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magic multitool for cutting hoses

I do a bit of woodworking and recently added a Makita multitool to my kit. The other day I was changing and rerouting hoses at the boat. Both the tough engine hoses and the more pliable scupper hoses. Cutting hoses especially in tight places has always been a challenge....hack saw? razor knife? hole saw? This time I tried the multitool and it was magic! went through the hoses like butter. cuts straight in so I could attach one end of the hose and then trim the other almost in place. Highly recommend.
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I do a bit of woodworking and recently added a Makita multitool to my kit. The other day I was changing and rerouting hoses at the boat. Both the tough engine hoses and the more pliable scupper hoses. Cutting hoses especially in tight places has always been a challenge....hack saw? razor knife? hole saw? This time I tried the multitool and it was magic! went through the hoses like butter. cuts straight in so I could attach one end of the hose and then trim the other almost in place. Highly recommend.
Very good tip. Especially since I'm about to replace all of the head hoses a relocate the macerator pump. I might also use it to cut old corroded hose clamps before replacing the hoses.

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Re: magic multitool for cutting hoses

Assume your talking the tool pioneered by Fein. Is there a hacksaw blade available for the tool as you'd need it for hose with wires?? All I've seen are wood blades or carbide. Carbide might work but no experience using them on a house.
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Re: magic multitool for cutting hoses

don't know who invented the multi tool but seems all companies have them now. You can get bi metal blades for cutting metal. I've cut many a screw or bolt with it that I couldn't get otherwise. I didn't bother to put one on for the engine hoses with wires. Simple wire cutter took care of that once the hose was cut.

my only complaint about my Makita is it's rather large. On the other hand its powerful. the more I use it the more I wonder how I ever got along without it.

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Yup, got a Fein version back when it still only Fein. Love it. Probably my number one power tool. Incredibly versatile. I keep finding new uses for it.

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Re: magic multitool for cutting hoses

Just really a detail sander with a cutting blade or scraper attached to it. Multitools oscillate at 10,000 to 20,000 OPM while Detail Sanders are usually in the lower to mid range. The Multitool allows you to more easily change from sanding to scraping, cutting, etc.

For cutting wire reinforced hoses you probably want a fine tooth metal cutting blade and a lower speed to avoid heating up. A little boat polish on the blade will probably help keep the blade cooler.
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Re: magic multitool for cutting hoses

I use it on our Steel boat a lot. The wood cutting blades actually work quite well on rust. And if you turn it 90 its sort of like a one pin wire needle scaler. I can go through a bunch of sanding pads.

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I use it on our Steel boat a lot. The wood cutting blades actually work quite well on rust. And if you turn it 90 its sort of like a one pin wire needle scaler. I can go through a bunch of sanding pads.
And here I have been using the same twist strand wire cup brush on a $9, 4 1/2" angle grinder for over a decade. Great for cleaning up welds too.

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