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Best oscillating multi tools 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated November 1, 2018
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Norman RyanHi there, my name is Norman Ryan and the first thing I would like to say is thanks for stopping by my website. After more than 53 hours of research, including interviewing two experts and spending 10 hours testing 21 popular oscillating multi tools, I found the best oscillating multi tools of 2018.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 oscillating multi tools on top of my list? Well read on… In this section we provide our readers with a comparison table of our top picks. Scroll past the table for a closer look at each of the 3 best oscillating multi tools in our review section.

Best oscillating multi tools of 2018

The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.

On that note, I review the three best oscillating multi tools of 2018 to help you get value for your money. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
5 points
4 points
5 points
Materials
4 points
5 points
4 points
Construction
5 points
4 points
4 points
Quality
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – Oscillating Tool

 
Oscillating Tool

Pros
▲ [ Quick-change Accessory System ] – Allows blades and attachments to be changed quickly without wrenches
▲ [ 100-240V Wide Voltage Charger ] – Can withstand the instability of the voltage or sudden change; Equipped with 1pc 1.5Ah rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and 100V-240V wide voltage charger, 2 hours full charge
Cons
For such a price and the level of quality it can’t even have any cons, only pick holes.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this oscillating multi tools win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№2 – VonHaus 2.3 Amp Multi Purpose Oscillating Tool / Half Moon Saw / Sander Pads / Scraper Blade – 15 pc Accessory kit including Dust Extraction Port & Carry/Storage Case

 
VonHaus 2.3 Amp Multi Purpose Oscillating Tool / Half Moon Saw / Sander Pads / Scraper Blade - 15 pc Accessory kit including Dust Extraction Port & Carry/Storage Case

Pros
Includes following attachments: E-cut blade for cutting metal, 1pc Scraper Knife, 1pc Sanding Base Pad & 1pc Half Moon Saw.
No load speed: 11000-20000 oscillations per minute for fast scraping, cutting, sanding and grinding
The corded multi purpose oscillating sander includes 9 Sanding Pads of varying gradients for a consistent finish
Cons
It lacks advanced features.
Can be tricky for beginners.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this oscillating multi tools come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.

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Style
4

4star

Materials
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№3 – DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR Lithium-Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit

 
DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR Lithium-Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit

Pros
N/A
Imported
Dewalt(r) Brushless Motor Delivers Up To 57% More Run Time Over Brushed
Cons
Quit bulky.
Less durable.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this oscillating multi tools take third place?

We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
4

4star

Construction
4

4star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

oscillating multi tools Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy oscillating multi tools, right? No!

Electric

A cordless mult-tool is exactly what it sounds like. Typically they operate off chargeable battery packs similar to ones you would see used for a battery powered drill. With electric alternatives becoming more popular to corded options, we expect to see these gain more popularity.

The speed of oscillations

The oscillations made per minute should be variable, for it to attain different speed levels. When buying a multi-tool, it is important to note the top speed it can reach while it is operating. The higher the oscillations made at top speed, the more powerful the tool is.

Voltage

The multi-tool should have a comfortable, flexible and firm grip. This allows for good control of the tool, for detail work and for working in hard-to-reach places.

My thoughts

The 3Piece 4.0A Sonicrafter F50 Kit from Rockwell is very well built, easy to use, and it was designed with special attention given to safety features. It has some extras that not all of the models on the market offer, like the Universal Fit and the LED light. In addition, this oscillating multi tool with all it offers is very reasonably priced.

What’s it for

A corded power drill is used for drilling holes in metal, plastics, wood, brick, stone, concrete, glass, and tiles. Various types and lengths of drill bits are available depending on the material being drilled; HSS (High Speed Steel) bits for metal, flat bits for wood, and masonry bits for concrete.

How it works

The bit is held in a clamping device on the end of the drill shaft called a chuck. Some drills come with chucks which are keyless and can be hand-tightened, others are fitted with chucks which need to be tightened with a chuck key. This allows the drill bit to be tightened more securely and large bits are less likely to slip, but keyless hand-tightening chucks are more convenient. Most DIY model drills will have a 1/inch (13mm) chuck which can accommodate drills up to this diameter, but 5/inch (16mm) chucks are also available. These drills range in power from about 500 to 800 watt. 650 to 700 watt provides adequate power for most jobs.

If you need to drill holes in awkward spots, you can get a right angled chuck adapter which fits into the chuck of the drill. Alternatively flexible drives are available.

Things to consider

Drills may have a fixed speed setting, speed settings, or variable speed depending on how hard you squeeze the trigger. Variable speed is most convenient as it allows a drill hole to be started easier without the bit moving all over the place. Also lower speeds should be used with larger diameter bits to avoid overheating the bit due to friction.

What it’s for

Jigsaws can be used to cut wood, metal, plastic, and other materials. Different types of blades are available to suit the material being cut. Since the blades used in a jigsaw are slim and narrow, this allows curved profiles such as circles to be cut in sheet material. Jigsaws are normally used for cutting timber up to about 40 mm thick (approx. 1/inch). Long blades can be used in a jigsaw and manufacturers quote maximum cutting capacity up to inches (this seems a bit overly optimistic!).

Oscillating Multi-Tool

A multi-tool is useful for applications where a jigsaw, handsaw or reciprocating saw can’t be used. The latter have blades which move relatively slowly over a large distance, so the blade can end up hitting stuff if there isn’t clearance. A multi-tool on the other hand has a head which moves very rapidly (typically 10,000 oscillations per second) over a small angle. So the accessory has a small range of movement perpendicular to, rather than towards the workpiece. A typical application of a multi-tool is to trim the underside of a door jamb so that tiles or flooring can be slid underneath. The tool can trim, but can also be used for plunge cutting, e.g. to cut out holes in plasterboard (hardwall) for fitting socket outlets.

Air Tools and Compressors

An alternative to cordless/battery or corded/mains powered tools are air powered tools.The three main advantages of air or pneumatic tools are that they can be stalled without burning out, there’s no danger of electric shock and many of them are slimmer and can be used in tight spaces.

WORX W680 F30 350W Multi Tool

If you are into DIY you want the best equipment to make life easier. The choice of tools is colossal these days, so choosing the right ones for your collection means checking out a lot of options. One that you might not have considered is an oscillating multi-tool. These very handy tools have become extremely popular in the past few years, thanks in no small part to the versatile range of actions they can perform, and make a surprisingly affordable and valuable addition to any toolbox.

So, what are they all about, and what benefit do you get from investing in the best oscillating multi-tool? Well, we checked out the details of the ten best models on the market, but before we talk about those, let’s have a closer look at what an oscillating multi-tool does.

Silverline 24357Oscillating Multi Tool

Of all the multi-tools we reviewed, this one – from Silverline – is one of the cheapest. The thing is, you can tell, too. That’s not to say it’s not a good tool – it is, and it is a great way of getting yourself a very cheap multi-tool with some excellent features – but you can feel it doesn’t have the same build quality as the likes of the models from Bosch, Black & Decker or DeWalt, to name but a few.

So, why would you choose the Silverline model above others? Well, if you are on a budget, you might be attracted by the price. It’s a perfectly capable tool for jobs around the house, but whether it would cut it in a commercial environment we’re not sure. It comes with an accessories package that is acceptable but not quite in the league of some of the others but, again, that’s reflected in the selling price. It is, however, surprisingly powerful at 260W for such a cut-price item, and would make a great addition to your tool box for cutting and sanding jobs that require a little attention.

Features to Look Out for

So, what have we learned? First, there are many different makes and models of oscillating multi-tool on the market. All of them serve the same purpose, yet some have features to look out for that make them stand out from the crowd. We like those with quick and simple non-tool accessory changing, as it saves time.

Obviously, a powerful motor is a sensible consideration. You will find that some come with more comprehensive accessory packs than others, and take into account design considerations – this is a tool you will use a lot, so you want to make sure you are comfortable with it for long periods.

Then there’s the price: the ten models here cover a price range from around £2to as much as £160, so there is clearly plenty of scope for spending as little or as much as possible.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

It’s a difficult question to answer, because each of these multi-tools has features that are worthy of consideration. The Silverline, for example, is so competitively priced it must be included on any shortlist. OK, it’s not as good all-round as some of the others, but it does what it says on the tin: it cuts things, sands things, and does other things, too, for very little money.

With power tools it is always best to buy the best you can afford, and that means – if you can afford it – taking a close look at the DeWalt. It offers you all the quality you would expect from this top brand, and if you already use their products, you will probably have decided it is the one for you.

57% more run time and you will never need to use a wrench to change out the blades. All total, in this kit you will receive a total of 2cutting and sanding attachments including the multi-tool, battery, and charger with a carrying case.

We only used this tool for cutting.  As re-modeler and carpenters we rarely use the sanding and scraping features.   What I can tell you is that the DCS355Dcuts fast and furious.  Most recently I used the DCS355Dto cut cedar clapboards to allow four pre-made window surrounds to be installed.

Corded Vs. Cordless

Many love the cordless freedom, but some require the machine to endure for a couple of hours. The downside of the batteries, they have a shorter life span. Corded models don’t operate with a battery then they are mostly more potent to tackle various DIY projects for decades. In this review, we didn’t include cordless models.

Again, to determine on which best oscillating multi tool you can start by considering whether you need corded or cordless. Cordless is also best of occasional use.

FEIN FMM350QSL 240 V

This is an original German oscillating multi tool, a professional machine designed for all levels of expertise. This machine boasts solid-build machinery supported with Fein’s robust 350 W motor. It uses a self-supporting motor with decoupling system to reduce the vibration and noise into the lowest level. The high-quality ball bearing and metal gearbox head help this machine to glide smoothly on the surface and cut precisely on any of building materials.

Ten high-quality universal tools attachments included as standard helping your regular chores just like a breeze. The model accepts all Fein Starlock & StarlockPlus tool-mounting kits. It means you can easily find the best part for this machine.

WORX WX68F50 Sonicrafter 450W

Without lack of style and functionality, the tool has an LED headlight to help you gain a precise result. To change from one attachment to another (3attachments included), it has easy changing system called by Hyperlock clamping system.

Makita TM3010CK 320 W Multi-Tool

If the TM3000C has ever become popular oscillating multi tool sold by Makita, then the TM3010CK is the improved model. The model is addressed to various level of users from DIY practitioners to the semi-professional handyman.

For the model, at least we spot key features including soft-start system, speed control (variable with dial/constant speed) and 1positions of attachments installation (at 30° increments across 360°). The latter feature is very beneficial especially if you need to work in a different working position for better manoeuvrability.

Even though TM3010CK has a smaller capacity of an electric motor, it still delivers high revs of up to 20,000 per minute without load. With the speed, this ideally sized oscillating multi tool is able to glide across tough materials.

Versatile and complete

This complete, easily accessible set of tools hits the sweet spot on value and capability in the Leatherman lineup, with well-machined parts and blades that should last years.

You can pay almost twice as much for a multitool, but the extra investment doesn’t buy you a tool that’s much more useful or practical than this one.

Pull Quote

I’ve regularly had my hands on these tools for about a decade. As an Eagle Scout and backpacker, I coveted friends’ gadget-packed Swiss Army knives from a very young age. I graduated to a Gerber; later on, a Leatherman joined me on the trail. As a contractor restoring historic houses, I kept a Leatherman in my tool belt, and it often came through on quick repairs too easy for a trip back to the truck. Now, as a homeowner, I keep multitools in the kitchen and in the car glove box. For quick fixes around the house, they’re still capable enough to solve small problems most of the time.

Oh, and I was also a tool editor at This Old House Magazine for three years and a home editor at Popular Mechanics for four years after that. In those jobs, not many press releases quickened the pulse quite like the announcement of a new multitool.

The Luxury Version

On the topic of blades, oddly, the basic Spirit model does not have a knife blade on board. That’s why we opted for the Spirit X, a similar tool that’s slightly shorter, weighs the same and has many of the same functions and manufacturing quality as the basic Spirit. There are a few other configurations that Swisstool offers in the Spirit line, but the Spirit and Spirit X were the only ones that were consistently recommended to us during our research.

The competition 

Here’s what separates the Charge series from the Swisstool Spirit X, which is roughly the same price. First, the knife locks on the Charge tools are the liner lock types, which pop a little stilt in front of a blade to keep it from closing. The Spirit has sliding locks on the two sides of the tool. Both are secure, and you’ll probably gravitate toward one or the other when you pick each up and open and shut the blades a few times.

The difference in quality between basically any Leatherman or Swisstool product when compared to most any Gerber is immediately apparent. This tool has a clever design idea—the plier handles slip down into the the handle, butt-first, rather than folding shut like a Leatherman. But the idea is not very well executed, with stiff, jerky motion that suggests some loose tolerances in the manufacturing process. Accessing the blades is kind of an annoying and unwieldy motion, as you have to pull each out with the plier tips open, and you will usually have the pliers pointed at your belly whenever you’re slicing with the knife or driving with the bits.

SOG tools also have some creative design ideas that are handicapped by poor execution. In this case, the Power Plier has a compound leverage design that is supposed to give you twice the gripping power. It’s a smart notion, but, like the Gerber, the problems start when it’s time to access the rest of the tools. To do that, you have to flip up this little trap door, then flip out the blade, then put the trap door thing back down and then close up the pliers. It’s quite cumbersome, and, compared to the relative ease with which you can snap out the knife blade from the outer face of the New Wave, it’s a total waste of time.

Gerber and SOG make several models beyond the Diesel and S-62, but the designs share a lot of the same design details and so they have a common set of drawbacks. At one time, Gerber had some of the best tools on the market, but its overseas manufacturing really doesn’t hold up in a comparison against Leatherman’s made-in-Oregon commitment to quality. SOG, on the other hand, started out (and remains) a well-regarded Washington-based knife manufacturer, and there’s reason to believe that the company’s multitools could be among the better options available once some of these design kinks get worked out. But until then, there’s no compelling reason to get one instead of a Leatherman or Swisstool.

Wrapping it up 

There’s more than one multitool out there that can make a person happy. But for the most tools for the money, in a satisfying design that leaves nothing out and doesn’t compromise on manufacturing quality, try the New Wave—you’ll understand the appeal behind Leatherman’s most popular tool of all time.

Why An Oscillating Tool Is Essential

Another reason why you need to have this tool is that it makes work relatively fast compared to when using other simple tools. They can be used as better alternatives for sawing, sanding, making large holes, cutting off nails and cutting and trimming new floors. In other words, there is a considerable number of activities that you can do using this particular tool making it a necessary acquisition for DIY enthusiasts.

Finding a suitable oscillating multi tool in the market today is vital. ​Since the invention of cordless oscillating multi tools, the market has become flooded with various models of these units from different manufacturers. The different sizes, types and price ranges make it the purchase a little confusing for most users in need of this tool. It gets more complicated when you are a beginner, are looking to upgrade or just replace your existing model.

Nevertheless, it is vital to understand that there are specific elements that you need to consider when in the market for the best oscillating tool. Reviewing these factors will ease the pressure and confusion that’s always most buyers undergo when purchasing such tools.

Performance

Performance is a vital aspect of any DIY tool. It is what will determine how efficient the tool will be for its intended purpose, in whatever working conditions it will be subjected to. Its ability to withstand harsh conditions and still provide efficiency during operation is what’s most essential. In short, you must ensure that you are purchasing an efficient tool.

One way of measuring performance, based on your need is by determining the ability of the particular unit in cutting through various materials mainly hardwoods and metals. Cutting hardwood is significantly challenging especially when dealing with wooden floors. It requires more than an ordinary kind of tool to use follow through your projects efficiently.

Ergonomics

When buying a cordless oscillating tool, you should never underestimate the element of ergonomics. Most people always disregard this aspect but the fact of the matter is that this is a powered machine and handling it is evidently important for two main reasons. First, it helps in preventing any possible injuries from happening given that it can easily slip and harm you when using it.

Secondly, it is a vibrating machine when powered on hence it implies that poor handling may never provide accurate and efficient results. This may not augur well especially with those projects that require precision hence necessary for ensuring that you consider the handling of the particular unit of your choice before ultimately buying.

It is, therefore, significant to ensure that you consider the design that the manufacturer has incorporated in their particular units and determine the ideal one that suits you.

DEWALT DCS355B 20V XR Oscillating Multi-Tool

This another cordless oscillating multi tool model from the Dewalt series. It is a machine that delivers about 57% more run time using a brushless motor. Blades and other accessories can be changed as fast as possible on this particular unit with the aid of quick- change accessory system. You can have total control when operating this machine due to the availability of dual grip variable speed trigger. This machine also has LED light that plays great role when handling operations in dark areas and enhances used in most of the oscillating multi tools.

Owing to the reputation of the Dewalt brand, this particular cordless oscillating tool may be an essential addition of you are looking for performance, quality and durability.

Power Source

The power source is the component that provides the tool with electricity. On oscillating tools, this is done through a wired connection to a mains power supply. In Australia, oscillating tools operate off mains power (240V) through a 10A socket.

Cordless oscillating tools that are powered by a battery and a charger are also available and bear very similar features to those described below. They are generally not as powerful as their corded equivalents and require regular charging, but are usually considerably light in weight and have unmatched portability.

The switch allows the electricity from the power source to flow through the tool. An oscillating tool is activated by a sliding switch.

A sliding switch must be pushed forward to activate the tool. To disengage the machine, the switch must be slid back to its rest position.

Motors are the main component of all power tools, and are the component that converts the electricity into motion. The power that motors produce is measured in Watts. Motors used in corded oscillating tools are called AC motors (they are also known as universal or series motors). They will have an input power of between 180W and 250W, and weigh about 1.2kg.

Many manufacturers will state only the input power of the tool, as this is the larger and more impressive number. This value is actually just an indication of the demand a tool will place on a power outlet under normal operating conditions. The power output at the accessory, though, is significantly less than the input power. This is due to the efficiency of the tool’s internal components, and how power is transferred through the machine. Generally speaking, higher quality tools have greater efficiency and require less input power to produce the same power output. Therefore, although it is uncommon for most manufacturers to include a power output value, it is a much better way of comparing tools.

Transmission

Also known as a gearbox, transmissions dictate the speed range (oscillations per minute, or opm) that an oscillating tool operates at, and the power it will produce.

These tools commonly produce anywhere between 11000opm and 21000opm. With each oscillation the blade only moves about 3°, allowing for precise work without kick-back.

Blade Clamp

The blade clamp is the component of the oscillating tool that secures the blade in place.

On most oscillating tools, the blade clamp is made up of a circular row of notches and a hex drive bolt. The blade or attachment fits into the notches at any given angle, and the bolt is tightened with the supplied allen key to clamp it in place.

On more expensive models, the blade clamp is sometimes a keyless system, which enables a blade to be changed in seconds.

Housing

The housing of a power tool is the casing that protects the internal components.

Oscillating tools will have either a clamshell housing, or a jampot housing.

A clamshell housing is where the housing is manufactured in two plastic halves, and where these halves are fixed together around the internal components.

A jampot housing is where the internal components of the tool are inserted into the housing and then a lid (usually an alloy casing) is screwed down to seal it. This durable style of housing is generally used on high quality power tools, and is much more effective at keeping the internal components aligned and the power tool structurally sound.

The handle is the component of the tool that you hold one or two hands and is what you use to guide the tool along the cut.

Oscillating tools have a barrel grip handle, which gives you unrivalled control over the tool for use in many different applications.

Accessories

There are many different types of accessories available, and each one has their own style, characteristics, and capabilities.

Saw blades for oscillating tools are generally capable of cutting through plastics, fibreglass, plasterboard, wood, putty, aluminium, copper, and sheet metal up to 1mm thick. These capabilities do depend on what kind of steel the blade is made out of (high speed steel, high carbon steel, or bi-metal), and the style of teeth on it.

Saw blades are available in circular, segment, and plunge-cutting designs.

Scraping

Scraper blades are thin, smooth, angled pieces of metal that can be used to remove silicone, stickers, adhesives (including tile adhesives), and carpet.

It is recommended you put a bit of petroleum jelly on the scraper blade if it is collecting too much adhesive during use.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the oscillating multi tools by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your oscillating multi tools wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of oscillating multi tools

 

 

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