Oscillating tools have been around since the late 1960s. The first was created by Fein to cut through plaster casts on patients without injuring them. I’m not sure I would have wanted to be a part of that testing group, but in the decades since, they’ve perfected these tools to the point that they can do just about anything.
I first used the Bosch Multi-X on a stairway railing project. To add stability to the upper portion of the wall, I wanted to incorporate a piece of angle steel. This would give some additional rigidity to the area surrounded the installed window.
The Bosch tool came through and took less than 5 minutes to finish the job. That gave it high marks right out of the box.
The kit comes with 33 accessories – most of which are sanding pads. However, there are several wood and metal cutting blades, as well as a scraper and a couple of attachments for grinding grout and flat surfaces. Those are the only 2 applications I have yet to test.
The only criticism I have with regard to the blades is that even the ones designed for use on wood and metal have a tendency to lose their teeth very quickly when cutting through even finish nails. However, given the fact that the blades are so thin (out of necessity), I’m not surprised. I’ve just learned to not push the tool when cutting through the fasteners – let it do the work more or less – and I’ve been able to cut down on chipped teeth.
Take a look a the video review below. We put the tool through a series of tasks on a job site that I’m not sure any other tool could have accomplished.
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