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Just curious about the ROK label. Are the tools made in S. Korea or does the 'ROK' stand for something else?
How is the quality...I realize we're probably not talking Bosch here, but how bad can it be (or good?).
Here in Canada, it seems to be distributed through Samona; maybe a subsidiary company?

This is all in aid of their multi-tool. I can't find much in the way of current reviews.
I'm specifically looking for corded. Not interested in battery operated.
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I bought Canadian Tires' version for $42 I think, when it was on sale. My brother and I used it quite a bit last year renovating and it's still going. He says it appears to be identical to Harbor Freights'. It has a 3 year warranty so unless you want to go to a Fein for about $400 I would it's about as good a deal as any.

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Anyone using a multitool should know that Bosch has new blades that cut 4 times as fast as the other top three brands. Here is a shot of BrianS trimming a corner with my Bosch multitool.
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Charles; thanks, that's great to hear. Gives me more confidence in the quality, guaranteed you wouldn't accept crappy tools!

Mike; the new blades should mount on anybody's tool? I gather that universality is, well, universal(?)...
That new Bosch tool has great reviews, a best buy in fact. That'd be my first choice if I had a lot of work lined up for it, but I really only want it (he says now) to do a smallish flooring job...and to cut out some broken floor tile. Don't get me started on that last part

John; yeh, I got a lot of Google hits out of Oz, but check this out... (from Canada) http://www.samona.com/site/about.php

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Oopsa!!! Sorry about the double post... *embarrassment*
The first one disappeared and I thought it byte the dust
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Have not seen that brand in Australia. I may need to get out more......

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Charles; thanks, that's great to hear. Gives me more confidence in the quality, guaranteed you wouldn't accept crappy tools!

Mike; the new blades should mount on anybody's tool? I gather that universality is, well, universal(?)...
That new Bosch tool has great reviews, a best buy in fact. That'd be my first choice if I had a lot of work lined up for it, but I really only want it (he says now) to do a smallish flooring job...and to cut out some broken floor tile. Don't get me started on that last part

John; yeh, I got a lot of Google hits out of Oz, but check this out... (from Canada) http://www.samona.com/site/about.php

Strange, no?
Even if you didn't buy it from CT, there's a good chance it would be the same tool anyway. I went looking for new blades for my Makita 3" power planer on ebay and found out that there are a LOT of other companies selling the same machine. Hitachi even uses the same model #, i.e. 1900B.

I had held off buying one of those tools, wasn't sure I needed it until my brother convinced me otherwise. We needed to re tile the bathroom floor with some good vinyl I found but I didn't want to remove baseboards. No problem. Just took a tile, turned it upside down and laid the blade on it and trimmed off the bottom of the molding. Same for the door casings. You need to cut off flooring right to the wall. That tool will do it. Cut a hole out of the middle of wall paneling, make irregular cuts, lots of uses. The blades that come with the CT tool are decent. I've gotten some replacements that aren't so good. The Fein ones are probably good but worth more than the tool.

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A Multitool works great for squaring corners after you have routed a rabbit. You can trim each edge then slice out at the level of the rabbit. My list of projects is growing where I have used my Bosch Multitool, seems like once you own one you figure out more uses for it.

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A Multitool works great for squaring corners after you have routed a rabbit. You can trim each edge then slice out at the level of the rabbit. My list of projects is growing where I have used my Bosch Multitool, seems like once you own one you figure out more uses for it.
Thanks for the great idea Mike, I hadn't thought about using the multitool for squaring corners. An excellent solution.

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