The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool (XMT035) is the newest addition to the LXT line of 18V cordless tools. It delivers up to 20 minutes of run time with Makita’s LXT 18V Batteries. Using the rapid charger that comes with the kit, those batteries can charge in just 30 minutes for the 3.0 amp […]
Everyone has that one tool they could never live without. For some people it’s as simple as a pencil. For others, it’s an accurate level or a trusty hammer. But for me, it’s the Fein MultiMaster—which is why I jumped at the opportunity to review the FEIN MultiMaster AFMM 14 Cordless Kit. This German engineered tool […]
Oscillating multi-tool accessories may not be sexy, but simplifying how they are installed is something I’m very interested in. I’m also interested in any way to make either a tool or accessory universal to all other manufacturers’ products. The reason is simple: It’s just too darn hard to have to have to think ahead to […]
When we attended this year’s IBS Show in Orlando, Florida we were shown a new tool and sworn to secrecy on on penalty of… well, it wouldn’t have been pleasant. That new tool was the 18V Oscillating Multi-Tool. It’s sold as both a kit (PCCK510LA) and as a bare tool (PCC510B). Both tools utilize Porter-Cable’s new Tool Free System, allowing you to swap out multi-tool blades and accessories without having to reach for the Allen wrench. Plus, since it runs on an 18V platform, the new PCCK510 delivers twice the run-time of their current 12V MAX oscillating multi-tool (PCL120MTC-2). If you’re sick of running a cordless multi-tool in ~10 minute stints, this is a nice upgrade.
Makita just released two new multi-tools, including the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool Kit (model LXMT025), and the corded Multi-Tool Kit (model TM3000CX5). Compared to other models on the market, these tools look to be hitting the market as “second-gen” level tools, with sufficient build quality to impress us out of the gate and enough run-time (18V cordless) and power (corded model) to be very practical.
The new TM3000CX5 Oscillating Multi-Tool is powered by a 3.0 amp motor with soft start for smooth start-ups. The variable speed control dial allows a flexible operating range (6,000 â€“ 20,000 OPM) and enables the user to match the speed to the application, and the electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher-quality work. Similar to the 18V Lithium-Ion Multi-Tool, the new TM3000CX5 has a 3.2 degree oscillation angle engineered for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding.
You’d think that after reviewing a ton of multi-tools, in fact, just about every one on the market now – that we’d be sick of them. Well, we are – except that they are so handy. And then Ridgid got a hold of us and showed us their new JobMax 12V Multi-Tool system, which uses a suite of rugged new heads and can seemingly tackle just about any job you throw at it. Well that was a claim worth investigating – after all, can a cordless multi-tool really be a jack of all trades and master them at the same time? We won’t spoil the review for you, but I think the answers will be surprisingly candid and unexpected for most users of these types of tools.
We were impressed with the original Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating tool – and to this day it remains one of our most trusted go-to tools in the Pro Tool Reviews arsenal. What makes the Dremel even more successful is the prevalence of its accessories, which can be purchased just about anywhere. That means that if you are in the middle of a job and you “spatula” your blade, you can run to the local home improvement warehouse and get a replacement. Try that with some of the more obscure brands. Now Dremel has released its Cordless Multi-Max Oscillating Tool and we couldn’t be happier. It takes the speed and agility of the original tool and cuts the cords. It allows the tool to be more and do more. What may come as a surprise to most is that it really doesn’t cost all that much more. It’s also not a replacement for the Multi-Max, but a different product that caters to a different user requirement. Dremel will continue to manufacture and offer both products.
There are now over a dozen oscillating multi-tools on the market, which begs the question: which one do I buy? What we’re finding, especially thanks to universal accessory adapters now coming to market, is that they all cut basically the same – provided you are comparing them using the same blade. What that leaves is features, price, and of course, rugged build quality and ergonomics. CEL’s Multi2PRO has some nice features that make it stand out, and it’s an easy tool to use, so it fits nicely into the mix of oscillating multi-tools and provides the company with a competitive product with which to round out their product line. We tested the CEL Power8 Workshop all-in-one compact benchtop tool earlier last year and we’d rank the Multi2PRO in the same category. If you’re looking for an inexpensive multi-tool with decent features, CEL has something that’s at least worth a second look.
Last year we did an oscillating multi-tool shootout, where we compared all of the various brands and measured them to see which performed in a way that set them apart from the pack. We were able to really determine the good values on the market and make recommendations based on intended use and user goals. That part of my life was done, or so I thought, until a couple companies, including Milwaukee Electric Tool, released new multi-tool products. But, like the famous line from the Godfather, “just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” And just like that, I’m back in the world of multi-tools. This time around, it’s the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Multi-tool Kit (2426-22). The kit comes with 2 RedLithium batteries, a charger, a few accessories, and – most importantly – an adapter that lets almost anyone’s accessories fit onto the tool.