You ask for your money frequently, and you collect it quickly, else you stop working immediately. I do have corded tools for heavy duty use but the cordless tools are my go to for everyday use.
If you're using them that heavily, then a corded reciprocating saw and rotary hammer is your best bet. A few weeks ago we asked for help finding an inexpensive and quick way to make many straight cuts in cardboard. After reading the post, a representative for Skil contacted me and asked if we had considered their Power Cutter for my colleague’s cardboard-cutting needs.
The Skil Power Cutter is powered by a rechargeable 3.6V lithium ion battery, and can hold its charge for up to 18 months.
A review sample is on its way, so we’ll be able to see just how well the Power Cutter works for cutting cardboard, rubber gasket sheeting, and whatever tough-to-cut materials we can throw at it! Thinking back at the many projects I worked in this past year, I can see quite a few instances where a cutter like this would have made my life a bit easier. A remarkable jig saw must be capable of cutting fragile curves while also being hard enough to handle rougher straight cuts. Are you planning to purchase a new polisher to change that old style and unreliable polisher of yours?
June 19, 2013 by ToolDude Home improvement and around the house jobs don’t have to be tough, and finding the right drill will help you complete the tasks at hand quickly and easily!
Whichever job you need it for, there’s sure to be a brand and a type below to get your job done. Models of these types vary between 12 and 20 volts, so be sure to get one with the right power for your needs.
Reviewers love these tools’ versatility, ease of use, and that they come in such a wide range of available sizes and power capabilities. Reviewers love their balanced feel, ease of use, lack of muscle strain afterwards, and how they can still pack quite a bit of power for such tiny little tools.  They love the long battery life you get from the lithium ion models, and much, much more.
A cordless weed whacker allows you to work without having to worry about a pesky cord getting in the way. If you are looking for a weed eater that is perfect for both small and large yards, then consider the Greenworks 21132A Cordless String Trimmer.
The telescopic shaft helps you stay comfortable while working while the multiple-position swivel head allows you to get into tight spots.
Oscillating multi-tools have become extremely popular in recent years for a number of reasons.
While a lot of professionals prefer to use corded multi-tools, improvements in motor technology and higher capacity battery packs means that cordless oscillating tools are gaining popularity. We have been testing the latest and greatest cordless oscillating multi-tools to help answer a question we are asked quite frequently these days: Which is the BEST cordless oscillating multi-tool?
This was a tough comparison to make, as all of the cordless oscillating tools we have used and tested are built around drastically different designs. Performance is decent, and runtime is respectable, but it’s the ergonomics that really deserve recognition. Despite the great ergonomics, there are three reasons why this would not be our pick for top cordless oscillating tool.
First, the tool-free blade change mechanism only works with Dewalt, Porter Cable, and Rockwell oscillating tool blades and accessories.
The bare tool (DCS355B) is priced at a very reasonable $129, and the 1-battery kit (DCS355D1) is priced at $199. The Milwaukee tool-free blade change mechanism is a different design than we were used to, and requires folding over a large gloved-finger-friendly lever and unscrewing a finger-friendly accessory bolt.
Ergonomics and comfort are ever so slightly better than with the Bosch but less so than with the Dewalt.
With bare-tool (2626-20), compact battery (2626-22CT) and XC high capacity battery (2626-22) kits priced at $119, $229, and $299, respectively, Milwaukee’s M18 cordless oscillating tool offers a nice balance between features, performance, and cost.
While some might be inclined to lambast Milwaukee for not building the M18 cordless oscillating tool with a brushless motor, keep in mind that the bump up in performance and runtime would have been led to a hefty bump up in price.
This is a great cordless multi-tool option, especially if you already have M18 Li-ion batteries and a charger you can pair it with.
An easy-toggle tool-free blade change mechanism and reasonably good performance (for a 12V Li-ion tool), make Craftsman’s 2nd generation Nextec multi-tool our favorite compact cordless oscillating tool. Right now the full kit is priced at just $70 at Sears, which makes it an incredible bargain, but there have been signs that the entire Nextec line is destined to be discontinued. This model is well suited for DIYers and professional users who might not need a heavy duty tool for infrequent use, but overall it feels a little lightweight to meet regular jobsite demands. We have had good experiences with Dremel tools in the past, and their 8300 cordless Multi-Max adds to the warm sentiments. The Dremel 8300 kit doesn’t come anywhere near the runtime, performance, or robustness of the aforementioned 18V and 20V Max Bosch, Dewalt, and Milwaukee models, but it feels like one of the tougher consumer models out there. I checked out the Bosch and Milwaukee 12V models a couple of times at stores, but considered them as being lower-interest tools compared to corded oscillating tools, and so I never sought to test them fully. I haven’t tried the Milwaukee M12 model, but can recognize a few advantages, most notably tool-free blade changes, better runtime, and presumably better performance.
My father was thinking about getting one of these, I’ll be sure to show him this review. If you already have Makita 18V LXT batteries and are on a budget, then the Makita model would almost be a no-brainer. While, I know that the Rigid tool does not have a quick-change offering, one thing it does gave thatI wish was on more brands was a VSR trigger, Having used single speed as well as dial models. I didn’t see any mention of the Fein which i believe makes the best corded oscillating multi tool. I have, and love the RIDGID 18 volt multi tool, I would prefer a tool free quick blade change but aside from that it is my favorite tool, I started with their corded version and bought the entire 18 volt set when they introduced the 18 volt multi tool with the interchangeable heads I now also have an 18 volt jig saw and right angle impact driver it is all so versatile I really can’t say enough good things about it all. It would be nice to have an updated review on the ones which changed, include new contenders and how the ones which did not change hold up against the new tools on the block. I don’t think it would take any less time to change a blade with this particular thumbscrew setup although changing the blade position would definitely be quicker. If you’re leaning towards Bosch, and can wait, news of their new oscillating multi-tools are hopefully only a few weeks away.
By Trade Articles and reviews that are trade-specific or suited particularly for a specific trade. Fasteners Hardware and fasteners, including all types of screws, nails, hinges, springs, and other devices you may find in the hardware aisle of your local retailer or supplier. Pro Tool Reviews did its first corded oscillating multi tools comparison shootout back in 2009. I won’t give it away, but it involves getting every model you can get your hands on and running them head-to-head through a battery of tests. Finding the best cordless oscillating multi-tools today is important for a variety of reasons.
Every one of the tools tested in this roundup article have many similar features, but also several unique details.
In order for these hard wood tests to be accurate and repeatable, a system was needed that would deliver consistent force to the blade—a system that was better than just using your hands. The test was simple: Which tool could plunge-cut through the ancient knot-free heart-pine board the fastest? Having already tested corded oscillating multi-tools, I knew that there’s nothing quite like plunge-cutting into hardwood floors. Overall, the nail added roughly 15-20 seconds to the cut on average, which also matched up with our experiences using the tool freehand to cut standing galvanized nails. I still had some more objective tests to run, but handling the tools is another big part of what makes for the best cordless oscillating multi-tools. The Porter-Cable 20V PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355 both had a ton of vibration (and were two of the louder, higher-pitched tools in the round-up). All of the 18V oscillating multi-tools had an integrated LED light with the exception of both the Bosch and Fein models. Of the best cordless oscillating multi-tools tested, only the Ridgid and the Makita required a tool to change out an accessory. Given OSHA’s rules on occupational noise exposure in the workplace, testing the multi-tools for maximum sound output seemed like a good idea. Which multi-tool you choose will depend a lot upon what your needs are, but I couldn’t help but be blown away by the Makita LXMT025.
The Bosch came across as a very well-built, but very squared-off tool that feels extra large in the hand—a trait I don’t view as an asset for comfort.


Verdict: This is a Mercedes Benz multi-tool that prices itself like a Volkswagen and looks like a Volvo.
Verdict: If you want the most expensive well-built cordless multi-tool you can buy, this is it.
I don’t want to insult Makita by saying I was surprised by how good this tool was, but it clearly blew away our team during the testing. Verdict: This is an average multi-tool that you can pickup for cheap and use on just about anything.
The 20V Max version of the Porter-Cable oscillating multi-tool improves a bit on the former model, like losing the dramatic backwards lean (it now stands straight, perpendicular to the battery). Verdict: Priced $100 or more under most other kits, DeWalt is going after the remaining market with this impressive brushless tool. Hey, if you still don’t think you have enough information after all this—our friends over at ToolBoxBuzz did their own review of OMTs. I am a Bosch man myself, but as for the other brands Makita and MW are just as good or even better in some categories. We received many helpful responses, with the conclusion being that a straightedge and utility knife was the absolute best low-budget choice. I had considered recommending a manual paper or craft rotary cutter, but these types of tools are typically only designed to cut very thin materials. I have seen this tool at Lowes and elsewhere countless times, and even referenced it when talking about Rockwell’s ZipSnip cutter last June, so it should have come to mind. It looks like the similarly styled ZipSnip is currently on sale (but backordered) via Amazon at the moment for $30.
Yes, utility knife blades are much, much cheaper, but they’re also slower and more cumbersome when making very long repetitive cuts in certain materials and fabrics. Lowes discontinued it Depot doesn’t have it and Skill own web site says not available in my zip code or near by area. Some even run off of AA batteries, an easy thing to pick up and find, rather than having to wait hours for charges on larger lithium ion batteries.  They love their high quality, sturdy builds, compact sizes, and much more. The best cordless weed trimmers will run on a long-lasting battery, however, there are also gas available. It has an adjustable cutting path so you can cut areas as small as 10 inches or a big as 12. It runs on a battery and it contains a PowerCommand dial that allows you to turn up the power when you need it. The automatic feed spool allows you to keep working without having to stop to adjust the feed. If you need a little extra power, the quick charger will allow you to charge the battery in an hour or less.
You can use multi-tools for cutting, sanding, grinding, and scraping tasks that would be harder to do with other types of power tools. Since Fein’s patent expired a few years ago, nearly every major power tool brand has come out with their own multi-tools. We are actually happy about this, as it means users are able to choose the design that better suits their particular needs or preferences. Dewalt built their brushless multi-tool around design notes taken from their 12V cordless line and 20V compact drill handles.
To use Bosch OIS, or any other brand’s accessories, you have to pull out the included adapter and hex key. Although it is not as quick to change blades on the Milwaukee oscillating multi-tool as with other tools, the tool-free blade holder is still easy and effective to use. If we were looking to buy an 18V-class cordless oscillating multi-tool, it would probably be this one. Battery life is a little on the short side, and the blade change mechanism is not tool-free.
I am fairly committed to the Ryobi One+ line, which have worked well for my needs, so would like to see how theirs stacks up. 18V and 20V Max-class tools on the other hand provide good enough performance and runtime that some users will look to use them instead of corded ones and not just as secondary tools.
For some reason the bare tool is not eligible for Amazon’s $25 off $100 holiday discount, but $100 is still a great price.
I can’t remember which brand (maybe Makita) but it was nothing more than a clamp lever and a thumbscrew.
The main benefit is not having to worry about losing the hex key and not having to worry about replacing a lost hex key with some very specific length on both ends (I’m looking at you, Makita). It was one of my earliest comparison articles and remains popular with those looking to check out what’s available in the realm of corded multi-tools. They’re all 18V (nominal) models with the exception of the Fein MultiMaster, which is 14.4 (but certainly holds its own weight. When you need to cut out a floor register, or cut in an area to replace with plywood for laying tile, an oscillating multi-tool is a very handy tool to have around.
To accomplish this, I built a class 3 lever system with the help of fellow-reviewer David Delk.
Each test was run three times per tool, and a stopwatch was used to keep score for each test during each round. When you need to cut out piece of material that may have embedded nails, however, it’s good to know that your tool can handle the job. Remember that plunge cuts like this are almost always going to be faster when you are varying the cutting angle and when you keep the blade in motion. Vibration reduction is a big deal on tools like this and it was very clear who had it and who didn’t seem to prioritize that in the development process.
On the PCC710, I liked how you could choke up in the head of the tool and really maneuver it.
Also, while the Ridgid JobMax technically had an LED, it is much more optimized for the tool’s driving heads and throws considerable shadows when using the multi-tool and a cutting accessory.
Having texted several 12V models, the problem with cordless multi-tools has always been that you’re constantly (it seems) reaching for a new battery. There weren’t too many surprises here, with all tools falling into a range from 88dB to 93 dB SPL. The Makita LXMT025 has roughly half the vibration of most other tools and is almost a pleasure to work with.
It’s easy to maneuver and the blade change mechanism is simple to use, though it requires unscrewing the retaining bolt. It’s very heavy towards the rear of the tool, so it wants to lean back on you during use.
Other than that you get a new outer shell, and the power switch has been moved towards the bottom of the handle to let you choke up on the tool if desired. We loved the cutting speed, the handling and the included accessory for setting your depth of cut.
I have no problem with the older tools I don't use as much but lately I have been burning through recip saws and hammer drills like crazy. A battery operated one will not need to be refilled and is much lighter which puts less pressure on your back and shoulders. It contains a powerful 24 volt battery, has a large 12 inch cutting blade and auto trim line. This means that you can save battery life by using less power when cutting through the smaller weeds.
If you don’t have any Bosch 18V Li-ion battery packs, budget another $100 for a 1-battery and charger starter set. Even so, we do love the simplicity of the tool-free blade change design, which was carried over from the latest Porter Cable model. Some users will love this about the Dewalt tool, as it feels great for quick operations, but those who want to work at lower speeds for longer times might suffer some hand fatigue. If I were looking for an oscillating tool on a very tight budget, I would prefer a better 12V tool than entry-level or mid-ground 18V one.
At the time, finding the best cordless oscillating multi-tools was a pipe dream—cordless multi-tools were just starting to hit the market—and most of those new models were of the 12V variety. Excepting the Bosch MXH180BL and the Fein Multimaster, all of the tools include a handy LED to illuminate the work area. The problem is, with older floors—the kind I most often run into—you’re dealing with heart pine or even oak which presents a significant cutting challenge if you’re doing more than just punching out a couple of slots. After a few jobs you’re going to have to go shopping for a blade, and so a tool review based on the included blade is all but worthless if you want to know about the actual tool’s performance. What I didn’t expect was that it would be bested by the Makita—which turned out to be the stealthy star player over and over again (keep reading).
Our testing involved a static tool position with only 2.5 pounds of downward force to the blade.


Of the tool-less models, the Fein took a while to get used to, but once I did, I actually liked how the system worked—particularly because it didn’t require any threading.
To sweeten the pot, it only takes 30 minutes to recharge the Makita before it’s ready to go again. This means that when measured from 36″ away, the tool is capable of emitting this level of noise when measured with an SPL meter using C-weighting (we set it to slow response to ensure the output we were hearing was sustained). It also had the least vibration of all tools tested and the fastest charge time for an 18V battery. It has a nice, long run-time and charges the battery in less time than any other 18V tool (which is good because the company refuses to add a battery level meter to its tools).
This tool has a lot of vibration compared to some of the others, and we were surprised by its slower cutting speed and the run-time performance. While tool-less accessory system is nice, you’ll end up using a tool if you want to go for any non-Porter-Cable (OIS) accessories.
Because of this and a nice finger detent near the top, this tool feels very nimble in the hand. The ergonomics of this tool are excellent, and it has the narrowest and most comfortable handle of all of the tools tested (save, perhaps, the DeWalt). The brushless motor (the only other tool advertising an EC motor is the Bosch MXH180BL) means that you should be able to get many years of use out of this tool. I fully understand that being used every day they do wear out but I used to at least get a few years out of a tool. The cords may not always be long enough to reach a power outlet and they can come unplugged or tangled during use. Today’s cordless multi-tools have come a long way, and the current crop of 18 volt(ish) models are more than a little impressive. That could be cutting into a pipe that doesn’t have a lot of lateral clearance, or it could be slicing a nice vertical cut into a piece of baseboard moulding. Most of the tools also come in kits, but Ridgid’s JobMax and Porter-Cable’s 20V Max tools currently only fly solo, allowing you to add them into your collection at a much lower cost of entry. For this test I grabbed some pieces of 90-year-old heart pine flooring and went to work to discover which model woudl be the best cordless oscillating multi-tool in this category. The result was a consistent, repeatable test that could be executed over and over again to average the results. It required a bit of setup, but it did an adequate job of revealing the tool’s ability to handle metal encountered in the course of executing a cut. This was mostly due to locating the power button at the base of the tool (which was a tad awkward). The Bosch MXH180BL is hands-down the easiest to use and could run circles around any of the other tools in ease of changing accessories.
There is, in my mind, really no reason to purchase a corded multi-tool if you’re not working in a shop where you need absolute constant run-time (or to reduce the tool weight as much as possible). The tool-less blade release is tough to operate at first, but once you get used to it you can change out accessories lightning quick.
I also found it really odd that the tool didn’t clamp flush to most accessories—including Porter-Cable’s own. Lately it has been months, they are pretty good with their warranty but it is still a headache. Cordless ones don’t have these problems and can make your job of clearing weeds much easier. While not stellar in terms of quality, they were OIS-compatible and allowed us to test all of the tools without having to insert any adapters. The two tools on the bottom end were the 20V Max Porter-Cable PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355.
We did these tests with brand new blades using a hand-held method because it’s nearly impossible on a small diameter nail to eliminate the counteracting vibrations caused by the workpiece. I liked being able to stand the DeWalt, Makita and Porter-Cable models vertically, though the 18V Porter-Cable had a significant amount of weight towards the rear of the tool that kept it off-balance.
Milwaukee’s 2626-20 is simple to use, but it does require unthreading the center post for three full revolutions before you can pull it out and replace the accessory.
It’s also one of four tools that can stand upright (the others are the Porter-Cable PCCK510, the 20V Max PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355). The Milwaukee runs very hot, and the blade and retaining ring heat up significantly during use.
The LED Light is perfectly placed on the work area and it’s great that the tool stands upright (albeit with a dramatic backwards lean).
After I had spent enough on it to have bought another drill and a half I gave up on dewalt and replaced it with a craftsman. I’ve cut dozens of door jambs out in the course of laying tile or wood flooring, and the oscillating multi-tool is always my go-to tool for this type of work. What this means is that you can expect even better performance all around if you take our tests and results and substitute a superior quality accessory blade. The PCC710 took an astoundingly long 68.7 seconds on average to plunge cut our board—a fact we attributed to its tendency to lose lateral movement ability when encountering a significant load. In the end, I believe our test configuration was more than adequate for comparing the tools in a more apples-to-apples face-off. The Milwaukee, Fein, Ridgid and Bosch had almost perfect balance and poise, though the Bosch is unbelievably squarish in shape and a bit unwieldy unless you have huge hands. The DeWalt and Porter-Cable models are very simple clamping-style mechanisms, but if you want to use a non-slotted accessory you’re stuck with the OIS-style adapter and having to use an Allen wrench to secure everything in place. My general recommendation is that if you plan on using these tools, you should don protective earmuffs or plugs. They also exhibited the least vibration, channeling all of the cutting effort into the work piece—and not your hand.
There’s no LED on tis tool, so bear that in mind if you tend to work in dimply-lit locations. I have had the craftsman longer than I had the dewalt and I haven't had one bit of trouble with it. Now, your full-size cordless oscillating multi-tool will easily deliver over a half hour of work—on the low side.
It’s so significantly better at it than any manual or other power saw type that I’d happily go pick up a new multi-tool if I were in the middle of a job and my tool gave out. This at least gave the tool some load during the test so it wasn’t purely an idle speed battery comparison. I also loved the refinement of the Fein AFMM 14 MultiMaster, particularly in how well put-together the tool is and its overall build quality—which is superb (but you’ll pay for it). I know a lot of guys love dewalt and maybe I just got a lemon but I stay away from dewalt tools now. The clamp-style models also never seemed to provide a flush fit to any of the accessories I mated to the tool.
The DeWalt gave indeterminate results as its protection mode kicked in at around 10 minutes…then again 5 minutes later.
The Bosch MXH180BL and the DeWalt DCS355 are the only brushless multi tools on the market I’m aware of, and the Bosch in particular just feels like a solid machine that will last forever.
I wasn’t convinced it hadn’t just hit a soft part of wood until I reset the test and ran it two more times. Its excellent score, in fact, caused us to retest all the tools—but the results didn’t seem to change.
In terms of sheer value, it will be hard to beat picking up the Porter-Cable PCC710 if you’ve already bought into the 20V Max system.
In evaluating why some tools were better at cutting than others, it was difficult to come up with a clear reason.
At first I thought vibration might be the culprit—as, for the most part, the smoother tools performed better. The Makita LXMT025 has an additional .2 degrees of swing over most other tools (the DeWalt shares this) which could be enough to cut more aggressively through material. Also, the tool’s ability to maintain that angle of movement even when plunge-cutting into hard wood (similar to a drill maintaining its maximum torque under load) seemed to be a related factor.




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