Fein Starlock Oscillating Multi-tool System Explained
The Feins are a family of multi-tools made by the Swiss company Feil. They have been around since the early 1970’s and they still remain popular today. There are three models: the Feinschema, the Feinschemeister and the Feinschule (pronounced “Feen-shee”). All three models share some common features but there are slight differences between them.
There are two versions of the Feinschema, one with a blade holder and another without it. Both versions feature a screwdriver/spade grip, which allows you to hold your knife or other small tools in place while using the oscillating mechanism to open and close the blades. The blade holders allow you to use either a straight or curved blade depending on what kind of work you want to do.
The Feinschema has a built-in whistle, which makes it sound like a drill when activated. You can activate the whistle by pressing down on the handle. When whistling, you can hear the noise of the blades opening and closing at different speeds. The whistle is useful if you need to signal someone else while working alone. The noise produced by the whistle also deters aggressive animals.
The middle sized model, the Feinschemeister, has the same blade holder feature as its smaller cousin but is much heavier duty. It also includes a belt clip for easy use.
The Feinschule is the largest and heaviest of the family. It includes all of the features of the other two models but features an integrated laser and a cigarette lighter in the handle. The integrated laser is great for scaring away aggressive animals at night and the lighter is useful when you need to work in poor lighting conditions.
Feins Lock Star Adapter: Quick Release System
Fein’s older star lock adapter design has a few problems. The main one is that if the quick release button sticks, it can be quite a hassle to remove the blade holder from the tool. The blade holders can be quite expensive so you want to avoid as much as possible the risk of breaking them or losing a piece while you’re working. This problem is especially true if you’re under a time crunch and need to get the job done quickly.
Fein’s new star lock plus adapters feature an improved quick release button design. The new button is much larger and has ridges on it to provide extra grip. The button also has a two step release mechanism. To release the adapter, simply push down on the button and slide the blade holder to the left. This releases it from the lock.
The new design also addresses an issue that some users had with Fein’s standard quick release system where the button would break off. Since the new release button is much larger it is much less likely to break.
Fein Multi-Master Oscillating Tool Line Up
The Fein tool line consists of two different types of multi-tools: the Feinschema and the Feinschmeisster. Both models feature a blade holder that allows you to use straight or curved blades for cutting or sanding. The main difference between the two is that the heavier duty Master model includes an electric brake, a cigarette lighter and a belt clip for easy transport.
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