I was recently asked for an oscillating tool recommendation. More specifically, I was asked about who makes a good MultiMaster, aside from Fein.
Why not Fein? Because of price.
Yes, a full Fein MultiMaster kit, with lots of accessories and a hard case, can set you back more than $300. But their START level sets, which come with the same MultiMaster tool but a smaller complement of accessories, can be had for around $200.
I just checked, and you can get Fein’s latest and greatest MultiMaster for just $160!
Buy Now(Sale MultiMaster via Amazon)
That’s an almost unbelievably low price. I bought my Fein 250Q MultiMaster for $170, and that was during a past winter holiday shopping season Lighting Deal.
I’m guessing that the newer 350Q is currently being discounted because retailers are expected newer Starlock-compatible models. The new Starlock version, 350QSL, is available for preorder at the expected price of $199 for a basic accessory START set.
Buy Now(Starlock MultiMaster via Amazon)
For of the sake of this discussion, let’s pretend that I don’t think the MultiMaster – the one that’s currently on sale for $160 – wasn’t the best oscillating multi-tool right now. Let’s take a look at some of the other options.
Rockwell just came out with their F80 DuoTech Sonicrafter, which has 2 oscillating angles – one for better control, the other for more aggressive cuts and faster performance.
I had always considered Rockwell to be more of a DIYer brand, but a contractor I trust has 3 Sonicrafters and holds them to great praise. I’m sure he’s not the only contractor putting Rockwell Sonicrafters to use on a daily or regular basis.
The new Dremel Velocity has some unique features, but I’m not sure it’s up to the rigors of professional use, based solely on the brand’s focus on the DIYer and homeowner market. I haven’t used it yet.
Still, its high power motor and control foot make it at least worthy of consideration.
It’s priced pretty high, though.
The Bosch MX25EC-21 kit has been around for a while, but it’s a decent tool. It lacks tool-free blade change, which you only get when stepping up to the higher priced MX30 model.
The price for this kit is $140 on Amazon, and it’s eligible for Amazon’s $20 off $100+ Father’s Day promotion.
I’d rather pay more for tool-free blade change, but $120 after discount is a hard price to ignore for a pro brand’s multi-tool.
Price: $120 after discount
Dewalt’s oscillating multi-tool isn’t my favorite, but it’s also a very good model. It has a tool-free blade change mechanism, if you use Dewalt or Rockwell blades, and can work with other brands’ accessories as well if you’re willing to use an Allen wrench.
The price has dropped in recent years, to $139. Take Amazon’s $20 off $100+ Father’s Day promo, and the price drops to $119 on Amazon. That’s a very good price!
Price: $119 after discount
Makita came out with oscillating tools a while back, and I am surprised now to find that they updated their corded model a few years ago. I must have missed that, but I did report when a similar tool-free blade change update came to their cordless model.
You can now buy the TM3010CX1 for $159 on Amazon.
I’m a little out of touch with what professionals want in an oscillating multi-tool these days.
I’d think it would be good power, great control, low vibration, tool-free blade change (this is a big one), and special features, such as depth control accessories.
I presume that’s still true.
But I’ve been repeatedly surprised at the oscillating multi-tools that contractors and remodelers choose and prefer to use.
I would have thought that Fein and Bosch would dominate, and definitely Dewalt as well, and possibly brands such as Makita and Ridgid. Rockwell puts themselves out there, but I’m surprised (but not disappointed) to see their tools embraced by some pros.
Which oscillating tool would you recommend for-pro-use and high bang-for-the-buck?