DeWALT fans rejoice the multi-tool is finally here after years of waiting. Does it blow the competition away? Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out. The DWE315K is the kit and it comes with 29 accessories of which 25 are sanding discs. It also comes with a bag and a plastic case to hold the included accessories. DeWALT added a level of control to this tool not seen before, a variable speed paddle trigger. This gives the multi-tool a whole new level of control, one handed operation is a breeze. The 13″ long tool weighs in at 3.1lbs. It has a drill like grip and plenty of rubber over-mold to make almost any position comfortable. The tool has 3.0 amps of power to cut through almost any material at 0-22,000 oscillations per minute @ a 1.6 degree angle.
On the head of the tool is a bright white LED light that illuminates the work area. Back in 2011 we gave an award to the Porter Cable PC250 at the 2011 Tools in Action Tool Awards for its innovative blade change system. The DeWALT incorporates basically the same system and is the fastest tool-less accessory change on the market. That is only when DeWALT and Porter Cable accessories are used. You can use other brands accessories but you will have to use the included hex screw and washer to attach it to the DWE315. DeWALT also included a depth adjustment bar that is removable. It allows you to have accurate depth and height control. The total control of this multi-tool is unmatched. However if you need anything less than full power for long periods you will not like this tool. The paddle switch can be locked on full speed only, other tools turn on and you can dial in the power to a constant speed.
While using this tool I really liked the ability to hold it like a drill with one hand. It felt natural and well balanced. While there was no dust extraction port we have seen some european models with a dust extraction accessory that I am sure will be available here soon. DeWALT covers this tool with a 3 year warranty. For the finish carpenter, installer and re-modeler an oscillating multi-tool is a life saver. The DeWALT DWE315 will not disappoint and was worth the wait.