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Oscillating multi-tools are an underrated tool if you ask me. It's pretty amazing how extremely versatile these power tools are. Whether it’s cutting, sawing, scraping, sanding or grinding, these mighty micro machines will tackle the job with ease. From professional tradesmen/women to do-it-yourself-ers, oscillating multi-tools is a MUST have item in your toolbox. As soon as you complete your first task with this tool, you’ll be asking yourself, ”why didn’t I buy this sooner!?”


There are many oscillating multi-tools (frequently called multi-tool) in today's market, some are corded and others cordless. We are going to concentrate on cordless multi-tools as these are most appealing for today’s consumers. Let’s take a look at four popular brands that offer multi-tools and compare them to each other. Then, we're going to discuss applications and find out why oscillating multi-tools are incredibly handy. So let's get right into it!



Popular by demand, let’s start off by looking at the DeWalt DCS354B ATOMIC 20V MAX Brushless Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool. This 20V MAX brushless cordless oscillating multi-tool includes a universal accessory adaptor and two wood cutting blades to help get your project started. The DCS354B has a powerful brushless motor providing up to 57% more run time over a similar brushed tool. The Quick-Change accessory system allows you to change blades quickly and easily, and with the universal accessory adaptor, it's compatible with most oscillating tool accessories. The DUAL-GRIP variable speed trigger provides ultimate speed and application control. Lastly, it features a bright LED light to illuminate dark workspaces. Personally, I believe this is one of DeWalt’s better cordless oscillating multi-tool. Great purchase and easy to recommend!



Corded speed and power without the cord, the Makita XMT03Z 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Cordless Multi‑Tool is a good purchase. The tool is engineered with additional features like reduced vibration and lower noise for improved performance. At a full charge, its able to provide enough continuous power to get a task completed. The variable speed control dial and soft start feature enable the user to match the speed to the application with more control, and the 3.2°oscillation angle is engineered for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding. The XMT03Z has a small diameter barrel grip for improved handling, a large on/off slide switch with lock-on button, and adapters to fit most competitive accessories. If you are interested in the kit with battery, charger, and case, check out the XMT035.



The Bosch GOP12V-28N EC Brushless Starlock Oscillating Multi-Tool comes in at 12-Volts, but don’t let that low voltage fool you. The very efficient brushless motor delivers a top speed of up to 20,000 oscillations per minute. Same oscillating power as the Makita 18-Volt mentioned above! This multi-tool utilizes the innovating Starlock system. Which is something that Bosch created, and it provides a very simple attachment installation. This cupped and contoured 3-D tool accessory connection delivers greater torque transfer and pro performance. The tool has a 2.8° oscillating arc for outstanding productivity. A variable-speed dial allows the user to set the optimal speed for the task at hand. This light, ergonomic and compact tool reaches tight spaces. Not bad for a 12-Volt, it's definitely punching above its weight class.



Another good purchase is the Milwaukee 2626-20 M18 Cordless Multi-Tool. Cuts up to 50% faster and gives you up to 2X more cuts per charge than the competitors. The oscillating multi-tool features best-in-class speed and performance and gives you the versatility to complete problematic job site applications. Powered by a M18 REDLITHIUM battery (18-Volt), gives you up to 40% more run-time. Designed to grind, sand, and scrape at odd angles and in areas difficult to work. The tool's Constant Power Technology maintains blade speed for faster cutting during heavy applications. A 12-setting dial allows you to match the speed to the application. It includes five assorted sanding sheets, a sanding pad, and a wood cutting blade.







Tool Length

Oscillations (OPM)

Tool Free Blade Change

Tool Weight

DeWalt DCS354B


11.2 In



2.33 Lbs.

Makita XMT03Z


12 In



4.3 Lbs.

Bosch GOP12V-28N


11.2 In



1.75 Lbs.

Milwaukee 2626-20


11.87 In



2.65 Lbs.



What makes multi-tools so unique and versatile is the low-profile blades and accessories you can attach. These tools are engineered for a wide range of applications. With the right blade or attachment, you can easily cut, saw, scrape, sand, grind, remove grout/ mortar, and trim.
Able to eat through wood, drywall, fiberglass, plastic, and metal like a boss! There is a reason why these are called “multi-tool” because they can tackle multiple jobs just with ONE tool.


It is ideal for remodelers, carpenters, plumbers, wood floor installers, general contractors, and for your home projects. Need to quickly trim off a copper pipe at an awkward angle? Multi-tool it! Plunge cuts into a deck or drywall? Multi-tool it! Under cut a door jam when running floorboards? Multi-tool it! Need to remove rust or sand down in a tight space? Multi-tool it! Oscillating multi-tools is a great addition to your collection and extremely useful and handy. If you do not have one, GET ONE! You won’t regret the purchase.

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