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Craftsman 9-17438 Nextec 12-volt Lithium-lon Multi-Tool

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  • Compact, lightweight design with LED light
  • Delivers 15,000 opm for cutting, grinding and more
  • Great for heavy duty projects
  • Includes 10 accessories, battery, charger and case
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 917438
Item Weight5 pounds
Product Dimensions13.1 x 9.2 x 4.1 inches
Item model number9-17438
Power Sourcecordless-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentscase
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Warranty DescriptionSatisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
  
Additional Information
ASINB002BX926W
Best Sellers Rank #9,563 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 2, 2009
  
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Product Description

Product Description

CRAFTSMAN MULTI-TOOL

From the Manufacturer

This Craftsman 9-17438 nextec 12-volt lithium-ion multi-tool featuring compact, lightweight design with LED light is just what you need when you need it. The muscle you need delivering 15,000 opm for cutting, grinding and more. Great for any size project and won't let you down on the heavy duty projects. Includes 10 accessories, battery, charger and case.

Customer Reviews

So, I thought it might be a bargain.
G. Conner
Battery life is extremely short -- as in a few minutes, followed by recharge time of 30 minutes.
Andrew Pollack
The Craftsman battery life is terrible.
drepp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By shey on January 5, 2010
I really like this tool!

Pros:
- cheaper than the others
- cordless and really easy to handle
- easy to learn and use

Cons:
- battery life is about 10 mins with good use
- it does get a bit hot after 5 mins of continual use - enough to warrant gloves
- not nearly as powerful as what I've seen Fein do.

Now, comparing to the reviews I've read or the commercials I've seen for the Fein MultiMaster, it doesn't even come close. If you're anything more than a weekend do-it-yourself-er, this may not be for you. But if you're like me, this tool is sufficient and for the price, not bad at all (I actually picked this up for around $60, refurbished, from a common store's liquidation site).

What I used it for that worked out really well:
- cutting out the square electrical outlet holes in our kitchen cabinets
- dry wall cut-outs
- precise cuts for molding, baseboards, special projects
- small cuts (< 6 inches) on plywood
- precise cuts on medium quality bamboo floors (like around door moldings, corners, etc.)
- sanding an old teak chair I was restoring, getting into those small crevices, in between the slats.

What I used it for that didn't work out:
- Cutting notches in 2x4's - not enough power
- Precise cuts on dense teak floors - not enough power
- medium or longer cuts (> 6 inches) on plywood - not enough power; takes too long
- metal gutters - it did the job eventually, but it took a while. Again, not enough power.

People also recommend another battery, which I kind of agree with - however I have not yet, as I've managed to charge in between uses to keep the battery charged all day.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By HJ on June 13, 2009
I just got one of these units. Seems to be better built than the Dremmel unit. The cutting bits seem to be more solid. However, is not variable speed and unlike the Bosch, tops off at 15000 opm. However, it is almost $100 cheaper. Also comes with a fair mix of bits (I think more than the Dremmel including a vac port and definitely more than the Bosch). At this point don't know about battery life, but the unit comes with only one battery - suggest you buy a second. I don't know about the other units, but this got pretty hot as I was doing test cuts through hard wood - perhaps they all do? Hell, for $99, what more do we want :).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Gustavson on January 15, 2010
I have a Fein Multimaster, which I love, and bought this for $99 at Sears on sale thinking it would sometimes be nice to have a cordless unit for some jobs.
At a quarter the price I paid for the Multimaster, I rather expected this to be a toy.
But it's a fine tool, and the blades are compatible with Fein, which was a great asset for me. It likely will result in lower blade costs too, due to competition.
For long hard use, the Fein is hard to beat. But for small jobs that can do with battery power, this tool is great! I've used it for cutting copper pipes in awkward places, where I couldn't get a tubing cutter on them, and for scraping, and for cutting doorway trim, and even smoothed some concrete patches.
I also bought the hammer and the drill/saw/light kit, which means I have several batteries that I can use for jobs that take more than I anticipated.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GearHead48 on July 4, 2010
A corded Fein that I have can get the job done, and so can this 12V Craftsman for the most part, just a little slower. This is a "must have" if you depend on a Fein multi-tool for a living. Use superior blades, such as the ones made by Specialty Diamond especially for multi tools, and you will have a much better idea of this tool's performance capabilities. There are so many tasks that don't require muscle to accomplish... and that is where this tool shines. It is quick and easy, no cords, mess or fuss. The battery lasts long enough to do most tasks... just keep the charger nearby between jobs. For a homeowner, this Craftsman will be all that you would ever need; for the professional, this Craftsman should be sitting right beside your overpriced Fein... you will be surprised at how often you will grab the 12V Craftsman instead of your Fein. The shortcomings of this tool are minor given its light weight, convenience, and the luxury of no power cord. The battery life, incidentally, was very impressive, probably the best of all the cordless models. The small zip up case, actually, is just fine; I thought it was a draw back at first, compared to the large case that came with my Fein, but I can store way more than enough accessories in it and still have a small light footprint.... this is a big plus! If you combine this tool with quality blades it will hold its own against the crowd easily, and at a price very reasonable. Furthermore, if you buy the extended warranty, you can have it all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ZenReader on September 6, 2010
If your looking to cut out electrical outlets holes in drywall, cut in tight on a corner, have no room to cut a mounted pvc pipe, this tool is the tool to use. Sanding some rust off a metal chair change the head- it does that. Quickly and in small areas. If your looking to cut a 2x4 --it could take awhile. If its a thick piece of wood --it'll do it but will take awhile. You won't be using this as your primary wood cutting tool. You will use it for those times no other tool will work. This is an indispensable tool for working around the house.

This tool vibrates extensively giving it its cutting power. It buzzs in your hand as you place it on the surface to cut. Have trouble cutting heavy plastic sheets, mark the line, and change to the cutting head, plunge cut with this tool --works like a champ. You can not adjust the speed --its full on or full off.

I had to trim off a piece of door jam -this made it a breeze. I will say cutting a metal gutter --the vibration of the tool and the sheet metal was out of control.

Be aware that the NEXTEC 12v system is made for Sears by the same company that makes the Bosch 12v, Milwaukee 12v, Ryobi 12v systems with only minor modifications. Different plastic colors, slight changes in battery connectors, etc. There is a web site from the OEM that shows and list the companies they build for --its a little disappointing when you find out since it limits your choices.
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