Harbor Freight Oscilating Multitool Review

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The Harbor  Freight Oscilating multitool is quite a useful little tool. It’s highly effective for add little jobs around the house like plunging into drywall, light duty scraping, grout removal and lots of other things I can’t even think of.  Considering the Harbor Freight multitool is approximately 1/2 the price of similar tools having a more prestigious name, it’s a great little tool considering you know it’s limitations.

The tool itself is as simple as it gets.  Simply turn on the single speed power switch and have at it.  As previously mentioned, this tool works awesome on light duty jobs. Got cut a hole in drywall, no problem. Got a little scrapping to do, again, no problem. Now for what it doesn’t do.  I’ve seen videos of this tool cutting wood, well, let me be the first to tell you that this tool is about as useful as tits on a bull when it comes to cutting wood.  This isn’t necessarily a problem with the tool, rather it’s a problem with the attachments.  I have tried cutting wood myself and ended up with nothing but a puff of smoke. The attachment simply was not up to par.  I have also tried scraping thinset after removing some tile using the serrated scraper.   The tool worked great for about the first 2 minutes when the teeth basically disentegrated. So again, not really the tool but the attachment.

Conclusion, the Harbor Freight multitool has it’s uses however I find it’s rather falsely advertised. This tool will not cut wood, metal or pretty much anything you would normally use a saw. This isn’t a shortcoming with the tool but the attachments.  That being said, if you need a light duty tool for odds and ends then it works great.