Buying Guide: Multi Tool & Accessories

Last updated: May 12, 2023

Here at Toolden, we regularly get asked questions about Multi Tools and what accessories are required for specific jobs. So we thought we would write a handy buying guide to hopefully help you make your decision.

Below we will go into what a multi tool is, what you can use a it for and what accessories you will need for specific types of jobs.

What is a Multi Tool?

Multi tools, also known as oscillating tools or oscillating multi tools are one of, if not the most versatile tools you can buy on the market. The reason they are so popular is because of the wide variety of jobs they can do thanks to the different accessories you can attach.

Oscillating multi tool as you will sometimes see them describes the movement of the tools attachment/accessory. The oscillating movement is a rapid rotation back and forth which creates the friction required for the tools attachment/accessory such as a sanding pad or cutting blade.

A multi tool is used for quick and precise cutting and sanding in tight areas which would traditionally be done by hand. The multi tool is ideal for DIYers and trade professionals looking to do precise cuts or sand in detail but it can also carve, grind, polish or sculpt.

Types of Blades

There are a lot of different types of oscillating multi tool blades on the market and for a novice it can be quite daunting having to scroll through to find the right one. Below we have listed the different types of blades and what they are best used for.

Segmented Cutting Blades – Typically used for making long, straight cuts in wood, metal PVC, drywall and more. Usually 3 ⅛” wide in a half circle shape they provide a neat and tidy finish. Ideal when you have a lot to cut in a short period of time

Plunge Cut Blades – For cutting wood, bi-metal, metal and drywall similar to Fine Tooth blades except these provide a wider cut. Particularly useful when you don’t need to be as precise and just need a wide/deep cut.

Bi-Metal Cutting Blades – These blades are typically used for cutting metal as they are stronger and sharper than standard blades. Perfect for cutting wood that has nails, bolts or sheet metal in it.

Scraping Blades – Great for removing sealant, adhesives, old wallpaper and much more. Saves you time and effort over a traditional manual scraper.

Sanding – Ideal for sanding hard to reach or tight areas where you need to be precise.

Carbide/Diamond Grit Blades – Tough, durable blades that are capable of cutting through tougher materials like brick, cement, tile, grout and more. Typically more expensive but are much more resistant and longer lasting.

Fine Tooth Blades – For cutting wood, drywall, bi-metal and metal, commonly come in sizes of ⅜”, ¾”, 1” and 1 ⅜”. Mainly used for precise cuts and typically have a measuring strip on one or both sides of the blade.

Drywall Saw Blades – Speciality blades for cutting into drywall, which come in various shapes and styles.

Are multi tool blades universal?

Once you have chosen the correct attachment/accessory required for the job, you need to make sure that it will fit your multi tool. Whilst most tools use a universal fitment there are some that require a certain style called Starlock, so it’s best to always make sure when purchasing your tool and blades that they will work together.

We advise that you always check the packaging or specification before purchasing but if you are still unsure you can give us a call on 01358 726719 and one of our advisors will be happy to help.

What can you use a multi tool for?

The list is endless of what a multi tool can do with the correct attachment, below we have listed just a few things you could do with your multi tool:

Tooldens Top 5 Multi Tools

Dewalt DCS355N 18V Cordless XR Multi Tool with 29 Accessories

DeWalt DCS355N 18V Cordless XR Multi Tool with 29 Accessories

The DeWalt DCS355N multi-tool offers quick-fit stop for ultimate control over application, the DeWalt DCS355N delivers up to 57 more run time over brushed motors. The DeWalt DCS355N multi-tool uses the Quick-Change Accessory System, which allows blades and attachments to be changed quickly without the use of tools. The Dual-Grip Variable Speed Trigger provides the ultimate speed and application control. It has a bright LED light that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting.

Makita DTM51Z LXT 18V Multi Tool (Body Only)

Makita DTM51Z LXT 18V Multi Tool (Body Only)

The Makita DTM51Z Cordless 18v LXT Multi Tool has a high operational efficiency with up to 20,000 oscillations per minute which enables it to cut through most materials with ease. With a multi-angle setting that spans a full 360 degrees in 30 degree increments this versatile multi-tool will cut plasterboard, wood, metal, ceramic tiles and can flush cut nails and metal pipework.

Milwaukee M18 BMT-0 Compact Multi Tool (Body Only)

Milwaukee M18 BMT-0 M18 Compact Multi-Tool (Body Only)

Milwaukee M18 BMT Multi-Tool is a versatile cordless solution for cutting and removal applications. With REDLINK™ overload protection electronics in tool and battery pack, it delivers best in class system durability. Variable speed (12,000 – 18,000/min) and 1.7° left/right oscillation movement allows quick completion of professional applications into materials such as metal, wood and plastic.

Makita TM3010CK Oscillating Multi Tool 240V 320W

Makita TM3010CK Oscillating Multi Tool 240V 320W

The Makita TM3010CK features a lever style lock system that allows the user to quickly and efficiently install and replace a range of accessories. With a variable speed control dial and an ergonomic barrel grip this multi-tool will be comfortable to use for those long work periods.