Back in April, we had the chance to look at a wide range of both corded and cordless oscillating multitool models for our head to head shootout. We ranked each tool for its performance, ergonomics, feature set, and value. With 26 tools competing, we had quite the spread. Now that the dust has settled, we’re giving each tool its own 15 seconds in the spotlight. So, today, we’re looking at our 24th place finisher, the corded Worx Oscillating Tool.
- On/off switch instead of trigger
- Variable speed dial
- Dust port
The Worx Oscillating Tool employs a simple hex bolt to hold the blade or attachment in place. In this day and age, every Pro-level oscillating multi-tool should have a tool-free blade change system, so this is a pretty big negative. It’s not just the fact that it requires a hex wrench, it’s also that you have to keep track of said wrench.
Clearly, this helps keep the price down, but it’s also a move that almost single-handedly puts it in the DIY category.
The corded Worx Oscillating Tool gets its ergonomics right. It’s lightweight and comfortable to hold, opting for a narrow-diameter handle. Ridgid and DeWalt go with a trigger system that gives them more flexibility in creating a handle that fits your hand well. However, the Worx oscillating tool does better here than most of the other traditional designs.
Like all the multi-tools in our testing, it has some semi-grippy overmolding over the top of the housing that helps keep your hands from slipping around.
The Worx oscillating tool stakes its claim firmly in the DIY camp with its performance. It has a 2.5-amp motor and uses a 3.2° angle of oscillation to make cuts. Neither of those points necessitates that this multitool cuts slowly in and of themselves, but, well, it cuts slowly anyway. It still cranks out between 11,000 and 20,000 OPM, which is more than some of the faster models we tested. Head-to-head, the fact is that the Worx oscillating tool finished in close to the bottom in our speed tests. Only the Harbor Freight model is slower and our Porter-Cable 20V Max model failed to complete the test.
It’s interesting to note that this is one of very few models we tested that include a dust port. It’s not going to be terribly effective while cutting, but you will notice a difference when you’re sanding.
Multi-tools tend to vibrate a lot due to their oscillating motion. However, some vibrate less than others. It all comes down to what kind of effort a manufacturer puts into vibration dampening measures. Worx’s vibration control feels almost nonexistent compared to the rest of the group. For quick cuts and light jobs, this might not be the end of the world for you. However, you’ll definitely feel it if you turn to your oscillating multi-tool frequently and it’s uncomfortable.
We measured the sound level of each of our oscillating tools mid-task, and there’s a pretty wide swing from the best to the worst. The Worx oscillating tool isn’t bad considering how much vibration it has. We measured a 98 dB(A) level, which falls in the middle of the pack. It might not hurt to grab some hearing protection when using this tool, but there are definitely louder ones out there.
Here’s where some of those questions about power, blade change systems, and vibration control start to make sense because all those areas will affect a tool’s bottom line. Indeed, we see a trade-off for all those things right now, because the corded Worx oscillating tool presents a really excellent value at $49.99. If your minimum requirements are finishing the cut and keeping the price down, Worx will fit the bill.
Included In Kit
- Worx WX665L
- 3 Sandpaper Sheets
- Sanding Pad
- End Cut Blade
- Vacuum Adapter
- Hex Key
The Bottom Line
The Worx oscillating tool isn’t the most refined model on the market, so most Pros are going to shy away from it. On the DIY side of things, it gets the job done for less than $50. Just keep in mind that its excellent ergonomics are offset by slow cutting speeds and a lot of vibration compared to the Pro models.
Worx Oscillating Tool Key Features
- Worx 8-piece oscillating tool kit includes an oscillating tool, 3 sandpaper sheets, sanding pad, end cut blade, vacuum adapter and hex key
- A 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
- Model: Worx WX665L
- Power Source: 120V~60HZ
- Motor Size: 2.5 Amp
- Oscillations: 11,000-20,000 OPM
- Oscillation Angle: 3.2 degrees
- Weight: 3.2 lbs.
- Length: 5.71″
- Warranty: 3 years limited
- Price: $47.99