courtesy Bosch

I bought my first oscillating multi-tool, a corded Fein model MSxe 636 II, in 1996 for scraping and sanding old windows and fairing handrail easements. As oscillating saw blades grew more advanced and affordable, though, it became one of my prime remodeling tools, handling everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches. My crew and I have now been using two of these tools for years, and they’re both still going strong.

In September when JLC asked if I’d like to field-test the new Bosch brushless model MXH180 18V Multi-X oscillating tool, I didn’t hesitate to accept. It’s one of several 18-volt models on the market that promise to perform like a corded model, and I couldn’t wait to see if its cordless convenience would make a big difference on the jobsite.

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