Makita has given their 18V cordless oscillating tool a tool-free blade change mechanism upgrade. The new Makita XMT035 is a variable speed oscillating multi-tool that can work with Bosch OIS-compatible blades and accessories. Powered by Makita’s 3.0Ah battery pack it offers “up to 15 minutes” of runtime.
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Features and Specifications
- 6,000 to 20,000 OPM
- Variable speed dial
- On/off switch
- Smooth start motor
- 3.2° oscillating angle
- Weighs 4.5 pounds
As with other OMTs, the Makita XMT035 can be used for cutting, sanding, scraping, and grinding tasks.
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Makita’s new OMT looks to be a slight upgrade over their original multi-tool, in how it now has a tool-free blade change mechanism. Personally, I won’t use an oscillating tool that doesn’t have a tool-free mechanism, as it can be quite inconvenient to have to track down an L-key for every bit or blade change.
To be frank, I don’t find the new multi-tool to be very appealing, but I also don’t see any major downsides except potentially in regard to battery life. It’s not brushless, which means lower motor efficiency and shorter runtime. Makita has 4.0Ah and 5.0Ah Li-ion battery packs available overseas – but their USA release is nowhere in sight. Meanwhile other brands’ 4.0Ah batteries are readily available, with Bosch and Dewalt 5.0Ah batteries pending release. Milwaukee’s M18 5.0Ah launch probably won’t be too far behind.
“Up to 15 minutes of runtime” isn’t terrible for a tool like this, but it’s not any better than what Makita’s older cordless oscillating tool was rated at. Since Makita didn’t design this OMT with a brushless motor, and their higher capacity battery packs haven’t even been announced in the USA, users looking for maximum runtime might want to consider competing models.