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Dremel 8300-01

The Multi-Max is the lightest tool in the bunch, and its starting speed means easy-to-control cutting action. It nearly completed the oak-notching test with its narrow, ¾-inch-wide flush-cut blade. Nearly. It lacks stamina, finishing dead last in our sanding test. The washer-and-screw blade clamp was way too fussy, and we found it hard to get used to the speed-control lever. We would prefer a dial, like the ones on the other tools.
About $118; 1.82 pounds; Dremel

Fine print:
10¼ inches long,
3,000–21,000 opm,
Two 1.3 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries,
three attachments
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