New Generation of MultiMaster Tools from Fein!
Fein Tools recently introduced a new generation of their versatile MultiMaster tool, the FMM 250 series, featuring a more powerful motor, a new "StarMount" spindle that provides high torque transfer, and a new ergonomic design with non-slip softgrip. This is truly one of those rare tools that earns the undisputed title of "the best there is". It's a great sander, bringing fast, high-quality finishing into places that no full-size sander can reach. Fein's industrial-quality variable speed 2.3 amp motor drives the machine spindle at speeds from 11,000 to 20,000 OPM, making this far and away the most efficient and smoothest-running tool in its class.
The FMM 250 is available in three models: Start (101671), Select (101672) and Top (101673). Select and Top Systems include the new QuickIN Rapid Lever Clamping System for tool-free accessory changes.
See our selection Fein MultiMasters
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Question: I was looking at the Anant planes in your catalog and I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the difference between the standard Anant planes and the new Kamals. Are they really that different and are they worth the extra money?
Job Box Tool List, Part I
by Chris Black
For many years before coming to Highland, I worked as a carpenter/cabinetmaker in the historical districts of Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA. Historical restoration and remodeling isn't much different from other work, you just have to be more conscious of period details and have a reverent attitude during demolition. In many instances you are forced to use hand tools where you would normally use a reciprocating saw or a hammer drill. Needless to say, over time I've collected an interesting array of hand tools to tackle some fairly intricate tasks.
In this series of articles, I've gone through and listed my personal tools for different types of site woodworking or woodworking outside your primary shop. In this first article, I'll list the tools in my carpentry box, and make comments on some of the more interesting ones.
Belt Sander Racing Fun at
the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) fair in Las Vegas. It was a great show with lots of new products that you'll be seeing soon at Highland Woodworking.
The highlight of the weekend was the belt sander races on Friday afternoon. People have been racing belt sanders for many years (you can find dozens of belt sander racing videos on YouTube.) The oldest racing organization is the New England Belt Sander Racing Association (NEBSRA). Now, Accuride is sponsoring the Belt Sander Racing Association (BSRA). There was an enormous crowd on hand for the racing. So many people, in fact, that one of the exhibitors rescheduled their press conference because everyone was at the belt sander races.
I took some video at the races, but it turns out I'm not a very good cameraman and I was a bit too far away, but I found a video on YouTube that is much better quality than my video and covers the most amazing run of the afternoon from a great perspective.