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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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In the past, I couldn't say enough good things about the Fein Multimaster AKA oscillating tool. The tool has come up in a recent thread so I thought I'd put my 2cents worth in, but in a separate thread for all the world to read. Fein is a RIP off and I'm sorry I bought their tool and others should think twice before laying out the big bucks. Don't get me wrong the tool is a very nice tool and they invented it as I hear tell. But there are plenty of other choices out there and Harbor Freight comes to mind. So what's my beef...there is only one part on the tool that could get lost and that's the bolt that holds the blade on because it's removable. So knowing this and knowing that the tool is useless without the bolt they gouge the loyal customers AKA the fools that bought their tool. This bolt (and that is all it is) costs ...are you ready $24.98 on Amazon but if you shop around you may be able to get it for about $19.00 plus shipping. I tried making one but went through several bolts and kept cutting them a fraction too short. A simple straight stove bolt works but has to be the EXACT length, a thread too long or short and it won't hold. I wrote to Fein to get the exact length but all I got was the runaround. You can buy a complete oscillating tool at Harbor Freight for $15 dollars so I'm guessing that their bolt is somewhere around $3 or 4 dollars. I could be wrong but when I needed a new one because I lost the original inside the wall I drove down to ACE hardware and got one for about 85 cents. I haven't used the Fein for over a year now and won't be able to until I get a bolt. I won't buy the bolt but I will figure out the exact length needed which has to be exact including a washer to make the head large enough to hold the blade. Once I have it I'll post it on Youtube with an explanation of why I made one which is what I'm saying here. In the meantime, I'll continue to use my $15 dollar HF tool and tell anyone I meet not to buy the Fein tool END OF RANT. Well, one last thing if you have the tool take the time and make a bolt while you still have a sample. There, now end of rant.
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I had a look for another one for mine so that I could leave it under the sandpaper on the sanding attachment without having to peel the paper off the velcro to remove it and it was $10. Still more than it should be but it is a Fein and nothing about them is cheap. Maybe if I had gone to checkout there would have been different, as when happened when I went to buy a 12mm collet for my Hitachi.

I had an equivalent of the HF tool and it lasted for several years of occasional use but it vibrated more, needed a tool to make blade changes, and got too hot to hold if it was on for a while.
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Go Harbor Freight, I knew there was a reason I didn't buy the Fein and got a Harbor Freight.
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I have the Fein and I’m not sure if it’s the same, as it has the quick disconnect system . So does it still have this bolt your referring to?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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I have the Fein and Iím not sure if itís the same, as it has the quick disconnect system . So does it still have this bolt you're referring to?
Yes it's the quick connect system. It's the bolt that comes out in order to change the blade. It's a great idea until you take the blade off and lose the bolt. I took the blade off to put the sander on and didn't bother to take the sander off. When I got around to taking the sander off the next time I went to use the blade I couldn't find the bolt to put the blade on. That was on me and I have no reason to blame Fein. My complaint is that Fein shouldn't charge an arm and a leg for a sticking bolt. So be forewarned and make a new bolt for yours.
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Yes it's the quick connect system. It's the bolt that comes out in order to change the blade. It's a great idea until you take the blade off and lose the bolt. I took the blade off to put the sander on and didn't bother to take the sander off. When I got around to taking the sander off the next time I went to use the blade I couldn't find the bolt to put the blade on. That was on me and I have no reason to blame Fein. My complaint is that Fein shouldn't charge an arm and a leg for a sticking bolt. So be forewarned and make a new bolt for yours.
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Well, and I know this is going to draw some criticism as I don't own one of these, but not all tools are made the same although they may operate similarly. My understanding is Fein also was first to come out with the biscuit joiner and it was expensive. Since the patent ran out many have copied that tool. Now I own a Festool Domino DF500 and was astounded to see what a imperial version of the depth gauge made by a 3rd party cost but I did buy it. $54 for a plastic depth gauge is a lot but the fact that it's likely to keep me from making mistakes and save time and material I had a choice to make. When Festool's patent runs out I suspect there will be many who will make their own version just like the biscuit cutters but until then Festool owns the market just like Fein did. But one thing I do understand is the cost to make parts that aren't often needed or ordered but the need to have those in stock. If everyone was buying 10 replacement bolts for their units the price would be less but one here and there, not so much. And they must stock or at least keep available the part I think even 10 years after ended production. If I had one of these I'd paint the bolt GOLD and put a tracking unit on it.

I know it's a pia but has the tool done a good job the time you've had it? Has it been reliable and saved you time? Have you looked to see what other companies are charging for the same or similar part? Is it made in the USA or are you paying high tariffs for this part? How much time and cost have you had trying to make your own? Just saying.....
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Well folks, I bought a Jobmate which was the least expensive oscillating tool I could find. That was more than 10 years ago and it is still working well !!! This brand was available only at Canadian Tire and was considerably less than their Mastercraft brand, are you ready..... $19.99 I used recently to trim some 2 x 4s that I could not reach with a saw and with a new blade it worked like a charm, until I hit a nail ! that meant another new blade and used an old carpenter's chisel also.

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