10 Ultimate Ways How to use an Oscillating Multi Tool

This is not a million dollar question but a common question from the beginners What is an oscillating multi tool and how to use an oscillating tool?

What is an Oscillating Multi Tool?

An oscillating multi tool (OMT) is a hand tool perfect for precision jobs that can’t be accomplished with a traditional hand tool. It performs such tasks as cutting, sanding, grinding, or polishing. It’s designed to perform in tight spaces. Sanding in corners or cutting against flush surfaces is no problem with an OMT.

How to Use an Oscillating Multi Tool?

Before using your specific OMT, it is recommended that you consult your tool’s user manual. All OMTs have the ability to change the accessory attached.

how to use oscillating tool

However, not all tools are sold with multiple attachments. When purchasing an OMT, you will have the option to purchase the tool by itself or the “kit.” The kit will contain a greater number of accessories, while the tool itself may include no accessories or only a basic 1 or 2. As usual, purchasing the bundle deal is often a better value.

Accessories for the OMT are generally used in one of two ways:

  1. By utilizing the tip of the accessory
  2. By using the “Palm” of the accessory

Tip Based Accessories

A tip based accessory attached to an OMT will require the user to apply the tip or edge of the tool such as grinding, cutting, or scraping. To use an OMT for any of these applications, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you are wearing proper safety gear such as goggles and ear protection.
  2. OMT accessories are connected to the tool utilizing a lever or set screw. Consult your user’s manual for connectivity requirements; just make sure the accessory is firmly and safely attached prior to (CAUTION: Do not connect or disconnect accessories while tool is powered.)
  3. If the OMT is corded, make sure the cord is plugged into a working electrical source. If it is battery operated, ensure that the battery is properly connected and sufficiently charged.
  4. OMTs are generally trigger operated. Some offer variable control over the speed of the blade. Some models are equipped with a safety button to push before or while depressing the trigger. Locate the trigger and determine that the tool is operational prior to applying it to any surface.
  5. Apply the cutting or scrape the edge of the accessory blade to the place where you want to cut, grind, or scrape, then slowly depress the trigger applying pressure to the cutting or scraping edge. Don’t be afraid to build up to full speed, just do it slowly. Depressing the trigger firmly and immediately can be dangerous and a little scary sometimes.

Palm Based Accessories

A palm based accessory attached to an OMT will require the user to use the palm or flat surface of the accessory for jobs such as sanding, polishing, or finishing. To use an OMT for any of these applications, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you are wearing proper safety gear such as goggles and ear protection.
  2. OMT accessories are connected to the tool utilizing lever or set screw. Consult your user’s manual for connectivity requirements; just make sure the accessory is firmly and safely attached prior to (CAUTION: Do not connect or disconnect accessories while the tool is powered.)
  3. If the OMT is corded, make sure the cord is plugged into a working electrical source. If it is battery operated, ensure that the battery is properly connected and sufficiently charged.
  4. OMTs are generally trigger operated. Some offer variable control over the speed of the blade. Some models are equipped with a safety button to push before or while depressing the trigger. Locate the trigger and determine that the tool is operational prior to applying it to any surface.
  5. Apply the palm surface of the accessory to the surface you intend to work on, then slowly depress the trigger applying pressure to the flat surface. Don’t be afraid to build up to full speed, just be careful that you don’t sand, polish, or finish too hard! You might be left with a bald spot.

Here are 5 models of OMTs that stack up as top models based on reliability and value.

Top 5 Oscillating Multi Tools

1.Dewalt 20V Lithium Ion Oscillating: Reliability. Ergonomics, Durability. Flexibility. This Dewalt OMT has it all. There is a built in LED to light up your workspace. The handle is comfortably and evenly weighted. The batteries have an indicator. Dewalt usually runs a 2-pack of 20V batteries for the price of 1 right around Christmas. The visual design is sleek and sexy.

Dewalt 20V Lithium Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool

Dewalt 20V Lithium Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool

 

2.Porter-Cable 20V Lithium Cordless Multi-Tool:
This Porter-Cable Oscillating Tool model has a light easy-to-use design. It features a quick release accessory changing clamp. The tool itself is more light-weight and easy to juggle if your hands are full. 20V power makes this thing tough. A possible upgrade would be to include an indicator on the battery, but that is more of a suggestion for this line of 20V products.

Porter-Cable 20V Lithium Cordless Multi-Tool

Porter-Cable 20V Lithium Cordless Multi-Tool

3.Makita 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Multi-Tool:
If you are ready to graduate from a base model to something with more power and freedom, the Makita 18V is worth looking at. The power is a step up from what you would get from the B&D brand, and the durability is solid. Accessory changing is still a manual tool related process, but definitely a good value.
Makita 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Multi-Tool

Makita 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Multi-Tool

4. Dremel 7 amp Hyper-Oscillating Multi-Tool:
You will get a little more power from the Dremel than the B&D. That means it can tackle tougher jobs without having to apply firmer pressure. It has a Quick-Lock feature, which will allow you to change accessories quickly and safely. A very nice tool for around the garage.

Dremel 7 amp Hyper-Oscillating Multi-Tool

Dremel 7 amp Hyper-Oscillating Multi-Tool

5. Black & Decker 2.5 Amp Variable-Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool:Good starter model. It is a little less expensive but performs very well. It is a corded model so you will have that to contend with, but overall the power is surprising. There are 6 speed settings in case you need help controlling blade speed.Black & Decker 2.5 Amp Variable-Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool

Black & Decker 2.5 Amp Variable-Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool

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