Over at Amazon, today’s deal of the day features this Porter Cable PCE605K 3A oscillating multi-tool kit with 31 accessories.
It’s bundled with a couple of cutting blades, a sanding pad, and a bunch of sandpaper sheets.
While not my preferred choice in oscillating tools, this one has been well regarded over the years. There’s nothing bad about it, that I can tell, and it seems to be a great entry-level option.
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Deal ends at 3am ET 11/16/2017 unless supplies sell out sooner.
If you were to ask me about which oscillating multi-tool I’d buy, I’d point to the Fein Multi-Master Starlock kit, FMM350QSL.
It’s a spartan kit with very few accessories, which means two things. First, you’ll need to buy some accessories. Wth Starlock compatibility, you have your pick of Fein or Bosch blades or accessories. You could use other brands’ universal or OIS-compatible attachments too, but if you’re going with a Starlock tool, Starlock accessories are a quicker (really, it’s rapid) accessory interface.
Second, it means that you’re not paying extra for accessories you might not need or want.
It’s a balance. Going with the smallest starter kit you can could mean saved money, or open you up to saving more, if a bigger starter set has accessories you would actually use.
That said, I bought a Fein Multi-Master a few years ago, when the starter kit dropped from $200 to $170 on Black Friday. I remember the purchase too, I made it when at a Home Depot parking lot. That was the first season there was a $200 Fein Multi-Master offering.
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The Porter Cable kit is $60, the Fein $172 on sale. For the significant bump-up in money, you get a better tool-free interface, more power, less vibration (presumably), and a higher quality instrument.
But the Porter Cable can be a good starter kit, especially for users who have heard the hype about oscillating tools but don’t quite know what they’d use it for. $60 isn’t excessively high for a “okay, I’ll try it out” tool, with $172 more being a “I know I need this, and I have a lot of tasks planned for it” kind of one.
I would also be highly tempted to buy this Bosch Starlock starter set, currently priced at $199. Those cutting blades are worth what, $10-15 each?
But $199 is the regular price. If this was planned as an upgrade, I’d be inclined to wait for a coupon or discount.
Buy Now(Bosch Kit via Amazon)