Multi-tools, or multi-cutters, are capable of performing a wide range of functions that other tools are often unable to conduct. They use an attachment, like a blade or sanding pad, to cut, saw, sand, grind, polish and scrape material.
These oscillating tools have a head which moves rapidly from side to side by a small fraction, which causes the attachment to perform tiny motions (see the illustration on the right for an example).
These machines have fine cutting capabilities, which makes them ideal for completing more delicate woodworking tasks that larger machines can’t perform. Their tiny body combined with an offset blade also enables effortless flush-cutting, which is useful for applications like fitting flooring along skirting boards, cutting complex recesses for plug sockets and cutting tiny slivers of material.
The main advantage of multi-tools is the vast range of tasks which they can conduct, from sanding and sawing small sections of awkwardly-placed wood, to quickly and easily removing grouting from tiles. There is also a huge variety of compatible accessories for these machines, including sanding and scraping accessories, and blades for sawing and plunge-cutting.
Multi-tools are compact, lightweight, and have a very comfortable grip diameter; which greatly improves user comfort, even when using for long periods of time. Their small size also allows better access when working in confined and/or awkward spaces, e.g. when sanding with a triangular pad, the tool is able to fit right into tight corners to ensure a perfect finish.
If you have any questions or need some tool-related advice, then please feel free to contact us. Here at Kelvin Power Tools, our staff are always happy to share their expertise to help you find the right tool for the job!