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Best Oscillating Tool For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Oscillating Tool at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Genesis GMT15A Multi-Purpose Terratek TPMT319C Multi-FunctionTerratek TPMT15VB Multi FunctionBlack & Decker BD200MTB 2.5-Amp Variable-SpeedRockwell RK2514K2 12-Volt LithiumTech SoniCrafter
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Features Needed
Fewer Than 10 Pounds
- 1 pound
- 3.6 pounds
- 5.6 pounds
- 4.5 pounds
- 6.4 pounds
Multiple Different Attachments
- 3-inch Delta sanding pad, sandpaper, scraping blade, 30 mm E-cut saw blade, HSS segment saw blade, Allen wrench
- Sanding sheets, cutter, scrapers, segment saw blade
- 13 piece accessory kit
- 1 Wood/Metal Blade, 1 Rigid Scraper Blade, 1 Sanding Base, 12 Sheets Assorted Sandpaper
Up To 20,000 Oscillations Per Minute
- 21,000
- 22,000
- 10,000-20,000 variable speed
- 10,000-20,000 variable speed
- 20,000
Warranty
- 2 year
- 1 year
- 1 year
- 2 year
- 2 year
Features Not Needed
Carrying Case
- Portable
- Hard plastic
Comfort Grip
- Storage bag
Interchangeable Attachments
Quick Release Attachments
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

An oscillating tool, or multi power tool as it’s sometimes called, is a power tool that’s used for all kinds of tasks around the home. You fit various attachments on the front of the tool, like saw blades, sanding pads, and scraping blades, that allow you to do stuff like cut drywall, sand down wood, or cut skirting when you’re fitting a floor. They’re dead useful to have around your home because they’re so versatile. They’re the perfect multi-tasker and a worthwhile investment.  

Unfortunately, they are a power tool and as such, can get pretty pricey. Luckily, there are quite a few decent starter models that are great for those looking for a quality oscillating tool on a budget. There are just a few things you should keep in mind. 

Attachments  

Whatever oscillating tool you decide to buy needs to come bundled with multiple different attachments, at least a blade, sander, and scraper, since those will be the ones you’re likely to use the most. Since you’re on a budget to begin with, you don’t want to have to buy more stuff. The more attachments your tool comes with, the better value you receive and the more tasks your oscillating tool will be able to handle. 

Power  

The oscillating tool that you ultimately purchase should go up to at least 20,000 oscillations per minute. This is a high enough output that you’ll be able to cut, scrape, or sand, pretty much any general job you have around your home. It’s not super heavy duty, but you don’t need heavy-duty power if you’re looking for a budget power tool. 

Low Weight  

Using power tools for extended periods of time can make your hands weary because often times, tools can get heavy and fatigue your arm. That’s why with power tools like an oscillating tool, where you’ll frequently have to hold the tool up for moderate periods of time (for instance, cutting a large hole in a piece of drywall, or sanding support beams), I like to keep them as low weight as possible, preferably under ten pounds. 

Warranty  

As is the case with most power tools, a warranty is a must. Power tools should last for years, so if anything ever happens, you’re going to want a warranty. 

Here are some features you should keep under consideration for whatever oscillating tool you buy. They’re ultimately unnecessary, but nonetheless handy. 

Interchangeable  

Most oscillating tools offer attachments that are interchangeable between tools, meaning some brands of attachments will work with other brands of tools. However, that always isn’t the case. Since you’re going to want an oscillating tool that already comes with multiple attachments, you don’t really have to worry about this. 

Quick Release  

The attachments on most oscillating tools must be secured in place with a hex key. A lot of new tools these days though are starting to offer quick release attachments that don’t need to be secured with a hex key and come off with a flick of the wrist. This is convenient, but again, unnecessary, especially when every tool that has attachments that require a hex key comes with a hex key. 

Comfort Grip  

A lot of oscillating tools offer a comfort-focused, soft grip for the same reasons as I outlined above in the low weight paragraph (combating hand fatigue). Since I already listed low weight as a priority, comfort grips aren’t really a necessity. They’re just handy to have. 

Carrying Case  

You don’t need a carrying case. Just hang your tool on your pegboard, or put it in your toolbox

If you’re looking for a budget, or beginner, oscillating tool, you don’t need to worry about the amps, or how much current flows through your tool as all budget oscillating tools have about the same rating. 

Genesis Power Tools, Rockwell, and Black & Decker all make very good quality budget minded oscillating tools. Porter-Cable, Dremel, DeWalt, and Bosch all make great tools, but are way too expensive for those that don’t have a lot of money. 

While oscillating tools may seem like an expensive item, it is possible to get a good one a budget. Just keep the above mentioned features in mind and you'll be okay. 

Features You Need
Fewer Than 10 Pounds, Multiple Different Attachments, Up To 20,000 Oscillations Per Minute, Warranty
Features You Don't Need
Carrying Case, Comfort Grip, Interchangeable Attachments, Quick Release Attachments
What You Should Pay
Between $35.99 - $67.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $375.00