When we first previewed Porter Cable’s new oscillating multi-tool (PC250MTK) and its cordless brother (PCL120MTC-2), we saw great potential in its tool-free blade change mechanism.
Porter Cable’s been on a roll with their past few tool releases, including the cordless ClampSaw and corded heavy duty circular saw. We’re happy to report that their new oscillating tool delivers great performance and continues the trend!
Porter Cable Oscillating Tool Features
The tool features variable oscillating speed control that is set between 10k and 20k OPM with the turn of a rear-mounted wheel. A top-mounted power switch is large and easy to toggle.
Tool-Free Blade Change
Swapping blades and accessories on this tool is as quick and easy as it gets. To do this, you squeeze the blade-change lever, insert and align a blade, release the lever, and the blade is locked in place.
A heavy duty spring ensures that blades and accessories remain securely locked into the tool. Luckily the blade-change lever is on the large side, which makes it easier to depress the spring to unlock the blade receptacle. If you cannot tell from the photo, it does take a bit of force to depress the lever.
Solid, Tough, and Jobsite Durable
When using the corded PC oscillating tool, I definitely got the feeling that it was designed for rough and tough use. It’s hard to put my finger on what gives off this overall sense of durability. Maybe it was the comfortable grip and solid construction? Or maybe it was the thick rubbery-jacketed 10-foot cord that I also appreciated on PC’s latest circular saw.
Porter Cable designed its multi-tool around a 2.5A motor, which output enough power for everything we tried using the tool for. Granted, we didn’t try to cut through solid steel bars or anything of the sort – we used the tool naturally in ways most users would.
The oscillating multi-tool did seem to deliver noticeably more power than DIY-oriented 1.5A units when pushed to their limit, which was of course expected.
There’s surprisingly little to discuss about the tool’s performance – it just works well, plain and simple. The smaller blades did heat up a little due to friction when used to make deep or repeated cuts, but the same could be said about every other brand’s tools and blades when used in the same manner.
Porter Cable Blades and Accessories
Porter Cable starts you off with a fair number of cutting, grinding, and sanding accessories, and additional accessories are available separately. We tested most of the included ones on wood, plastic, and aluminum, and they all worked quickly and cleanly.
We did not test the long-term or heavy-duty durability of the included blades and accessories, but our tests thus far did not reveal any premature wear or failure.
We have learned that Porter Cable will be releasing an adapter in August, that allows you to use other brands’ accessories with their tools. We have not yet done enough tests to determine how well Porter Cable’s accessories compare to those from other leading brands, but as mentioned we have not yet been disappointed.
Recommendation & Conclusion
With so many oscillating tools on the market these days, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Porter Cable’s tool-free blade change design catapults their multi-tools to the head of the pack of <$200 multi-tools. It feels great, performs well, and is every bit as versatile as we expected it to be.
Once the blade adapter is released, we’ll see if the tool’s performance changes when used with other brands’ blades.
With an easy to use blade-change mechanism, solid construction and build quality, and very reasonable pricing (~$110-120!), we give Porter Cable’s PC250MTK 2 thumbs up!
Thank you to Porter Cable for providing the sample for this review unconditionally. Review samples are typically returned, donated, or in some cases kept for further testing or benchmark and comparison purposes.