Following is a sneak peek video review of Craftsman’s 2nd generation cordless Nextec oscillating multi-tool. It features tool-free blade change, variable speed control, and an LED work light.
The tool-free blade change design is not quite as quick as the one on the Porter Cable oscillating multi-tool that we reviewed a few months ago, but it requires less effort to operate. Once I got the hang of it (and removed my work gloves), blade changes were quick and easy.
In the multi-tool’s operator’s manual, it is advised that users wear protective gloves when inserting or removing blades and attachments. As you can probably tell from the video, wearing gloves does slow down the blade-change process slightly. If you choose to swap attachments without wearing gloves, just make sure that the tool is cool to the touch and that you take care not to scratch or cut yourself with the blades or attachments.
Overall, our first impressions are quite positive. The tool feels substantial and well-built, and it’s fairly comfortable to operate. The LED worklight is usable and may come in handy in a pinch, but as with most cordless tool LED lights, it’s not anything special. Craftsman bundles the tool with their new QuickBoost charger, which helps minimize downtime with its 30-minute recharge time.
Craftsman G2 Nextec Multi-Tool Features & Specs
- 7500-1500 OPM
- 2.8° oscillating angle
- Quick-release tool-less accessory changes
- QuickBoost charger and one 12V battery
- 8-position accessory attachment angles
- 6 accessories
- Scraper blade
- Flush-cut saw blade for cutting wood, drywall, plastic, and other materials
- Carbide triangular rasp for coarse grinding and removal of adhesives, thinset, and masonry
- Carbide circular rasp or grout removal and cutting plaster or porous masonry,
- Circular saw blade for cutting wood, plastic, drywall, and other materials
- 9pc hook & loop sanding kit
The new G2 multi-tool kit is out now, and you can find more info or purchase one via Sears.