A battery operated oscillating tool? Yes PLEASE

This review was created as part of a paid affiliate program with the Home Depot.

This review was created as part of a paid affiliate program with the Home Depot.

My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.

So let’s talk about the Dewalt 20 V Max LiON Cordless Oscillating Kit

While I actually really like this oscillating tool, my biggest complaint right out the door with this tool is that the included battery is way too small for a useful amount of runtime with this tool and, with that said, the quick charger isn’t included in this set either. That aside, this is a great tool and a good value. If you’re already on the Dewalt battery system, I’d take this as an opportunity to switch the smaller battery on this tool with one of your larger batteries on a tool that requires less juice to run and call it a day.

My favorite feature of this saw is the blade latch, the best one I’ve seen on any oscillating tool yet. It’s a quick release, with seamless blade changes and no extra tools needed. And, the blades are self-ejecting, so finger burns removing hot blades are now a thing of the past. The saw also comes with an adapter for the old style of oscillating saw blades.

This tool saw a ton of use while I was trimming out my new woodshop, and I loved it!

This tool saw a ton of use while I was trimming out my new woodshop, and I loved it!

The trigger lock on this saw is great, especially because I find myself getting a lot of hand fatigue holding triggers for continuous run-times. The variable speed rocker trigger really allows you to dial in your speeds for various cuts and allows for safer cut entrances and exits.  

Going into tool ergonomics, the length of the tool and the handle is well balanced and you don’t have the hot motor right next to your hand, a huge plus.

Retailing at $129, if I was already on the Dewalt platform and had a larger battery to pair with this tool, this is totally a tool I’d buy for my own use.

Posted on January 18, 2019 .