a Porter-Cable oscillating tool
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Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2

Changing attachments or altering their angle couldn't be easier. Instead of loosening a hex bolt, just squeeze a spring lever to open the toothed jaws, then let go to get a bite on the blade. A slender body masks real brawn: This beast was one of two tools able to plunge-cut a notch in ¾-inch oak flooring. The tool is encased in plenty of rubber to protect your mitts and your workpiece. We also like that the LED blinks to signal a spent battery.
About $100; 2 pounds; Porter-Cable

Fine print:
11¼ inches long,
7,500–15,000 oscillations per minute (opm),
two 1.3-amp-hour lithium-ion batteries,
seven attachments
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