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Old 12-26-2009, 10:32 AM   post #1 of 19
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Default Dremel Multi-Max vs. Rockwell Soniccrafter Oscilatting saws

Anybody got a Dremel Multi-max? you like it?

I am looking for a tool to have to do basic cutting around the house - like notching out a 6" square from the bottom of a few doors, to allow the cat to get through - but not the dog.
id also use ior cutting into sheet rock or baseboard, flooring etc. I dont have a reciprocating saw, but these smaller hand saws look a tool id use more than a sawsall type bigger saw.




I first saw the fein Multi master infomercial - wicked nice looking tool , but way expensive.

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showth...highlight=fein

then folks mentioned the rockwell sonicrafter - very nice.

I have a gift card for home depot, & checked there, they sell the dremel Multi-max


Anybody familiar with either or both of these? like them?
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:53 AM   post #2 of 19
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For sheetrock, use a rotozip....they're inexpensive, and last forever.
I've been using the same Fein for years...for cutting windshields out, and any application where there's a glued seal. They are worth every penny.

I was an assistant manager for sears...worked my my way up from tool dept manager......I dealt mainly with contactors, as I was one.
Tools re the only thing left where the rule still is "You get what you pay for".
So brands like Milwaukee, and portercable, snap-on, fein....are more expensive for a reason....they last.
Rockwell, has made some good tools over the years, but they are Home depots brand ....and HD, is not synonymous with quality. 99% of what they sell is disposable. Made for the typical homeowner who will use it a couple times a year, and be gentle with what ever it is.
Personally, I abuse tools. So I demand things that will last.
Dremel is a good name.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:00 AM   post #3 of 19
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I saw that infomercial last weekend. I figure I already have the tools that that one is designed to replace, and the specialty tools (i.e. the sawzall) just do way more than that tool ever could hope to. Then there's the price... a little steep. Maybe if I did enough little jobs & was in the business....

Those people can make anything look good, though. I remember one part in the infomercial where a contractor says he gets $125/hour. He did a job in 3 hours less than what he quoted, therefore saved himself $375 & the tool paid for itself. What if he would have used his other tools? He would have that extra $375 & the cost of the tool in his pocket.

Don't get me wrong - I have no doubt the tool works, but I prefer using what I already have. Maybe if I could try one for a week & find some stuff to do with it...
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:36 PM   post #4 of 19
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I like the idea of both of those occillating tools working into "blind spots", something a RotoZip won't (I believe). Sawzall and scroll/jig saws won't notch the bottom of an installed door very easily if at all where that occillating blade will. I'd still like to have either on of them but can't justify buying another power tool at this time.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:04 PM   post #5 of 19
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I got the Dremel.... Works great for cutting back in corners...
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:24 PM   post #6 of 19
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I was JUST looking at the Dremel at home depot this am .. and the cordless Bosch model .. I did not buy either .. I will get one sometime soon .. just not sure which one ..

I was carrying two 6' fiberglass ladders and did not have an extra hand .. and my lazy butt did not want to go out and get a cart .. If I did not have the ladders .. I would have taken the time and decided

BY the way Home Depot has Werner 6' real heavy duty fiberglass ladders for 68 bucks rite now .. well worth the $$ I will be tossing two of my older ones in the next job site dumpster I see
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:32 PM   post #7 of 19
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For the Home owner and the price I think one of these would be worth a try.. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=67256 ...B,
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:00 PM   post #8 of 19
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Amazon is 10 dollars cheaper then Depot, shipping is free.
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-6300-01.../dp/B001FORC9C
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:28 AM   post #9 of 19
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SJ...before you spend money on a NEW Rockwell NAMED tool...read the comments...(personal opinion Chinese junk rebadged with old US Names...)
http://toolmonger.com/2008/06/19/hot...l-power-tools/
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:28 AM   post #10 of 19
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No experience here with the rockwell besides seeing the infomercial on tv, but we have a fein and it work great. My local Home Depot has the dremel on display and plugged in so you can try it of a hunk of wood that is there and I was less than impressed when compared to the fein. Mostly in the speed of the cut department.

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:08 PM   post #11 of 19
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thanks for the input guys


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I figure I already have the tools that that one is designed to replace, and the specialty tools (i.e. the sawzall) just do way more than that tool ever could hope to. Then there's the price... a little steep. Maybe if I did enough little jobs & was in the business....
Don't get me wrong - I have no doubt the tool works, but I prefer using what I already have. Maybe if I could try one for a week & find some stuff to do with it...
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i dont have a sawzall, and have always thought they would be very handy.
for now, i want to cut a small square out of a few doors for a cat door. i did not know if a sawzall would be 'too much' to do a small thing like that.


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Amazon is 10 dollars cheaper then Depot, shipping is free.
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-6300-01.../dp/B001FORC9C
not sure but it looks like thats a different model - 6300-01 vs 6300-05 i dont know if there is a big difference.

http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-6300-05...dp_ob_title_hi

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SJ...before you spend money on a NEW Rockwell NAMED tool...read the comments...(personal opinion Chinese junk rebadged with old US Names...)
http://toolmonger.com/2008/06/19/hot...l-power-tools/
man, those guys were tough on that rockwell thee were a few who discussed positive things about the dremel multi-max.


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we have a fein and it work great. My local Home Depot has the dremel on display and plugged in so you can try it of a hunk of wood that is there and I was less than impressed when compared to the fein. Mostly in the speed of the cut department.

Adam
I thought the fein looks great, i just cant justify the price for the few times id use it.

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For the Home owner and the price I think one of these would be worth a try.. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=67256 ...B,
i've never bought from harbor freight, for some reason, i always tend to end up using northern tool. Cant beat that price though, 39$ No reviews on that product, i wish harbor showed reviews.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:25 PM   post #12 of 19
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I didn't want to spend the bucks on a Fein for the few jobs I'd use it on. Found the Dremel at our Menards store, I'm happy with it! Does what I need to do, then it can sit on the shelf till whenever.

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Simple John, Home depot sells 6300-01 at a price of 99 bucks. Amazon is 89 bucks for the same model.
But Amazon also sells 6300-05 better model?
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:26 AM   post #14 of 19
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Got one of the craftsman cordless ones, works good other than the battery life. Great for doing laminate flooring. It payed for itself in one job.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:58 PM   post #15 of 19
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I have the Dremel, works well for me. Haven't had any problems with it.
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