We’ve taken a look at the best oscillating multi tools currently on the market and rated them according to the features most important to you.
What is an oscillating multi tool?
An oscillating multi tool can help you tackle almost any job you can think of, which is why they’re such a good tool to have in your box.
Oscillate means back and forth movement, which is what the head of an oscillating multi tool does quickly (the speed is adjustable). When a tool bit is attached to the head, this also oscillates (moves back and forth very quickly) and allows you to easily carry out jobs such as cutting, sanding, scraping and grinding.
What can you do with an oscillating multi tool?
The sheer number of jobs you can perform with a multi tool is what makes them so useful. They come with (or you can buy) a range of accessories that make it suitable for a huge variety of applications.
Some of the most common applications are:
Sanding. You might need to replace a bathroom tile and remove the excess glue before bonding a new one. An oscillating multi tool is ideal for this and will get the job done much faster than removing the glue manually.
Trimming architrave. If you’re installing a new wood floor you may need to trim the architrave to fit the floor neatly underneath. Multi tools have a range of precision blades which make tricky jobs like this much easier and fine tooth blades leave a very clean cut.
Cutting pipework. Bi-metal blades allow you to easily cut through excess pipework without the need for specialist tools.
Removing grout. One of the most popular uses for an oscillating multi tool is grout removal. Special grout blades allow you to dig out grout in no time and leave a tidy finish ready for re-grouting.
Wallpaper removal. Some people use the multi tool to remove wallpaper by running it up the paper at a slight angle. This takes a little bit of practice though, if you use too steep an angle you can dig into plasterwork.
Types of oscillating multi tools
The main types of multi tool are:
Cordless and Electric
Cordless multi tools offer more freedom as you don’t need to be next to a power outlet.
Electric multi tools mean you will never run out of power and don’t need to think about always having a battery charged.
Electric tools tend to be more powerful?