Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool Cordless Multi-tool Reviews

Oscillating Multi-Tools

Cutting Speed
Vibration Control
Accessory Change
Ergonomics
Noise Level
Value
Final Thoughts

Overall, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool finished our shootout in 18th place overall, and in 8th place if we're only considering the cordless models. Admittedly, this seems underwhelming from a brand that we generally regard very highly. Considering where Makita is in their cordless development currently, this is a model that's due for an overhaul.

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Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool Review – XMT035


With cordless tools being all the rage these days, we thought it might be fun to put a bunch of cordless multi-tools up against each other in a head to head shootout. But, if having 11 cordless models to play with sounds good, adding another 15 corded models to the mix sounds even better. So, we wound up with 26 oscillating multi-tools in a massive royal rumble shootout. Today, we’re taking a look at the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool.

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Pros

  • Good vibration control
  • Good cutting speed

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Louder than most models while cutting

The Bottom Line

Overall, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool finished our shootout in 18th place overall, and in 8th place if we’re only considering the cordless models. Admittedly, this seems underwhelming from a brand that we generally regard very highly. Considering where Makita is in their cordless development currently, this is a model that’s due for an overhaul.

Accessory Changes

We first looked at the various models’ blade and accessory change system. Most multi-tools have adopted a tool-free blade change system, whereby you pull a lever on the tool to loosen the blade on the mounting bracket. Some manufacturers stick with a blade change system that requires a hex wrench to loosen the blade.

Makita kind of splits the difference here. On the one hand, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool won’t require a hex wrench. On the other hand, there is an involved process of pulling a lever and unscrewing a bolt. It takes more time than it really needs to.

This is a weaker area for Makita, earning 75 points in a tie for 18th place.

Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool

Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool Feature Set

  •  Adaptive design for wedging, sanding, or scraping
  •  Variable-speed control matches tool speed to work
  •  On-off side-switch has a lock-on button

Missing Features

  • LED light

Ergonomics

The Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool could use a bit of work on its ergonomics, starting with the weight. Cordless tools tend to weigh a bit more than their corded counterparts, but at almost 5 pounds, the weight feels excessive. Makita is the heaviest in our testing group, more than 3/4-pound heavier than the next closest.

Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool

Makita usually does a pretty admirable job of making ergonomic, comfortable tools to use. Looking past the weight, this cordless model feels okay in the hand, but the handle diameter is a little girthy and has a few weird angles. It isn’t a total ergonomic bust, but I’m ready for them to rethink the design for a next-generation offering.

Earning 61 points for it overall ergonomics, Makita finishes at the bottom in this category.

Performance

With a 3.2° angle of oscillation and a variable speed motor capable of jamming out between 6,000-20,000 OPM, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool can crank out some decent cutting speed. It finished 4th out of the cordless models in our speed tests, and 11th overall with an average cut speed of 20.2 seconds.

Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool

Vibration Control

The Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool really excels in this area. The tool does an excellent job of keeping me from having to feel every single oscillation it generates. Makita has a rich history of dampening vibrations in their more violent tools, and they clearly spent some effort on it here as well.

With 85 points, Makita earns 7th place overall and 3rd place in cordless.

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Noise

The Makita XMT035 generates a fair amount of noise. You’ll probably prefer to have some hearing protection handy with just about every oscillating tool anyway, but at 101 dB(A), hearing protection is more of a requirement.

It’s well above Milwaukee’s 92 dB(A) and has a bit of a gap to Rockwell’s 104 dB(A) on the high side. On paper, that probably doesn’t look like a massive swing, but when you consider that perceived loudness doubles every 10 decibels or so, that difference will sound substantial.

It’s in a tie for 16th overall and 7th in the cordless division.

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Value

At $329.99 for the kit, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool doesn’t come cheap. It comes with a pair of 18V LXT 3.0 Ah batteries and a rapid charger, but that’s a bit high given the overall picture.

The best value, for those folks who are already on Makita’s 18V platform, comes from just purchasing the bare tool at $119. In either case, the tool comes with a 3-Year warranty.

Included In Kit

  • Makita XMT035
  • Multi-Tool Adapter
  • 1-1/4″ Plunge Blade
  • 18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Charger
  • 18V Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah
  • Tool Bag

The Bottom Line

Overall, the Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool finished our shootout in 18th place overall, and in 8th place if we’re only considering the cordless models. Admittedly, this seems underwhelming from a brand that we generally regard very highly. Considering where Makita is in their cordless development currently, this is a model that’s due for an overhaul.

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Makita Cordless Oscillating Tool Specs

  • Model: Makita XMT035
  • Power Source: Makita 18V LXT battery
  • Oscillations: 6,000 – 20,000 OPM
  • Oscillation Angle: 3.2°
  • Weight: 4.99 lbs. with 3.0 Ah battery
  • Length: 13-3/8″
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price:  $278.44

 

 

 

 

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I own this very tool and use almost on a daily basis. I’ve never had to remove the bolt that secures the blade by unsrewing it.

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jerian miller

I think that the ergonomics are better than the others for some positions…better for one hand positions…
and by the way…exceptionally smooth…and the only one to have battery vibration dampening to help
the life of your battery…brushless motor would be nice…

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I’m hoping that Makita’s next sub-compact tool release is an oscillating tool!

Joshua Mckinney
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Most versatile tool I own. It’s only day off is Sunday!!