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Offline Per Swenson

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Re: Festool version of a Multimaster
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2008, 02:45 PM »
For you multimaster folks...

there is a thread over at JLC (finish carpentry forum)

where this fella makes his own blades for about a buck.

Thought you might need to check that out.

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Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: Festool version of a Multimaster
« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2008, 08:34 PM »
Talked to Festool Rep yesterday, and he said that Fes would never do a Multimaster because Fein is a German Company and it would be impolite to interfere with Fein's market.  But he also said that the Fein patent is running out very soon, so that there would be a bunch of new Multimaster clones on the market in the next couple of years.



I think the politeness issue is nonsense, and the festool group is already in the same market as fein with other tools. The fein patent has already run out, and Bosch (another German company ;)) already has one on the market (They made a version based on their delta-sander from their green-line, this is the bosch DIY-line in Europe) (The diy part of the Bosch powertools site is down, but here's another link to it
(BTW I have a supercut for about 3 years now, and I use it regularly)

Re: Festool version of a Multimaster
« Reply #32 on: July 14, 2008, 11:42 AM »
Frank-Jan, indeed Festool are not intending to step on Feins feet with the Multimaster/Supercut, this I have heard from a vendor who had the head of Festool (not the Family owner, though the daughter was there) over two weeks ago, I think he was the CEO of the production department and I came close to asking him to redesign the EHL 65 planer. (I was in the shop as he was there, and I picked up some Festool gear of course...)

Bosch green machine is a bit underspecified but they have a Blue Bosch Multimachine hitting the shelves this autumn, it is already in the Brochuhres. It runs on 10.8V Li-Ion batteries and the cord version is due next year, I think. Considering how well the later Blue Bosch machines are designed I think it might turn out a real contender to the Fein machines - oh, and the blades are almost a third of the price only. ;)

(I have both the Supercut and the Multimaster, they both get some use, more so the Supercut)
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Offline zopilote

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Re: Festool version of a Multimaster
« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2008, 01:46 PM »
Thanks for the Bosch info.  I was not aware of their multifunction tool.  Very cool.  As far as I can tell, we Yanks can't buy them here yet.  Hopefully we will be able to do so soon.  Until then, I will stick with my old Multimaster.

Offline John Stegall

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Re: Festool version of a Multimaster
« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2008, 09:17 PM »
IF you have not checked out the JLC site that Per mentioned, you can definitely make your own new one or sharpen one that is worn out. I use a dremel tool with a diamond grit wheel and it works great. I had bought from some guy who sold on E-Bay. His (blades) looked heavy duty but really did not hold up. The weld popped after a few hours of use. So far, I get buy with resharpening the ones I already had.

I checked out the multblades website and it is better quality than the one on E-Bay. I will need to place an order with them, I like what I see and it is cheaper than the E-Bay store. Thanks for the post.

John
« Last Edit: July 27, 2008, 09:26 PM by John Stegall »