Looking Forward, Looking Back – Power tool inventor goes cordless

The industrial world has changed beyond recognition in the last 150 years. In 1867 the largest suspension bridge in the world was opened in Cincinnati, USA. The Suez Canal welcomed the first vessel through its waters and Joseph Lister discovered antiseptic surgery. It was the year when Wilhelm Emil Fein founded a company to manufacture electrical equipment.

Almost three decades after Wilhelm established his company, and only 16 years after Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp, FEIN combined the power of an electric motor with a manual drill to develop the world’s very first power tool.
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Angle Grinders 101

Here Paul Kitchin, National Applications Manager at FEIN gives a practical guide on how angle grinders work, what are the most useful features to look out for and what separates the best machines from the rest. Angle grinders are a staple of the UK tradesperson’s tool collection across a wide range of disciplines (not just … More Angle Grinders 101


The first multi-tool machine began its life as a plaster cast saw, with an angular oscillating saw blade. It was used in the medical profession for the cutting of plaster casts, especially in orthopedics, the crescent pattern of the blade allowing it to cut through the cast whilst not damaging the patient’s skin. The mechanism of the oscillation combined with the powerful gearbox made the machine unique in its time. It took 17 years before FEIN had developed the technology into a commercial industrial tool … More Over 50 FEIN YEARS OF OSCILLATING – Part 1