RYOBI 18v Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool Review

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RYOBI 18v Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool – Model PBLMT51B

RYOBI 18v Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool (Bare Tool)

Manufacturer: RYOBI
Model number: PBLMT51B
Price: $119.00
Power source: 18v Lithium Ion Battery
Weight: 1.95LBS
RYOBI now has over 280 18-volt tools in their One+ System. In this review, we are taking a look at the second-generation 18V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool (PBLMT51B). As with most of the Ryobi 18V One+ System, the tool is sold without a battery and can be used with any of the 18V One+ batteries that Ryobi sells. The Ryobi line of cordless tools are a great option for homeowners, DIY’ers, and anyone looking for an affordable line of tools for light to moderate use.

Oscillating multi-tools are very versatile cutting tools with many uses including cutting off nails, screws, and small bolts, cutting door jambs for flooring installation, cutting holes in drywall, removing grout between tiles, light demolition, and much more

Gen 2 OMT Features | Specifications

  • OPM – 0-20,000
  • Oscillating Angle – 3.8°
  • Variable Speed Dial
  • Converts to detail sander
  • Cuts 80% faster and 2.5x more cuts than Gen 1
  • 86% lower vibration than Gen 1
  • LED Light

Gen 2 OMT Components

The RYOBI PBLMT51 comes with the following items.

  • 18v Brushless OMT
  • Plunge Cut Blade
  • Flush Cut Blade
  • Sanding Pad
  • Sandpaper for pad: 60 grit, 80 grit, 120 grit

RYOBI 18v Oscillating Multi-Tool | On the Job

We used the RYOBI Oscillating Multi-Tool on a custom fireplace build. Some of the applications involved cutting back old baseboards to install new solid trim up to it. Additionally, we used the OMT to cut back some shiplap that was installed a little too “proud” so we could fit an electric insert fireplace.

Variable Speed

RYOBI, like the majority of OMTs on the market, adjusts the speed of oscillation with a rotary dial. The dial is situated on the tool’s top and is easily visible while operating the tool in case you need to adjust during cutting.

 Love the speed dial placement, it’s easy to locate and adjust on the fly while cutting.

Variable speed is an important option on oscillating multi-tools due to the range in cutting applications these tools are used for. Depending on the type of blade and the material being cut, the speed of the blade can have a significant impact on the quality of the cut and how well the material cuts. So having this option available is a great feature.

When the variable speed dial is fully clockwise to the “1” position, the tool is in the LOW position. When you spin the dial, you can feel it click into the detent. Turn the dial counterclockwise to select faster speeds. At 0 – 20,000 OPM, the variable speed dial gives you complete flexibility over a wide range of applications.

Blade Change

RYOBI OMT features a tool-free blade change for quick and easy accessory changes.  The head of the multi-tool has a release lever that pulls back, when it pulls back the retainer pin slides out. Once the new blade or other accessory is installed, slide the pin back in and reset the lever.  While we understand the need for the retaining pin to be removable, we feel that it is just another small part of a tool that could perhaps get misplaced or lost if accidentally dropped while changing out blades/accessories. More expensive OMT’s have done away with this type of blade lock for this very reason.

Trigger VS On-Off Switch

One feature I like on the RYOBI OMT is the trigger. In my opinion, the trigger is better than an on-off switch. The trigger allows the ability to “feather in” or “soft start” the OMT versus the on-off switch. Once I get my cut lined up where I want/need it to be, I can go full throttle and get the cut made.

LED Light

When working in dimly lit areas, the LED work light is handy to illuminate your workspace. The LED light on the OMT is located at the front of the tool just above the blade and allows for good lighting coverage.

Final Thoughts

The ergonomic design of the handle allows the OMT to be well-balanced in the hand while cutting!

With over 280 products, the RYOBI 18v One+ line of tools provides the versatility to get the job done. Even better is the availability of these tools at the local Home Depot. No waiting or shipping is required. Because of their extensive lineup and also the ability to get what you need, when you need it, and at an extremely reasonable price is what makes this RYOBI 18v Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool highly recommended!

RYOBI 18v Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool (Bare Tool)



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Scott Arnold

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on AConcordCarpenter.com

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