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Hitachi unveils first oscillating multitool

Hitachi introduced an 18-volt oscillating multitool, model CV18DBLP4, with a brushless motor that can cut, scrape, grind or sand just about anything with the appropriate accessory, according to the company.

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“This is our first oscillating tool and it is really an extremely multipurpose tool. There is so much it can do, like flush-cutting under door jams if a nail is sticking out of a piece of wood. It can rout joints on tiles, remove caulk or any other type of sealant or adhesives. It can be a grinder or sander and it can cut wood plastic, copper piping, drywall and more,” product manager Brett Bishop says.

Bishop explains that Hitachi executed a “soft” product launch in June, offering the tool with one bi-metal blade. A full line of accessories will soon follow.

The multitool features a universal design to accept accessories from other brands.

Hitachi’s brushless motor technology is managed by a microprocessor chip, regulating current flow for a longer runtime between charges, increased power and extended durability, according to the company.

“This tool can generate up to 20,000 RPMs. It has two power modes, one with the standard adjustment dial of 1 to 5 that produces RPMs ranging from 6,000 to 20,000, and an auto mode which keeps the RPMs between 15,000 and 20,000 but adjusts depending on user workload,” Bishop says.

Other features include soft start, an LED worklight and a low-battery indicator light.

The bare multitool sells for about $200.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue.

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