawaninfomercialforthefeinmodelbutcantafforditbuthismightworksoreallywanttotryitandseeifsomethinglike

I used the tool for about 2 hours straight, to plunge and straight cut 1/2” ply wood that a previous owner of my home thought would be a good idea to put over hard wood floors. This tool did take a little while longer than I would have liked to cut through the plywood, but it did not splinter the plywood, and made an overall smooth cut. It didn’t overheat during use, but when I pressed into the wood a little too hard, I could tell I was overloading it. I haven’t used it for anything else as of yet, other than some “sample” scraping and sanding when I first pulled it out of the box, and it seemed to do these well.

1. Price: $39.99, but I had a coupon from PopMech that took $5.00 off. Attachments are a little over priced, but what can you do? I bought an extra pack of sanding pads, and a small wood blade bringing my total to around $50.00. The various blades available cover most applications. However they (like most things at Harbor Frieght) look a little chintzy
2. Feel: The tool feels balanced, and heavy duty.
3. Noise: Very loud. But I do have good hearing protection ;)
4. Speed: Only one speed (11k OPM)
5. Miscellaneous :
a. I can see the attachment lugs(? maybe they are posts) wearing down eventually but they do hold the attachments firmly for now.
b. Vibration is pretty high, and my hands felt the buzz for about a half hour after using the tool. Think this might have been lessened if I had used better gloves.

I hope this helps you make up your mind to buy or not buy this tool.

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 11:25 PM

I have been considering this tool… due to the same medical condition. Thanks for the info. I have a light weight trim sander that vibrates a bit too much, so I suspect this HF job would be about the same.

I was wondering… box hinges… I saw a design I liked where the hinge was inserted in a slot in the box edge and a rabbit in the lid allowed room from hinge barrel. I didn’t know how to cut a slot the thickness and depth of the hinge plate… would this tool do that… I presume yes with the plunge cut function?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 01:26 AM

I think it would, but I would probably mark the blade (with tape or marker) with the max depth that I wanted. I wouldn’t think that would be too much for this thing to handle.



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#3 posted 01-08-2010 02:33 AM

I ran into a guy at lowes ,he had 1 from HF .He said the attachmtnts wore out quickly .He was buying ones that fit the new dremel multimax, he thought they would fit. Does anyone know? Thanks for the review,I think for the $$$$,and how much I might use it I need one. JIM

-- A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 04:46 PM

I have the same illness, so also bought the HF multi tool. I have used it to cut square holes in the middle of boards, and it does work okay for that, but there is a lot of vibration. I like the sanding feature best, it really does a nice job getting into corners, and you have good control over it.
It is also easy to change out attachments. The switch on mine is a little hard to turn on and off, and I think the cord is too short. Other than that and the vibration, I am pleased with my $40 investment.
I too was wondering if any other multi tool attachments might fit. Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has tried this.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 10:38 PM

thank´s for the rewiew
the idea of this kind of a multitool isn´t bad and I think fein nailed the concept
and the tool they made in two version are both for the prof. user and therefor made
exceptionel well
but it´s great that the patent is so old now that other come in and compet with them

Bosch had made one too (both prof and a hobby version) where fein´s cutters fit on
but not the other way round

unfortunely I bought mine when only fein was avabel but it´s dam good


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#6 posted 01-09-2010 03:54 AM

Hi Hooligan. I too just bought one of the multi function tools from HF. I need it to cut out my entertainment center above where my router can cut ( for a wider HDTV). I also bought one of the small v-shaped sander attachments. I found a coupon in popular science for $29.95. They have HF coupons in there for different things every month. One of the best deals is the $9.99 digital caliper. I use it all the time in my woodshop.

I had the experience of using a Fein multi putpose tool to cut the hole right next to the wall for installing a new microwave. There was just no better way to do it. The HF tool is abut 1/5 the price and I’ll have my own when I need it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 08:12 PM

Addition to review:

The applications for this tool seem limitless, but in the future, I will probably keep this tool’s usage to smaller projects. It did a fine (pun?) job making the lenghty rip/plunge cuts along the edges of plywood that were formerly over the wood floors in my kitchen (see ).

I think that if this tool wears out, it will be a long time coming, and if it does wear out, I would be perfectly happy to go back to HF and buy the same one. Looking back at some of the tools I have paid a lot more money for I have seen A LOT of tools (that were higher in the pecking order of name brands) be more disappointing than this one.

Honestly I have to say that if nothing else, I will be taking a harder look at other tools that HF has to offer.

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#8 posted 05-26-2011 03:47 AM

By now every company has one of these out—Fein, Bosch, Rockwell, Dremel, Craftsman, Ridgid, and Milwaulkee. With the exception of the Fein at like $400 the rest are fairly moderately priced $100 to $150. Seems like a steal compared to the Fein. But then you get into the Harbor Freight version. Lists at $60, but is usually available for $40. Then usually you can find a 20% off coupon bringing it down to $32. So I can use one in each of my hands, one attached to each of my feet and one in my mouth for the same price as one of the cheap other guys. People usually knock HFs quality on power tools especially, but for this price if it only lasts a year who cares. I don’t have the same attitude towards a few hundred dollar miter or table saw, but this guy is fine.

It works great for everything I’ve thrown at it so far and in just a few weeks has already paid for itself many times.

Gonna go back in a few weeks when they have their big parking lot sale and its available for $20—The attachments kit is worth more than that. Might even get two or three of them for that price.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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