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Oscillating Multi Tool Reviews

This is probably one of the handiest tools you will ever purchase.

Mastercraft

Makita TM30/0CX1

Dewalt DWE315

PORTER-CABLE PCE605K52 

Dremel MM40-05

Rockwell Sonic Crafter

Skill 1400-02

Bosch MX30E

Fein FMM350Q

Black and Decker BD200 MTB

With the oscillating  multi tool you can use it on many projects around the home, from cutting the bottoms off door casings when laying a floating or hardwood floor to cutting out holes for electrical boxes, and the shingles used for leveling door frames plus so many other things.

They come with a variety of blades for metal and wood plus sanding attachments.

The metal blades are very useful for cutting off old nails or bolts, or metal door casings, or even the too long bolts that hold down your new toilet, and so many other metal objects.

Some of these also come with carbide edged blades for cutting ceramics, if you happen to have a cracked tile in the bathroom then with tis tool it is an easy change.

Most of these multi tools have interchangeable blades or adapters so you can use other brands of blades.

As most of these tools are not overly expensive this is a must tool that every handy person should have around the home or even on job sites.

I will give you a review of some of these multi tools, and as I have two Mastercraft models will mention them first.

1  Mastercraft

This multi tool has a 2.2 amp motor and will oscillate at a speed of 11,000 to 20,000 per minute. oscilating multitool review

Most of these tools are easy to work with, and this one weighs in at 3 pounds.

The blades for this one are held on by a screw that needs to be tightened with a hex key.

It comes in a carrying bag along with blades for wood and metal, and sanding.

The blades on this model fit over alignment pins on the accessory holder of the tool, and can be fitted at different angles if the need arises.

If you wonder why I bought two of these, well the price was real good at the time, and if one quit I always had a backup, but there both still running great.

For the price this has been a very reliable tool.

2  Makita TM30/0CX1

This model has a 3 amp motor and a slow start feature for improved performance and easy cutting, sanding, or scraping. oscilating multi tools reviews

With a variable control you can take this tool from 6000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute.

For one of the best performing multi tools this one is hard to beat, and comes with high quality blades and accessories in a Makita case.

Another thing nice about this model is there is no tool required to change blades, so that saves time looking for an allen wrench for each blade change.

About the only fault is they could supply a few more blades in the kit , but if your looking for a high quality multi tool then this is the one for around the home or on job sites.

The Dewalt DWE315K

This model also has a 3 amp motor for cutting and sanding, and also has a quick change system for the blades. dewalt dwe315

And with a variable speed trigger it will give you power when needed.

This oscillating multi tool is of high quality, and much like the Makita

As the price is not too high compared to other high end brands makes it a very popular model for those home renovations.

About the only negative is if using it for a long length of time your wrist can get sore, but that might depend on the person.

So if your looking for a high quality tool then try this out.

4  Porter Cable PCE605K52

Porter Cables model also has a 3 amp motor, and also comes with the tool free blade changer, and depth and guide for cutting. oscilating multitool review

It has a 52 accessory kit with a box to hold all your blades and sanding parts in.

Another good thing is that it will fit blades from other multi tool brands, making it easy to find extra blades when needed.

Porter cable also makes a 20 V battery model, also with the quick change blade system.

This model the PCC710B 20V has an 11 accessory kit with the storage box to carry it in.

One negative is that you have to buy the battery separate, but this multi tool can be very useful if your working where there is no power.

Both of these are of good quality, so you might wont to give them a try.

5  The Dremel MM40-05

This multi tool has a 2.5 amp motor and a 29 piece accessory set with the variable speed dial. oscilating multitool review

Also has the quick change release for the blades, but is not interchangeable for blades of other brands.

There are four models available for Dremel the MM20,30,40, and 45, starting with a 2.3 amp motor progressing up to a 3.8 amp

This is also a very popular brand to have a look at when out shopping for a multi tool.

6  The Rockwell Sonic Crafter

This model has a 3 amp motor, and comes with a 31 piece set and bag for carrying it all. oscilating multitool review

It has the tool free clamping system for your blades, and it will use other brands of blades with its universal fit system.

There is also a 4 amp model available but with a little higher price to it.

Unlike the Makita or Dewalt this one is for smaller jobs around the home, but is a good price for what you are getting.

7  Skill 1400-02

This one has a 2 amp motor, and the blades for it are held in place by a screw and the need for an allen wrench for tightening. oscilating multitool review

The kit for this one is an 11 piece set, and this multi crafter is for light duty work around the home.

Also has a rubber moulding around the front so is easy on the hands when using.

So if your looking for a multi crafter at a lower price and for light duty work you can try this one out.

8  The Bosch MX30E

This multi tool has a 3 amp motor, and comes with six different settings from 8000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute. oscilating multitool review

This one has a lever lock on the front to attach the blades to it, which is way better then having to look for a wrench all the time

With very little vibration this model is easy to work with for long periods of time.

It also comes with a carrying case in the set, and includes an adapter for other brands of blades.

If your looking for a very dependable multi tool then try this one out.

9  The Fein FMM350Q

This is another high quality tool with a 350 watt motor  and is made in Germany. isolating multitool review

It has a tool free connection for the blades that only take seconds to change.

There is less vibration or noise from this model then you will find with any others.

The kit for this one comes with blades for steel and wood plus the sanding attachments kept together in a hard plastic carrying case.

You will find that this is one of the best and most powerful oscillating tool sold today, and is designed for contractors and home use also.

So if you wont one of the best then try this out.

10  The Black and Decker BD200 MTB

This model comes with a 2.5 amp motor and has a variable speed with the tool free blade release. oscilating multitool review

It will reach a speed of 20,000 oscillations per minute and has six speeds you can dial in.

The adapter for it accepts attachments from other brands also.

The kit includes about 15 different blades and pieces with a storage bag for carrying.

F or the low price of this multi tool it is actually a good deal for your small projects around the home.

Conclusion

So I hope this left you with some ideas on what to buy for an oscillating tool.

It depends a lot on what you wont to use it for, if just around the house then some of the lower priced models should work very well.

If you will also use it for contract work then the Fein, Makita or Dewalt would be a better decision.

Also keep in mind the comfort of the tool when you use it for any length of time.

Another major plus with these tools is to pick one with the variable speed, as it is a bonus when sanding or scraping.

I hope these reviews will give you a better choice as to what is the best multi tool for your job situation.

Any comments are always appreciated,

Wayne.

 

 

 

 

 

Orbital Sander Reviews

If you have some sanding to do around your home then an orbital sander can be a very good buy. They work well on small jobs or even on the finishing of floors after the drum sanding is done.

The orbital sanders provide a smoother finish then if you were using a belt or flat sander. From my experience the flat sanders will leave some swirl marks on the wood, which you often have to sand out by hand.

Belt sanders are ok but do not always leave the wood as smooth as it should be.

One thing about the orbital sanders is that they are easy to change the sanding paper, with the hook and loop system just pull the used one off and paste the new one on.

Most orbital sanders will produce quite a bit of dust, so when applying your sandpaper to the disc be sure to match up with the dust holes on the bottom of the pad.

Makita

Probably one of the best orbital sanders is the Makita B05041K, which is a five inch model and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

With its rubberised grip the amount of vibration you feel when sanding is much less in comparison to other orbital sanders.

Makita designed a handle for the front of this sander which gives you more control, plus the handle can be adjusted if your sanding in tight corners.

It also has a variable speed control, which is a great idea as you can control the speed from four thousand to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

With the 3 amp motor there is enough power for most of your sanding jobs around the home.

So if your looking for one of the best in orbital sanders then this is it.

As I have owned different Makita tools from drills to saws, etc. I can say that they are made to last.

Makita Cordless Orbital Sander

Makita also makes a cordless orbital sander, the LX0B01Z, which uses an eighteen volt lithium ion battery for its power source.

It will last about forty minutes on low speed and twenty minutes on high, before needing to be recharged, having another battery is the best way to go.

Also has a one touch speed control for three different speeds,1000,4500,11,000, and also a dust sealed switch for protection.

The sanding pad is a five inch hook and loop design, and the kit for this sander supplies two batteries and the charger plus the dust bag.

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Bosch

The Bosch 3725DEVS random orbital sander is also a very high quality tool. With a 3.3 amp motor that give it a little extra power.

It also comes equipped with a speed control for sanding from four thousand to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

This sander is one of the heavier at 5.1 pounds as most are in the three to four pound range, but with an extra handle on the front makes it easy to control.

To reduce swirl marks on the wood being sanded there is a dampening ring built into it. This basically controls the pressure and speed that the pad spins at when making contact with the wood.

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Dewalt

orbital sander reviews

The Dewalt DWE6421K is a five inch and 3.4 pound orbital sander

This model will also sand up to twelve thousand orbits per minute but does not have the variable speed control

Like the other sanders it has a dust collector attached to it.

It is also designed to keep dust out of all critical areas, so should be able to last a long time.

Photo credit to DeWalt.com

Ryobi P411

The Ryobi P411 one is an eighteen volt cordless battery operated random orbital sander.

This one weighs in at three pounds and has a five inch sanding pad that gives out ten thousand orbits per minute, and also equipped with the dust bag.

The one con about this sander is you have to buy the battery and charger separate. If you happen to own Ryobi cordless products then the batteries from them are interchangeable with this sander.

If used for light sanding work then this is an excellent tool.

Porter Cable

The Porter Cable 382 is another orbital sander of excellent quality.

It is designed so that dust does not get to the 1.9 amp motor, or into the sealed power switch, so it should last a long time.

With an automatic speed control for starting to sand and slowing down, so you don’t get swirl marks on the wood.

This model has less vibration then some others, thus making it easier to use over a longer period of time.

It will spin up to twelve thousand orbits per minute, so for light to medium sanding it is an excellent choice.

Black and Decker

The Black and Decker model BDER0100 orbital sander is more for light sanding jobs.

Weighing only 3.16 pounds it is one of the lightest sanders, so this makes it very easy to control.

It will spin up to twelve thousand orbits per minute and with the random orbital motion it does leave a good finish on the wood.

This is not too expensive a sander and is good enough for any small sanding around your home.

Mastercraft

Mastercraft makes a random orbital sander model number 054-8392-0.

This is another sander designed for light work with a five inch sanding pad, and the hook and loop system for attaching the sand paper.

It weighs two pounds ten ounces so is very light to handle, and for best results just apply light pressure while sanding.

It does not have a variable speed control so best to start the sander after you have placed it on the wood.

For light duty work and a low price tag this sander works quite well, as I have used one of these to do two church doors, and it did an excellent job.Church doors

Milwaukee

The Milwaukee five inch  random orbital sander model is 6021-21.

It has a 3.0 amp permanent magnet motor producing excellent speed and power.

This model also comes with the variable speed dial controlling the seven to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

With an electronic soft start there is less wear on its parts, and very little swirl marks so it will produce a smooth finish.

The design adds control and comfort to the sander, and with a weight of 3.3 pounds makes it very easy to use.

With a five year warranty this model should last you a while.

Speed of Sanders

The speed that the sanding pad moves is rated as orbits per minute OPM because the pad is oscillating in a random motion as well as spinning.

Also there are some sanders that spin only on a fixed axis and these are measured in revolutions per minute RPM.

When the sander is on the wood to be sanded it will slow down from what it is rated at.

Power Rating

The power rating of these random orbital sanders is usually in the range of 2.5 to 3.3 amps.

Some of these with a stronger motor may actually orbit and spin at a slower rate then others, so that’s something to check out when buying.

Warranty

The warranty on most orbital sanders is from 1 to 3 years and some up to five years, so there usually made to last for awhile.

Buying

Most hardware stores will sell the orbital sanders, Canadian Tire has different models to choose from so you look and see how they feel.

They also can be bought online, Amazon will have many different brands of them to choose from, and also with customer reviews to help in your choice to purchase.

And often the online stores will have a more competitive pricing then your local hardware stores.

Usage

For most people the choice of an orbital sander will depend on the job you will be using it on most of the time.

If your going to use one at different jobs you do such as sanding a floor after drum sanding then a better quality sander would be the best choice.

And if only doing light sanding around your home a less expensive model will be ok.

Also try to chose a sander that’s comfortable to hold, because if your using it for an extended length of time your hands and wrists can get a little sore.

Conclusion

If you have the urge to buy a random orbital sander then Amazon is an excellent place to look for one.

They sell the top end models and the not so expensive models.

Usually you get what you pay for, so often a better rated model will be the best buy.

Having a variable speed model is also a bonus as the sanding speed can determine just how smooth your sanding job will end up looking.

One of the top rated is the Makita B05041K model, designed to do your jobs and last, as well as being one of the best in overall performance.

Any questions or comments then drop me a note,

Wayne.

 

 

 

Best Tips To buy a Cordless Drill

Cordless Drills

If your thinking of buying a cordless drill for some of your projects around the home, then I hope the information here will help you out.Cordless drillsBest cordless drills

Choosing a Drill

Cordless drills are probably a must for the home owner. When buying one go for the lithium ion battery type as they provide more power and are much easier to work with.

I prefer the lighter drills if you happen to be using one for any length of time, and its always better to have two batteries. Just no fun when your screwing on a sheet of drywall and the battery dies, then having to wait half an hour for a recharge.

Popular Drills

Some of the better drills are Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee,Porter Cable, Hitachi, Ryobi, and there is many more.

1  The Makita LXT 18V

Having used a Makita eighteen volt lithium ion during the syrup season for tapping I can say this is one drill I would highly recommend. I found it very easy and comfortable to handle and not to heavy at about 3.5 pounds.

The newer brushless model eighteen volt LXT Makita is designed  to run longer , with more power and speed plus a longer life before maintenance.

The two Lithium Ion batteries that come with it in the hard plastic case will take about an hour to charge before first using.

I have not tried out any of the newer model drills yet, but from my experience with the older drills I would rate Makita as my number one choice to use around the home for repairs and most jobs.Makita cordless drill

2  Dewalt Cordless Drills

The dewalt line of cordless drills are also excellent quality as I have had the opportunity to use them a few times.

With the dewalt if the last three numbers for the model end in a zero then the model is a drill driver, and if it ends in a five then it is a combination drill with the hammer function to use for drilling concrete.

As an example DCD780 and DCD995. The seven eighty just being drill driver on the low end of dewalt drills, and the nine ninety five being both hammer and drill on the top end.

The seven ninety five is the first of dewalts brushless motors and id designed to last longer and have less heat.

The seven eighty, seven eighty five, and seven ninety five are for general purpose work, like putting screws in and lighter drilling.

And the nine eighty, nine eighty five, and nine ninety five are dewalts heavy duty drills for harder drilling jobs.Dewalt drills

3  Milwaukee Cordless Drills

The Milwaukee cordless eighteen volt drills are also good quality if your looking for one to buy.

There M18 fuel brushless four pole motor features rare earth magnets instead of brushes providing more power, cooler running, and a longer life span, plus lighter to handle.

There M18 brushless combo drill weights in at three point nine pounds with the battery installed, so is light enough for overhead work and tight places.

They have a long battery life but also take longer to charge so having two batteries in the kit is a must.

With 24 clutch settings it is easy to adjust for screws or drilling, and also has the LED light on the front.Milwaukee

4  Porter Cable Cordless Drills

Another model you might consider for around the home is Porter Cable. There twenty volt PCC601 lithium ion half inch drill sells for around a hundred dollars. So if your searching for a less expensive model give it a try.

It comes with the two speed gearbox from 0-350, and 0-1500 rpm. and a keyless chuck for quick bit changes plus an led light on the front to see what your doing in dark places.

The kit for this model has 2 20V Lithium-Ion batteries plus the charger and a couple of Philips bits with a storage bag.

At a weight of only 3.5 lbs is an easy drill to work with for an extended period of time.Cordless Porter Cable

5  Hitachi

The makers of Hitachi cordless also make a brushless drill. There DS18DBL eighteen volt lithium ion which has fifty percent more running time, increased power and durability and essentially no maintenance.

This drill is 14% faster then the average 18V class of drills.

With the brushless motor for more efficient performance, and will recharge the two batteries that come with it in about 45 minutes.

If interested in a cordless drill for around the home  you might wont to check one of these out.Cordless Hitachi

6  Shopping for Drills

There are many excellent cordless drills on the market today, so is best to shop around to find one that suits your liking.

Listed above are just a few , there is also Bosch, Ryobi, Craftsman, Rockwell, Mastercraft and many more. The price will vary depending on size and quality, so best to do some home work before purchasing.

7  Black+Decker LDX120PK

This is 20V Lithium-Ion cordless drill with an 11 position clutch.

The kit comes with 1 battery and charger, 10 metal bits, a hole saw kit of 4 pieces from one and a quarter to two and one eighth, 32 screwdriver bits, and about 22 other pieces for a total of 66 pieces contained in a carrying bag.

For what you get with this drill is a good price, and is able to handle many jobs around the home.

The drill itself is light weight so will be easy to use, but having only one battery is bit of a negative.

But then it does give you good value for what your buying.

 

8  Mastercraft Cordless Drills

At the moment I have two twenty volt lithium ion mastercraft drills, and have been using them for about three years now. Reason I purchased them was the price, on sale for about eighty dollars at Canadian Tire.

I figured for the price that if they didn’t last then I would not be losing very much. But after three years they are still running perfect, and I have put them through a lot of work from drywall to roofs.

Also having one strapped to your belt all day on a roof makes you appreciate the weight of one pound twelve ounces without the battery.Mastercraft

Batteries

Many of the different  brands of cordless drills also offer the ability for there batteries to fit other cordless tools in that same brand, an example being Makita. Other makes also do the same.Makita 18 volt battery

Speed and Clutches

With the older corded drills they usually had only one speed and no clutch. You would get full torque with each press of the trigger.

These days most brands provide a clutch on there cordless drills, which is used to prevent to much torque when driving screws or other smaller things.

There is almost always a two speed setting, a low and high range. The slower for driving larger bits, as when your drilling to install a door knob, or even mixing paint. The higher speed for drilling smaller holes and other things. The chuck on most of these drills is tightened and loosened by hand.

Batteries

The Lithium ion battery pack can be charged at any time for the mastercraft  drills, so there is no waiting for it to totally run out of juice.

A fully discharged battery will take about sixty to one hundred twenty minutes for a recharge depending on the battery. If the battery is left on the charger it will not overcharge, so that’s something handy also.Batteries

The Better Cordless Drills

I hope the above information will give you some ideas  on cordless drills, and which will be the best suitable for the projects you are working on.

A handy tip for drilling holes is if you know the depth then just wrap some tape around the drill bit at the desired depth.

Most of these drills come with a variable speed clutch, where you can set it at a low number for screws so as not to twist the heads off them, and a higher setting for drilling.

The part of the drill that holds the drill bits is referred to as the chuck and comes in a 1/2 inch size which is used the most often, but some of the less expensive have a 3/8 chuck for light duty work.

With so many on the market today it might even be helpful to try out a few of your neighbours before making a purchase.cordless drills

I wish you the best of luck on your drill shopping and any comments are appreciated.

Wayne.