What is a multi tool?

If you’re looking for a power tool that can take on practically any task, the multifunction tool is for you. So how does it work and what can you use it for? Bunnings’ Power Tool Buyer Paul Bailey explains how this tool works and what it can be used for.

What is a multifunction tool?

A multifunction tool is an oscillating power tool that can perform a wide variety of tasks thanks to interchangeable blades and accessories. It works with a side-to-side movement, rather than a circular motion, which is so fast it feels more like a vibration.

What types of jobs can a multifunction tool perform?

The most common tasks for a multifunction tool are sawing, sanding, grinding and scraping. However, the real advantage of a multifunction tool is that it has almost endless applications, giving you lots of flexibility.

Choose from the range of multifunction blades and accessories depending on what you need to use it for. Select the offset blade to make flush cuts into all sorts of materials. Switch to a sander to smooth out tricky spaces, like window frames. And use a tungsten-tipped blade to remove grout from bathroom tiles without causing any damage.

Here are 10 jobs a multifunction tool can tackle with ease:

  • Make drywall cut-outs and openings

  • Trim door casings

  • Flush cut bolts

  • Remove stubborn glue and adhesives

  • Strip old paint

  • Remove grout between tiles

  • Sand practically anything

  • Plunge cut plaster and timber

  • Cut plumbing pipe

  • Remove dry rot in timber
  • Why choose a multifunction tool?

    With the right accessory, a multifunction tool can do things that other tools can’t manage, like plunge cutting timber and plaster – perfect if you need to make a nice neat hole in a wall.

    A multifunction tool can go places where most power tools can’t, making light work of cutting pipe in awkward corners or removing dry rot in timber in hard to reach places.

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    To make easy work of your next D.I.Y. project, browse our wide range of multifunction tools.

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    Health & Safety

    Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

    Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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