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.
Craftsman is known for bringing budget tools to market that allow home users and do-it-yourselfers to get some of the latest technology at affordable prices. Built using their Nextec technology, they have now brought an inexpensive cordless multi-tool product to market that features excellent performance and features at just a fraction of the price of the competition. Craftsman has entered a competitive field since the expiration of the Fein patent for oscillating tools and we were excited to see how well their implementation of this technology fared against other multi-tools we’d tested.
Anyone who uses power tools will respect the Bosch name. When they make a product it typically falls under the category of “hard core professional tool.” That’s a lot of pressure. We (along with their competitors I’m sure) keep waiting for them to slip up and let something squeeze by that doesn’t stand up to the Bosch name. The PS50 12V Max Multi-X Cutting Kit is not that product. It satisfies and does so without wires – a feat uncommon in the world of oscillating multi-tools.