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    I'm thinking of removing some rotten wood trim around the windows and doors. Should I invest in an oscillating Dremel Multi-Max tool or should I get a rotorazer (compact circular saw)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    I'm thinking of removing some rotten wood trim around the windows and doors. Should I invest in an oscillating Dremel Multi-Max tool or should I get a rotorazer (compact circular saw)?
    Both are great tools. The Dremel is more versatile best used for precise work, though it is slow cutting and can numb your hands with the vibration. Circ-saws are quick and cut straight, but are best used when you can get the board completely off for bench cutting.

    I’d say if you want to leave the trim on while you cut out the rot, go with the dremel. But if you can pull the trim with a hammer and pry bar and replace with new that you cut to size nearby before mounting, go with the circ. Since trim comes off relatively easy compared to other wood situations, most carpenters would go with the later approach, but if you had both tools you would likely find yourself using the dremel far more often- on drywall, crafting projects, and various other things that need to be cut.

    If you do pull all the trim and find yourself needing to cut 45 degree angles for the corners, I recommend getting a miter box and a hack saw as shown:



    Both should be fairly cheap additions to the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    I'm thinking of removing some rotten wood trim around the windows and doors. Should I invest in an oscillating Dremel Multi-Max tool or should I get a rotorazer (compact circular saw)?
    I have the rotorazer and a Fein Multimaster (not the Dremel). The rotorazer is faster and easier to use, but it makes a big mess and you'll likely end up with some drywall repairs. The Dremel will be slower, but more accurate.

    If I have to choose between the two, I'd probably pick the Rotorazer. It has a lot of uses, or at least I got more use out of mine than I did the Fein tool or a regular Dremel that I have.
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