Dewalt has come out with their first ever oscillating multi-tool (DWE315K). The new oscillating tool features a Quick Change blade change system* that looks similar to Porter Cable’s design, a powerful 3.0 amp motor, and Dual-Grip variable speed trigger that improves control.
Our 2012 Dewalt oscillating multi-tool prediction was that the brand would release an oscillating tool and an entire range of universally-compatible accessories and attachments, and so far it looks like this might be the case.
As with other oscillating tools, the new Dewalt version can cut, sand, scrape, or remove a range of materials, depending on the type of blade or accessory you pair it with.
*Note: Dewalt’s oscillating tool blade change system is only tool-free when used with Porter Cable or Dewalt cutting blades and accessories. Rockwell’s newer accessories can be swapped in tool-free as well. Using any other brands’ blades or attachments will require that you keep a hex key close at hand for blade changes.
- 3A motor
- 22,000 OPM
- Quick-change tool-free blade change system
- Dual-grip variable speed trigger
- Bright LED worklight
- Adjustable tool guide for height and depth control
- Universal accessory adapter accepts most other brands’ oscillating tool accessories
- 10 ft power cord
- 3.1 lbs weight
- 13″ length
- 1.6° oscillating angle
Update: It looks like there is a trigger lock on the side of the oscillating tool, and the kit comes with a new style deep-compartment ToughCase organizer.
The DWE315K kit includes a 30-piece accessory set: (1) bi-metal plunge cutting blade, (1) fast-cutting wood blade, (1) semi-circle flush cutting blade, (1) sanding pad, (25) sandpaper sheets, (1) universal accessory adapter.
Retail price: $139
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Update: Word on the street is that a brushless cordless version is in the works.
Update 2: Here’s all you need to know about the Dewalt 20V Max cordless brushless oscillating multi-tool!
The DWE315K oscillating multi-tool kit comes with a sampling of Dewalt’s new Universal Fitment accessories, which are designed to fit most major brands of oscillating tools. Right now there is a small selection of blades, but we’re hoping to see some expansion in the future.
- Multi-material blade (such as for cutting asphalt shingles)
- Titanium-coated long-life blade
- Quick Wave blade for fast grout material
These 3 additional blade types will be available separately and are not included in the tool kit.
Dewalt users and fans will certainly rejoice over the news, but I will reserve judgement until the dust settles from the launch.
Without a doubt, Dewalt is late to the party. I don’t think the market is quite saturated, but there is already some fierce competition between current multi-tool and accessories brands’ offerings. The DWE315K and Universal Fitment accessories are going to have to provide high performance and an excellent user experience in order to convince users to upgrade or sway from their favored accessories brands.
Right now the Universal Fitment line consists of 6 blades, a sanding pad, and sanding sheets. That’s not a lot, but it’s a good start. The only way Dewalt stands a chance at moving in other brands’ territories is if these accessories are very widely available. Right now, Bosch’s OIS and Dremel accessories lines seem to the most popular and easiest to find, with Dremel as the budget-friendly pick and Bosch as the high-performance one. There are a number of highly recommended third party brands as well via online dealers.
I do like that Dewalt is aiming to provide improved user control via the Dual-Grip variable speed trigger, but this also looks to make the tool slightly longer than competing models. According to press materials, this feature changes the way users control the speed of the oscillating tool and provides users with multiple options for gripping the tool, depending on the application.
Overall, I am optimistic that this is a strong design, and am happy to see that Dewalt designed the blade interface for universal compatibility, as oscillating multi-tool users don’t like to be tethered to proprietary blades and accessories.
$159 pricing seems fair for what you get. (Update: the price has been lowered to $139.)
One thing I am disappointed about is how there is no mention of a dust collection attachment, as either part of the tool kit or available separately.
Dewalt has said that the vast majority of North American users have not expressed the need for dust collection on this [type of] tool, and that they will continue to monitor feedback from users. If the need for dust collection presents itself, they will respond as necessary. This makes sense, but I have gotten so use to working in as dust-free conditions as possible that I strongly prefer eliminating dust right at the source to minimize cleanup and potential air quality issues.
It probably won’t be long before we see a compact cordless 20V Max version. I don’t think Dewalt will release anything similar in their 12V platform unless (or until) they first come out with 2.0Ah and maybe even 4.0Ah batteries, as cordless oscillating tools tend to be very power-hungry and with relatively short runtimes.