|VonHaus 220W Oscillating Multi-Tool|
|Black & Decker 300W Multi-Oscillating Tool|
|Wolf 260W Oscillating Multi-Function Combat Tool|
|Bosch PMF 190E Multifunction Tool|
|WORX W680 F30 350W Multi Tool|
If you are into DIY you want the best equipment to make life easier. The choice of tools is colossal these days, so choosing the right ones for your collection means checking out a lot of options. One that you might not have considered is an oscillating multi-tool. These very handy tools have become extremely popular in the past few years, thanks in no small part to the versatile range of actions they can perform, and make a surprisingly affordable and valuable addition to any toolbox.
So, what are they all about, and what benefit do you get from investing in the best oscillating multi-tool? Well, we checked out the details of the ten best models on the market, but before we talk about those, let’s have a closer look at what an oscillating multi-tool does.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Does it Work?
- 2 The best Oscillating Multi Tools – 2017
- 2.1 1: VonHaus 220W Oscillating Multi-Tool
- 2.2 2: Black & Decker 300W Multi-Oscillating Tool
- 2.3 3: Wolf 260W Oscillating Multi-Function Combat Tool
- 2.4 4: Bosch PMF 190E Multifunction Tool
- 2.5 5: WORX W680 F30 350W Multi Tool
- 2.6 6: Saxton 300W Oscillating Quick Fit Multi-Tool
- 2.7 7. Silverline 243574 Oscillating Multi Tool
- 2.8 8: DeWalt DWE 315KT Oscillating Multi-Tool
- 2.9 9: WORX WX668 250W Sonicrafter Multi-Tool
- 2.10 10: Makita TM3010CK/2 Oscillating Multi Tool
- 3 Features to Look Out for
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
How Does it Work?
A very clever and capable tool, the oscillating multi-tool is actually a relatively simple concept. It is electrically powered and uses its motor to power a standard fitment, to which a variety of elements can be attached. These can be used for cutting, sanding, and sawing, and give the tool a varied range of uses.
The multi-tool is excellent for, for example, for cutting carpet and removing unsightly residue on walls, tiles, vinyl flooring and more, and with the right fitments, can also cut through ferrous metals and wood, and can be used close to edges and awkward areas thanks to clever design and development. In short, we love them, and we reckon you will, too!
You will usually find an oscillating multi-tool comes with a set of standard fitments plus the option to buy further accessories for different purposes, so it is important that you choose the one that is best equipped as standard for your needs. But, you don’t need to check out every one, because we’ve done it for you! Here’s our review of the best oscillating multi-tool choices on the market right now.
The best Oscillating Multi Tools – 2017
1: VonHaus 220W Oscillating Multi-Tool
From the highly-regarded VonHaus brand is this well-priced model, complete with a neat carrying case and a 15-piece accessory set. Make no mistake this is one of the lower-priced models – it would perhaps be fair to call it a budget choice – but it is still a capable and versatile device. It’s easy to handle and slim, so can be used in the more awkward places, and is perfect for tile-stripping and cutting.
Standard accessories include an E-cut blade for dealing with metal, a scraper knife, sanding base pad and half-moon saw. The latter is ideal for wood and laminate, and also for 90-degree cutting thanks to its clever design. While 220W is not as powerful as some of the more expensive models reviewed here, it is perfectly capable for home DIY enthusiast, and it can be used up to 19.000 oscillations as a maximum.
The tool includes a vibration control feature for ease of use, and the speed control wheel is in a sensible and accessible place at the back of the device. Also, the universal screw attachment fitment makes attaching and detaching accessories simple. All in all, then, this is a good choice for the home DIY fan, at a sensible price, and comes with a good range of accessories and fitments, with more available.
2: Black & Decker 300W Multi-Oscillating Tool
When it comes to power tools, few brands offer as much assurance of quality and reliability as Black & Decker, so we are off to a good start! This 300W multi tool is a very popular model, and also comes at a very sensible price for its capability. Designed for use by the home DIY enthusiast or for commercial use, it is neatly designed and comes complete with a range of fitments and accessories.
Included in the price are the following: sanding pad, 2 x cutting blades for various purposes, both rigid and flexible scraper blades – for removing residue and other uses – plus a variety of sanding sheets so you are ready to go straight out of the box! Black & Decker has also included a very sensible function, in that this tool includes an adapter for Bosch, Einhell and Worx accessories, so you get the added versatility of not being limited to the – however comprehensive – Black & Decker range.
Oscillation speed is easily controlled between 10,000 and 22,000, and the tool comes with a built-in dust extraction function, while build quality is typical of the brand, and offers durability and sensible, practical design. As a well-priced model from a renowned maker this would be a sensible choice for the DIY enthusiast, and will offer many years of reliable use.
3: Wolf 260W Oscillating Multi-Function Combat Tool
Another brand famed for quality power tools that are both capable and practical, Wolf has been in the business for some years, and brings to the party this very impressive model with some interesting features. The handle is neatly designed and has a soft-grip for added versatility, while the 260W motor is more than sufficient for DIY use and easily applies this model to professional, commercial use.
It’s also well-priced, and comes with a very impressive collection of accessories and fitments. You get a variety of wood cutting blades, a selection of scraper attachments, a diamond tipped cutting blade for the ultimate performance, and a range of sanding sheets. Six speed settings between 10,000 and 21,000 add to the versatility of this handy device, and it promises the usual Wolf guarantees of durability and reliability.
This is a perfect tool for, say, grout removal and tile cutting, as well as trimming doors – it can cut the base of a door without the need to take it down, for example – as well as a variety of jobs around the home, and makes a sensible addition to your tool box. Furthermore, this model features an innovative sub-sonic oscillating blade speed, so it is perfectly safe.
4: Bosch PMF 190E Multifunction Tool
Bosch is a brand synonymous with quality power tools, and one that has many regular users who rely on its tools to get the job done. This clever and neatly designed tool – it is very easy to hold thanks to detailed ergonomic design and a well-designed handle – is a great addition to any collection, and offers the usual selection of functions and abilities associated with oscillating multi-tools. It comes with a great selection of standard accessories, and is sensibly priced for the DIY enthusiast.
With the package you get a variety of saw blades – for materials such as wood and metal – plus a sanding plate and sheets, and many more useful additions, and you also get a detailed handbook and instructions. There are many additional saw blades and accessories in the Bosch range so you can add to the versatility of this already impressive device. A speed range of 15,000 to 21,000 is perfectly usable by the home DIY enthusiast, and also lends itself to commercial use.
As with all Bosch products, you get quality equipment at a very sensible price, and this will undoubtedly be a tool that lasts a long time. It is suitably powerful at 190W – if not as powerful as some similarly powered alternatives – and has many features that make it worthy of consideration.
5: WORX W680 F30 350W Multi Tool
One of the more powerful models we reviewed, this one from WORX offers a massive 350W, more than enough for any application for home DIY or commercial use. It comes with a comprehensive accessories pack, is well-designed and easy to use, and offers a great deal of versatility across its many features. You also get a neatly designed and practical carry case, so you can safely carry your multi-tool to and from jobs.
With variable speed up to 20,000 and 22 torque settings making this tool ideal for use as a screwdriver in any material, the F30 is a very capable machine indeed, and with it you get a selection of cutting blades, sanding sheets and many more accessories. A universal fitment feature means it is also able take fitments easy, with no need for using Allen keys or other tools.
For cutting, scraping, sawing and grinding there are few tools that can handle the job so readily, and it is also fitted with lights so working in dark corners is also easy. At the price, this is a multi-tool very much worthy of consideration, and should be one for your short-list.
6: Saxton 300W Oscillating Quick Fit Multi-Tool
From the highly regarded UK brand Saxton, this impressive model offers excellent power and great functions at a sensible and affordable price. With a 300W motor it is more than capable of tackling any DIY job or can be used for commercial work, and it comes with an excellent choice of accessories. It is well-designed and very versatile, and can be used for cutting, scraping, grinding and sanding, with a wide variety of blades and other accessories.
This Saxton model is a good choice for the home DIY enthusiast as you get the benefit of blades for wood and plastic as well as metal, plus a delta-shaped sanding plate for ease of access to those difficult corners, and much more, and it is easy to use and comes with a handy carry case. This may not be the best known brand, but it is one with a fast-growing reputation for excellent equipment and reliability.
A speed range of between 15,000 and 22.000 oscillations is more than adequate for any application, and it is designed to be easy to interchange the many different fitments.
7. Silverline 243574 Oscillating Multi Tool
Of all the multi-tools we reviewed, this one – from Silverline – is one of the cheapest. The thing is, you can tell, too. That’s not to say it’s not a good tool – it is, and it is a great way of getting yourself a very cheap multi-tool with some excellent features – but you can feel it doesn’t have the same build quality as the likes of the models from Bosch, Black & Decker or DeWalt, to name but a few.
So, why would you choose the Silverline model above others? Well, if you are on a budget, you might be attracted by the price. It’s a perfectly capable tool for jobs around the house, but whether it would cut it in a commercial environment we’re not sure. It comes with an accessories package that is acceptable but not quite in the league of some of the others but, again, that’s reflected in the selling price. It is, however, surprisingly powerful at 260W for such a cut-price item, and would make a great addition to your tool box for cutting and sanding jobs that require a little attention.
You get a variety of cutting blades, a sanding pad and some sheets, and it is very nice to hold with a cleverly designed handle that is very comfortable. Would we buy it? If we had very little to spend, and needed a multi-tool urgently, it would be a great choice, although we reckon there are better out there for not much more outlay.
8: DeWalt DWE 315KT Oscillating Multi-Tool
Among the many manufacturers of quality power tools, it is perhaps DeWalt that has the best reputation for excellent equipment. They have been in the business for many years and have a range of superb equipment covering every possibility, and this oscillating multi-tool is one of the best we have seen. Having said that it, it is also among the most expensive, but when you buy DeWalt, you know you are buying tools that go one step beyond the norm.
What is notable is that for that price you get a 37-piece accessory package. That’s far bigger and more comprehensive than any of the other models in this review, and is well worth considering. In fact, with everything included, there is no need to buy extra accessories for those jobs that are not covered by the standard issue; this is a model that is suitable for professional use in every way, as well as being ideal for jobs around the home.
A 300W motor is powerful enough to tackle any job, and you get a dust extraction adapter for added performance, while the range of blades, scrapers, cutters and sanding attachments covers every single possible requirement. It’s well designed, feels comfortable in the hand and comes with a very clever quick tool exchange system that saves time, and it has a fully variable speed control up to 22,000 oscillations.
9: WORX WX668 250W Sonicrafter Multi-Tool
We’ve included this second model from WORX because we believe it offers great value for money. It’s not the cheapest, by a long way, but nowhere as costly as the DeWalt, and it offers some excellent features at a sensible price, one affordable to the home DIY enthusiast. The soft-grip handle is a neat touch, as is the slim design which is perfect for getting into those awkward yet essential areas and corners.
With this model you get a full variety of blades for cutting metal, wood, plastic and more, as well as scraping tools and a sanding pack with delta pad and sheets. It has a 250W motor for great performance, and a variable speed up 21,000 oscillations. It also offers multi-angle adjustment for added versatility, and is very easy to use. Having said that, it doesn’t offer the comprehensive accessories pack that the DeWalt does, but then it’s half the price, and you get pretty much what you need for any home DIY jobs.
This WORX multi-tool is a worthy choice, one that we like – especially the slim design – and offers quality performance and ability a sensible price, so one for the shortlist.
10: Makita TM3010CK/2 Oscillating Multi Tool
A highly-regarded name in the world of power tools, Makita is known for quality, reliable products that offer great performance, as well as sensible prices. This model of oscillating multi tool is no exception, and while more expensive than most of those we review here, we reckon it is worthy of inclusion as it is a very impressive piece of kit. It comes with 320W worth of power, for a start, and that makes it a professional level machine in anyone’s book.
One of the best features of the Makita is that it does not need a tool to change the accessory. It’s a quick and easy system that saves a great deal of time. It comes with a set of tools for cutting, sanding and more, and can handle any job around the home or in the workplace. Having said that, the accessory set is more basic than some, so you will have to buy more to be as versatile as the rivals.
The Makita is added to the list because it is a quality, versatile tool, and that pretty much concludes our top ten.
Features to Look Out for
So, what have we learned? First, there are many different makes and models of oscillating multi-tool on the market. All of them serve the same purpose, yet some have features to look out for that make them stand out from the crowd. We like those with quick and simple non-tool accessory changing, as it saves time.
Obviously, a powerful motor is a sensible consideration. You will find that some come with more comprehensive accessory packs than others, and take into account design considerations – this is a tool you will use a lot, so you want to make sure you are comfortable with it for long periods.
Then there’s the price: the ten models here cover a price range from around £25 to as much as £160, so there is clearly plenty of scope for spending as little or as much as possible.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
So, reading this review, you’ve realised that a multi-tool is what you have always wanted! Well, perhaps not, but you will have realised it is a versatile, usable, and very practical addition to your collection of power tools. It’s great for little jobs that you need to do but can’t find the time; excellent, for example, for removing old grout from tiles. It’s also an affordable tool for the home, which brings us to the obvious question: which is best?
It’s a difficult question to answer, because each of these multi-tools has features that are worthy of consideration. The Silverline, for example, is so competitively priced it must be included on any shortlist. OK, it’s not as good all-round as some of the others, but it does what it says on the tin: it cuts things, sands things, and does other things, too, for very little money.
With power tools it is always best to buy the best you can afford, and that means – if you can afford it – taking a close look at the DeWalt. It offers you all the quality you would expect from this top brand, and if you already use their products, you will probably have decided it is the one for you.
With so many great brands to choose from, and a wide variety of options in the available accessory packs, it pays to see what you have to spend before you make a choice, and then try to find the best deal. Then, you can go and cut stuff whenever you want!