DEWALT 20V MAX XR Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit, Variable Speed (DCS356D1)

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The 3-speed selector of DEWALT 20V tools allows users to choose their speed setting based on application.

Brushless motor of DEWALT oscillating tool delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed

Dual-Grip variable speed trigger of DEWALT cordless tools gives users ultimate speed and application control

Universal accessory adapter for use with most oscillating tool accessory brands

Quick-Change accessory system allows blades and attachments to be changed quickly without wrenches

Bright LED light illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting

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Item Weight

‎2.33 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎17.15 x 5.03 x 9.65 inches

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‎1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)


‎New 20V Oscillating Tool Kit





Item Package Quantity


Included Components

‎(1) DCS356 3 Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool, (1) Sanding Pad, (1) Accessory Storage Box, (25) Sheets of Sand Paper, (1) Wood with Nails Blade, (1) Charger, (1) Kit Bag, (1) 2 Ah Battery, (1) Universal Accessory Adapter, (1) Fast Cut Wood Blade, (1) Depth Guide

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Batteries Required?


Battery Cell Type

‎Lithium Ion





Customer Reviews

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Best Sellers Rank

#8,634 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#7 in Oscillating Power Tools

Date First Available

January 24, 2015

7 reviews for DEWALT 20V MAX XR Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit, Variable Speed (DCS356D1)

  1. Karl Johnson

    Just got the tool. The little bit I’ve used it makes me think it’s a solid nicely built tool which will be very handy. In trying to sort out how the accessories fit in their case, I found a good solution on the page which is the case sold separately. is how I arranged mine. Also I wanted to mention that some reviews said the depth guide was missing. Mine came with one. And some mentioned theirs arrived with the smaller 1.5 Ah battery. Mine is what the description said would be included, the 2 Ah battery. The charger is a DCB112.

  2. Amazon Customer

    Read an internet article by popular mechanics about the 10 best multi-oscillating tools, some battery powered and some 120v. This saw was on the list and it listed several pros and no cons. I’ve used it to cut off an inch of installed baseboard and it works quickly, effectively, accurately and easily; so much easier than struggling with a hand saw which was wearing my arms out.Pros: 1. Light weight, so it would be easy to use in difficult to reach spaces such as under a sink, or when you would need to extend your arms and hold the tool at length.2. It will stand vertical on its battery.3. If you already have other DeWalt 20V battery powered tools, the batteries are interchangeable.4. This is a variable speed tool with good trigger sensitivity, so you can start off slow to start your cut (so the saw will not jump off the line you wish to cut) and then easily increase the speed by putting more pressure on the trigger. I read somewhere where this model is rated to 20,000 rpm, and while it is very fast at max speed, I’m not sure about whether it will reach 20,000 rpm.5. This kit does both cutting and sanding.6. Popular Mechanics tested the saws against wood with nails in it and this saw seems to have worked well under this condition.Cons: 1. The kit comes with only two saw blades, and these blades have no markings on them for their application. They certainly work well on wood which is my application at the moment, so I did not buy any additional blades which are readily available, but depending upon your application, you may need to buy additional blades.2. I read a review that complained about the kit bag not remaining open after you pull it open. The bag does not close up completely and I have no issues with this. It’s a nice DeWalt bag and goes well with the kit.

  3. Greg

    I cant say enough good about this saw. This is my first oscillating saw purchase, but befor buying, I hit every ratings site I could find, and read all the reviews. I dont know how I ever functioned without one of these. Now, for all the pros, there are no cons. Blade change is super easy. The light, which is more important than I thought, is spot-on with cut line. Very useful in tight, dark places. Very ergonomic, feels like an extension of your arm. Now, as other users have stated, the Dewalt blades are crap. I’ve been using Imperial blades, available on Amazon. They are far superior. One final note is on the tool bag. Well built and large enough for the tool and all accessories, with plenty of room left for various other project tools.

  4. Jim S.

    When I first started seeing oscillating tool advertisements popup, they were nothing more than vibratory sanders that could get into tight corners. After I started replacing my old lower voltage cordless and corded tools last year with Dewalt 20V Max equivalents, I ran across the DCS355. Still not convinced I needed one, I did some research. First, I looked at all the available accessories that Dewalt offered. I was impressed with all the different cutting and sanding tools, and the things you could do with them. Then I went on to watch a few videos which immediately hooked me on this Dewalt Oscillating tool.I opted for the DCS355 kit as I was still accumulating batteries and bags for my 20V Max collection. And I really wanted that little guide roller, along with the blade box. Both of which are not included with the bare tool and I couldn’t find available anywhere (I now know that you can get both at eReplacementParts for about $11 each). Aside from the kit, I also set out to own at least one each of all the available accessories. A bit costly, but worth the investment. I have used at least 75% of the acquired accessories in real world situations. Worth every penny when you know the solution to a problem is in that Dewalt bag.The DSC355 is simple to use and operate. It has a trigger switch mid handle that activates the motor and front facing LED light when depressed. A button above the switch can be used to lock out the trigger and also lock the trigger in the on position for longer projects. A slight tap of the trigger releases the locked-on state and stops the tool. The front of the tool has a Quick Change lever to quickly change blades and accessories. Simply depress the lever and set or remove the blade/accessory into the pins located a full 360 degrees around the tool mount. Although you will only set blades in about a 270 degree range. So seven stops all together; West, North, East, and two positions between each of those. That’s a lot of versatility when trying to make some difficult cuts. There is a location on either side of the battery base to mount a belt clip if desired.Once a blade or accessory has been installed, pull the trigger and off you go. Variable speed from 0-20,000 oscillations per minute. When I took the DCS355 out of the box and snapped in a battery, I still had my doubts about it’s ability to cut through, say 3/4″ pine. So I put it to the test. Whizzed right through without a whimper. You can keep those chisels in the drawer. Need to notch something out. The DCS355 will do it in a breeze. In the past six months I have used the tool to; cut out openings in drywall (using that handy accessory guide), cut copper and PVC pipe, cut away the grout in floor tiles, vibrate the tiles free, scrape off the remaining adhesive left behind on the floor, grind off adhesive on the backs of some needed tiles, notched out 1x2s mounted to a block wall, notched out molding, sanding away the orange peel on walls for several drywall patches (whole house replumb), cut away plastic dividers in a couple storage trays I customized. And that’s all I can remember right now. I’m sure I missed a few.As a Dremel is to hobbyists and model making, the Dewalt DCS355 Oscillating tool is to home repair and renovation. A big boy toy. While the DCS355 bare tool is a bit more than $100, be prepared to spend another $100 to $200 for accessories (you do get a few essentials with the kit).. The last thing you want is a versatile tool, without the necessary accessory to complete a project when it needs to get done. Fifteen minutes into your frustration, you will wonder why you didn’t plop down that $9.95 for the accessory that could have completed the task in under a minute. In fact, except for the sanding prep noted above, it hasn’t taken me more than two minutes to pull the tool out of my bag, set an accessory, snap on a battery and finish the task at hand in about a minute. Another minute or two for put away. What’s not to like about that. Note that several accessory kits are available, including tote boxes, for more blade storage options. Also note that all Dewalt accessories (I like to stick with Dewalt only) will work with the quick change tool mount, although some other brands may not. There is an adapter that comes with the tool for those non-Dewalt accessories. But I would recommend against anything, regardless of (perceived) cost savings, that will not snap in and out of this tool. But that’s just me.Eight months ago if you had offered me a half-off coupon for an Oscillating tool, I would have told you to keep it. Now, you would have a hard time prying my DCS355 out of hands. I always admit (well almost) when I’m wrong. This is a keeper. You won’t be disappointed.


    this thing is awesome especially with the 60 volt 90ah battery it is like a belt sander we use it daily as painters it has cut my workload in half my biggest complaint is that the hook and loop sandpaper packs they sell are almost 1/4 inch too small for the actual sanding disc that they are to be applied too this really made me mad after ordering 25 12 packs of them for work we opened all of them up not ever thinking that they do not fit the unit we always place our sanding papers in an organized box filed by grit now I am stuck trying to figure out how to find exact size paper we have gone thru the tiny pack they give you and the harbor freight pads are garbage as always not good at all for more than 2 minutes actual work before all grit has fallen off

  6. Grace

    I reluctantly purchased this DeWalt oscillating tool. Not because i didn’t need it, I just didn’t want to spend this amount of money for a tool I didn’t anticipate using often. I WAS WRONG!! I am in love with this tool!! As a new homeowner who DIY’s as much as humanly possible, this tool has become my go to for just about everything. I am so glad I didn’t listen to others who recommended I buy a lesser quality version, a different brand because this one is worth every penny!! (And now those folks are jealous!)I have severe arthritis in my hands so I often have to pay more for my tools as I need tools that are lighter weight, vibration controlled, ergonomic, batteries easy to get on and off, easy to control, etc.. This tool has all that and more! I have wasted so many hours hand sanding small areas, wire brushing, multiple trips to the workbench to trim various items, etc only to discover this tool sits beside me and does it all! I have used it to trim molding, door jamb, doors, cut nails off, etc..The bag that comes with this is excellent to keep everything together in one place. I found the battery doesn’t last as long as I would have thought, but it charges very quickly. So when I am done with a project, I just pop it on the charger so it’s always ready.The ONLY and fairly significant downside is the clamp you have to push down to release & change the attachments is nearly impossible for me to do. It is very very difficult requiring a good deal of hand strength that I don’t have. Thankfully, my sons do so they change out the attachments for me. However, if I did not have them around, as a female with arthritis, I would have had to return this tool for a lesser product.

  7. Jeffery

    After spending hours comparing this to Bosch and Fein I went with Dewalt because most all my power tools are by Dewalt and (knock wood) have had nothing but great luck so far. This unit meets or beats expectations and I would recommend without hesitation. My first 20V and it does seem to hold a charge much better than 18V. This tool adds much versatility your arsenal of power tools and really can get aggressive cutting and sanding if you desire. Also, the variable speed trigger is a no brainer plus since it can be locked at any speed. My only possible con is I wish Dewalt would use a molded plastic case and not the bag. But the bag is sturdy. If you are on the fence I don’t believe you will be disappointed with this Oscillating tool.

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