I have used Craftsman’s Nextec oscillating multi-tool and like it quite a bit. Blade changes are a breeze, the tool’s ergonomics are reasonably good, and it delivers plenty of power for most tasks. But it’s still a battery-powered tool and sometimes I want more power and longer runtime. In those cases I reach for my Fein.
Reminder: oscillating tools are multi-purpose power tools that can be equipped with wood/plastic/metal sanding, cutting, and grinding attachments.
Craftsman’s corded quick release oscillating multi-tool won’t win any beauty contests, and with a 2.5-amp motor it won’t win any strength contests either. But if it performs as well as the Nextec 12V model it should be a solid mid-level offering.
The regular retail price is shown to be $100, but right now it’s on sale for $65. It comes with a couple of basic accessories to get you started with, and since it’s a corded tool you get unlimited runtime.
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Lots of brands’ blades and attachments fit Craftsman’s oscillating multi-tools, but there is a Craftsman accessory kit for under $50 if you want to get everything all at one place.