Tool for cutting holes for point motors?

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I have the Fein, mains machine, that is the cats whisker, of these machines. Not cheap, but there aint nothing, it wont cut. Superb.
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Tricky Dicky wrote: Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:45 am It will be interesting to see how you get on, I have a Dremel with similar accessories and I have to say it struggles with anything of thickness.

Richard
So far I have just used it for cutting holes and slots in the base board and cutting track, both of which it does with remarkable ease.
Many times the wrong train took me to the right place.
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It will be fine for DIY use. Blades wont last long, if you use on other than soft wood, but for the price, its excellent.
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Took me years to work out, what to use my dremel for, apart from track cutting. Then saw a right angle attachment, on offer. much more useful now.
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I have never heard of Fein before. I have just looked them up and they seem to be only sold via specialist dealers in the UK. For serious heavy duty work I have a Makita that cost over £300 about five years ago but worth every penny. For run of the mill drilling and screwing I have a Hitachi cordless drill which is about ten years old and still going strong. The Tacklife was a bit of a gamble as I was planning to splash out on a Dremel. However, I thought that once I have the layout 'finished' it is not going to get much use.
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i live in france, ands bought my fein here. There have been many long posts on tools, as several of us have fully equipped, machine workshops. Drills are a personal choice. Just as a bit of interest, look up the Dual drill, which has 2 chucks. You have your drill bit in one, and can, swing chuck round to screw. Very popular in states.
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Tricky Dicky wrote: Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:45 am It will be interesting to see how you get on, I have a Dremel with similar accessories and I have to say it struggles with anything of thickness.

Richard
Update on this. I used it last week to cut some rectangle for point motors and it wasn't up to the job. it started stalling and the motor got VERY hot! I will stick to track cutting, drilling and polishing.
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Multi-tool - excellent device, except the blades don’t last long and they are expensive.
I bought one to trim deck boards up against a wall and to make even spacing at board ends after it had all settled in.
Used it on the layout to make awkward cuts not possible with regular cutting tools, including the jiggly saw.
Next job when it stops raining is to run it between the french doors on the wooden greenhouse to improve the tight gaps provided by the manufacturer.

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