PORTER-CABLE Oscillating Multi Tool
Porter-Cable recently sent me their PORTER-CABLE Oscillating Multi Tool to evaluate and review.
As carpenters we use the Porter-Cable PC250MTK for cutting applications only – no sanding. Most of the cuts we make with this tool saves us a ton of time and replaced traditional methods of cutting using a variety of tools such as: Japanese saws, back saws, scarey – nasty reciprocating cuts, chisels and utility knives.
Over the past month, my lead carpenter, George Gusler, has used the PORTER-CABLE Oscillating Multi Tool on a daily basis with much success. In our opinion, the PC250MTK has several advantages over the well known “Fein” multi-tool.
The most obvious feature would be the tool-less blade change which allows you to change the blade without handling any loose nuts or bolts. The very first time I installed a blade on the Porter-Cable Multi tool, I was impressed that I did not have to remove any part of the tool to install the blade.
When presented with the Porter-Cable PC250-MTK, Carpenter George Gusler, related to me that in his experience working aboard yachts, any tool that had a part that must be removed often, will soon be useless. One slip and the removed part goes overboard.
The Porter-Cable PC250MTK multi-tool does not have removable parts. A good gripping squeeze at the working end of the tool, and the blade disengages and your ready to change blades. Nice touch!!
This tool-less, no parts design was well thought out and once you try it you’ll see what I mean. By simply pressing a lever, contractors can change the accessories or adjust the accessory or blade angle.
The PC250MTK runs on 120V electrical power and delivers 10,000–20,000 oscillations per minute (OPM) by way of a high-torque 2.5 AMP motor that can handle almost any job-site application. The variable speed unit has an oscillation angle of 2.8 degrees and comes equipped with a nice 10-foot cord. Many manufacturers are making tools with longer cords these days – no doubt after listening to their end users
This tools motor vents are in a spot that I would like to see moved. Currently the vents are located directly where you naturally place your hand. I’m not a tool engineer but I’m guessing that this is not good for the motor over time. I’d like to see a vent at the rear of the tool or maybe discharge the air at the blade – kind of like a chip blower that many jig saws have.
The Porter-Cable PC250MTK has a comfortable grip and is light enough to use in all types of applications including overhead and out stretched arms. I was at first apprehensive of it’s light weight, but found the tool to have adequate power to cut everything I need to cut.
George approves of the saw, as do I, and has since claimed ownership of it. His plan is to give one to his sister, who has a North Carolina business that services high end yachts. According to George, “I have long trusted the Porter-Cable brand as did my father and his… Good work on the Multi Tool design.”
How Much And Where To Buy:
The PC250MTK retails for approximately $105.00 online here:
The PC250MTK 2.5 Amp Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit will include 35 assorted accessories and an injection molded kit box.