December 15, 2009

Oscillating Tool Accessories: What Fits What?

Now that the market is swamped with oscillating tools, there is a lot of talk about what brand's accessories are interchangeable with what brand's tools. Over the weekend, we went out to the shop and spent about an hour trying different accessories with different models and we came up with this chart (click to see it enlarged):

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A few things about our notation:

1. Y: Yes, the accessory fits in the locking system of the tool.
2. N: No, the accessory does not fit on the tool in any functional way.
3. NL: The accessory fits on the tool, but it does not lock into that particular tool's locking system. On some brands (Dremel, Bosch), this locking system is a pattern of 'nubs' that the accessory fits around, and on others (Fein, Craftsman) the tool has a shape that the accessory conforms to. Because of the oscillating motion of these tools, we really don't recommend using any of the accessories that don't lock into the tool. Not only can they come loose easier, but it's likely you're placing a great deal of pressure against the face of the nubs or other locking system giving them additional wear.
4. WA: With adapter. The Bosch tool comes with an adapter that sits over the nubs and creates a bumpy surface for the accessory to rest against. Even with the adapter, the other accessories are still not locked into the tool, so the situation is functional, but not ideal.
5. The Proxxon, because it is built for such light duty, has no locking system and thus all but the Craftsman and Rockwell accessories, with their large holes, were deemed acceptable.
6. The Fein is the only one with a quick change chuck system and should NOT be used with any accessories other than those made by Fein, Rockwell, or Craftsman. The other accessories may fit on the spindle, but if they sit on the face of the locking system and can cause damage to the quick change system.
7. If anyone has any information on the Harbor Freight oscillating tool or any of the other brands not included, drop a comment and at some point, we'll update the chart accordingly.

oscillating_accessories2.jpgOf the tools, the ones that cross-pollinated easiest were the Fein and the Craftsman who, for all intents and purposes, share a locking system. The Rockwell accessories also fit the pattern successfully.

We've reviewed all of the tools mentioned and you can check out our thoughts at the following pages:

Fein MultiMaster
Rockwell SoniCrafter
Bosch PS50
Dremel Multi-Max
Craftsman Nextec Oscillating Tool
Proxxon Delta Sander

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 15, 2009 6:00 AM

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Recent Comments

I agree with the above posters. You should have included Harbor Freight's Chicago Electric Multitool for a better review.


Posted by: grant at September 7, 2011 12:37 AM

What about Ridgid JobMax supertool?


Posted by: Cheri at April 21, 2010 11:05 PM

I recently purchased the Tool Shop Brand Multi Function tool from Menards. I was hoping to use the Chicago attachments from Harbor Freight, but the diamond half moon does not lock in, the overall diameter of the circle the little nubs form measure about 1/10th of an inch larger on the Chicago attachments.

Anyone know if the Chicago Oscillating tool is more universal than that of the Tool Shop brand? or vice versus?


Posted by: Ryan at January 2, 2010 4:44 AM

I wish you had also included the Harbor Freight unit, too. The review of this model and the comments of the board persuaded me to get this unit at a third of the price of the other units in this article.

Thanks for all you do.
Andrew


Posted by: Andrew at December 16, 2009 6:23 PM
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