Hey there, itâs time for another of our very occasional series of articles on the tools we love. Two is a series, right?
Today itâs the 140W 230V Draper Multi Tool.
Now, they call it a âmulti toolâ but I think thatâs a bit vague; after all any tool that does more than one thing gets called a multi-tool. I suppose my preferred alternative of ârotary toolâ, i.e. a tool with a bit what goes round, isnât much less vague.
Donât get me wrong, the âmultiâ bit is absolutely spot-on; the tool comes with loads of attachments, and you can get many many more. Iâve used my multi-tool for: drilling, sanding, polishing PMC beads, widening the holes in pearls, lino cutting, and distressing wooden frames (well youâd be distressed too if you has a wire brush applied to you!)
In fact, somewhat embarrassingly, Iâm not even sure what some of the attachments do. So I like to make it up: âOh, thatâs to reverse the polarity of a neutron flowâ, or, âThat bit de-gausses a flux capacitorâ.
The best attachment âsold separatelyâ is the âflexi-shaftâ, as shown above. Like a spam email, the attachment offers to extend the reach of your tool, make it easier to grip, and allow itâs deployment in hard to reach places. It really does make delicate work much easier.
Probably the most famous name in the multi/rotary tool world is the mighty âDremelâ. IâmÂ more sure theyâre great tools, but theyâre not cheap. The Draper Multi Tool is much more reasonably priced, and has done everything Iâve asked of it. Maybe if I was a DIY user, and wanted to use it on metal or masonry, I might be inclined to look upmarket a bit, but for light craft/hobby work itâs great. Plus, I like to pretend that the company that makes it, Draper, is in fact the company formed by Don Draper when he final gets tired of Advertising. Though I suppose that if that were true, it would probably come with attachments for stirring cocktails and maybe for unfastening the hooks on brassieres, which are about the only two attachments it doesnât have.
So there we go: the 140W 230V Draper Multi Tool.
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