Best Oscillating Multi-Tool of May 2017: Reviews & Buyers Guide
“Mark, can you pass me the oscillating tool”, I asked.
He looked at me with a blank stare – “what the heck is that”?
From this day forward, I vowed to always explain what my power tools are to friends who are helping me with projects. I was down behind my washing machine trying to cut off some small copper pipe, a job where the multi-tool totally shines. It’s small in size, and has a variety of attachments.
Anyways, that is how the story ended… so now onto real talk about what I consider to be the best oscillating tool. The stuff you came here for.
Since its creation, the tool has evolved quite a bit. There are many companies producing them, loads of different units, and even more attachments!
Types of Multi-tools
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Top Rated Oscillating Multi-Tools
Dremel MM40-03: Editor’s Top Pick
Dremel is an extremely well known brand, almost entirely exclusive to rotary tools. The MM40-04, has a 2.5 amp motor and comes with a whole suite of multi-tool accessories perfect for a variety of projects from woodworking, to craft projects, to home improvement projects.
You will also notice that within our Dremel MM40-03 review analysis, we found that its power switch was easy and we approve of the variable speed control that it comes with. Think of this like a cruise control type of solution. Another neat feature of this tool is the fact that it has “soft start”, which basically ramps up to the desired speed rather than immediately starting at it, allowing you to be efficient and minimize risk of damage to your project. It is capable of handling up to 21,000 oscillations per minute, and comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.
Genesis GMT15A: The Budget Friendly Option
The GMT15A features a 1.5 amp powered motor and outputs up to 21,000 oscillations per minute. I really like that this unit is built well for the price, we’re talking about an aluminum gear housing and four pin flange, that’s durability right there. It’s also very lightweight and a great option for weekend projects.
It weighs in at under 4 lbs and is compatible with standard 120 volt wall plugs. The Genesis model comes with some neat accessories such as a scraper blade, sanding pad (3 inch), and an allen wrench to help with accessory changing. Also includes a two year manufacturer warranty.
What to look out for when buying
The versatility of a multi-tool depends on the accessories that are fitted to the oscillating head. It is important for the multi tool to have a universal fitting system that is compatible with accessories from different companies, and thereby ensuring flexibility and cost saving
The oscillations made per minute should be variable, for it to attain different speed levels. When buying a multi-tool, it is important to note the top speed it can reach while it is operating. The higher the oscillations made at top speed, the more powerful the tool is.
Cordless tools are more convenient because they are not bulky, and allows one to work effortlessly and easily in agile places. However, they use rechargeable or replaceable batteries that might run out before completion of a task. They are suitable for simple short-time duties. On the other hand, the corded versions are slightly more powerful and do not have a limited run-time. When buying corded tools, you should consider its length. The longer the cord, the more working distance it can cover
The more the voltage, the more powerful the tool is. It is, therefore, important to buy a high voltage multi-tool when working on time and power consuming projects
The multi-tool should have a comfortable, flexible and firm grip. This allows for good control of the tool, for detail work and for working in hard-to-reach places.
The tool should have a warranty cover with favorable terms and conditions
A good multi-tool should come with its case for storage and transport