Tool review: Oscillating Multi-Tools
What to look for
Comfortable grip. Because you typically wrap one or both hands around the tool's barrel, its circumference and shape determine how well the tool fits in your hand, right. Circumferences under 7" suit small hands best. Heavier tools--some weigh up to 4 lbs--sand quickly, but are it tiring to hold during extended use.
Minimal vibration and noise. Most of the models we tested vibrated about equally, but we felt Bosch's Multi-X vibrated least. Fein's MultiMaster ran loudest when cutting, while the Rockwell was significantly quieter.
Variable speed. Slower speeds make delicate sanding jobs more manageable. Cutting and grinding work best at the highest speeds. Every tool except the cordless Craftsman 17438 offers variable-speed control. Further smoothing things out, a couple of models also feature soft-start motors that ease the tool up to speed and prevent it from jerking to the side when switching on the power
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