Screw Black Friday, the Fein MultiMaster Starlock Plus oscillating multi-tool starter kit is as low-priced as I can remember ever seeing it. It has hovered around $175 for a while, and usually sells for $199 at other independent and authorized dealers.
A few months ago, I mentioned this Fein kit as one of my “ToolGuyd Top Tool Picks, 5th edition.” At the end of posts, beneath the comments, there are Amazon links to the 4 recommendations from that update. I’ve been meaning to update that selection regularly, but it keeps falling to the bottom of my to-do list.
Because of that widget, real-time pricing for the Fein kit stares at me every time I scroll down the page.
The low price has usually been to a 3rd party “fulfilled by Amazon” seller, but recently Amazon’s price came down to within $2. The current low “fulfilled by Amazon” price is $164.01, and the Amazon direct price is $165.85.
6 years ago (wow, has it been that long?!), I took advantage of an Amazon holiday season Lightning Deal, and bought a starter kit featuring the previous generation Fein tool, on sale for $170 from $199.
$170 seems to be the lowest price the starter kit generally goes on sale floor. I’ve tried to make it a point to keep tabs on this over the years. There was an exception, back in 2014, when there was inexplicably crazy-low pricing for a short time.
My point is this – the current price is good.
Fein calls this the most powerful and smoothest oscillating tool on the market, and I believe that still holds true. This is a fabulous oscillating tool.
Although I was initially a little hesitant about the Starlock accessory interface system, the prices of blades and accessories are at similar or lower prices than the previous Bosch OIS accessories.
It is important for me to emphasize something: Starlock accessories are backwards compatible, but Starlock, or Starlock Plus in the case of this Fein tool, are NOT. A Starlock tool can only work with Starlock accessories.
Let me repeat that: A Starlock tool requires Starlock accessories.
The Fein Starlock Plus tool discussed here can work with Starlock Plus or Starlock accessories, and that’s it. I have yet to hear about any adapters that lets it work with accessories outside of Fein’s or Bosch’s.
I should also mention that I like Fein’s oscillating accessories, but tend to very strongly prefer Bosch’s, even before they evolved their OIS system to Starlock. They’ve very good quality, and are often available at very competitive price points.
My point is this – I’d buy this without any hesitation.
I have a test unit provided by Fein (thank you!), and a Bosch Starlock oscillating tool sample. And I still use my purchased non-Starlock universal-interface Fein MultiMaster.
If you’ve been wishing to upgrade to a Starlock tool, this deal’s probably going to be hard to beat. I couldn’t guarantee it, but that’s the feeling I get from historical pricing.
While very enthusiastic about this deal, I question whether I should be as enthusiastic about this deal as I am. Is the basic starter kit still a good buy even though you’re locked into using Fein and Starlock accessories? Or are the more feature-rich kits better ideas? Then again, you can’t buy a Fein kit with Bosch accessories, and as you’ll see below, there are reasons one might want to go with Bosch blades.
If I were hesitant about the price, I’d add it to my cart, “save it for later”, and wait a few days to see if the price drops a little lower. But if it goes any lower, it’ll encroach too closely on MultiTalent pricing.
The previous generation Fein MultiMaster, the 250QSL MultiTalent, is also available in a starter kit, for $149 at Amazon. I think the 350QSL is the better tool, and at its sale price it doesn’t cost all that much more. Less than $20 gets you more power and I believe greater vibration reduction.
Want to start off with more accessories and a case?
The bigger Fein MultiMaster kit, with hard case, also looks to be on sale, for $213. The regular price looks to be $249.
Buy Now(QuickStart Set)
There’s a bigger set, the “Top” kit, with more accessories, a dust extractor adapter, and what looks to be a round sanding pad attachment I don’t recall seeing before, also looking to be on sale, for $289. The regular price looks to be $349.
Buy Now(Top Set)
I haven’t been following the prices of these other kits too closely, so the “looks to be on sale” comes from a quick price comparison at other Fein dealers.
You might want to pick up some Bosch Starlock accessories while you’re at it. Some of them are eligible for the current Bosch $30 off $149+ promo.
Buy Now(Bosch blades via Amazon)
If you want to buy blades in bulk, Acme Tool’s current 11% Bosch promo should work perfectly – coupon NOEXCLUSIONS.
Even before any discount, Bosch’s carbide cutting blades are $76 for 10 at Acme Tool, or just about $68 after coupon. They come out to $6.77 per blade, although that’s without shipping factored in. Shipping at Acme Tool is free with $199+ orders. Amazon’s price is $34 and change for 3. That’s not terrible, but the 10-pack prices are a lot better in comparison.
P.S. Bosch’s 12V Max Starlock oscillating multi-tool, which unfortunately doesn’t look to have a quick interface, is $99 and eligible for Amazon’s Bosch $30 off $149+ coupon.
I haven’t tried this one out yet, it just seemed like a fitting end-of-post mention to throw out there.
Buy Now(Bosch 12V Max Starlock via Amazon)