Fein MultiMaster Best of E-Cut Set - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

A 6-pack of the most commonly used Fein oscillating blades at an appreciable discount.

Fein MultiMaster Best of E-Cut Set

Fein MultiMaster Best of E-Cut Set



There have been a couple of upgrades to the line of Fein oscillating blades over the past year, which have the effect of making an already great line of blades even better. The original Fein blades had an 8-lobe star pattern mounting system, which meant the blades could be used almost exclusively with the Fein MultiMaster oscillating tool. The new MultiMount blades incorporate a 12-hole pattern around the 8-lobe star pattern, which enables these new blades to be used with just about any oscillating tool, without having to use an adaptor.

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Left: New MultiMount holder; Right: Older 8-star holder

You can see the difference between the two types of Fein mounting systems in the photo above. The older 8-star blades are still available, though I assume they'll dry up once the current stock is used up.

The second enhancement is the introduction of Long-Life blades. Fein has two other categories of blades – 'Standard' blades (#133 and #134) that feature carbon steel teeth, best used for cutting softwoods, drywall, and soft plastics, and 'Universal' blades that feature bi-metal teeth, and are suitable for cutting wood and metal. 

According to Fein, Long-Life blades will last up to 300% longer than the Standard Fein blades, due to the use of bi-metal teeth. The Universal blades also have a much longer service life over Standard blades, but because they are typically used for cutting nails, they generally won't last quite as long as the Long-Life blades.


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Best of E-Cut Kit: #151 Universal, #152 Universal, #160 Long-Life, #161 Long-Life

The 'Best of E-Cut' – 'E' for Easy – kit consists of six blades in four styles. You get two of the Long-Life #160 (1-3/8" wide) blades, two of the Long-Life #161 (2-5/8" wide) blades, and one each of the Universal #151 (1-1/8" wide) and 152 (1-3/4" wide) blades. Separately these 6 blades would cost $136.54. The kit is available for $78.99, or a 42% savings. Plus, you get the handy storage case that can hold up to 5 of each blade, so you can safely store and transport the blades to and from the job site. 

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Top: "Long-Life" blade; Bottom: "Universal" blade

Both the Long-Life and Universal blades are 1/32" thick blades with 18 bi-metal teeth per inch of blade, and have a stepped design that enables you to cut flush to the surface. As you can see in the photo above, the Long-Life blades have offset teeth, while the Universal blades have a wavy tooth design, much like a hacksaw blade. You can use either of these blades with wood, plasterboard, plastics, and fiberglass reinforced plastics, as well as non-heat treated metals such as nails, bolts (up to 5/32" diameter), and sheet metal (up to about 1/16" thick). 

The Long-Life blade gives a smoother cut than the Universal blade, and works best for making cut-outs,trim cuts, and even plunge cuts in hardwood, softwood, and sheet goods. However it can still handle nails and screws. The Universal blade cuts more aggressively, and is the better choice for reno work where you'll likely be cutting through nails and screws.

I've used these blades to cut oak, Douglas fir, MDF, chipboard, and a range of common nails and screws with great success. However, don't take my word for it. Check out this video that shows a single Fein E-Cut Long-Life blade cutting 495 nails.

These oscillating blades are good value when you consider how long they'll last. To get the maximum life out of them you'll want to match your cutting speed to the type of material you're cutting and the depth of cut. You don't always have to run the blade at the highest speed setting on your oscillating tool. Decrease the tool speed until you notice the quality of the cut beginning to suffer or the blade beginning to vibrate too much. Then increase the speed a tad, and keep it at that level. As you make the cut angle the blade (as you would skew a hand plane blade when planing wood), and move the oscillating tool side-to-side to evacuate as much sawdust as possible. At all costs, keep the blade horizontal (flat) to the work surface to avoid bending the blade. You'll also want to match the type of blade to the material you're cutting. For optimal cuts in wood use a Long-Life blade; where you'll be cutting through nails or screws, use a Universal blade. 

KEY FEATURES:

  • 1/32" thick blades
  • Bi-metal, offset teeth
  • 18 TPI
  • FEIN 8-star/12-pin multi mounting system
  • 2-1/8" depth of cut (universal blades); 1-5/8" (long-life blades)
  • Includes: E-Cut Universal saw blades: 29 and 44 mm; E-Cut Long-Life saw blades x 2: 35 mm; E-Cut Long-Life saw blades x 2: 65 mm; Storage case.

COMPANY:Fein
MODEL:63502152150
PRICE:$78.99
MADE IN:Germany
SOURCE:Dealer Search
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To view the complete line of Fein MultiMaster accessoires, including the MSRP, click here.

September 2014

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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