An oscillating tool can cut, sand, and scrape nearly every surface of a house, making small maintenance tasks simple. We rated the latest by completing tasks such as outlet-fitting, grout-grinding, and doorjamb-cutting, and put 80-grit triangular sanding sheets to work on some badly mauled scrap boards. We also used the saw blades to make crosscuts into pine. Here are the ones we liked best.
This Swiss-made tool weighs in at 3.7 pounds and has a hefty motor with a soft, sweet-sounding start-up. It runs between 8,000 and 20,000 oscillations per minute, but even at its lower speeds, it was by far the most effective we tested. Unlike the Rockwell, it can't accept competitors' accessories, so you'll have to start with the included five blades and 15 sanding sheets and work from there. [$200; boschtools.com]