Who hasn’t seen the Fein Multi Master infomercial and drooled, until you see the price that is! Well the Fein patent has expired and everyone is jumping on the oscillating tool bandwagon. Enter the cordless Bosch 12V Lithium-ion PS50. Lets go over what this German engineered tool can do.
Power Tool Review -Bosch Multi-X Oscillating Tool
Power Tool Model -PS50 Refurbished
Pros: Lightweight, powerful, variable speed
Cons: Battery Life
Specifications of the Bosch
|Oscillations Per Minute: 5,000 – 20,000|
|Weight (lbs.): 2.2|
Nuts & Bolts of the Dewalt
The ps50 packs 12V power and uses the same batteries as the other tools in the Bosch’s 12V Max line. The tool produces 5,000-20,000 oscillations per minute or OPM, which allows the tool to be used for a variety of applications. The tool weighs 2.2lbs and is 10.9″ long which makes it light and agile. The kit also includes Bosch’s proven 30 minute 12V charger with 2 Lithium-ion battteries.
This is our first oscillating multitool review and we were excited to see it in action. We purchased a refurbished model on Amazon and it arrived as advertised, the tool looked new with the exception of a “R” impression on the rubber grip. It included a hard case, 2 batteries, a charger, and various accessories. The first thing we noticed was that the tool was lighter than expected, it felt nice and balanced. The tool is thinner at the base and widens as you move up towards the switch. The Bosch has six speed settings, 5k to 20k, the transition between speeds is smooth and precise. On the side of the tool above the switch is the battery fuel gauge. The bottom grip of the tool is flat and has a good feel to it.
So what can this tool do? Well it does a great job at multiple things. It cuts, sands, scrapes and it is portable. We cut through a 2×4 with this tool with ease and precision. We cut a few metal door jambs and was impressed at the speed that it cut through. This is a classic example of letting the tool do the work, if you force the tool it will stall out, you have to let the tool do the cutting and cannot force it. We thought the tool did great in all the tests that we did. The only thing we were not too impressed with was battery life as we only got about 8-9 minutes per charge.
Bosch has recently released an OIS adapter that will allow you to use other manufacturers accessories on this tool, which is becoming the norm for all oscillating tools.
If you already own Bosch’s compact 12Vmax line this would be a great addition. It is a light, powerful and a quality made tool. We liked the Bosch hard case a lot as it keeps the tool, accessories and charger neatly stowed. The one thing we didn’t really like was the battery life, but if you have a few extra battery packs around you should be ok. You cannot go wrong with this tool for the price.