Testing the Dremel Multi-Max

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My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not an expert… anything really. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to working on cars, construction, framing, electrical and renovation, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.

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Ok, let’s talk about this oscillating tool and it’s attachments. I tested the Multi-Max itself, $129, the Universal Oscillating Tool Accessory kit for Wood, Metal and Drywall, $29.97 and the Cutting and Variety Accessory kit for Wood, Metal and Drywall, $29.97.

Dremel really knocked this one out of the park- the only thing that could have made this tool better (for me at least) would be adding battery power. Having used the corded Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Fein iterations of this tool extensively, the Dremel really takes the cake. Here are my favorite points:

 -There is significantly less vibration of the tool when in use.

-Lighting fast blade changes with no extra tools.

-The locking mechanism on the head of the tool is easy to use and doesn’t accidentally come loose, a huge plus with the safety conscious.

-The kit comes with pretty much everything you’d  need for the first few projects you’d tackle with the tool.

-The fact that you can reposition the blade at an angle to get into tight spots is also a major bonus.

-The tool is lightweight, comfortable to hold and to use, the ergonomics are solid.

-The blades cut quickly and really seem to last well

-Competitively Priced

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While this tool is a breeze to use, there are a few things only longterm use will prove- I wonder how the blade locking mechanism I like so much will handle getting gunked up from prolonged use around the jobsite (read, what happens when the donkeys kick a whole pile of woodchips and manure on it while they casually walk by?) My other main concern is with the accessories for the tool. While the tool itself is fairly affordable, the Dremel branded attachments are somewhat less budget friendly, but they are also performing better than some of the competitors’ attachments, so it may all be a wash. As it is, I just so happened to be doing a ton of renovation and construction projects this quarter, so this tool saw some heavy use in my metal shop project as well as the chicken coop project. It got dirty it got slightly abused, and it’s performed incredibly well despite it all. It’s quieter, vibrates less than the two other tools I’ve been using the last few years and blade changes are a breeze- this tool is a real win for Dremel.

Posted on October 23, 2018 and filed under Tool Reviews.