One of the new items in Home Depot’s 2021 holiday gift center is this Milwaukee 20pc oscillating multi-tool (OMT) accessory kit with case, for $50. While this is an okay deal for 7 OMT blades, a scraper, and 12 pieces of sand paper, what is really interesting is the new case which has a few similarities to Milwaukee’s new hole saw cases.
Before we talk more about the new case, let’s look at the deal itself. Here’s a list of what’s included:
- (2) 1-3/8″ titanium bi-metal OMT blades
- (2) 2-1/2″ titanium bi-metal OMT blades
- (2) 1-3-8″ wood cutting high carbon steel OMT blade
- (1) 1-3/8″ hardwood cutting blade
- (1) scraper
- (4) 80-grit sanding pads
- (4) 120-grit sanding pads
- (4) 240-grit sanding pads
- Hard case
These OMT blades all have Milwaukee’s Open-Loc interface. These “universal fit” attachments are compatible with Milwaukee, Dewalt, Rockwell, Ridgid, Makita, Craftsman, Ryobi, Porter Cable, Dremel, Fein, and Bosch oscillating multi-tools – except for Starlock-equipped models.
The hard case itself has a grid of holes that accept twist-lock pegs. This flexibility allows the pegs to be located anywhere in the grid to suit your OMT blade collection. The hard case also fits inside Milwaukee’s Packout organizers (compact or full-size but not low-profile).
There is also a 5 piece OMT blade set special buy. It comes with (2) 1-3/8″ titanium bi-metal OMT blades and (3) 1-3/8″ wood cutting high carbon steel OMT blades for $19.88
Home Depot also has a bundle set that includes both special buys, but at the time of this posting it’s priced at $75. It works out better to buy the two sets separately.
Shown above is part of the product image that shows what you get with the kit. It’s always a good reminder to double check retail sources, as it clearly shows a 2-1/2″ blade, while the text states it’s a 1-3/8″ blade. In this case the image is correct and the text is wrong, the kit contains (2) 2-1/2″ blades.
Stuart’s Note: We typically see a high frequency of product description errors this time of year. Sometimes the images are wrong and the text is correct. Pay extra attention.
This is the second application where we’ve seen Milwaukee’s interchangeable storage peg system. Is this just convenient for these two products, or are we going to see other cases use this same system? Also, while pegs from the hole saw case should lock into the OMT case, and vice-versa, you probably don’t want to swap pegs because of the height difference in the cases.
What I would liked to have seen rather than these custom hard cases for the interchangeable pegs, is for Milwaukee to have used Packout organizers. They could have created a grid that drops into a low-profile Packout organizer for the OMT blades, or a full-height Packout organizer for the hole saws. Wouldn’t that be better that the custom foam they made for the hole saw sets in the half-width Packout?