Detail sander, scraper and saw
Review by Steve
Since I became serious about boat building, almost 3 years ago,
I have been bedeviled by epoxy. I have tried other glues and even
sealed one canoe with thinned polyurethane glue but I always come
back to epoxy. The problem has always been removing the excess
plastic snot. Sanding it down is no fun and goes through too many
discs. Of the 11 boats I've built I've only managed 2 that were
clean enough for a clear finish and that was only the exterior.
I don't deprive myself of anything I really want but somehow
I couldn't rationalize the purchase of what really appeared to
be an expensive Mouse. Fein Tools have an excellent reputation
so when I needed to buoy my spirits recently I ordered the MultiMaster
from Amazon. Amazon is an excellent source for tools, very competitive
pricing and free shipping.
So what about the tool itself. The action is oscillation and
there's an on/off switch and variable speed control and the basic
tool comes with assorted grit sandpapers with sanding pad, a rigid
scraper blade and a flush wood saw. To date I've used the scraper
to remove gobs of epoxy and the sanding disc. Both have functioned
flawlessly even in my clumsy hands. Using the scraper blade I
can remove all but the thinnest film of epoxy which is then easily
removed by the sander.
Of course I still use my disc sander but now primarily for finish
work. I have already ordered the smaller finger sanding pad for
those really difficult places and a smaller scraper for the same
reason. While the surfaces covered are much smaller than using
a disc or belt sander I find that I'm only working those areas
which need attention so in the end my time spent seems to be no
different but result is much more satisfying.
I'm not sure about the power of the motor but this is a very
impressive and powerful tool. The $199 was money well spent for
a tool which I'll have for years. I will add that the attachments
are very expensive. I'll see if I can get some friends with metal
working skills to make some specialized blades.