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Tool review: Oscillating Multi-Tools

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These tools make the cut

These tools make the cut

If you do much built-in work or installation, you'll love a tool like this. Likewise, if you have lots of general repair and renovation jobs around the house. We found these tools handy for some sanding and cutting jobs in the woodshop, too.

The tank-like construction, good dust collection, and quick-change accessory mount of the Fein MultiMaster 250Q earn it our overall Top Tool award. However, it can be a handful, literally, and requires a fine touch to get good results. The Bosch Multi-X earns Top Tool among the cordless versions. It's best for users who want a lighter, smooth-running tool with cordless convenience. The Craftsman 23465, at just $80, is our Top Value. Steer clear of the cordless Craftsman 17438. Its slow fixed speed takes longer to do jobs, and it comes with just one battery (as does the Ridgid), so you'll have to wait for a recharge.



Comments (6)
#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

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