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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 6:42 pm    Post subject: Oscillating Multi Tools  Reply with quote    

These sort of things: http://www.axminster.co.uk/power-tools/multitools/oscillating-multi-tools

Has anyone used one? I keep seeing them advertised as an essential tool but not wishing to remove a single bathroom tile I've never considered one.

However, I've seen them recommend for cutting plaster for fitting electrical trunking and socket boxes etc and that would be quite useful.

Has anyone got one and do you regularly use it or does it just gather dust? Anyone used them for chasing in tough materials and are the up to the job?

Do they have many other uses?

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They had them in Lidl for a long time. Unless it was Aldi.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have this one:

http://www.axminster.co.uk/bosch-gop-250-ce-multi-cutter-with-49-accessories-and-l-boxx

The blades are very fine so most cutting jobs take a while, but they do work.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

one tool does many things is a good principle with an axe,with power tools a good one for each task is often sensible.

there are some power tools that can do several things ie one motor /one battery with different heads and in some ways they make sense

some tools are made for similar but for different tasks or materials by using a different tool in the tool holder (dremels ,wrecking saws ,angle grinders, lathes etc)

without trying it on a variety of tasks an opinion on this kit is difficult but it is made to do small cuts and although might be good for thin plywood or a tile it wont do decking plate

best advice is get a hands on test of any tool

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the best multi tool i can think of is a lump of flint

onemanband



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not owned nor seen one in action, but my thoughts ........

for less money you could buy a branded 4inch grinder and a branded mouse sander.
Recipricating saw might be another alternative that might be used more.
At 250W it's not very powerful so guess will not cut aswell as a 4inch grinder.
I can see potential uses ........... would spray out less dust than a grinder...plunge cutting could be handy......it can cut right into corners.

All things considered - I don't feel the need to own one.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
the best multi tool i can think of is a lump of flint


Better than this ?

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
Not owned nor seen one in action, but my thoughts ........

for less money you could buy a branded 4inch grinder and a branded mouse sander.
Recipricating saw might be another alternative that might be used more.
At 250W it's not very powerful so guess will not cut aswell as a 4inch grinder.
I can see potential uses ........... would spray out less dust than a grinder...plunge cutting could be handy......it can cut right into corners.

All things considered - I don't feel the need to own one.


Yup I think I may have been better off buying a saw and mouse sander.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought one these the other day. Very good quality.

http://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-erb415sdr-160w-detail-sander/69658

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 15 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
dpack wrote:
the best multi tool i can think of is a lump of flint


Better than this ?


YES flint is ace

although the large hadron collider (between the trawl net and the rhinoceros hide whip) is quite useful on that bit of kit .

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
I bought one these the other day. Very good quality.

http://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-erb415sdr-160w-detail-sander/69658


being sensible i also have a few bits of erbauer kit and although they are a bit rough looking and they are noisy etc they do the job and seem to keep doing the job far longer than the price would suggest .

i know of of few folk who have a variety erbauer kit and it always works .

my low pressure /high volume sprayer was cheaper than alternatives by 3 times , tis a bit noisy but ace at spraying paint

i spose if erbauer made guns they would make ak 47s

ps i dont work for them but i have used their tools

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ps my wall chaser was £50 and the diamond discs would usually cost more than that etc etc so the fact it works is a bonus

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

iirc the tile cutter was also about 50 squid and is a good water /disc tile cutter as well as being ace for cutting rocks and minerals for making stuff with

good call vegplot i had forgotten "single purpose "power tools are available in low cost but decent quality

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So, only Tahir has actually used one? I'm not after a tool that can do what other tools do best but something that can do what other tools can't. E.g. flush cutting. I've tried an angle grinder for chasing, once and never again. The spinning disk just chucks out too much dust and I can see an oscillating head would be much better.

When I bought my Dremel, many years ago, I wasn't sure how much I'd use it but over the years it's more than paid for itself and often avoids bodging something.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive used it for stuff that I never envisaged I'd needvbitvfor when I bought it so I guess worth it

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