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Tool review: Oscillating Multi-Tools

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The Fit Can Give You Fits
Milwaukee mount
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The Milwaukee tool uses 10 lugs
molded around its head and a
two-sided adapter to match every
blade-mounting configuration.
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Owners of any multi-tool can
increase their choices to include
Bosch or Dremel attachments by
using Bosch's two-sided adapter
or Dremel's single-sided adapter.
fit chart
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The Fit Can Give You Fits

With so many multi-tool manufacturers, each with its own mounting system, attachments aren't always interchangeable from brand to brand. As you can see in the chart below, Dremel tools accept only Dremel attachments (unless you purchase Bosch's adapter), while Milwaukee and Ridgid accept attachments from any other maker using a provided adapter (top right photo).

Taking a different tack, Bosch and Dremel recently introduced universal adapters (bottom right photo). Instead of adapting the other guys' attachments to fit Bosch or Dremel tools, the adapters allow all current multi-tools to accept either the Bosch or Dremel attachments.

Continued on page 5:  These tools make the cut


Comments (5)
#mowry wrote:

The HF multi tool I bought for my son 2 years ago is still going on occasional use but mine died after 1 month of mild-modest useage. Reviews suggest vibration causing electrical joints to fail but checking mine, all seemed tight. Question is do I replace it? Honestly,it's a 50/50 decision based on my mood if I ever get past a store. I probably should have returned it but the cost of gas to and from was a lot higher than it cost. (I live rural)

1/7/2013 08:10:01 PM Report Abuse
Gmcromp wrote:

I agree on the Harbor Freight Multi-tool, I have had mine for a year and it has performed very well. I can buy four of them before I get to the price of the cheapest one of these. Not always the case with HF tools, but this one seems fine to me. HF does make some junk but this doesn't appear to be one of them. i have cut tile, wood, and plastic without a problem. I can't get past the price of some of these, i can buy four of the HF tools and still have money in my pocket from your cheapest pick.

7/12/2012 06:24:41 PM Report Abuse
mmcconoughey wrote:

I bought the Harbor Freight version hoping it would work OK. It works far better than that. It has been one of my most useful tools, and cuts much faster than I had anticipated. Not all HF tools are great, but many offer better performance for the buck than name brand tools.

6/15/2012 10:55:29 AM Report Abuse
Danwoodman wrote:

I've been using the $20.00 one from Harbor Freight for several years now at it works fantastic. Don't see the need to spend the big bucks on a Fein. Although the Chicago or Harbor Freight blades don't seem to hold up very well so I found some on Amazon that were less expensive and held up much longer.

1/26/2012 09:46:33 AM Report Abuse
tenpenny3315200 wrote:

I have to agree with your choice of the Fein. Mine is the older type with bolt. Bought this many years ago and as a general contractor carpenter have put this tool thru much abuse and use. I have replaced the bolt a few times but not the allen wrench. It has been a great tool for me.

8/17/2011 10:04:46 PM Report Abuse

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