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Which is the Best Oscillating Multi Tool?

Posted by Katy | Toolstop on 9th Apr 2021

Oscillating Multi Tools are a must have in any tool box. Toolstop walk you through which is the best oscillating multi-tool and which multi tool is most suited to you. They are truly a get out of jail free card

Loved by all, Oscillating Multi Tools are a must have in any tool box. They can carry out almost any job thanks to their complete versatility and range of accessories available. Toolstop walk you through which is the best oscillating multi-tool and which multi tool is most suited to you. They are truly a get out of jail free card on any job

what is a multi tool

What is a Multi Tool?

We’ve been big fans of oscillating multi tools here at Toolstop for years.

From their corded origins to their cordless counterparts, they truly are the ultimate “get out of jail free” card for any tradesperson, the tool that’ll enable to you perform fiddly and awkward jobs, to being the go-to tool for finishing applications off.

In our Ultimate Guide, we’ll cover off some of the features and spec that are “must haves” on any multi-cutter, the accessories that should be in your kit, and the best of the best cordless and corded multi-cutters available on the market today.

Here’s an example of a couple of trade professionals testing the Makita BTM50RFX3 LXT cordless multi-cutter (Please note that this model has now been updated to the DTM50).


What to look for when Choosing a Multi Tool

Essentially, an oscillating multitool (or multi cutter) is a simple piece of kit. Specification-wise you should look for:

  • Oscillations per minute (OPM)
  • The angle of oscillation – the higher the number the faster the cutting action
  • Ease of changing accessories (quick-change or not)
  • Ergonomics
  • Dust extraction

The type of job you’ll be using your tool for will determine the spec that you end up opting for. Quick, simple jobs require a more basic machine. Heavy duty tasks like cutting oak, go for something beefier. Look at the models we’ve selected below to help make your pic.

And then you need to consider the power supply.

Multi-cutters were slightly later to the cordless party as the demand on the motor to provide the oscillations required for various cutting and sanding applications is very high. If your oscillating tool will be used frequently, perhaps you’re better going for one with a power cord, guaranteeing you constant power throughout the day. Click here to see all of the corded oscillating multi-tools in stock.

Alternatively, if being cord-free is paramount to you, there are more and more cordless oscillating multi-cutters coming onto the market each year. Click here to see what’s available.

Once you own an oscillating multi-tool, accessories are everything! The range of cutters, rasps, sanding pads etc, is growing all the time.

We stock a huge amount of Multi Tool Accessories from leading brands. See below a couple of our favourites:


How to Get the Most from Your Oscillating Multi-Tool

The key to these tools is versatility. Paired with the correct accessory you’re going to be able to perform loads of tasks, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t all need a bit of expert guidance now and again.

We’re here to help once more. For example, what’s the best way to use your multi-cutter to sand (not cut!). Fein helped us out with a comprehensive guide to choosing the correct accessory for sanding and then using it to get amazing results. Watch it here.

And what about that go-to job for any corded or cordless multi-tool; trimming skirting boards? We’ve got an in-depth guide to doing it properly, which you can read here.


Which Multi Tool?

Oscillating Multi Tool Key Specification Key Benefits
  • 300 watts
  • 22,000 oscillations per minute
  • 1.5kg
  • Supplied with 37 piece accessory kit and TStak box
  • Quick-fit dust extraction kit compatible with Airlock system
  • Bright LED light
  • Quick-release change accessory system: tool-free
  • 300 watts
  • 22,000 oscillations per minute
  • Supplied with 29 piece accessory kit
  • Quick-fit dust extraction kit compatible with Airlock system
  • Bright LED light
  • Quick-release change accessory system: tool-free
  • Dual position rocker switch with lock-on
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • 6,000-20,000 oscillations per minute
  • 3.2° oscillation angle
  • Tool-free, quick accessory change
  • Variable speed control dial
  • Constant speed control
  • OIS accessory interface (compatible with Smart accessories)
  • Accessories can be installed at 30° increments, across 360°
  • Anti-restart function prevents accidental start-ups
  • 320 watts
  • 6,000-20,000 oscillations per minute
  • 3.2° oscillation angle
  • 1.5kg
  • Supplied with 56 accessories in a tough carry case
  • Variable speed control dial
  • OIS accessory interface (compatible with Smart accessories)
  • Accessories can be installed at 30° increments, across 360°
  • 350W
  • 10,000 – 19,500 oscillations per minute
  • 1.7º oscillation angle
  • Supplied with 2 boxes of accessories and tough carry case
  • Convenient QuickIN quick clamping system
  • Electronic speed setting with tacho generator for constant speed even when loaded
  • StarLock PLUS tool mounting for better torque transfer
  • Rated power input: 400 W
  • Grip circumference: 175mm
  • Tool length: 284mm
  • No-load oscillation, from: 8,000 opm
  • No-load oscillation, up to: 20,000 opm
  • Supplied with 16 accessories and L-Boxx
  • Starlock Plus snap in tool-less blade changes in 3 seconds to save the user time
  • LED light for greater visibility of cutting area
  • Lightweight at only 1.5kg for easy handling
  • Soft grip for comfortable use and vibration reduction

So, Which is the Best Oscillating Multi-Tool? We would love to know what your preferred multitool is and why!


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