DeWalt is a household name in the power tool space and when you buy into this brand you know exactly what you’re getting… Top-notch tools at a reasonably affordable price all covered by DeWalt’s rock solid warranty.
It’s no surprise that DeWalt make a number of oscillating tools and we narrowed things down to make your life easier by bringing you what we consider the best of the bunch, the DWE315K.
You’ll get the standard oscillating tool kit along with a bonus 5-piece accessory pack known as the DWA4216 so you get plenty of value for money without being swamped by an excess of superfluous attachments.
We’ll show you the main features then examine this nifty OMT in more detail…
While the DeWalt’s motor might not have quite the punch of the Dremel, the 3-amp unit serves up more than enough grunt for even demanding applications. While the DWE315K is primarily for home use, it certainly wouldn’t feel out of place in a contractor’s toolkit.
Oscillating at a maximum of 22,000 OPM, you’ll also be able to embrace the variable speed trigger to bring this speed down when required. One thing we would point out is that there’s a body of feedback suggesting the DeWalt runs hot at lower speeds. If you plan to carry out most of your work at the lower end of the speed spectrum, you might want to rethink.
The angle of oscillation is fairly narrow. This means you’ll get a great deal of accuracy combined with very little vibration, a winning combo. What vibration you do experience is mainly dampened down and absorbed by the OMT rather than the end user.
An LED light is a luxury not included on many oscillating multi-tools so it’s particularly welcome to see DeWalt paying attention to this important detail. Much renovation and remodeling is done in dingy areas and, with this OMT, you’ll be able to see your way clearly as you beaver away.
In common with most OMTs, you’ll get heavyweight performance without the corresponding bulkiness so the DeWalt is perfect for extended spells of work. Everything feels comfy and balanced as you would expect from this brand.
As well as a soft carrying bag, you’ll also get a handy little box in which to stash away your accessories and keep everything close at hand.
Like most oscillating tools, DeWalt markets this as a 29-piece kit, 25 of which are pieces of sandpaper. You’ll also get a fast-cut wood blade and a multi-purpose wood and nails blade. Besides this pair of beauties, there’s also a semi-circle blade and a sanding pad. When it comes to sanding, don’t expect to power through large areas although, for smaller projects, you’ll be able to work with precision. Also, the sandpaper attaches with Velcro which can heat up and melt, a very poor element of design we’re quite surprised at. This might not be the broadest overall range of attachments but you’ve got more than enough to get you up and running…
From this baseline, universal fitment means you can choose from any attachments rather than being restricted to DeWalt’s own accessories. This is a selfless gesture and highly appreciated. Changing attachments is quick, easy and tool-free.
The DeWalt guide system means you can easily set the height or depth of cut. This allows you to make even and accurate trim cuts with no damage to the underlying drywall.
Take a quick look at the upsides and drawbacks of the DeWalt before we give our parting shot about this fine oscillating tool…