DeWalt vs. Makita vs. Milwaukee Multi-Tool Review

Multi-tools use a variety of attachments in an oscillating motion for sanding, cutting, and scraping. In this review we compare three cordless models against a 3 amp corded Makita.

Power

Using fully charged five amp hour batteries and new carbide tips, the Milwaukee took first place in the three nail test beating out the corded Makita and the DeWalt by second or two.

The corded Makita was faster through 1” x 8” beveled pine by 2-3 seconds over the rest and vibration is pretty even across the board. Unless, you hold the DeWalt by the pistol grip, in which case it has more vibration than the others.

Weight

The DeWalt wins here coming in around a pound lighter, and smaller overall, than the Milwaukee and Makita. Compared to the others, the Makita is a beast in both size and weight.

Operation

The Milwaukee and Makita use an on/off switch, and a variable speed dial that can be set at various stages from 11-18k oscillations per minute (OPM) on the Milwaukee and from 6-20k on the Makita.

The Dewalt has this variable speed trigger that goes from 0-20k OPM, which when brought up to full speed can be locked on high, with the trigger itself being the release. Also, the lock on button doubles as a lock-off safety.

Accessories

The DeWalt uses universal, open end type, accessories that are available from DeWalt, Dremel, Rockwell, and others.

Oddly, the raised notches on the adaptor ring that comes with the DeWalt do not line up with the Makita, Milwaukee, or Bosch accessories. The Makita and Milwaukee, on the other hand, took each other’s accessories and will accept universal blades, with no adaptor needed.

They all have a tool-less blade change. The Milwaukee and Makita use a lever and pin system. The DeWalt uses a much faster, quick release spring mechanism.

Bottom Line

I think the Milwaukee has the best grip and was the easiest to control. However, I prefer the DeWalt for its quick blade change and lighter weight. The Makita’s larger size, weight, and lack of work light put in a distant third place. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

For more detailed information, and to see the tools in action, check out this video:

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