I was working on a story about oscillating multi-tools (OMTs) when it occurred to me I had no idea how a spinning motor could make a spindle go from side-to-side. So I did what I always do when a tool confuses me – I tore it apart.

I went with a Makita OMT because it looked like it would be easier to take apart than some of the other models. And as OMTs go, it's not very expensive ($160) so it wouldn't be the end of the world if it didn't work after I put it back together.

Click on the slideshow above for images of the tool being taken apart (there are 12 photos in all).

By the way – I put the OMT back together and it works just fine (though Makita might argue with the type of grease I used to re-lube the spindle mechanism).

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September 18, 2012

Would it be akin to cannibalism to have used a Makita instead of a DeWALT to take apart the OMT? :-)

Posted By: MT Vessel | Time: 5:48:34.313 PM