Fein MultiMaster tested, reviewed
and compared to Bosch PMF 180E and Bosch GOP10.8v-Li
17th May 2013
The Fein MultiMaster is a unique power tool developed by
Fein Industrial Power tools of Germany.
The tool has the size and shape of a small angle grinder
but performs the functions of several tools such as sanding, cutting wood
and metal and removing grout form in between tiles.
The unique and patented part of the tool that makes it
special is the fact that the head oscillates from side to side
rather than rotating. This Oscillating action improves sanding performance
and also enable the tool to plunge cut into wood like a chisel, a function
unique to the Fein MultiMaster and of great use to the user.
Latest News -Under testing
Bosch bring out 2 cordless versions of the 3 in 1
This Bosch GOP tool uses
10.8v lithium ion batteries and is the same blades as the Bosch
mains 3-in1 tool featured on this page.
10.8v GOP costs about £140 and comes with a range of accessories. 1
sander head, 5 sheets of abrasive, a saw blade, and 2 Lithium Ion
Batteries that also fit other Bosch tools.
Bosch GOP is from the professional range of tools, in 2011 Bosch
will do the same tool in its standard Green coloured DIY range.
The new model (PMF 10.8 Li) is very similar but uses different
batteries and charger so it is not compatible with the most popular
Bosch 10.8v Li-ion batteries. Approx price £117 with 1 battery.
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I first came across the Fein Multimaster 4 years ago at a tool show in
London. Since then I have been testing the tool with my team of
assorted tradesmen and amateurs.
The Fein MultiMaster is probably the most impressive power tool I
have used and was very popular with the test team.
In 2006 I was privileged to be asked by the Fein company to test and
evaluate a new prototype tool that had a tool-less locking mechanism
for the many blades and accessories.
After a lot of testing and comparing models I was so impressed
with the new quick release mechanism that I gave it one of my coveted
Golden Shed Awards.
New Fein MultiMaster generation!
The prototype I tested in 2006 is now available and
known as the FMM250Q.
It has more power than the original and most
importantly the superb QuickIN rapid change system for changing tool
The original MultiMaster used a special "Allen" bolt
method which could be annoying and needed a special manufacturer
supplied "Allen" key to do.
The new QuickIN system is just a spring loaded lever
and takes seconds to operate.
What jobs can the Fein Multimaster do?
Using the conventional delta shaped sanding head with Velcro pads
Also using a finger style head with Velcro pads
There is also a dust extractor for almost dustless sanding!
The rapid side to side action of the Fein is very efficient at
clearing dust from the sanding sheet and the Fein MultiMaster
matches or beats most detail sanders in my opinion. You can also fit
a dust extractor to the Fein but to make it work effectivly you will
need to buy the special sanding sheets that have holes in them, see
Rasping - removing thicker material
If you have thick material to remove like gloss
paint, varnish or general crud then the carbide coated metal rasping heads
of the Fein MultiMaster are the most cost effective and efficient
tools to use.
Available in both
delta and finger shaped heads.
This carbide rasp is extremely durable and will
outlast any sandpaper or abrasive and save you money in the long term.
Combine the power of the fine MultiMaster with the
strength of this carbide coated blade and you have one nasty tool
capable of removing layers of material in seconds.
Using the special carbide coated metal rasping heads
a disc attachment. The disc is flat on one side to facilitate removal
of the grout right down to the floor or up to the ceiling or
The scraper blade turns the Fein MultiMaster into
one of the best decorating tools ever. The sharp flat blade and small
vibrations cut into and lift paint, glues and cement rapidly and often
This use of this attachment alone could saved me the
cost of the whole tool on one decorating job.
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Precision Plunge Cutting
For me the best application of the Fein MultiMaster
is the ability to plunge cut into wood and plaster board.
using the amazing e-cut blade you can cut accurately
vertically or horizontally into walls, skirting boards, door bottoms,
architrave and floorboards.
I don't know any other tool that works like this and
this feature has impressed every one of my testers who used the
The Bosch PM180 E compared to the Fein Multimaster
I don' generally like copies of innovative tools but
as the 25 year patent has run out on the fantastic Fein MultiMaster
there is nothing illegal about Bosch making a copy of it and using their
vast marketing machine to make this superb genre of powertool more
Also the Fein costs about £180 which is too much for
most DIY users. The Bosch PM180 E has less power (180w against 250W) but
is under £70 which is more affordable. Also the blades are cheaper too.
I have extensively used the Bosch
PM180E and can report that it does the job, but with a bit more noise
and vibration than the Fein. It is also a bit fatter and not quite as
nice to handle.
The tool comes with 2 saw blades and a sander
attachment with 6 pads. It has a 19mm dust extraction hole. Watch this
space for more test updates.
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The blades above fit Both Bosch tools and the older Fein Multimaster
Bosch bring out 2 cordless versions
of the 3 in 1 multi-tool.
(one blue- one green)
Cel -Power launch cheaper one
This Bosch GOP tool uses 10.8v lithium ion batteries
and is the same blades as the Bosch mains 3-in1 tool featured on this
The new 10.8v GOP costs about £150 and with its 2
fast charging Lithium Ion batteries it is ideal for quickly whipping
out to do a small to medium size, sawing or sanding job.
I have used this now for several months and am very
impressed. Since owning this I have hardly used my mains powered Fein
and Bosch copy as I mostly do small jobs and the cordless batteries
are mostly up to the jobs I do and in any case can be recharged
partially and quickly.
The new green DIY model (PMF 10.8 Li) is very
similar but uses different batteries and charger so it is not
compatible with the most popular Bosch 10.8v Li-ion batteries.
Approx price £117 with 1 battery. I have used both tools and cant
tell the difference in use. I would expect the blue pro version to
be more durable and will report back here in the future to show how
my test samples last.
CEL MULTIPRO 10.8v Li-ion
I have not used this yet but know the inventor
well and am sure this Uk designed tool will make a good alternative
to the cheaper green range Bosch. Ideal for people who have smaller jobs to do and less
money to spend. It comes with only 1 Li-ion battery that lasts about
20 mins before needing a 1 hour recharge, so keep this in mind.
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Best Deal on
GOP10.8V-LI Multicutter in Systainer Case with 30 accessories!
This deal includes more accessories like those
pioneered by Fein. There are blades for plunge cutting, in detail or
along lines and also a wider range of abrasives.
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or use the links opposite for more deals on 10.8v li-ion mini power tools
The CEL Multi2Pro is the cheapest of the 10.8v cordless
UK based company CEL have
launched a similar 10.8v multitool to comes with only one battery
and a few accessories.
The extra blades for the CEL tool come in are good value for money
and there is an adapter to allow you to use these cheaper CEL
blades on other makes of tool such as Bosch , Fein and Worx.