The oscillating multi-tool market is bustling, and it’s never been a better time to pick one up. But while there are quite a few makes and models already available, we haven’t seen anything yet from Black & Decker or Dewalt.
To put things in perspective, here are the new models that came out within the past few months:
- Milwaukee M12 Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool
- Bosch MX25 Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool
- Skil Oscillating Multi-Tasker
- Dremel Cordless Multi-Max
- Rockwell Cordless Sonicrafter
We know that Porter Cable is coming out with both corded and cordless oscillating tools later this year, but nobody has heard anything about Dewalt or Black & Decker’s plans yet. I’m going to go ahead and guess that we will see such tools released this year.
My reasoning is that it really does not make sense for Porter Cable to be the only Black & Decker brand to come out with their own oscillating tool. Look at what happened in 2010: Dewalt announced their 12V Max tool lineup, and then Porter Cable came out with theirs. Black & Decker also released their own 12V Max drill/drivers, although we’re not sure when that happened. Granted all three designs are different, but that’s even more of a case why each brand might come out with their own oscillating tools – to be able to cover the entire range of tool users.
So, we are officially predicting that Black & Decker and Dewalt will be coming out with their own oscillating multi-tools in 2011. If I had to guess, I would say that would happen ahead of Father’s Day or the winter holidays. I was half-right, half-wrong when I predicted Milwaukee’s tool release plans last year, but I’m a bit more confident about this one.
What do you think? Will B&D and Dewalt step into the oscillating multi-tool ring this year, or not?