Woodworkers, carpenters, plumbers and even DIYers know that having a good collection of tools is a necessity and the only way to achieving good results when completing projects.
One such item is the Oscillating tool. This hand-held tool serves multiple purposes and is a great addition for your workshop. Professionals need an oscillating tool to handle common jobs like cutting, scraping, sanding and grinding in their job sites, while a hobbyist can make great use of the tool when anything needs fixing around the house.
But how do you pick the perfect tool out of hundreds of models advertised all over? It is not easy to test different items when shopping for the ultimate oscillating tool so to make things easy for you, we searched high and low and reviewed many of these tools to bring to you the top 10 products available in the market currently.
We also included mostly full kits in our lists so you don’t have to purchase extra accessories right away and can get to work as soon as the products are delivered to you.
Once you have read our reviews on the selected products don’t forget to read our buying guide for all the things that need to be taken note of when choosing an oscillating tool.
Best Oscillating Tools Reviews
Manufactured by the well-known brand DeWalt, this Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit is a must-have in any workshop, whether you are a professional woodworker or just enjoy doing little jobs around the house.
The DCS355D1 is a power tool run by a brushless motor that promises a run time 57% more than regularly brushed motors.
Being a cordless model you get to enjoy flexibility in movement and can operate the tool even in areas with no power supply. The 20V MAX XR Compact Li-Ion Battery (2.0Ah) keeps this tool running for an extended period of time and also boosts amazing torque.
The oscillating angle is 1.6 degrees with 0- 20,000 oscillations per minute- giving you the option to set your speed according to the requirement of the task.
This is a 28-piece kit so you can do so much with just one tool- starting from scraping to sanding down your workpiece in a matter of minutes. The attachments can be fitted and removed quickly using the quick-change system that allows you to get the job done with the need of any wrench.
The items included a charger is delivered to you in a strong storage bag.
The corded version provides you with the uninterrupted operation and immense torque when working on tough areas, while the sturdy construction of the tool adds even more strength and durability to the product.
You can enjoy multiple applications with this tool and complete jobs like trimming, scraping and cutting through most surfaces in a breeze. The blades and other attachments can be attached and detached without the help of any extra tools, enabling you to work fast and effectively.
It includes a removable depth guide which is there to provide you with better control of depths while cutting.
However, there is a concern about the tool heating up after prolonged use so you might have to be watchful of that. Also once the need for any blade replacement arises, bear in mind that although it states a universal fit, there may be a few blades that are not very compatible with this tool.
If its power you are after then look no further. The StarlockMax by Bosch is a powerhouse no doubt. It is driven by a 5.5 amp motor which is run on direct power so there is unlimited operation and full on torque every time you put this beast to work.
The speed goes up to 20,000 OPM which allows you to finish projects on time with precision and ease.
Every accessory that is included is designed to last through multiple usages, making difficult jobs seem easy and smooth to complete. The Bosch GOP55-36C2 StarlockMax is compatible with all of the Starlock, Starlock Plus, and StarlockMax accessories by Bosch.
When purchasing this toolkit you receive 40 different accessories which can all be changed on the tool without the help of any wrench. This is a great step taken by the manufacturers in the design of the tool to minimize accidents and time taken to attach or detach the hot blades and other accessories.
The Sonicrafter F80 by Rockwell is without a doubt a fantastic addition to your work arsenal. The oscillating tool offers excellent ways in which you can work your way through endless jobs around the house as well as professionally.
Boosting a powerful 4.2 amp motor and a very unique feature of dual oscillating angles, the Sonicrafter is the perfect multi-tool for projects that demand speed and precision. You can switch between 5.0 o and 3.4 o depending on the project and also control the speed that ranges from 10,000 OPM to 19,000 OPM.
With the help of an end cut blade and operating at a 5.0 o angle, you can tackle jobs like making plunge-cuts in wood, cross-cutting or ripping. Using the same tool and just by switching to the 3.4 o angle you can easily cut through metal pipes.
With various accessories included, you can take care of any sanding or scraping required, without having to purchase extra tools or call for professional assistance.
The kit is inclusive of an oscillating tool, 10 accessories which include several cutting blades and a carrying bag.
No matter what brand or model of oscillating tool you are using, you will need to replace their blades at one point. Depending on the quality of the original blades used and the amount of work involved, blades will need to be changed in order to always have the same speed and accuracy in the job done.
We reviewed a set of blades from Ryker Hardware which are compatible with most tools. This pack will not cost you over $50 yet it contains 15 blades which are a great deal considering that single blades can cost around $10 to $15 each.
You will be receiving more than just one kind or size of the blade so you can easily switch between different blades for the job at hand.
The blades included are made of high-grade carbon steel which easily cut through metal, plastic, fiberglass, and wood in no time. Along with bi-metal blades, you also get 3 large semicircular blades. The blades are labeled so you know which ones to use on dry walls, plastic, wood, and metal. The construction consists of Standard tooth, Fine tooth, and Japanese tooth.
The blades are compatible with Rockwell Hyperlock, Chicago Electric, Ryobi, Ridgid, Black & Decker, Fein Multimaster, Genesis and many more. It is not compatible with Starlock.
As the kit comes with multiple blades you can easily switch between the accessories to suit the job at hand. In the box you will be getting flush cutting blades, wood/drywall blade and a drywall jab saw for all your cutting purposes. For grout removal, there is a 1/16 inch grout blade and a flexible scraper too. If you need to sand down any area, then the hook and loop pad and the sandpaper sheets for wood and paint will come in great use. Last but not least, the kit also includes grinding accessories to use when doing any floor work.
Speed can be adjusted whether you are aiming to cut through materials fast or need more precision in your work. The tool oscillates at 3.2 degrees and all the accessories can be locked or detached without the help of any tool.
Nevertheless, this model is also extremely efficient when it comes to handling jobs like cutting, sanding, grinding and scraping. It is a corded version with a 13 feet long cord that gives you a decent area coverage and flexibility in movement. The tool oscillates at 3 degrees with a variable speed of 8,000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute.
The kit includes multiple blades and accessories such as a sanding pad, sanding sheets, a scraper blade and a carrying case, along with the tool.
The powerful motor and high-speed performance of the Starlockplus enables users to finish off all kinds of heavy-duty work in style and with quality results. You can use the tool with all Starlock and Starlockplus accessories which make the tool resourceful and a great buy.
The Makita XMT03Z is the only item on our list that does not come with any accessories. We reviewed the tool only and found it worthy to be on our list because of its durable build and ability to perform with precision and power.
It is a cordless tool that runs with a 18V LXT lithium-ion battery, providing great torque and a longer operating time. You can work with a speed range of 6,000 to 20,000 OPM up to 20 minutes on a full charge after which you will be notified of low power with an indicator light. The 3.2-degree oscillation angle is perfect for speedy sanding, powerful cutting, and accuracy for various applications involved in carpentry, plumbing and remodeling jobs.
For user convenience and comfort, this tool also incorporates a ‘tool-less’ clamp system that makes changing accessories fast and safe. The grip is small in diameter so you can easily hold on to the tool with full control while working.
However, we wished the tool would come with a battery but it does not, it only comes with one blade and 2 adapters. The battery and charger need to be purchased separately.
This tool is compatible with most of the popular accessories so you can easily find blades and accessories to use with this tool.
Are you looking for a multi-purpose oscillating tool that comes at an affordable price but also gets the job done? If you are into small DIYs and need a tool to help you fix a few things here and there but aren’t ready to spend a lot on a tool then check out the Genesis GMT15A.
It is extremely budget-friendly and designed for light jobs so don’t expect a wonderful tool. The motor is only 1.5 amp but it does reach a speed of 21,000 OPM, which is a good feature to have on such an affordable tool.
The tool can cut, grind and sand in swift movements and the construction is also decent with aluminum gear housing and a four pin flange to keep the accessories firmly in place.
While you can easily sand anything down, the tool does heat up after some time which is another concern with this product.
The good news is that despite being a budget-friendly tool, the manufacturers are offering a 2-year warranty so you can have some peace of mind.
We had to include a Black+Decker product in our list of best oscillating tools because the company manufactures some great tools at affordable prices and their 2.0 amp BD200MTB model is definitely something to check out.
The corded tool comes with 13 different accessories which widen the range of applications and the number of tasks which you can complete with one single tool.
It also incorporates the tool-free blade release that is common among most of the products listed above, making changes easy and hassle-free.
With six speed settings from a range of 10,000 OMP to 20,000 OMP, you can move from a speedy performance to precision as desired.
The grips on the tool are designed to provide you with comfort and anti-slip operation, eliminating the risk of losing control over your tool and also enabling you to work with confidence.
So now that you are familiar with the best oscillating tools and kits in the market, let us check out the factors that need to be considered when shopping for this tool.
Power- Oscillating tools can be corded or cordless but regardless of their power source, they need a powerful motor for full impact on the job site. A 2 or 3 amp motor is decent enough but there are also models that run on 5 or 7 amp motors. This depends on the job you wish to complete. Heavy duty tasks will require a powerful motor whereas smaller jobs can be completed with low amp motors.
Speed- Oscillating tools are all about speed because when the tool oscillates at high speed it cuts thorough faster and delivers a smoother finish. Your best bet will be the tools that come with variable speeds so you can control the speed according to the job’s demand. A high speed of 20,000 OPM or higher is what you must be aiming for.
Multi-tool- Multi-tasking tools are everyone’s favorite because they make us feel that we are getting more value out of a single tool. Oscillating tools are supposed to be one of those tools which enable the users to use it for more than one application. You need a tool that can cut various surfaces such as wood, metal and plastic, grind, sand, and scrap and also remove grout. If you are going to purchase only the tool then make sure it is compatible with a wide range of accessories. You can also purchase whole kits that come with the tool and accessories all included.
Noise and Vibration- These go hand in hand because a tool that vibrates too much will produce a lot of noise. If it was only about a low level of discomfort then maybe we could overlook this but the problem with excess vibration mainly is that it increases user fatigue and reduces the accuracy in performance. Oscillating tools will vibrate a bit naturally but it becomes a concern if the tool vibrates too much.
Comfort and Ergonomics- This is a hand held tool and anything that is oddly shaped or too bulky can cause a lot of discomfort and soreness when used for long. Find a tool that sports an ergonomic design and is not too heavy or big so that you can work with it without feeling the pressure.
Can I use my oscillating tool like a router?
No, you cannot because an oscillating tool moves back and forth in full speed whereas a router/rotary tool spins super fast. The tools can be used for some similar tasks but an oscillating tool is more preferable for sanding, grinding and cutting various materials.
Is a corded model better than a cordless one?
It depends on whether you want power or flexibility. Corded tools are generally more powerful as they run on direct power and you can work without interruptions but a cordless model will allow you to work even when there is a power failure.
What is the best brand for an oscillating tool?
There are quite a few good brands which manufacture these tools- for example, DeWalt, Porter Cable, Bosch, and Dremel, among many others.
We certainly hope you enjoyed reading this post and hope it comes in handy the next time you go shopping for an oscillating tool. Remember that durability and compatibility is just as important as speed and power when it comes to these tools so look for a model that is an all-rounder if you want the best results.