Take a look at your toolbox. Now pause for a second and think about all those moment when you thought to yourself, “If I only had a good tool to use to sand this window frame…”
That’s the kind of problem that can be solved by owning a power oscillating multi tool. It’s an inexpensive solution to a lot of your little chores and problems and will make you look like real Mr. Fix it.
But how to choose one? Which one of the power tools is the best? Which of the reviews I read to believe?
Stay tuned and we’ll try and answer some of these question.
Some of the other great handy multi tools are:
- Rockwell Sonicrafter
- Pretty much any Genesis or Dewalt model
…and a few other eye-candies from Black & Decker, Porter and Cable and a few other great brands of power tools
So what is a power multi tool in the first place?
Multi tool is a kind of Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to amateur carpentry. It’s basically one tool that incorporates a plethora of other.
But real high-quality and heavy duty oscillating multi tools are much more. They include all essential tools cutting and sanding, blade to be used for wood with nails, sanding pad with a number of sanding paper. Most of the time, an accessory adapter is included to make all of these versatile tasks possible.
So, to sum it up, the reason why any real handy man needs a multi tool is the fact that you can’t carry your toolbox around.
Are these tools any good and how to find a good one?
They come in all shapes of forms, from simple handy man tool to the kinds a professional carpenter would use. From small key-chain multi tools that are not going to be that useful for more serious jobs to heavy duty multi tools that can do the job(most of the time) as well as any standalone tool.
Short reviews of the Rockwell Sonicrafter
What I personally like about the Rafter as I call it is the fact that is no BS, real-del tool. What I mean when I say this is that it’s free of any cluttering pieces that you’ll never use. It maintains it’s cool if you will (doesn’t heat up) even after long hours of work.
The tools are easily deployable and safe to use and compared to similar tools (similar price and size) it includes blades that substantially longer. Once you have it in your hands you’ll realize why the heavy-duty blades are such a big deal to most users.
It’s closest competitor – the Dewalt DSC
If you look at the history of DeWalt as a brand, the turning point would be moving on from just radial arm saws and expanding their portfolio. Many years and Raymond E. DeWalt founded the company; they bring us the best oscillating tool the world has ever seen – the DeWalt DSC and its various versions.
Choosing the best –what to look for when reading reviews of power tools
If what you read about tools sounds like too much, you can always opt-in for a nice standalone drill, a saw and a sanding tool separately.
But if you do have the patience to think about getting one of these babies here is what to think about:
- RPM and OPM (revolutions and oscillations per minute). The terms are self-explanatory and basically tell a story about how fast the power tool is.
- V and AMPS (volts and amperes) measure how powerful a tool is. Naturally, the higher the numbers the more powerful the tool.
- Cord length and a work light that would illuminate the working surface
- How fast can you switch between accessories – Quick change of accessories feature
- Cases for storage and dust extraction bins
Power tool comparison
Whether you go with a Rockwell, a Dewalt, a Genesis or a Black & Decker, there’s very little chance that you’ll regret it. These are all brands that mean business in the industry.
I’ve made the effort to compare only the best and top rated tools here, hand picked from the user reviews.