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Porter-Cable 20V MAX Oscillating Tool

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  • Tool-free system
  • Variable speed dial (8K – 18K OPM)
  • LED work light
  • 3 position overmold grip
  • 12 accessories included
  • 20V MAX system

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Specifications

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCC710LA
  • Power Source: Porter-Cable 20V Max battery
  • Motor Size: 3 Amp
  • Oscillations: 8,000 – 18,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 2.8°
  • Weight: 2.59 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $69.98

Pros

  • Excellent Ergonomics
  • Excellent Blade Change System

Cons

  • Failed to Complete Cutting Test

The Bottom Line: DNF – Did Not Finish

There are some promising elements to Porter-Cable’s 20V Max Oscillating Multi-Tool with its ergonomics and blade change system. Unfortunately, the motor burning up in our cutting tests meant it could go no further. Without being able to complete the testing, we can’t recommend this model for anyone.

Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Variable Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Delivers 10000-20000 OPM (oscillations per minute)
  • Precision control over tough jobs and detail work
  • Over 30 attachments available for a variety of jobs
  • Sealed bearings for long life
  • Comfortable overmolded grip

Specifications

  • Model: Harbor Freight 63113
  • Motor Size: 2 Amp (220 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000-20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: Not listed
  • Weight: 2.64 lbs. with battery
  • Warranty: 90 days from the date of purchase
  • Price: $29.97

Pros

  • Outstanding Value
  • Very Good Ergonomics

Cons

  • Short Warranty
  • Poor Vibration Control
  • Blade Change Requires Hex Wrench
  • Poor Cutting Speed
  • 102 dB(A) While Cutting

The Bottom Line: 25th place, 62.1 points

Having a lightweight tool doesn’t do you much good if its performance is poor. Even with the top value rating, Harbor Freight can’t keep itself out of last place compared to what else is out there in an objective head-to-head test. This might work for a homeowner that needs to use it once and tell their friends they own an oscillating multi-tool.

Worx 2.5-Amp Oscillating Tool

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  • Worx 8-piece oscillating tool kit includes oscillating tool, 3 sandpaper sheets, sanding pad, end cut blade, vacuum adapter and hex key
  •  Powerful 2.5-amp motor coupled with 3.2° of oscillation delivers faster speed of cut
  •  Variable-speed dial (11,000-20,000-OPM) offers maximum control across a variety of applications
  •  6.5-ft cord minimizes the need for extension cords
  •  Built-in dust extraction helps keep your work environment clean
  •  Universal fit system allows you to use other brands’ accessories for your convenience
  •  Ideal for cutting, sawing, scraping sanding, polishing, shaping and grout removal

Specifications

  • Model: Worx WX665L
  • Motor Size: 2.5 Amp (275 watts)
  • Oscillations: 11,000-20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight: 2.85 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
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Pros

  • Excellent Value
  • Very Good Ergonomics

Cons

  • Poor Vibration Control
  • Blade Change Requires Hex Wrench
  • Poor Cutting Speed

The Bottom Line: 24th place, 66.4 points

For $50, Worx can get the job done – it’s just going to take a while and your arm won’t appreciate the vibration. This is definitely a DIY level tool.

Worx Cordless 20V Oscillating Tool

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  •  Includes oscillating tool, PowerShare 20 Volt battery, case, and 9 accessories for cutting, sawing, scraping, and sanding
  •  20-volts coupled with 3.2° oscillating motion delivers faster speed-of-cut
  •  Variable speed (5,000-18,000-OPM) and multi-angle adjustments offer maximum control over a variety of applications
  •  Integrated work light illuminates work surface for accurate cutting
  •  Universal interface allows you to use oscillating accessories from a variety of brands for your convenience
  •  Ideal for cutting, sawing, scraping, sanding, and more

Specifications

  • Model: Worx WX682L
  • Power Source: Worx 20V Max battery
  • Oscillations: 5,000-18,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs. with battery
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $96.00

Pros

  • Very Good Ergonomics
  • Very Good Value

Cons

  • Poor Vibration Control
  • Blade Change Requires Hex Wrench

The Bottom Line: 23rd place, 66.7 points

There’s not a whole lot to write home about on the Worx 20V Max Oscillating Multi-Tool other than you’re getting a cordless model for under $100. It gets the job done for homeowners, but hex wrench blade changes and high vibration relegate it to DIY grade.

Ryobi 18V ONE+ JobPlus Base with Multi-tool Attachment

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  • Compact tool head fits into tight spaces and delivers 20,000 OPM no-load speed
  • LED light brightens work area
  • Multiple-position tool head adds handling versatility
  • Universal adapter stores onboard and makes this tool compatible with other popular multi-tool accessories
  • Ergonomic GripZone overmold offers maximum comfort and less fatigue
  • MagTray magnetic holder allows convenient placement of screws and bits

Specifications

  • Model: Ryobi P340
  • Power Source: Ryobi One+ 18V battery
  • Oscillations: 20,000
  • Oscillation Angle: 3°
  • Weight: 3.64 lbs. with 4.0 Ah battery
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $64.99

Pros

  • Good Ergonomics
  • Multiple Heads Available
  • Good Cutting Speed
  • Good Value

Cons

  • Blade Change Requires Hex Wrench
  • Sub-Par Vibration Control

The Bottom Line: 22nd place, 72.8 points

High vibration and no lock on button for the variable speed trigger will make most Pros turn away, especially with a hex wrench blade change. The multiple head feature appeals to DIYers, but you’ll need to pony up the extra cash for a battery and charger unless you’re already on the Ryobi 18V One+ platform. Breaking the 70-point mark, this model stakes its claim in the Prosumer class.

Rockwell 20V MaxLithium Sonicrafter Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Hyperlock tool-free blade change system provides 1 ton of clamping force to prevent blade slippage
  • Universal Fit System accepts other major brand accessories
  • Powerful 2.0 Amp Hour battery provides fast cutting and excellent runtime
  • LED work light improves visibility & metal gear housing provides extreme durability
  • Variable speed dial for precision control
  • 27-Piece Kit includes 5 Universal Fit Blades, a Universal Fit Sanding Pad with 20 Sanding Sheets and a Rockwell carrying bag

Specifications

  • Model: Rockwell RK2863K
  • Power Source: Rockwell 20V Max battery
  • Oscillations: 5000 – 20000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight: 3.06 lbs. with battery
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $125.87

Pros

  • Good Ergonomics
  • Good Blade Change
  • Very Good Value

Cons

  • Loudest Model Tested

The Bottom Line: 21st Place, 74.2 Points

With the exception of being the loudest model we tested, the Rockwell 20V Max Sonicrafter keeps its head down. It manages to stay out of the bottom ranks but doesn’t move away from the safety of the middle, either. At roughly $125 for the kit with a battery, this moves into the Prosumer class and gives you a reasonable balance of performance and price.

Dremel Velocity Oscillating Tool

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  • More convenient and easier to use than recip and circular saws for all your home remodeling projects
  • The most power, in a compact design, to tackle any cut anywhere faster
  • Patented control foot for long cuts in sheet material, and easily folds away when tackling detailed work
  • Compatible with all universal multi-tool accessories – cut a variety of materials with ease
  • Hyper and precision variable speed – for optional performance in a variety of materials

Specifications

  • Model: Dremel VC60-01
  • Motor Size: 7 Amp (770 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000-16,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 5°
  • Weight: 4.16 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $64.99

Pros

  • Good Blade Change
  • Excellent Cutting Speed
  • Non-Traditional Blade Position and Control Foot Allow for Longer Cuts and Scrapes

Cons

  • Large Handle and Weight Give it Low Ergonomics
  • Sub-Par Vibration Control
  • Loud During Cutting

The Bottom Line: 20th Place, 74.5 points

The Dremel Velocity is the elephant in the room – both for its unusual design and its size. With the largest diameter housing in the group and higher weight, it’s rough in the ergonomics department. High vibration doesn’t help, either. It redeems itself with a 5° oscillating angle that gives it the third highest cutting speed. The control foot makes it pretty convenient to use on longer cuts and scrapes. Time will tell how well the plastic foot holds up, but it has the potential to be a huge help when you’re scraping out grout or silicone on remodels. Earning 74.4 points, it reaches the Prosumer level.

Festool Oscillator VECTURO OS 400

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  • Cut, scrape or score virtually any material, thanks to a wide variety of blades and variable speed.
  • Achieve accurate, to-the-line cuts anywhere in the material, thanks to the optional Plunge Base and slim body design.
  • Power through the most challenging tasks with ease thanks to hassle-free, tool-less base and cutter changes.
  • 400-Watt motor producing up to 18,500 oscillations per minute
  • 4-degree oscillation amplitude for super cutting speed

Specifications

  • Model: Festool Vecturo OS 400 EQ-Set (Item# 575352)
  • Motor Size: 3.6 amp (400 watts)
  • Oscillations: 11,000-18,500 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 4°
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $630.00

Pros

  • Fastest Cutting Speed Tested (was not able to use the same blade as the other models)
  • Depth Stop and Plunge Base Included in EQ-Set Kit
  • Excellent Handle Design

Cons

  • Sub-Par Vibration Control
  • Low Value Score
  • Loud While Cutting

The Bottom Line: 19th Place, 76.8 Points

With an unusually low score for Festool, the Vecturo punches below its weight class for a disappointing finish. Pros are used to seeing Festool prices, so it’s no surprise that it’s among the most expensive models we tested. What surprised us is the amount of vibration the Vecturo transfers to your hand – something Festool is usually near the top in. It’s also a heavy tool, but that’s offset by one of the best handle designs of the traditional models. It gives us better control than most of the other models in our test.

Speaking of control, carpenters that use a multi-tool to plunge cut on fine woodworking projects will love the depth stop and plunge cutting base to make ridiculously accurate cuts. If Festool can iron out the 102 dB(A) sound level and get the vibration under control, Pros will forgive the extra weight that comes with Festool quality.

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool

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  • Includes: Makita Multi-tool adapter, Multi-tool adapter, 1-1/4-inch plunge blade, 18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger, 18V Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah battery, tool bag
  •  Lithium-Ion multi-tool makes less noise while using tool for indoor usage
  •  3-year manufacturing warranty on tool, with 1-month return/replacement guarantee
  •  1-year warranty on battery
  •  Adaptive design for wedging, sanding, or scraping
  •  3.2-degree oscillation angle is ideal for any application
  •  Up to 6,000 opm for high-performance work
  •  Variable-speed control matches tool speed to work
  •  On-off side-switch has a lock-on button
  •  Lithium-Ion cordless multi-tool has a small 2-3/8-inch diameter grip
  •  Battery system lights up and stops tool when battery needs recharged
  •  Reduced vibration for comfort while using the tool

Specifications

  • Model: Makita XMT035
  • Power Source: Makita 18V LXT battery
  • Oscillations: 6,000 – 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight: 4.99 lbs.
  • Length: 13-3/8″
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $278.44

Pros

  • Very Good Vibration Control
  • Good Cutting Speed

Cons

  • Heaviest Model Tested
  • Large Handle Diameter
  • 101 dB(A) Sound Level During Cutting

The Bottom Line: 18th place, 77.3 points

Makita’s cordless oscillating tool takes cares of two major categories with solid vibration control and Pro-level cutting speed. However, it sacrifices ergonomics to get it. Combined with a high price and sound level during cutting, it drops down below the 80-point threshold.

Fein Multimaster 18 V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Self-supporting motor with vibration decoupling for outstanding vibration and noise reduction.
  • High torque motor with performance identical to corded version.
  • Convenient, tool-free accessory change, using the QuickIN rapid change system.
  • StarlockPlus tool mount with outstanding torque transfer, fits all Starlock and StarlockPlus accessories.
  • High-performance 18 V li-ion batteries with SafetyCell technology.
  • Capacity indicator on every battery.
  • Integrated interface for mounting additional system accessories.
  • Wide selection of accessories available for all applications.

Specifications

  • Model: Fein MultiMaster AFMM 18 QSL
  • Power Source: Fein 18V battery
  • Oscillations: 11,000-18,000 RPM
  • Oscillation Angle: Not Listed
  • Weight: 3.83 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year, 2 years with product registration
  • Price: $599.00

Pros

  • Very Good Vibration Control
  • Outstanding Starlock Blade Change System
  • Very Good Sound Control

Cons

  • Poor Cutting Speed

The Bottom Line: 17th Place, 77.8 Points

The cordless Fein MultiMaster does almost everything well that you expect from Fein – low vibration, low sound, and that killer Starlock blade change system. While most other categories hang out in the middle range, surprisingly slow cutting speed is what relegates this model to the sub-80-point club. That’s a disappointing finish for the inventors of the oscillating tool.

Ridgid JobMax 4 Amp Multi-Tool with Tool-Free Head

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  • 4 position head is adjustable for better access in tight spaces
  • Tool-free multi-tool head and easily swap out accessories without using a tool
  • 2 finger variable speed trigger offers maximum comfort for extended use; provides more speed control to match the application
  • LED lights illuminate the work area for increased visibility
  • Hex grip micro texture, grip enhancing micro texture for maximum user comfort
  • Compact head profile for reaching into tight spaces
  • Universal adaptor to be compatible with all popular multi-tool accessories
  • Includes: R2851 power base, R8223406 tool-free multi-tool head, segment blade, 1-1/8 in. wood cutting blade, 2 drive gear covers, sanding pad, 5-piece sandpaper, universal multi-tool adaptor, bag, operator’s manuals

Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid R28602
  • Motor Size: 4 Amp (440 watts)
  • Oscillations: 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 4°
  • Weight: 2.96 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $106.99

Pros

  • Our Favorite Handle/Grip Design and Low Weight Makes for Outstanding Ergonomics
  • Very Good Blade Change Design
  • Very Good Cutting Speed
  • Very Good Value
  • Interchangeable JobMax Head Design

Cons

  • Poor Vibration Control
  • No Lock On Switch for Variable Speed Trigger

The Bottom Line: 16th Place, 78.1 Points

Lightweight and comfortable, Ridgid’s JobMax is one of our favorite models to pick up. Cutting speed is solid, but the lack of a lock-on switch and a lot of vibration takes some of the fun away from using it. As a tool dialed in for remodelers that don’t need specialty tools on every job, the JobMax interchangeable head system allows you to switch to a jigsaw, reciprocating saw, right angle drill, drywall cutout tool, and more.

DeWalt 20V MAX XR Cordless Oscillating Multi-tool

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  • DeWalt brushless motor delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed
  • Quick-Change accessory system allows blades and attachments to be changed quickly without wrenches
  • Dual-Grip variable speed trigger gives users ultimate speed and application control
  • Bright LED light illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting
  • DeWalt Oscillating Tool Guide System allows users to set the depth or height for accurate repeatability
  • 28-Piece DeWalt accessory kit with storage box includes popular cutting and sanding attachments
  • Universal accessory adaptor for use with most oscillating tool accessory brands

Specifications

  • Model: DeWalt DSC355D1
  • Power Source: DeWalt 20V Max battery
  • Oscillations: 0-20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 1.6°
  • Weight: 3.03 lbs. with battery
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: Check on Amazon

Pros

  • Very Good Ergonomics with Light Weight and Easy to Grip Handle Design
  • Lock On Switch for Variable Speed Trigger
  • Excellent Blade Change Clamp System
  • Very Good Cutting Speed
  • Good Value Rating
  • Brushless Motor

Cons

  • 102 dB(A) Sound Level While Cutting
  • Sub-Par Vibration Control

The Bottom Line: 15th Place, 78.5 Points

DeWalt’s 20V Max is a tempting cordless oscillating tool. On paper, it’s pretty solid. However, in hand, it has a lot of vibration. A lock on switch brings it up a notch above Ridgid’s corded model in the feature department, but a 102 dB(A) will have you reaching for ear protection. In the end, Pro-level performance is offset by those negatives to keep it out of the 80-point club. That said, $200 is still a nice price point for this tool.

Ridgid JobMax 18V Multi-Tool with Tool-Free Head

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  • Tool-free multi-tool head- easily swap out accessories without using a tool
  • 4° of oscillation- for maximum cutting power
  • Tool-free quick connect interface easily attach and detach the right head for the right application
  • 4 directional head positions adjustable for easier access in tight spaces
  • Compact head profile for reaching into tight spaces
  • Variable speed trigger provides more speed control to match the application
  • Product may vary in store

Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid R862005
  • Power Source: Ridgid 18V battery
  • Oscillations: 0-20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 4°
  • Weight: 3.26 lbs with compact battery
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: Check on Amazon

Pros

  • Our Favorite Handle/Grip Design and Low Weight Makes for Excellent Ergonomics
  • Very Good Blade Change Design
  • Good Cutting Speed
  • Good Value
  • Very Good Sound Control
  • Interchangeable Job Max Head Design

Cons

  • Sub-Par Vibration Control
  • No Lock-On Switch for Variable Speed Trigger

The Bottom Line: 14th Place, 78.9 Points

With essentially the same characteristics as its corded brother, the cordless Ridgid JobMax jumps slightly higher mainly because of slightly better vibration control. It also does noticeably better in the sound department, though it does lose a little bit of cutting speed for its cordless convenience. Like the corded version, vibration control is the main factor keeping it outside 80 points.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Multi-Tool

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  • Powerful motor: Delivers 11,000 to 18,000 OPM
  • REDLITHIUM Battery Technology: Superior pack construction, electronics, and performance deliver more work per charge and more work over pack life than any battery on the market
  • All-metal gear case: Provides added job site durability
  • Tool-free blade change: Offers faster changes and no tools to misplace
  • Built-in LED light: Illuminates dark work spaces

Specifications

  • Model: Milwaukee 2626-20
  • Power Source: Milwaukee RedLithium 18V battery
  • Oscillations: 11,000 – 18,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: Not listed
  • Weight: 3.7  lbs.with 5.0 Ah battery
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $104.95 (bare tool), Check on Amazon (kit)

Pros

  • Lowest Noise Level Tested
  • Very Good Cutting Speed

Cons

  • Blade Change Needs Improvement

The Bottom Line: 13th Place, 79.8 Points

Milwaukee’s M18 oscillating tool has been out for several years now and it’s due for an upgrade. It does well in keeping the noise level down with the lowest level we measure at 92 dB(A). The cutting speed is also where we expect a Pro-level model to be. While the blade change is technically tool-free, it’s possible to over-tighten the bolt and have to reach for a screwdriver assist. With no kit available, this is a tool that current Milwaukee users will want to get to supplement their current arsenal, but it’s unlikely to be the tool that pulls users into the platform. Earning 79.7 points, it’s just outside the 80-point mark that we like to see Pro-level tools hit. Compared only to other cordless models, it ranks third in the group and that’s a solid finish.

Hitachi 3.5-Amp-Volt Oscillating Tool

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  •  Includes oscillating tool, accessory case, 2 wood blades, sanding pad, 27 sandpaper sheets, and carrying bag
  •  Variable speed dial allows for adjustment form 6,000 to 20,000 OPM
  •  Hitachi’s auto made setting will adjust the speed and power to maximize cutting performance while minimizing vibration
  •  Tool-less blade change system is compatible with open and closed back blades

Specifications

  • Model: Hitachi CV 350 V
  • Motor Size: 3.5 Amp (385 watts)
  • Oscillations: 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: Not listed
  • Weight: 3.18 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $129

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Pros

  • Good Ergonomics with Pro-Level Grip and Weight Ratings
  • Good Vibration Control
  • Good Cutting Speed
  • Very Good Value Rating

Cons

  • Blade Change Feels Over-Engineered

The Bottom Line: 12th Place, 80.2 Points

As the first oscillating tool to break the 80-point Pro-level barrier, Hitachi’s CV 350 V runs in the middle of the pack for the most part. Its combination of ergonomics, vibration control, and cutting speed make it one of the easiest models to control through complex cuts. The only real knock we have against it is that the blade changes add the step of a pull-twist in addition to the lever lock, making it feel over-engineered.

Bosch 18V EC Brushless StarlockPlus Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Starlock 3-D tool-accessory interface – best-in-class grip means more torque transfer
  • Multi-tool versatility – accomplish flush-cutting, plunge-cutting, sanding, grinding, and many other tasks
  • Dynamic accessory range – utilizes all Starlock and StarlockPlus accessories
  • Corded-like performance – power and speed comparable to the corded Bosch GOP40-30 StarlockPlus oscillating tool
  • EC Brushless motor technology – offers up to 30% more power and better efficiency than previous-generation 18V motors for increased runtime and exceptional motor life in an ultra-compact design
  • Wide 2.8° oscillating arc – provides better accessory utilization and increased productivity
  • Snap-in toolless accessory attachment and release lever – allows for no-touch, easy release of blade; no more burned fingers
  • LED light – for illumination in dark work areas
  • Flush-cutting design – built to accomplish flush cuts such as doorjambs cuts using various plunge or segment blades
  • Constant Response circuitry – maintains the desired speed under load
  • Variable-speed dial – able to match speed from 8,000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute to application for outstanding results
  • Compact build – reaches into corners and other tight spaces
  • Ergonomic design – weighs only 2.7 Lbs. with a small grip diameter, for user comfort
  • Reinforced metal gearing – provides optimal force transmission from the tool to work surface
  • Straightforward on/off slide switch – allows for greater ease of use
  • No-mar plastic ribs – protects the work surface in front of the tool from scuffs or scratches

Specifications

  • Model: Bosch GOP18V-28N
  • Power Source: Bosch 18V battery
  • Oscillations: 8,000 – 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 2.8°
  • Weight: 4.46 lbs. with Core18V battery
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $199.00

Pros

  • 2nd Overall for Cordless Models
  • Good Vibration Control
  • Outstanding Starlock Blade Change System
  • Good Cutting Speed
  • Brushless Motor

Cons

  • Heavy at 4.46 Pounds with Core18V Battery
  • Boxy with Large Handle Diameter

The Bottom Line: 11th Place, 80.5 Points

The second place finisher in the cordless division does well by also cracking the Top 10 overall. The only negatives against it are its heavy design in combination with a Core19V battery (which also boosts performance) and its bulky housing design. Aside from those two points, it’s solid the rest of the way around, though it doesn’t challenge the top. One of the biggest wins for this design is the Starlock blade change system that it shares with other Bosch and Fein models. It allows you to easily swap blades without ever having to touch them, save for opening up a new pack.

DeWalt Oscillating Multi-tool

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  • Powerful 3-amp Motor provides strong performance for cutting and sanding
  • Quick-Change accessory system allows blades and attachments to be changed quickly without wrenches
  • Dual-Grip variable speed trigger gives users ultimate speed and application control
  • Bright LED light illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting
  • DEWALT Oscillating Tool Guide System allows users to set the depth or height for accurate repeatability
  • 29-Piece DEWALT; accessory kit with storage box includes popular cutting and sanding attachments
  • Universal accessory adaptor for use with most oscillating tool accessory brands

Specifications

  • Model: DeWalt DWE315K
  • Motor Size: 3.0 Amp (330 watts)
  • Oscillations: 0-22,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 1.6°
  • Weight: 3.21 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: Check on Amazon

Pros

  • Very Good Ergonomics with Very Good Weight and Handle/Grip Ratings
  • Excellent Clamping Blade Change Design
  • Very Good Cutting Speed
  • Good Value Rating

Cons

  • Sub-Par Vibration Control

The Bottom Line: 10th Place, 81.1 Points

DeWalt’s biggest assets are its ability to perform at a Pro level while earning some bonus points in weight and handle design. While we prefer Ridgid’s handle, DeWalt also takes advantage of a smaller diameter and multiple grip positions. Our testing team likes the combination of an on/off switch and variable speed dial over a variable speed trigger design, but DeWalt does include a lock on switch. The biggest priority they need to address is getting the vibration under better control. Aside from that, it’s the best model if you prefer a paddle trigger over a straight up power switch.

Porter-Cable 3.0 Amp Corded Oscillating Multi-tool

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  • 3 Amp Motor delivers power to complete applications fast
  • TOOL FREE SYSTEM blade change allows quick changes and adjustments for specific applications without wrenches and bolts
  • Depth and Cutting Guide helps complete plunge and cutting tasks faster and with more control
  • Variable Speed Dial (10,000 – 22,000 OPM) optimizes performance and control across a complete range of applications
  • 3 Position Over Mold provides gripping area on the front, middle and rear to improve comfort by reducing vibration
  • 7 Foot Cord minimizes the need for extension cords

Specifications

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCE605K
  • Motor Size: 3.0 Amp (330 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000-22,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 2.8°
  • Weight: 3.23 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $118.62

Pros

  • Good Ergonomics with Very Good Weight and Good Handle/Grip Design Ratings
  • Low Vibration
  • Fast Cutting Speed
  • Excellent Clamping Blade Change System
  • Excellent Value
  • Includes Depth and Cutting Guide

Cons

  • Sub-Par Sound Level at 101 dB(A)

The Bottom Line: 9th Place, 81.5 Points

It’s not often you see Porter-Cable outrank brand partner DeWalt in one of our shootouts, but they managed to do it this time. What pushes PC ahead is dialing just about every category in at a Pro level, save for the sound rating. At $130, Porter-Cable reaches out of the Prosumer sector to create a Pro-ready tool that won’t break the bank. If you’re the kind of Pro that only reaches for an oscillating tool occasionally, this is an easy recommendation.

Rockwell 4.2 Amp Sonicrafter F80 Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Duotech Oscillation Technology puts speed and control into one tool
  • The only oscillating tool that lets you select between 2 modes, power & precision, to fit your job
  • Universal Fit System accepts other major brand accessories
  • Hyperlock Tool-Free clamp provides 1 ton of force to prevent slipping
  • Powerful 4.2 Amp motor with constant speed control won’t stall
  • Variable speed dial for precision control
  • Includes 10 accessories plus a hard carrying case

Specifications

  • Model: Rockwell RK5151K
  • Motor Size: 4.2 Amp (462 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10000~19000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 5° or 3.4°
  • Weight: 3.31 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $113.91

Pros

  • Good Weight and Handle/Grip Ratings Combine for Good Ergonomics
  • Good Blade Change
  • Highest Cutting Speed Using 5° Oscillating Angle and Imperial Blade
  • Excellent Value Rating

Cons

  • Loud While Cutting With 103 dB(A) Rating
  • Switching Between 3.4° and 5° During Use May Damage the Tool

The Bottom Line: 8th Place, 83.0 Points

Rockwell’s Sonicrafter introduces a variable angle switch, giving you more control when you need it and faster cutting when you want it. Our only concern is that you can switch the angle while the tool is on, so it’s possible you can damage the mechanism. The $120 price point and all-around solid performance make it an excellent value, though you may need to reach for ear protection if you’re going to use it very long. 103 dB(A) is the second loudest we tested behind Rockwell’s cordless model.

Fein AFSC 18 QSL Supercut 18V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Performance capability identical to a corded machine. Offers maximum work progress to professionals in many trades.
  • High-performance 18 Volt Li-ion batteries with charge indicator.
  • High-tech Li-ion battery technology with monitoring of individual cells.
  • StarlockMax tool mount with outstanding torque transfer, fits all Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax accessories.
  • Rapid charger for continuous work without interruption.
  • All FEIN SuperCut accessories can be used.
  • Convenient QuickIN rapid-clamping system
  • Outstanding FEIN quality and sturdiness.
  • Designed for continuous use and heavy loading.
  • electronic speed control

Specifications

  • Model: Fein Akku Supercut AFSC18 QSL
  • Power Source: 18V
  • Oscillations: 10,000-19,500 RPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 42. degrees
  • Weight:  4 lbs.
  • Length: 11″
  • Warranty: 1 year, 2 years with product registration
  • Price: $599.00

Pros

  • Top Cordless Model in the Group
  • Very Good Vibration Control
  • Oustanding Starlock Blade Change System
  • Good Cutting Speed
  • Brushless Motor

Cons

  • Low Value Rating

The Bottom Line: 7th Place, 83.7 Points

Outpacing 18 of our other oscillating tools, including plenty of corded models, the Fein Supercut 18V rises above the rest of the cordless contenders to claim the top spot. Fein stays at Pro level across the board and is highlighted by its Starlock Blade Change System, low vibration, and solid cutting speed. Being the best comes at a price, and in this case, it’s nearly $600. Still, if you want the best cordless oscillating tool available, the Fein Supercut is the clear winner.

Kobalt 24V Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool

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Kobalt was a little late to the oscillating tool party (my fault), but talk about fashionably late! We know the rest of Kobalt’s 24V power tools balance legitimate Pro performance with a reasonable price point. I didn’t expect the results when I crunched the numbers, though. It’s weakest area is noise level, safely tucked in a pack with 5 other models at 98 dB(A). From there it only gets better and jumps ahead of the every other cordless oscillating tool with solid rankings in cutting speed and value. Displacing Fein at the top of the cordless category is no easy feat, but Kobalt pulls it off for with a kit that’s only $169.

Specifications

  • Model: Kobalt KMT 1624A-03
  • Power Source: 24V
  • Oscillations: 11,000 – 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 1.8° L/R (3.6° total)
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs with 1.5 Ah battery
  • Length: 11.25″
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $110.98

Pros

  • Top cordless model
  • Good vibration reduction system
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Excellent cutting speed
  • Excellent value
  • Brushless motor

Cons

  • No major weaknesses

The Bottom Line: 6th Place, 84.0 Points

Bosch StarlockMax Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Starlock 3-D tool-accessory interface – delivers best-in-class blade grip providing more torque transfer
  • Multi-tool versatility – accomplish flush-cutting, plunge-cutting, sanding, grinding, and many other tasks
  • Dynamic accessory range – utilizes all Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax accessories
  • Extreme power – driven by a 5.5 Amp motor with reinforced metal gearing
  • 3.6° oscillating arc – delivers better accessory utilization and increased productivity
  • Snap-in toolless accessory attachment and release lever – allows a no-touch, easy release of blade; no more burned fingers
  • Flush cutting – provides a design that is ideal for flush cuts such as door jamb cuts using various plunge or segment blades
  • Constant Response circuitry – maintains the desired speed under load
  • Variable-speed dial – rotates from 8,000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute to match speed to application for outstanding results
  • Compact build – reaches into corners and other tight spaces
  • Ergonomic design – features a narrow grip diameter, for user comfort
  • Reinforced metal gearing – offers well-built construction for optimal force transmission from the tool to work surface
  • Rugged construction – for robust durability and minimal tool vibration
  • Ball-joint cord swivel – for enhanced ease of positioning tool and for cord durability
  • Easy-to-use on/off slide switch – for trouble-free operation
  • Easy brush access – allows access for tool maintenance and lasting operation

Specifications

  • Model: Bosch GOP55-36C2
  • Motor Size: 5.5 Amp (550 watts)
  • Oscillations: 8,000-20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.6°
  • Weight: 3.55 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $343.47

Pros

  • Good handle/grip design and weight combine for good ergonomics
  • Very good vibration reduction
  • Starlock Blade Change System
  • Good value

Cons

  • No Real Drawbacks

The Bottom Line: 5th Place, 84.5 Points

While $399 seems like a high price point for an oscillating tool, we tested the 40-piece kit. You can get a more basic setup for $259. With no real chinks in the armor, Bosch does really well from top to bottom. Like other members of the group, Starlock is a huge advantage for blade changes. Bosch also reaches high in vibration control as one of the few that are pleasant to use for longer periods of time. The lowest rating it earned is 98 dB(A) in our sound test, and that’s still a solid place to be.

Makita Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Makita multi-tool kit includes sanding pad, 120-grit sandpaper, 180-grit sandpaper, 1-1/4-inch blade, two adapters, accessory case and tool case
  •  Speed dial selects oscillation rates of 6,000 to 20,000 opm
  •  Electric multi-tool relies on automatic speed controls to sustain performance under load
  •  Slide switch controls power for one-hand operation
  •  Body limits vibrations and noise for comfort
  •  Tool-free installation uses clamp system for security
  •  Included adapters accept most standard accessories
  •  Sanding multi-tool includes one-year manufacturer’s warranty against material and workmanship defects

Specifications

  • Model: Makita TM3010CX1
  • Motor Size: 3.0 Amp (360 watts)
  • Oscillations: 6,000 – 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight:3.55 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $159.00

Pros

  • Above average vibration control
  • Very good cut speed
  • Excellent tool value

Cons

  • No Real Drawbacks

The Bottom Line: 4th Place, 85.4 Points

In a neck-and-neck battle between Bosch and Makita, our Japanese friends earn their advantage by matching Bosch in vibration control and rising above them in cutting speed, sound level, and value. Makita does give up a slightly less favorable handle/grip design and obviously, doesn’t have the Starlock system. What will likely make it more appealing to Pros is that it doesn’t really have any drawbacks and comes in $100 less than Bosch’s least expensive kit.

Dremel Multi-Max MM45 Oscillating Tool

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  • Quick-Lock feature for tool-less and secure accessory changes
  • High Performance 5.0 amp motor – for the most demanding applications
  • Quick Fit accessory interface – for fast and easy accessory change
  • Quick-Boost – maintains constant speed throughout toughest applications and materials
  • Up-front on/off switch – for one-handed use and maintains speed setting
  • 10,000 – 21,000 OPM speed range – for optimal performance in a variety of materials
  • Ergonomically optimized soft grip for comfort and control
  • 7 foot rubber cord for a wide working range

Specifications

  • Model: Dremel MM45
  • Motor Size: 4 Amp (440 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000 – 21,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 1.5°
  • Weight: 2.86 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years limited
  • Price: $119.99

Pros

  • Very Good Ergonomics with Excellent Weight and Good Handle/Grip Ratings
  • Vibration Reduced
  • Easy Blade Change
  • Very Good Cut Speed
  • Low noise output at 96 dB(A)
  • Excellent Value

Cons

  • Long-Term Durability Concerns

The Bottom Line: 3rd Place, 85.7 Points

In what can only be described as a shocking result, DIY/Maker brand Dremel cracks the top 3 with their MM45 oscillating tool. This $100 tool challenged the big names in every single test and while it didn’t win any of them, it did prove its worth among them. The only concern our testing team has is whether or not the tool has the build quality to be a Pro’s primary oscillating tool. Still, it comes with a 2-years warranty. Even if you do have to replace it every two years, it’ll hurt your wallet much less than most of the models currently sitting around it.

Fein Multimaster Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Self-supporting motor with vibration decoupling for outstanding vibration and noise reduction.
  • Very powerful 350 Watt FEIN high-performance motor for optimal cutting speeds and maximum work progress.
  • Highest quality and stability thanks to metal gear case and consistent use of ball or needle bearings.
  • Convenient QuickIN rapid-clamping system
  • Electronic speed control with tacho generator for constant speed, even under load.
  • Integrated interface for mounting additional system accessories.
  • Softgrip zone provides optimal handling.
  • StarlockPlus tool mount with outstanding torque transfer, fits all Starlock and StarlockPlus accessories.
  • Wide selection of accessories available for all applications.

Specifications

  • Model: Fein MultiMaster Top FMM 350 QSL
  • Power Source: 110V
  • Motor Size: 3.2 Amp (350 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000-19,500 RPM
  • Oscillation Angle: Not Listed
  • Weight: 3.13 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year, 2 years with product registration
  • Price: Check on Amazon

Pros

  • Good Handle/Grip Design and Very Good Weight Combine for Very Good Ergonomics
  • Lowest Vibration Rating of All Tested Oscillating Tools
  • Outstanding Starlock Blade Change System
  • Very Good Value Rating

Cons

  • No Real Drawbacks

The Bottom Line: 2nd Place, 87.9 Points

The Fein MultiMaster is the choice of many Pros and its performance in our shootout proves why. The self-supporting motor design nearly eliminates vibration to a level that we really wish they’d work on a reciprocating saw with the same idea. Like all Fein and Bosch models in our test, Starlock gives the MultiMaster a big leg up in blade changes and the ergonomics are solid as well. The only thing close to disappointing on this model is that it’s only average in cutting speed and sound level ratings. While $349 seems like a high price to pay for a corded model, you can start with a more basic setup for $199, giving it a good value for the performance you get.

Fein Supercut FSC500QSL Oscillating Multi-Tool

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  • Highest quality and stability due to the use of ball and needle bearings together with a motor and gearbox designed for continuous use and heavy loads.
  • Convenient QuickIN rapid-clamping system
  • StarlockMax tool mount with outstanding torque transfer, fits all Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax accessories.
  • Powerful oscillating motion for maximum work progress.
  • Electronic speed control.
  • FEIN High-Power-Motor for outstanding performance.
  • Wide selection of accessories available for all applications.

Specifications

  • Model: Fein Supercut FSC 500 QSL
  • Motor Size: 3.7 Amp (407 watts)
  • Oscillations: 10,000-19,500 RPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 4.2°
  • Weight: 3.54 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year, 2 years with product registration
  • Price: $448.00

Pros

  • Good Weight and Handle/Grip Ratings Combine for Good Ergonomics
  • Excellent Vibration Control
  • Outstanding Starlock Blade Change System
  • Quick Cutting

Cons

  • Sub-Par Value Rating

The Bottom Line: 1st Place, 89.9 Points

Where the Fein Supercut gets its advantage over the MultiMaster is in cutting speed. We detected a hint of vibration that wasn’t there in the MultiMaster, but it’s still well ahead of any other model in our tests. Starlock continues to play a part in these high rankings. The weak spot for the SC is in value – its $459 price tag ($439 for a more basic kit) is part of the reason many Pros step down to the MultiMaster. Fein’s Supercut nudges towards average in ergonomics and sound level ratings, but it does enough to outpace the other 24 multi-tools in our shootout to take home the crown as Best Oscillating Tool and nearly cracks the 90-point mark doing it.

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Any plans to look at the recently announced (and now available) 5.0 amp Dremel MultiMax MM50?

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I was going to be disappointed if the Starlock MultiMaster and Super Cut where not #2 and #1. Having owned at least 7 or the ones tested, the new design Fein’s are by far the best. Wish I would not have purchased the Vecturo. Ecstatic that I purchased the MM and then SC.

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Any plans to update this to include the new 12 and 20 Volt cordless entries from Skil? They seem like good values and the performance on the 12V in your review certainly seems like it can hang with this group.

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Why there is no KOBALT multi-tool?I think it’s the best one.

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Of the corded models, the Makita is the best value and what I prefer after using several different models. If you want to pay more and/or have Starlock compatibility, then Fein is the best choice.