Oscillating Tool Reviews
Today is a great day to begin a new project of improving your home, because we have so many new types of products on the market that it is almost impossible to decide which one you should buy. The one new thing that no enthusiast or entrepreneur should be missing from their tool box is an oscillating tool. It used to be that these things would only be good from sanding, but now, you can changed the sanding foot for a cutting disk or blade that you can use to make very delicate cuts straight on to the wall or floor surface.
You can then use another tool to pry open, shave off, or clean away any residual piece of wood or glue that may have been left behind. In fact there are so many things that you can do with an oscillating tool, that you will be left wondering how our parents did without one. So we decided to take a closer look at some of the best products on the market today and came up with the following oscillating tool reviews where we talk not only about the technical capabilities of each product but also what type of buyer you need to be to spend money on each product.
|DEWALT DWE315K Multi Material Corded Oscillating Tool Kit||4.7/5||$$|
|Bosch MX30EK-35 3.0-Amp Oscillating Tool with Quick Change, 35 Accessories and Case||4.7/5||$$|
|Rockwell RK5141K 4.0A Sonicrafter F50 Kit with Hyper Lock and Universal Fit System||4.8/5||$$|
|Porter Cable PCE605K52 3-Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with 52 Accessories||4.6/5||$$|
|PORTER-CABLE PCE605K 3-Amp Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with 31 Accessories||4.4/5||$|
DeWalt DWE315K Oscillating Tool Kit
If you are looking to get the biggest bang for your buck, the best choice you have at the moment is the DeWalt DWE315K. There are, of course, some cheaper alternatives and we have created reviews for those that deserved our close attention, but if you can afford it, the DeWalt oscillating tool kit is the absolute best. You get an oscillating tool with a very powerful 3 Amp motor, and an accessory system that includes a blade for wood and nails, a faster one just for wood, a semi circular blade, a sanding pad and a ton of sanding paper, and an easy carry all bag. We tested the DeWalt DWE315K on a bunch of different materials and at different angles and we are happy to report that it can be used just as easily by the most delicate lady and by the butchest contractor you can find. The fact that it has a variable speed trigger really helps a lot on allowing you to push the tool only as so far as you are comfortable with it and as long as you can control its otherwise massive power.
There is an alternative to the DeWalt offer and, as always, it comes from their biggest competitors, Boschs. The Bosch MX30EK-35 oscillating tool kit uses a similar 3 Amp motor, and it comes with a Japanese style tooth wood saw blade, a regular wood blade, a blade for both metal and wood, perfect for cutting boards filled with nails, a metal saw blade, a scraper blade, sanding pad and sanding pads, and several other accessories that will come in handy. Overall, it is a slightly more complex kit than the DeWalt, but it is also slightly more expensive. It has a tool-less accessory change lever, and it comes with a carry pouch, so you can just take this thing along all over the house, fix anything that needs to be fixed and just keep on going job after job. The one thing that does set the Bosch apart from any other product on the market is the fact that they are using a reinforced gear housing and gearing so this should turn out the be the sturdiest product and also one of the most quiet.
There is a third contender to the number one spot among our oscillating tool reviews, and it is the Rockwell RK5141K. They have several reasons to hope for the number one spot, but the best one is the fact that they have cramped in there a 4 Amp motor. They have also added a counterweight system that keeps the entire tool extremely quiet, similar to the Bosch sound levels. They also have an automatic system that prevents the tool from jamming up or slowing down, so you should be able to make perfectly smooth cuts with it.
Porter Cable PCE605K52
Although Porter Cable are not in the same class as Bosch or DeWalt, they do have an oscillating tool that tries to compete with them. It uses a 3 Amp motor, a tool free blade change system, and a depth and cutting guide, so it does have enough features to play with the big boys. Of course they do not have the edge in either reliability or price so what they did was to provide the most comprehensive accessories set on the market. They have everything from wood and metal blades, to flush cut blades, sanding pad with 35 sanding paper pads, rigid scrapers and grout removal blades. In short, if you can attach it to an oscillating tool, it’s going to be in there.
Our final product’s claim to fame is, of course, its very affordable price range. The Porter-Cable PCE605K is the most affordable oscillating tool on the market by far, and it is the only one that, for the money, delivers such a high level of quality. It uses a standard 3 Amp motor, and a depth and cutting guide on the front so you will not risk going in too deep on a job. It has a 3 point grip system so, even though it is a bit noisier and has stronger vibrations than the Bosch or the Rockwell, and it does not have the speed control feature of the DeWalt, you still feel very comfortable and in control with the Porter-Cable PCE605K oscillating tool in your hand. The kit itself is the poorest one so far, but it should be more than enough for most jobs around the house. You get a wood cutting blade, a wood and metal cutting blade, a flush cut blade, a sanding pad and sandpaper, and a flexible scraper. All in addition to the oscillating tool, and a tool box to fit everything neatly in. All and all, we would still go with the DeWalt or one of it bigger competitor, but, if you are working a budget, the Porter-Cable PCE605K oscillating tool is more than adequate for the job.