When Germans square off against each other in battle, expect some serious engineering to start flying. For years Fein dominated the oscillating multi tool (OMT) market, but those days came to an end when their patent on the oscillating tech expired a few years back. Initial entries in oscillating tools often came up short on power. They also needlessly hassled users with the lack of a tool-free accessory change mechanism (which Fein has been sporting for many years now). Accessory changes are so frequent on oscillating multi tools, the lack of a quick change made me insane, or more insane. Bosch recently sent us their latest entry in the OMT market, the MX30E, which we’ve had a chance to test on several projects.
Tool Free Accessory Change Lever
Power and Performance
Cutting and Sanding
The last thing Bosch wants is for you to buy an oscillating tool from them and then have no accessories to deploy with it. As a result, the various kits Bosch offers contain a nice range of accessories to get you oscillating. Our hard case kit contained everything from various wood and metal cutting blades to carbide rasps to a scraper blade and sanding pad. Bosch also included a nice assortment of color-coded sandpaper. Red for wood, metal, fiberglass and plastic, and white for paint, varnish and filler. The only thing we really would have liked to see included in our kit or one of the other two kits is the optional dust collection accessory. Granted, most OMT tasks don’t generate a ton of dust, but for sanding in particular the dust collection attachment would definitely be handy for larger projects.
This Oscillating Tool Still Doesn’t Go to 11
If your idea of a great OMT project is cutting balsa wood dowels for your daughter’s doll house, then the Bosch MX30E is probably not for you. However, if you’re like most HomeFixated readers, you don’t cut much balsa. If you’re looking for a high power, take-no-prisoners multi tool with hassle-free and secure tool-free accessory changes, the MX30E delivers. All that power doesn’t come from a cordless toothbrush motor though. The MX30E is the heaviest and bulkiest oscillating tool we’ve tested, making it poorly suited to tasks like overhead sanding, tight quarters, or repetitive / longer duration projects where the tool is held with outstretched arms. On the flip side, the tool’s gusto powers through most cuts quickly and with minimal effort. So should Fein be worried? Let’s just say that Bosch and others have been rapidly closing the gap between Fein and everyone else in the OMT market. It’s another example of of the benefits of competition. While OMT’s were once a niche tool that only select tradespeople and hardcore DIY /tool enthusiasts would purchase, now, even the relatively high-end Bosch MX30E is downright affordable to both pros and homeowners. Viva OMT!
Prices for the Bosch MX30E range from $199 – $289 depending on kit/case configuration, all well below the $400 Fein MultiMaster 250Q Top kit (which, in fairness, includes a dust collection accessory that is about a $30 accessory with Bosch). You can find the Bosch MX30EC-21 Multi-X 3.0 Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with 21 Accessories and the other Bosch MX30E kit configurations via Amazon.