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    Need Advice re Oscillating Tool

    Have two or three projects where an oscillating tool would work really well. Have almost settled on the DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR described here DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR Lithium-Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit - Power Oscillating Tools - Amazon.com. I'm already committed to the DeWalt 20v batteries so that helped guide my selection of this kit.

    It's kinda pricey though and I wonder if long-term it would be worth the over $200 price for the kit.

    Need some guidance from those of you who routinely use an oscillating tool. Don't expect to justify it but would appreciate any advice you can offer.
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    I regularly use a Fein MultiMaster, the original "oscillating" tool, I bought it before the patent ran out so they where the only ones available. I have used a the 20v Dewalt, and if I needed one today I would not hesitate to buy it since I also have the batteries. My neighbor has a Dremel version, and it's weak and under powered compared to the Fein and Dewalt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphtt View Post
    Have two or three projects where an oscillating tool would work really well. Have almost settled on the DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR described here DEWALT DCS355D1 20V XR Lithium-Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit - Power Oscillating Tools - Amazon.com. I'm already committed to the DeWalt 20v batteries so that helped guide my selection of this kit.

    It's kinda pricey though and I wonder if long-term it would be worth the over $200 price for the kit.

    Need some guidance from those of you who routinely use an oscillating tool. Don't expect to justify it but would appreciate any advice you can offer.
    My buddy bought one a year ago. After using it while helping him on a home improvement project, I also bought one. Pricey for sure, but worth every penny. We both bought the exact same DeWalt kit you linked in your post. I also bought mine on Amazon and had it in 2 days.
    BTW if you already have the batteries, they do sell just the tool for around $100. No kit though.

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    I have the Ridgid multi tool, and I absolutely love it. I don't want to try to change your mind on your decision, but the Ridgid version has all sorts of head accessories. From a jig saw to reciprocating saw, drywall router, right angle drill. They are well made and everytime I use it, I appreciate it more.
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    Thanks, guys. you're about to solidify my thinking. Considered the 'tool only' deal but the kit includes a five blade set that sells for $33. With the other kit items the kit price seems reasonable.


    No hurry so may look for a Black Friday sale before purchase. Also, I get a discount at Lowe's that brings the kit price down to about $208. That may be worth checking out . . .
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    P.S. If this is your first oscillating tool...
    Be sure to move the blade back and forth slightly when cutting to keep individual teeth from overheating. If you hold it still, blade life will be very short.

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    Don't have Dewalt in vib saws but Rockwell corded instead. As these die, we will be replacing with yellow 20s since we already own a bazillion batteries.
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    I don't use mine a ton but use the better Harbor Freight one with the adjustable speeds, works for my uses.
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    I use a low-grade Mastercraft 20V cordless version. Already killed one within about twenty or so hours of use. On my second one, which seems to be holding up much better. Great for quick, not quite perfect cuts/sanding/etc. Definitely not suited for extended jobs.
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    Just FYI - if any of you guys are looking for tool "sets", check out Home Depot right now. Some pretty nice "Buy a Set, get some free stuff" offers.

    Holiday Combo Kit Offers

    I'm kind of locked into Rigid right now. 3 weeks ago I bought a combo 1/2" hammer drill, 1/4" driver set, 2 batteries for $199. Now the special is buy that kit and get a free tool or free battery. Stopped by HD the other day and the manager told me I could just bring in my receipt and get the free tool.

    The offer includes Dewalt, Ryobi, Rigid and other brands.
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