In this guide we’ll take a look at the best oscillating multi tools for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, performance, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Oscillating Multi Tool?
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The best oscillating multi tool for the UK market!
The oscillating multi tool adds a completely new dimension to how you can approach a task. They’re incredibly versatile bits of kit that can solve a whole range of problems. In my opinion, the best oscillating multi tool is the DeWalt DWE315KT- the variable speed trigger gives you an incredible range of flexibility, the quick change system is slick, and the dust extractor actually works.
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DeWalt DWE315KT Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Review
If DeWalt is your preferred brand and cost is more important to you than going cordless, you need to check out the DeWalt DWE315KT.
Taking the cost of batteries and charger into account, the DWE315KT sells for close to half the price of one of the best cordless multi tools, the DeWalt DCS355D2 XR!
And like the Makita TM3010CK, this is a high quality corded oscillating multi tool with a powerful 300 Watt motor that delivers up to 22,000 oscillations per minute (opm).
This DeWalt multi tool is comfortable to hold and control with what DeWalt describe as “Superior Ergonomics” which is enhanced with a large lock-on / lock-off trigger for managing its variable speed control. A tool-free quick release accessory key replaces a hex wrench for securing accessories and a universal blade adaptor accepts cutting accessories from non-DeWalt brands.
An LED work light and dust extraction port are a handy extra when sanding, and it comes with a long cord, all packed up in a robust stackable case with a selection of accessories, including a seriously useful depth stop.
If you are searching for the best multi tool around, you should seriously consider adding the DWE315KT to your toolkit.
Bosch PMF 350 CES Corded Oscillating Multi Tool Review
Next up is the Bosch PMF 350 CES Corded Oscillating Multi Tool. This model is Bosch’s best multi tool and its 350 Watt motor makes this one of the most powerful oscillating multi tools on the market.
Weighing 1.6 kg, it’s solid build and specifically designed for handling heavy duty applications and cutting through more resilient materials, but its size doesn’t stop it from being easy to handle.
This Bosch multi tool comes with an auxiliary handle that can be fitted to either side of the tool to make it steadier to control and absorb vibration when faced with those longer jobs. A soft start and variable 6 speed setting control the oscillation rate (max 20,000 opm).
Accessories attach to the tool head using Bosch’s tool-less AutoClic system – you simply pull the lever to release one accessory and push and click to attach a new one. It’s easy to use but be warned that the AutoClic system only works with Starlock accessories. The Starlock mounting interface is a newer version of Bosch’s OIS (oscillating interface system) that other brands of oscillating multi-tool use, so you need to use Starlock-compatible accessories.
This Bosch multi tool comes with a handy four-step depth stop to ensure you don’t overdo your plunge cuts and a strong carry case. If you don’t want to compromise on quality and seek the best oscillating multi tool for the UK market, then this is well worth the money!
Makita TM3010CK Corded Oscillating Multi Tool Review
If you don’t need a cordless oscillating multitool then you need to check out the Makita TM3010CK Corded Oscillating Multi Tool. It’s one of the best oscillating multi tools I’ve tried out so far.
The build quality of this tool is plain to see and what you’d expect from a brand like Makita. Weighing 1.6 kg, it is a little heavier than some other corded oscillating multi tools, but it feels perfectly balanced and easy to hold and control with its sturdy barrel grip.
The 320 Watt motor generates more than enough power for demanding multi tool tasks, and with noticeably reduced noise and vibration levels compared to other models. With the soft start, variable speed control and thumb-activated constant speed lock-on / lock-off trigger you have all the control you need to manage the 6,000 – 20,000 oscillation rate.
Like its cordless Makita DTM50Z cousin, this Makita multi tool has a 360 degree rotating head with 12 incremental stops and an (OIS) interface that can accept non-Makita branded accessories. My favourite upgrade though- the accessories are attached using a more convenient tool-less quick-release lever and clamp. It also comes with a nice long lead and a sturdy Makita carry case.
Worx WX686.1 Sonicrafter Corded Oscillating Multi Tool Review
The WORX WX686.1 Sonicrafter Corded Oscillating Multi Tool provides serious competition for the best oscillating multitools from Makita, DeWalt, Bosch and the like.
This is a well-engineered versatile tool with a 250 Watt motor and an aluminium gearbox, yet it weighs just 1.45 kg. This combination gives it a better power to weight ratio than many of its competitors and along with a dual grip soft handle, ergonomically enhances handling and control.
A lighter weight tool often means power is compromised but that is definitely not the case with this Worx multi tool. Oscillation rates ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 opm are controlled by a variable speed dial with 6 speed settings to be used depending on the accessory and application, plus constant speed control is available for longer and more tiring tasks.
The WX686.1 Sonicrafter features a Universal Fit clamping system that ensures that accessories never dislodge during use, and means you have a huge choice of aftermarket accessories available that are compatible with this tool. It comes with a nice long lead and a durable carry case as well.
Draper 20987 230V Oscillating Multi-Tool Review
If you want one of the best budget oscillating multi tools, made by a name you recognise, you should take a close look at the Draper 20987. For a fraction of the price of a premium multi tool, you get a powerful 400 Watt motor and comfortable rubberised barrel grip to hang on to.
Weighing in at just over 2.5 kg, it’s certainly a bit of a heavy beast compared to the competition, but unless you’re using it for extremely long stretches it shouldn’t slow you down. Being a slow start tool, it’s easy to hold on to, but there’s still a fair amount of vibration and a lot of noise at full speed.
With oscillation rates between 15,000 – 22,000 opm, you can use the different speed settings to tackle most tasks around the home, and I reckon the scraper attachment they’ve included is one of the best accessories for scraping off grout and other cleaning tasks.
Talking of accessories, the case the Draper multi tool comes in is rather nice and chunky- there’s plenty of space inside for more cutting blades and sanding pads, and you’ll probably need them because the ones included in the set aren’t going to last you for very long. Upgrade to premium blades and this will be one of the best multi tools you can get for the money.
Lomvum 300W Multi-Oscillating Tool Review
Another excellent budget-friendly oscillating multi tool is the handy Lomvum 23Q1-3. Offering a quick-change blade system and removable side handle, you get some premium features without spending premium money.
One of the things you must cope with when buying a more budget-end multi tool is the extra weight- at just over 2 kg it’s not super light, but it’s not designed to be a professional level tool and will perform at its best for DIY tasks.
You can choose from six different speeds, and it spins up to a respectable 15,000 – 23,000 opm when you need it to. What makes this multi tool punch above its weight is the quick release mechanism though. If, like me, you’re always losing allen keys then this is one pf the best features you can ask for.
Luckily, this multi tool accepts universal blade fittings, but whatever you do, don’t lose the washers supplied with the kit because you’ll need them when fitting aftermarket blades. Other than that, the two metre cable is handy, and you get some reasonable blades and attachments thrown in too.
Silverline 430787 DIY Multi Tool 300W Review
Now, if you want to get yourself a DIY multi tool that will get the job done but you really don’t want to spend a lot of money, look no further than the Silverline Tools 430787.
It might not be the most refined tool on our list, but you could buy five of these and still have change from what you’d pay for the Bosch PMF 350. If you’re only planning on using it for light DIY use, why spend the extra money?
You still get six selectable speeds, from 15,000 – 23,000 opm, and at just 1.4 kg it competes with some of the best multi tools on my list in terms of weight. The bi-material handle has a soft rubberised top grip to help keep the vibration down a bit, but it’s still loud and vibrates more than the expensive options.
For the money, you don’t get a quick change lever, but the allen key attachment is easy enough. The set doesn’t come with a case, but you get a scraper head, cutting blade and sander attachment thrown in. Even if you just want to try out a multi tool, at this price it’s a steal.
Things to Know Before Buying an Oscillating Multi Tool
If you’ve never used one before, you’re in for a treat. The best multi tool is one of those bits of kit that will make you wonder how you got by without one- being able to cut by pushing into a piece of wood, metal or plastic is almost impossible with a traditional saw.
Believe me, when you’ve got one of these at your disposal you start asking yourself if you can fix it using your oscillating multi tool before any of your other tools, and usually “why on earth didn’t I get one of these things years ago?”
The truth is they haven’t been around that long in the UK, maybe 10 years or so. They in fact derive from a tool designed and developed by the Fein manufacturing company in the US to remove plaster casts from hospital patients!
Now that all the patents have run out, all major power tool brands offer a range of oscillating multi tools. They’ve developed into a very versatile, sophisticated and pretty much essential piece of kit for both professionals and DIYers.
The oscillating multi tool’s unique selling point is in its name – it’s ability to oscillate. When you hold the body of the tool and switch it on, the head of the tool moves from side to side in a narrow arc at a very rapid rate. The oscillation rate (which can be over 20,000 RPM), is usually controlled using a speed dial or a variable speed trigger.
The maximum angle of oscillation ranges narrowly between 2 to 4 degrees across most brands. When using the oscillating multi tool for making cuts a larger oscillating angle results in a faster more aggressive cut while a smaller angle ensures a slower cut and allows for greater control and less vibration.
While on the subject of sawing, another great feature of a multi cutter tool is the almost complete lack of kickback you get. This is due to the tool’s oscillating motion. Conventional power saws deploy rotational movement, and it is this that can induce dangerous kickback.
Where the metal meets the workpiece- the range of blades you can fit to your multi tool are what makes it the tool you’ll reach for more than any other.
The standard scraper blade is something that comes with all the best multi tools I’ve used in the past- made from strong steel and with a sharp blade on the front, you can use it to scrape off grout, old adhesive, thick paint or anything else that’s stuck on and you want it gone.
Next up are cutting blades- there are tons of different types of cutting blade available but the one that changed the way I work the most is the straight cutting blade. It lets you plunge cuts directly into the workpiece like a chisel, but without using much effort at all, and they’re available in a whole host of widths.
You can get blades that cut soft materials like wood and plastic, up to high performance titanium or carbide tipped blades that can cut through metal such as hard screws that need trimming off. Another handy shape cutting blade is rounder, letting you cut straight lines in any direction.
Most of the cutting blades you can get are offset, which means you can cut flush to the floor- a task that is not impossible without a multi tool, but certainly takes more time and skill to do neatly.
Other blades available for specific tasks include grout removal, insulation cutters, rasps and box cutters.
Sanding right into corners is a difficult task at the best of times and is completely tiring when you have lots of them to do in one go. The hook and loop pad you can attach to the front of the best multi tools are ideal for these situations. You’re not going to use it sand down a whole floor, but when you need to get into a tight spot, the multi tool is unbeatable.
Like with the cutting blades, there are plenty of different types of sanding pad to choose from in a range of sizes to suit your task. You can get large sanding pads that are suitable for sanding and levelling larger areas, “delta” shaped pads for getting into corners and up against edges and different profile sanding pads for specific jobs.
This is a bit of advice that can apply to life in general- “you buy cheap, you buy twice”. Now, I’m not saying you must go out and buy the most expensive professional level multi tool to carry out home DIY tasks. But investing in quality blades and sanding pads will make all the difference. Trust me, I’ve made that mistake myself in the past.
Oscillating Multi Tool FAQs
If you’re a professional tradesperson, you’ll probably have the best oscillating multi tool already in your kit, but if you’re a DIYer they’re still one of the most useful tools to have around. If you’ve ever tried to cut a hole in the middle of a sheet of plywood or plasterboard, a job that takes 10 minutes with a jab saw will take ten seconds with a multi tool- and if you’ve got a depth stop attached it won’t cut through hidden electrical cables either.
Do I think they’re worth the investment? Yes. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, there’s a whole range of multi tools available that won’t break the bank, especially when you don’t need them to be cordless.
As I said above, finding the best blades turns an average multi tool into the best multi tool for all sorts of tasks. Check your user manual carefully though, because there’s not just one type of blade fitting out there. If your multi tool receives “universal” fittings, or has a quick release system, there’s a good chance that aftermarket blades will fit. However, some multi tools such as Bosch use their own fitting system like the AutoClic which will not receive universal fittings. Just check the paperwork before you open your wallet.
The cutting or sanding power of an oscillating multi tool comes from vibration, which can be intimidating at first and hard to handle. Just like any other power tool, it takes a bit of getting used to before you can handle them with ease.
Some of the best multi tools come with side handles- they can be screwed into either side of the body and let you use both hands to keep the sharp side where you want it- other multi tools like the excellent DeWalt DWE315KT can be held in both hands using the long pressure trigger to keep everything balanced.