The oscillating multi-tool really lives up to its name. You can use it for multiple tasks — the simplest of which is cutting wood, metal, carpets, and other tough surfaces. You can also use it to remove grout and caulk, repair windows, modify cabinets, and create cutouts on drywall. You can also use it to sand and finish corners and other tight spaces.

But did you know that this versatile tool was first used in hospitals and not in construction sites?

The first oscillating multi-tool was patented by the German power tool manufacturer, Fein. It was launched in 1967, and it was first used by doctors in cutting plaster cast. It was not until 1985 when the first Fein oscillating tools were used in the automotive industry. 

The company’s patent expired in 2008, paving the way for other power tool manufacturers to develop their own oscillating multi-tools. These tools are ubiquitous in construction sites all over the world, and it is used by both hobbyists and professionals.

PORTER-CABLE Oscillating Tool Kit, 3-Amp, 52 Pieces (PCE605K52)
  • 3-amp motor delivers power to complete applications fast
  • Tool-free system blade change allows quick changes and adjustments for specific applications without wrenches and bolts
  • Depth and cutting guide helps complete plunge and cutting tasks faster and with more control
  • 10-foot cord minimizes the need for extension cords
  • Includes 52 accessories to provide all the essential components for your various projects
Makita XMT03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool, Tool Only
  • 18V LXT Lithium Ion battery provides upto 20 minutes of continuous run time
  • Variable speed control dial (6, 000 to 20, 000 OPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • 3.2Degree oscillation angle engineered for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding
  • Large on/off slide switch with lock on button for operator convenience
  • Tool less clamp system for fast accessory installation
Milwaukee 2626-20 M18 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 18,000 OPM Orbiting Multi Tool with Woodcutting Blades and Sanding Pad with Sheets Included (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
  • 12 SPEED SETTINGS: This fully adjustable tool will switch from 11,000 to a whopping 18,000 OPM for a variety of applications, from the delicate to the heavy duty
  • DURABILITY: The all-metal gear case will help this tool resist common impacts on the job, prolonging its longevity
  • HANDLING: A rubberized mold covering the handle allows you to keep a firm grip of this multi-tool, improving handling even in slippery conditions
  • LED LIGHTING: Illuminate your work subject with the help of the onboard LED panel, located at on the head of the tool so it works from any angle
  • REDLINK TECHNOLOGY: The M18 batteries that plug into this tool have technology that allows cross-communication between the two platforms. This means that when the batteries know when the tool is close to overheating, and they’ll ease the amount of power they give out. This, too, improves the longevity of the multi-tool
Rockwell AW400 F80 Sonicrafter 4.2 Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool with 9 Accessories and Carry Bag
  • Dual oscillation technology lets you select the optimum oscillation angle for power and precision. Choose the wood setting (5 Degree angle) for fast, aggressive cuts or the metal Setting (3. 4 Degree angle) for precision and continuous control
  • Hyper lock tool-free blade holding system offers 1 ton of holding force for quick and reliable blade changes
  • Variable speed dial for precision control – from 10, 000 to 19, 000 oscillations per minute
  • Powerful 4. 2 amp motor with constant speed control won't stall under heavy load
  • Includes 9 accessories and carry bag
Bosch Power Tools Oscillating Saw - GOP40-30C – StarlockPlus 4.0 Amp Oscillating MultiTool Kit Oscillating Tool Kit Has No-touch Blade-Change System
  • NO-TOUCH BLADE-CHANGE SYSTEM: StarlockPlus 4.0 amp oscillating saw, easily attaches and removes blades for different application usage. Ideal for homeowners, DIY Projects, contractors, kitchen and bathroom installers, and interior finishing. Our tool kit GOP40-30C provides a tool that sets a new professional standard in oscillating tool performance. The sophisticated, next-generation Starlock 3-D tool-accessory interface, 4.0 amps of power, and advanced electronics deliver premium quality
  • OSCILLATING TOOL AND STARLOCK INTERFACE: Experience more contact surface area from tool to accessory for best-in-class blade grip and torque transfer. In turn, delivering an accurate cutting, grinding, scraping or sanding experience. The GOP40-30 is compatible with all of our full line of Starlock and StarlockPlus accessories for flush-cutting, plunge-cutting, sanding, grinding, grout removal, scraping and more. For compatibility with StarlockMax accessories, we offer the GOP55-36
  • POWERFUL OSCILLATING SAW GOP40-30C: Provides a new professional standard in performance. The sophisticated, next-generation Starlock 3-D tool-accessory interface, 4.0 amps of power, and advanced electronics deliver premium quality. The multitool motor has top speed of Up to 20,000 oscillations per minute. Use to finish off heavy-duty applications. A variable-speed dial helps set optimal speed, and constant response circuitry maintains speed under load. Weighs 3.3 lbs, measures 11.4 inches long
  • OSCILLATING POWER TOOLS INCLUDES: one (1) oscillating multi-tool, one (1) OSL114C 1-1/4”inch carbide plunge blade, one (1) OSL114F 1-1/4” inch plunge blade, one (1) OSL114JF 1-1/4” inch extra-clean plunge blade, one (1) OSL312F 3-1/2” inch segment blade, one (1) OSL200RS 2” inch rigid scraper blade, one (1) sanding pad, twenty-five (25) sanding sheets, one (1) accessory box, and one (1) carrying case
  • MULTITOOL EASY RETURNS: Bosch manufactures and promotes premium quality power tools and products for wood working projects, trim carpentry, fine wood worker, carpenters, men, women, and adults. We are a global, provider that delivers the best in quality, function, style while providing excellent customer service. We stand by our products and we'll refund the purchase within 30-days on quality-related issues along with our 1-year warranty
Dremel MM20-07 2.3-Amp Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit with 6 Universal Quickfit Accessories
  • Equipped with 2.3-amp motor- as powerful as many professional oscillating tools
  • Capable of variable speed operation (10,000-21,000 OPM)
  • New black color design helps user differentiate between Dremel's MM30 and MM40 oscillating tools
  • Kit includes 6 Universal Quickfit Accessories, including sanding sheets and cutting blades
  • Backed by a limited two-year warranty
Genesis GMT15A 1.5 Amp Multi-Purpose Oscillating Tool and 19-Piece Universal Hook-And-Loop Accessory Kit with Storage Box
  • Multifunctional tool for home repair, remodeling, and restoration
  • 21000 oscillations per minute for fast sanding, grinding, cutting, and scraping
  • 4-pin flange design holds accessories firmly in place
  • Sturdy die-cast aluminum gear housing
  • Includes 3-inch Delta sanding pad, sandpaper, scraping blade, 30 mm E-cut saw blade, HSS segment saw blade, and allen wrench