The Makita oscillating tool is a very nicely engineered multi-tool that runs on an 18V lithium ion battery but offers the power quality of a corded machine. A single charge gives you around 20 minutes of run time, which may not be quite sufficient for a more prolonged DIY job, but you do get a variable speed of between 6,000 and 20,000 OPM, with no powering down. The overall design of this oscillating multi-tool has also reduced the vibration on the hand and offers a noticeably reduced noise level, compared to some others. Oh, and it has a cool ‘soft start’ feature so you can gently bring up the power level when taking on a more delicate job, while 3.2 degree oscillation angle can be used for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding.
You will need to buy the additional blade and head accessories for this multi-tool but it does also have a universal head so it should be able to adapt to accessories you may already have in your workshop. This is a solid, well-made and easy to handle large oscillating multi-tool that would look equally at home in the tool bag of the amateur DIY’er as it would in the kit box of the hard-working contractor.