Tool Test: Oscillating Multitools
Fein dominated the market for decades, but their patent has expired. With competitors on the move, just how do the new tools stack up?
In the decades when Fein’s patent on the MultiMaster was in effect, the company had a lock on the oscillating multitool market. But that patent has expired, and now other companies are promoting their own models. Brent Benner, a finish carpenter and cabinetmaker, put five of these tools to the test. He concludes that the MultiMaster remains the best overall. However, this performance comes at a price, and models made by Dremel and Rockwell provide decent performance at a much lower cost. Benner also tested two cordless tools, made by Bosch and Craftsman, but found that their convenience didn’t make up for their shortcomings. In a sidebar, he takes a detailed look at the types of attachments that come with these multitools, as well as their cost.