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Have a job that this tool would be great for, but the cost of the Fein Tool is higher that I really want to go. Saw a Bosch 12v cordless oscillating tool on Amazon for $99.00 and of course HF has one for $34.00. Dremal also has one. Anyone out there have any of these and how do you like them. Has anyone compaired them to see if how well each one does the various jobs.
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I've had the Bosch Multi-X battery-powered tool for about a year now, and love it. It weighs a lot less than the Fein and other brands, and, IMHO, works just as well, but for short periods of time. The batteries only last about 10 - 15 minutes (which is as long as I've ever used it at one sitting), but since I have 2 other Bosch 12v tools, I have a total of 6 batteries. While the Fein is certainly a great tool, its cost was just too outrageous for me to consider, especially since it has some very good competition at a fraction of its price.
 

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Thanks everyone. Your info really got me going and doing some real looking. I just bought a Dewalt 735 planer so SWMBO would have a fit if I got a Fein. After looking over all of them I think I've narrowed it to a HF or a Dremel. The Dremel is really a nice, handy, and light tool. I found a reconditioned one for $60 which is only$20 more than a HF. HF has many more accessories and they are priced right, the unit it self is kinda chunky though. Battery tools have their place, but I'm kinda old fashion and like a cord on something that is really going to be put under a load. I will probably kick this back and fourth for awhile before I make a decision.
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As with all tools, you get what you pay for. Fein was the original and everyone else is immitating their idea. I only have experience with the Fein and it is a real workhorse. I guess it really all boils down to how much you will need the tool. One job, buy a POS and throw it out when its done, something you will use on more than a few occasions, buy the best you can afford.
 

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I have been using a Fein professionally for about 8 years and it is one kickin' little machine.

Personally, after using one and experiencing the quality, I would not be tempted by cheap imitators.

However, they may work OK for you.

Good luck with your decision.
 

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Rockwell's Sonicator is typically well regarded. I'm currently using and reviewing one, and although I don't have experience with the other oscilating tools to compare it to, I like it a lot thus far.

There's also the Ridgid JobMax version out now as well.

For what it's worth, PhineasWhipsnake's complaint about the Bosch's battery life is a common one. I believe the batteries charge in 30 minutes, so unless you're using it continuously, two batteries should compensate for that.

There are a lot of factory reconditioned Dremel oscilating multitools around. Dremel is a great brand and makes great tools, but this makes me wonder…
 

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I have the Ridgid version and have found it very versatile. It has a small adapter plate and claims to be "universal," accepting most blades. Home Depot didn't carry any from Ridgid. I actually ended up getting the Craftsman blades, and they work perfectly. The cost was good, too-$14 or so for two flush-cutting blades. I haven't tried any other brands to see if the adapter plate works; anyone else have any experience?
 

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I agree with gagewestern.
I have the Dremel and if you're doing any time consuming projects, wear Kevlar gloves. This thing does a great cutting job but it needs a water-cooled radiator after about 5 minutes.
Good news/bad news is it's light as a feather, and small for tight places.

A contractor would find it unacceptable for daily use, (heat) but for the few times a year I might need it, it does the job.
 

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I have used both the Fein and the Bosch. I was very impressed with the Bosch for a cordless tool. Eventually I bought the Fein, because I did not want to be stuck at a clients house waiting for batteries to charge. I would not go back on my purchase even now with all of the new brands now, but that's for my line of work, day in, day out the Fein has not failed me. I would consider a cordless if I only used it once in a while.
 

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I have had the Fein before the others came out and it has been a life saver for all of my flooring projects as well as random other little things. I did however dispise the price of replacement blades. For those complaining about the blade prices I have been buying from http://stores.ebay.com/specialtydiamondproducts on ebay and they fit and do a very good job. Many of the Fein blades wore out very quickly and while these do too, the prices are reasonable. I don't know what would fit the older feins before they had the star heads.

My most ambitious project with the Fein was the detail work undercutting 16 feet of brick enough to slide 3/4 flooring under my hearth that runs the width of my living room. Talk about a work out, the grinder w/ a diamond blade did the bulk but the detail work of the last 1/4 inch up was all the Fein. I knew it worked fine undercutting doors and detail sanding molding, removing grout etc but the brick work ambitious and slow but it worked. :)
 

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I have had the Fein Multimaster (old style in the gray metal box) for a number of years, and it works ok, but I am not crazy about it.

Maybe that's why I don't use it that much…
 

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Same as kunk, but I didn't know the HF would fit. :) Going to HF tonight!!! Thanks kunk.

If you plan on continuous use, go Fein, for hobby use (occasionally) go HF (and buy two if you are worried). It is still more cost effective.
 

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I have experience with both the Fein and Rockwell Sonicrafter. Both are excellent units. The big thing that I like about the Fein is the quick release on the blades. I'm not sure if this is worth the difference in cost though, you really don't change the blades very often.

Right now, there is a plethora of Mult-xxx units coming out. Corded, cordless, in all price ranges. Hold on to your hats people.

Fein Blades are going to be reduced in price for the first of the year substantially. This seems to be a yearly occurence. I'm sure that this is because of all the pressure being put on Fein.

Fein blades are the best, but I think this is only by a slight margin. If you are a DIY, I'd skimp on the blades and get a cheaper version. If you're a professional, whose time is money go with the Fein.

The best knockoff blades that I've seen so far are from Imperial Blades. They are inexpensive, and well made. If you should purchase some, make sure you get the right blade material. One line is made for wood and another is made for Wood+Metal.

No worries.
 
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