The oscillating multi-tool must be a larger market than we first suspected, because Bosch and other manufacturers keep cranking out tools and attachments for them at breakneck speed. The latest we’ve seen is the MX25E corded multitool. Yep, you heard right: corded.
The MX25E, like any other of its kind, is built to do flush cutting, plunge cutting, sanding, grinding, grout removal, scraping, and whatever else you can manage to do with it — except this one is built to run with 2.5 amps of power and go all day, not just until a 12v battery runs down. We’re guessing Bosch talked to enough contractors who liked using an oscillating multi-tool, but didn’t want the hassle of charging and keeping up with the change out on the jobsite.
The new system uses the same OIS 12-point attachment system the 12v unit does, and features the variable speed control and well as an OSCAD1 adapter that doesn’t lock you into the Bosch-only bits. In our opinion, the adapter is a sign Bosch at least understands that locking consumers (even pros) into one line isn’t going to work. It’s a small thing, but worthy of note.
We don’t use one much around the shop; however there are plenty of folks who do. Flooring contractors love them and we’re thinking the price reflects that. There are two kits: The MX25E-21 runs about $159 and features 4 cutting, grinding, and scraping accessories — 16 sanding and a bag. Then there’s the MX25E-33 that runs $199 and features 6 cutting, grinding, and scraping accessories, 26 sanding accessories, and an accessory box and carrying case. So pick your poison when they begin arriving at the local big boxes soon.