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Tool review: Oscillating Multi-Tools

They saw, sand, scrape, and more. Is it time to add one to your tool box? Here are the 10 models we tested.

  • How they work

    Whether corded or cordless, an oscillating multi-tool vibrates a blade or other attachment back and forth in a narrow arc (3-4°) at up to 21,000 strokes per minute. Because of the tool's short range of blade motion, small front-end profile, and blades that extend past the snout of the tool, it reaches into tight spots other tools can't. A multi-tool also works well for flush cutting because the stepped profile of many blades and other attachments allows the attachment to rest flat on a surface. Here are the ten models we tested.

  • Bosch Multi-X PS50-2B

    $200
    877-267-2499, boschtools.com

  • Craftsman Multi-Tool 17438

    (cordless)
    $100
    800-383-4814, craftsman.com

  • Craftsman Multi-Tool 23465

    (corded)
    $80
    800-383-4814, craftsman.com

  • Dremel Multi-Max 6300

    (corded)
    $100
    800-437-3635, dremel.com

  • Dremel Multi-Max 8300

    (cordless)
    $150
    800-437-3635, dremel.com

  • Fein MultiMaster FMM 250Q

    $329
    800-441-9878, fein.com

  • Milwaukee 2426

    $149
    800-729-3878, milwaukeetool.com

  • Ridgid JobMax R82235

    $100
    866-539-1710, ridgid.com

  • Rockwell SoniCrafter RK2514K2

    (cordless)
    $170
    800-514-7625, rockwelltoolsdirect.com

  • Rockwell SoniCrafter RK5101K

    (corded)
    $140
    800-514-7625, rockwelltoolsdirect.com

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