As an electrician I use oscillating multi-tools frequently, especially when working in large-scale custom homes. I was sent a Dremel Multi-Max to test out and see how it compares to the cordless versions being used heavily out in the field. Let’s see how she fares.
Right out of the box the most noticeable thing about this multi-tool is that it has a cord. This is a bit of a bummer in all actuality. Today the entire construction industry is pushing to get away from using extension cords. Almost all tools have a cordless/battery-powered option. I have 2 oscillating multi-tools, both work with my battery rigs, and both are very powerful. With them I don’t have to spend time rolling out extension cords, or fighting with a cord wrapping around me while I’m bent down in a cabinet somewhere. But I digress…
The “feel” of the tool is very rugged. I’ve held some of Dremel’s tools in the past that felt very cheaply made, and this tool is surprisingly different. It has a great balance to it, not to heavy not too light.
This tool has power, there’s no doubt about that. It has an adjustable setting that goes from 0 - 10 changing the speed of the tool. The Multi-Max utilizes a 120-volt power cord and must be plugged in rather than battery operated. This is alright if you’re not going to be using the tool everyday, however in my trade we rely heavily on battery-powered efficiency in our tools. We need to be portable, powerful, and not have to worry about getting wrapped up in cords or dragging extension cords around all day. It slows the workflow down. However for the average DIY user, or possibly an apprentice in the trades this is a great tool to start out with. It does everything a professional version would do once plugged in.
As usual with Dremel, this tool comes with a plethora of blades and attachments so you can tackle multiple different types of tasks with it. The blades this Multimax comes with are (1) wood blade, (2) combo wood/metal blades. (1) drywall jabsaw blade, (1) diamond masonry grout blade, (1) rounded general use blade, (1) triangular sanding pad with several different grits of various sand-paper.
I’m very impressed with the Dremel Multi-max. I feel like they put just the right amount of time and development into this tool to make it rugged and quality. For use in a DIY shop or in an apprentice’s tools this thing is more than capable for the job. For professional use this tool would work if it weren’t for the lack of battery power/portability. I give this oscillator 4 stars because of that. If it had a powerful battery solution it could be a 5-star tool.