PORTER-CABLE Oscillating Multi Tool

By Robert Robillard on Tool Reviews

Porter-Cable PC250MTK Oscillating Tool with the Tool Free System:

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.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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