The Home Depot provided us with the Ridgid JobMax Multi-Tool, Model # R28602, This is part of an interchangeable tool system with a power unit and multiple heads that clamp to the power unit. Our sample shipped with the oscillating multi tool head. Our crew and I have used it on our residential and commercial jobs for cutting, wood, metal and plastic pipe so far and it actually cuts and scrapes pretty well. I feel it is more than capable for your projects at home. I even feel that you could benefit from one of these for light to medium professional use.
This tool has a cordless power head available from Ridgid and a matching one from Ryobi if you are looking for a cordless ability. To get more bang for your buck you can also purchase attachment accessories like the Reciprocating saw attachment and the Jig saw head. I can see the benefit in one platform with many uses, especially for an intermittent tool.
It has a very nice tool free blade changing system. It is spring loaded and consists of a lever on a pin with a retention piece at the end of this pin. It also is magnetic to hold the Blades clearly before you engage the clamp. The whole mechanism is very secure and we never had it come loose on the projects. One thing I really appreciate about it is there are no extra pieces to keep track of while on the job.
With a well placed LED light on the power head it illuminates the blade and the cut at any time the trigger is activated. It has a variable speed trigger but no dial. It is not really possible to maintain anything other than full speed. Most professional models provide a speed dial for extended cutting at lower speeds. Some materials require different speeds to avoid burning or melting.
We have found the motor to be powerful enough for most general purpose work. For normal intermittent cuts use we never found any issues with over heating. It notches framing lumber and plywood with ease. Under cutting door jambs and casing were no problem for it. Drywall is nothing for the power it has. With extended paint scraping we experienced some heat management issues. We found the tool too hot to handle after more than 15 minutes of scraping paint without gloves.
- The powerful THRUCOOL motor provides 33% more power and can get through the toughest jobs.
- Equipped with a tool-free head, changing blades has never been easier – just pull, flip and twist to change out blades for a variety of jobs.
- This tool is backed by the lifetime service agreement for free parts, free batteries, for life
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