We’ve been big fans of oscillating multi-cutters (aka 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.
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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 (note this has now been updated by the DTM50).
What to Look for When Choosing a Multi-Cutter
Essentially, an oscillating multi-tool (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)
- 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.
We’ve said before that oscillating multi-cutters are like the Apple iPad; they’re fantastic tools, but it’s the applications that matter. And in order to perform the types of applications, you’ll want to do, such as sanding, grinding, polishing, cutting etc, you’re going to need to use the correct accessory.
There’s no shortage of quality accessories for your multi-tool, including rasps, sanding pads, scrapers and cutters. Use the links below to get some idea of what’s available to you:
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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.
What’s the Best Oscillating Multi-Tool?
Dewalt DCS355N Oscillating Multi-Tool 18V li-ion Cordless Brushless (Body Only) – SHOP HERE
Hopefully, this ultimate guide to oscillating multi-tools has whetted your appetite to do more with yours. We love hearing what you get up to with your power tools, so tell us in the comments section below the type of applications that you depend on your multi-cutter for.
And here’s a few links for the sort of accessory pack that can help you go further.
- Makita B-30617 Floor Set 2 for Oscillating Multi Tools
- Smart X8PLUS Professional Multi-Tool Blade Set of 8 with Quick Release Fitment
- Bosch 2608662013 Multi Tool Accessory Set (36 Piece) in i-Boxx