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.
Porter-Cable Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit
Open this kit up to find not only the namesake tool, but also a selection of six accessories and 25 sanding sheets. The 3.7-pound model's body is well-balanced, its tool-free change-out is easy to operate, and the 10,000- to 22,000-OPM adjustment wheel is smooth. It's not as quick or powerful as the Bosch, and its motor ran hot at its peak, but this unit came in a close second, offering significant power for a solid price. [$130; portercable.com]