Choosing an Oscillating Blade

Your oscillating multi-tool can help you take on a lot of DIY projects. The size and design of an oscillating multi-tool allows you to work in places where other tools would not be able to work, and with the right oscillating tool accessories, you can use this tool for a wide range of tasks. 

Depending on the oscillating tool blades and accessories you have, you can use this tool to cut a wide range of materials as well as for tasks like sanding and scraping. While this versatility is one of the best features of the multi-tool, the vast array of accessories can make it difficult to find the right oscillating blade for a project. 

In this post, we are going to look at blades for oscillating tools and some of the things you need to consider when trying to select oscillating multi-tool blades. Projects that may require different oscillating tool blades include cutting wood or metal, removing grout, sanding and scraping wood, as well as working with other materials.

Oscillating Tool Accessories for Cutting Wood

An oscillating tool won’t be able to replace your circular saw or jigsaw, but it can handle a lot of cuts that would not be possible with these other saws. An oscillating blade for wood will be designed to remove the sawdust as you cut. There are also different types of oscillating tool blades for cutting wood. The straight blades are usually good for making plunge cuts, while semi-circular blades tend to perform better when you need to make longer, straighter cuts.

Removing Grout with Oscillating Tool Blades

If you plan to work on a project like retiling your bathroom, an oscillating multi-tool can save you a lot of time. When used as a grout removal tool, it can save you hours on the project – you just need a blade that is suitable for removing grout. 

For a small one-time project, a carbide grit blade should work fine for grout removal. If the project is large or you have more than one grout removal project, you might want to consider a diamond grit blade. It will cost a little more up front, but this oscillating tool accessory will also last longer.

Use Blades for an Oscillating Tool When Cutting Metal

A bi-metal blade is generally the best option for cutting metal. You can also use a bi-metal oscillating tool blade if you need to cut through a piece of wood that may have nails or screws in it. If you are planning to cut straight through a nail or a bolt, then you would want to look for a straight blade. If you have a longer cut, then you would be better off with a semi-circle bi-metal oscillating blade.

Handle Other Materials With an Oscillating Blade

Beyond metal and wood, you can also use your oscillating multi-tool and accessories to cut through materials like drywall, plastic, and concrete. For materials like drywall and plastic, you can use the same oscillating tool blades that you would for cutting wood. If you need to cut concrete or some type of stone, you would want to use a stronger oscillating multi-tool blade, like a carbide grit blade or a diamond grit blade.

Sanding and Scraping Oscillating Tool Accessories

With the right oscillating tool accessories, you can also use your multi-tool for sanding and scraping. The scraper blade can be good for tasks like removing old paint or for cleaning something like adhesive off a surface. The oscillating multi-tool can also be good for different sanding projects if you get the sanding pad.

An oscillating tool can be of the most useful items in your tool collection. With the right oscillating multi-tool blades and accessories, it can open up a lot of possibilities for DIY and home repair projects.

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Choosing an Oscillating Blade
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