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ince 2009 there has been an explosion of oscillating multitools on the market. The tool is not actually new. The German tool company Fein first launched the oscillating tool in 1968. It has been a winner for them for some time and found favour in many specialised areas and among certain trades. Perhaps due to the fact that Fein had the monopoly on the tool, it didn’t become an overnight hit. The tool was quite expensive and the accessor
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  ince 2009 there has been an explosion of oscillating multitools on the market. The tool is not actually new. The German tool company Fein fi rst launched the oscillating tool in 1968. It has been a winner for them for some time and found favour in many specialised areas and among certain trades. Perhaps due to the fact that Fein had the monopoly on the tool, it didn’t become an overnight hit. The tool was quite expensive and the accessories were also very pricey. But it was the only tool of its kind and nothing else could do what it did. In 2009, the patent expired and by the end of that year Bosch had a copy in production. The Shed August/September 2012 12 Tool Test    P    h   o   t   o   g   r   a   p    h   s   :   J   u    d   e   W   o   o    d   s    i    d   e Independent university test of popular brands by Jude Woodside  Auckland University's Ken Birch conducting the tests.   the tool, overnight xpensive lso very ool of its o what it d and by copy in  The Shed August/September 2012  13 taking small but rapid bites. The small area of action relatively means the tool can be more precise and needs only the smallest kerf so the cuts are very accurate.The oscillating action means that the tool cannot cut skin effectively which is one reason they are used in hospitals to cut off plaster casts. But they can plunge-cut into hardened fl oorboards equally well. A multitool doesn’t cut as fast as a circular saw but it will cut very neatly and precisely where you want to cut. An oscillating cutter can cut clean, square holes directly into a surface with no pilot hole. No other tool can do that.The battle of the oscillating tools has just begun. We thought it would be a good time to have a close look at these tools to see how they stack up against each other. Tools, accessories For the purposes of this test we assembled some of the most common tools. We were fortunate that Makita were just about to release their fi rst multitool the TM3000C and Bosch are about to release a 300 watt successor to their GOP 250 tool. To these we added the Fein FMM250Q, the SMART SMT 250P and the Renovator Deluxe from The Bosch PMF180E was a 180 Watt version designed as a DIY tool. It was an instant hit. Suddenly there was a tool that could cut timber without dangerous saw blades. It could cut openings into skirting and fl oorboards without any fuss, cut out grout from tiles, lift lino and do a host of other tasks that hitherto had meant expense or had taken many tools to accomplish and it was priced around $100.The srcinal Bosch PMF180E was intended as a home handyman tool but the demand was such that it took another two years before Bosch would launch their 250 watt version intended for trade use. In that time a host of copy versions had proliferated. Here Dremel, Milwaukee and Bosch have cordless models and Bosch, Smart Tools and several cheaper home brands have corded versions. Makita is the latest entrant with both cordless and corded. Fein was not idle either and have just launched a 14.4V lithium-ion cordless model. There are as many cordless models as corded. Oscillating The secret to the tool is the fact it doesn’t rotate; it oscillates back and forth in a very small (2.8°-3.2°) arc. The small teeth on the hardened steel blades can cut quite effectively,   cecaliTmfacosn.2teetstequi BEST KIT  The Shed August/September 2012 14 Brand Developers Ltd as sold through the Warehouse.Given their multiplicity of uses they nearly all come with a system of blades and attachments. The basic kit supplied with the machines all feature at least one or two bimetal blades capable of cutting wood or metal (usually non-ferrous metal, thin sheet steel or nails) a delta sanding pad and some pre-cut sheets. Some kits are more extensive, notably Fein, Smart Tools and Renovator.Of them all, Fein is undoubtedly the best assortment including two delta sanding pads and a large circular oscillating sanding pad together with six packets of fi ve pieces each of sanding paper in a variety of grits and a custom moulding sanding kit.Of course the offerings will vary with the type of kit. In this case the Fein kit is their Top Plus kit, effectively the top of the range and the SMART system is their trade kit, a midrange kit. The SMART trade kit doesn’t normally have the sanding pad but they supplied one for this test. Most of the others are supplied as standard kits. The Fein and SMART kits also come in basic kits, which vary little from the other offerings. All the tools come supplied with plastic cases. Bosch and Makita are surprisingly similar and adequate for their job, with room for the tool and the box of attachments. The SMART and the Fein cases are the most comprehensive with room in both for the machine fi ttings and several additional spaces for vacuum attachments and additional fi ttings. The Renovator case contains only the machine and its vacuum attachment. The blades are housed separately.The Fein box has two cases for fi ttings and extras, especially vacuum attachments, and an additional space for the aforementioned moulding sander. The Fein case is clearly the best designed in ABS plastic with a lot of attention to making the design compact and ef  fi cient. The handle folds out of the way to make stacking easier. All the tools weigh about the same, around 1.4-1.5 kg, and they have more or less similar circumferences, making them reasonably comfortable to hold for the average-sized hand.The Fein and Bosch each have a four-metre-long lead. The Fein lead is Bosch GOP 300 New lever action clamping system.Bosch GOP 250 cutting wood.The Renovator cutting wood.  The Shed  21 Tool TestThe Shed June/July 2012  46 considerably more pliable and less likely to twist. Makita have the longest lead in the test at 4.9 metres and the SMART and Renovator have leads of 2.1 metres each. The Bosch lead is attached to the machine with a ball joint allowing it to move easily, eliminating twist. Tests So what should you be looking for in a good oscillating multitool? It’s a handheld tool that, in the case of using it for a detail sander, is likely to be held for a long time. In that case, excessive vibration can be a disadvantage.Similarly noise is a factor. These aren’t the sorts of tools that you would expect to have to use ear protection for. In general in New Zealand, the acceptable background noise for a workplace is 85 dB. Short period noise up to 92 dB is acceptable, too, but above that ear protection should be used. Noise We measured the tools at a distance of one metre while they ran without load. Sound is measured in decibels based on a logarithmic scale where a 3 dB change represents a doubling in sound intensity. The Renovator was clearly the loudest at 88.7 dB. The next loudest was the Fein at 86.2 db. Makita at 74.9 decibels was clearly the quietest in the test. None of the machines was likely to cause ear injury in continuous use. The pitch of the Renovator was noticeably higher than any of the other machines and at 88.7 dB it is at level where earmuffs would be advisable. Vibration The vibration levels in all the machines were not excessive, even under load. Cutting The real test is in the cutting ability of the machines and that is to some extent determined by the quality of the blades supplied. All the machines have a similar weight and most manuals say to let the tool do the work.We set up a jig to allow the tools to do  just that. The tools were attached fi rmly to an arm that allowed the machines’   RED BANDS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Visit www.redband.co.nz for your nearest stockist SMART Tool cutting at its preferred angle.

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