Porter-Cable Announces Two Oscillating Tools
In a market now flooded with oscillating tools manufactures need to try and set their tools apart from the rest. The big advantage for Fein, the original oscillating tool, is their massive head start. Because of this, they have features such as tool-less blade changing. This is the feature Porter-Cable has chosen to use to set them apart. Besides Fein, Porter-Cable is the only other brand that offers a tool-less blade change system. Fein still holds a patent for their tool-less design, but it looks like Porter-Cable's own design differs enough to get around it.
Unlike the other brands, Porter-Cable's first jump into oscillation brings us both a corded and a cordless version at the same time. Both models have an oscillation degree of 2.8, which we noted with Bosch's oscillation tools, is slightly less then that of Fein or Rockwell. The corded PC250MTK is powered by a 2.5 amp motor that delivers a variable speed of 10,000-20,000 oscillations per minute. PC was also kind enough to equip the corded model with a long 10-foot cord. The cordless PCL120MTC is powered by a 12 Volt Max battery (10.8V) the delivers a variable speed of 7,500-15,000 oscillations per minute. The cordless model also features a LED work light and weighs in at 2.2 lbs.
The corded PC250MTK will retail for around $150 and will include 35 assorted accessories, and a hard tool case. The cordless PCL120MTC is expected to retail for around $160 and will include 2 batteries, a 30 minute charger, 31 assorted accessories, and a soft-sided case. Both models should be available later this month, and will be found at Lowe's or Amazon.com.