Here’s what the Fein oscillating multi-tool blade selection looks like at one of my local Home Depot stores.
As you can see, they have yellow price stickers (usually to indicate a product is on clearance), and the selection is sparse.
The situation is similar at another nearby Home Depot store, but there are also now Ryobi OMT accessories on nearby pegs.
So… does this mean that the Fein Starlock-compatible oscillating multi-tool blades are all going on clearance to clear up some space for Ryobi accessories? This certainly looks to be the case.
Looking online, Home Depot’s website says there aren’t any Fein Starlock OMT accessories available for pickup near me at all.
This could be a big deal for some tool users.
Let’s say that you bought Makita’s 18V Starlock-compatible multi-tool. Well, that tool can only work with Starlock OMT blades and accessories. So, if you have that tool and need replacement blades, Fein’s blades were the only compatible options you could find at Home Depot.
Once the Fein blades sell out, if they are all being cleared out and replaced with Ryobi SKUs, you won’t be able to find any Starlock-compatible accessories at Home Depot.
None of the other cordless power tool brands that Home Depot carries have Starlock-compatible multi-tools, and so perhaps such a move wouldn’t affect a lot of users.
I should point out that Starlock blades are backwards-compatible with many tools that feature “universal” blade interfaces. So while Home Depot doesn’t have a wide selection of Starlock-compatible oscillating multi-tools, most if not all of the multi-tools they do sell should be compatible with Starlock blades.
Whether impactful or not, this is still an interesting development.
Plus, this could be a chance to snag Fein blades at a discount.
I also noticed some empty pegs and yellow price stickers within Home Depot’s selection of Dremel rotary tool accessories. I wonder if this has anything to do with all of the new rotary tools and accessories that Ryobi recently announced.