Fein recently came out with their latest generation oscillating multi-tool, the FMM 350 Q. I bought a FMM 250 Q MultiMaster starter kit a few years ago, and it has been a darn good oscillating tool. Fein invented the oscillating multi-tool, and their experience definitely shines through with this tool. The new FMM 350 Q MultiMaster is said to be better in every way.
Although the MultiMaster is designed to work best with Fein accessories, it is compatible with many competitors’ universal blades and accessories. Fein MultiMount accessories now fit competitors’ tools as well.
I have not put in as many hours with the FMM 350Q MultiMaster as my older Fein oscillating tool, or other brands’ models, but what I have seen thus far this will be the one I use for pretty much everything moving forward.
As with other oscillating multi-tools, the MultiMaster can be used for sanding, cutting, flush-cutting, plunge-cutting, grinding, and scraping applications, provided you use the appropriate blade or accessory.
FMM 350 Q Features at a Glance
- “Unrivaled performance and versatility”
- More efficient – up to 35% more power
- Quieter – up to 50% less noise
- Practically vibration-free – up to 70% less vibration
- Easier-to-read variable speed dial
- Tool-free quick-change accessory holder
- 13 foot durable rubber-clad power cable
- Made in Germany
- 350W motor
- 10,000 to 19,500 oscillations per minute
- 2 x 1.7° oscillating range
High Performance Redesign
The new FMM 350 Q features a more powerful 350W motor. Given the 110V US voltage standard, this translates to about 3.2 A. Honestly, I never found the 250W motor of my Fein to be lacking in any way, but more power is always a good thing.
Fein put together a chart that shows how much speedier the 350 Q makes a series of cuts in birch compared to other oscillating multi-tools:
Fein’s sales flyer (PDF linked below) goes into depth describing other internal features, such as the perfectly balanced armature with ball bearings at each end, and a tacho generator that helps keep speed constant even under load. There’s also a new cooling fan that helps keep motor temperatures down. There are a lot of minor enhancements in the new MultiMaster which all contribute to a better-than-ever user experience.
It’s the attention to details that makes the MultiMaster such a great tool. Even the power cord is well thought out. It’s made with fine-stranded industrial-quality cable. The fine strands make it more flexible, and the rubber cladding help to make it extremely durable.
The FMM 250 Q MultiMaster – now called the FMT 250 Q MultiTalent – was pretty good in terms of vibration reduction. The new FMM 350 Q MultiMaster has a few improvements, such as complete motor isolation from the housing.
After a few test cuts, I believe I can tell the difference between both tools. I don’t know whether I’m feeling 70% less vibrations, but the FMM 350 Q is definitely the best oscillating multi-tool I have ever used, and not just when it comes to hand vibrations.
The new FMM 350 Q is also quieter than its predecessor, and quieter than competing models. Compared to the 250 Q, the motor hum is also a little lower pitched, which makes things even better. Fein says that the new MultiMaster has outstanding noise dampening that helps provide for more pleasant working for you and your environment. From what I have felt and heard, this isn’t an exaggeration.
Initial Conclusions and Recommendations
I find myself REALLY liking the FMM 350 Q. It’s not just the power, lower vibrations, and lower noise. Or the tweaks that maximize user-friendliness. Or the lightweight design and solid-feeling quality construction. It’s that everything fits together to create a phenomenal product.
Most power tools are the sum of their features and parts. This MultiMaster seems to go beyond that. Fein has created a marvelous oscillating tool that couldn’t possibly be any better.
In writing this out, I’m sitting here trying to think of a downside to the new MultiMaster.
I cannot even complain about the price, as the new tool hits the same price points as its predecessor – $199 for the START kit that comes with a soft carrying case and a couple of accessories, and $349 for the TOP kit that comes with a kit box and lots of accessories.
If you’re looking for a new oscillating tool, the FMM 350 Q is as good as it gets. I have only started testing and using the tool, but thus far it’s proven to be a pleasure to use.
Note: You might also see the FMM 350 Q advertised as the 2014 edition of the MultiMaster. The FMM 250 Q is in some places advertised as the 2013 MultiMaster, or 2014 FMT 250 Q MultiTalent.
Thank you to Fein for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes. This sample will likely be retained for long-term testing.