Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: August 13, 2012

By Michael Springer

Corded
Ridgid JobMax R28600

Tool-free blade clamp: No
Motor: 3.0 amps
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 0–20,000
Angle of oscillation: 3.0 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 2.8 pounds
Cord length (by ToTT): 10 feet
Country of origin: China
Web price: $130
Case: Flat fabric bag (very compact)
R28600 kit includes: Tool, fabric bag, blade adapter, 2 blades, sanding pad, 5 sandpaper sheets
Pro: Capable, low-cost tool; LED light; head mounts in four different positions relative to handle to improve reach; detachable motor unit may prove useful for other infrequently used tool heads
Con: Combination tools are always a compromise; having to hold the trigger can be fatiguing during long periods of use; maintaining an intermediate speed is nearly impossible

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Corded
Rockwell SoniCrafter RK5102K

Tool-free blade clamp: No
Motor: 2.3 amps
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 11,000–20,000
Angle of oscillation: 3.2 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 3.3 pounds
Cord length (by ToTT): 10 feet
Country of origin: China
Web price: $135
Case: Fabric duffel bag
RK5102K kit includes: Tool, duffel, storage box for accessories, blade adapter, 3 blades, scraper, rasp, 2 sanding pads (standard and compact), 60 sandpaper sheets, 2 buffing pads, onboard
vacuum attachment
Pro: A reasonably good midlevel tool
Con: Two-piece bolt and washer set gives you extra little parts to lose; friction-only blade adapter not preferred; cutting occasionally stalls under load due to blade slop

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Cordless
Fein MultiMaster AFMM14

Tool-free blade clamp: Yes
Battry:14.4 volts; 3.0 Ah
Runtime (light sanding): 33 minutes
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 11,000–18,000
Angle of oscillation: 3.2 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 3.9 pounds
Country of origin: Germany
Web price: $500
Case: Hard plastic (oversize)
AFMM14 kit includes: Tool, case, storage box for accessories, 2 batteries, charger, 4 blades, scraper, rasp, sanding pad, 20 sandpaper sheets
Pro: A top-quality tool with cordless convenience; battery has fuel gauge
Con: Expensive for a tool that sees occasional use; spring on blade clamp is very stiff, so lever can mousetrap your hand; removable blade-holding pin could get lost; little-used battery platform makes this a stand-alone tool for most users

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Cordless
Fein SuperCut AFSC 18

Tool-free blade clamp: Yes
Battry:18 volts; 2.4 Ah
Runtime (light sanding): 33 minutes
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 11,000–18,500
Angle of oscillation: 3.4 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 4.5 pounds
Country of origin: Germany
Web price: $880
Case: Hard plastic (oversize)
AFSC 18-IS kit includes: Tool, case, storage box for accessories, 2 batteries, charger, blade adapter, 11 blades, sanding pad, 15 sandpaper sheets, depth stop
Pro: The ultimate premium OMT with cordless convenience; cuts faster than all other models, corded and cordless; battery has fuel gauge
Con: Very expensive for a tool that sees occasional use; spring on blade clamp is very stiff so lever can mousetrap your hand; removable blade-holding pin could get lost; little-used battery platform makes this a stand-alone tool for most people

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Cordless
Makita LXMT02

Tool-free blade clamp: No
Battry:18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Runtime (light sanding): 43 minutes
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 6,000–20,000
Angle of oscillation: 3.2 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 4.5 pounds
Country of origin: China
Web price: $300
Case: Fabric duffel bag
LXMT025 kit includes: Tool, duffel, accessory storage box, 2 batteries, charger, 2 blade adaptors, blade, sanding pad, 10 sandpaper sheets
Pro: Solid performer; good cutting speed; Makita adopted the Bosch blade system instead of creating its own; only cordless tool that fits or can be adapted to all other brands of accessories tested; LED headlight handy when it hits the work; on a popular battery platform with many tools to choose from; available as a bare tool
Con: Sparse accessory set (you'll have to buy more blades); headlight creates glare or intensifies shadows when it doesn't hit the work; would be better with the addition of a tool-free blade- attachment system

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Cordless
Porter-Cable PCCK510

Tool-free blade clamp: Yes
Battry:18 volts; 1.3 Ah compact
Runtime (light sanding): 23 minutes
Speed (in oscillations per minute): 7,500–15,000
Angle of oscillation: 2.8 degrees
Weight (by ToTT): 2.8 pounds
Country of origin: China
Web price: $170
Case: Fabric duffel bag
PCCK510LA kit includes: Tool, duffel, accessory storage box, battery, charger, 4 blades, 2 scrapers, sanding pad, 24 sandpaper sheets
Pro: Fast and easy tool-free blade changes; LED headlight; inexpensive for cordless
Con: Slower and weaker than other OMTs; blade stalls under moderate load; battery vibrates in tool when motor is on; light weight and low top speed intensify vibration problems; includes only one battery; blade-change lever can impede front-of-tool grip

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