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Forum topic by Sanderguy777 posted 04-14-2015 09:38 AM 1311 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sanderguy777

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04-14-2015 09:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oscillating multi tool blade

I got a Force 2.2 amp oscillating multi tool for $15 bucks at Woodcraft. (It was normally $50) (If any body wants it, it’s still there ;) I know it’s probably junk but if I go to HF I will have to spend that much for one that has even fewer features.

What I want to do is get some idea of what blades to get for it. I will probably use it mainly for cutting wood, but will also cut some metal and nail filled wood. Basically, I want a good combo wood/metal blade, and a couple good dedicated wood cutting blades and some metal cutting blades.

If you have any other accessories that you find useful, give me a heads up. It comes with a scraper, “cutting”(probably a cheap wood blade, maybe combo) blade, and a sanding pad with three pieces of paper. I figure I’ll need sanding pad paper, the afore mentioned blades, and a carbide blade for grout. Is there a blade that works on masonry and metal? Like rebar enforced concrete.

The first thing I plan on, is cutting some rotten wood that has some aluminum in behind it. I need to fix a hole in the floor and need that junk out of the way. What is your choice of blade for that?

Thanks for your advice.


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jsuede

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 01:35 PM

I’m using mine for general carpentry around the house in a similar slant to what you’re talking about, trim, drywall, hardwood flooring. I wouldn’t want to try and cut any real amount in concrete with it, but the diamond blade should do fine if you venture into that. I’ve just been buying the cheap HF blades so when they tag a nail I’m not cussin about having to throw it out. If I hit a cut nail (home was built in the late 1800’s) it always seem to damage the teeth, but newer nails it just rips through, which is the opposite of what I would think. Also really old lathe and plaster is more like concrete and is murder to any sharp edge so I lose blades to that as well. They never have a chance to bend like a cheap sawzall blade (which is why I buy nice sawzall blades) The circular and 1”ish straight wide blades get the most use from me. If I were to use it for sanding, I would definitely go to Klingspor for replacement sandpaper.

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-12-in-high-speed-steel-multi-tool-half-moon-blade-61815.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-18-in-bi-metal-multi-tool-plunge-blade-61812.html

You will probably find this out on your own but I use it only when no other tool would do the job. They are noisy as all heck, and will make make your hand go numb pretty quickly.

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Sanderguy777

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 08:51 PM

our house was built in 1970 something. The reason the blades hit those and die is probably that they were hand forged and hence are very hard. today’s nails are pretty soft.

as for the bad vibes ;) I might try some wrap of some kind to dampen them. I new it was a cheap thing but I was at woodcraft and I knew that HF was just as much so why not get it from woodcraft? The better ones (ie Fein, Festool, maybe rockwell )probably have better vibration control….. At least I would think so for about 15 to 30 times the money!!!

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 01:15 AM

I got the HSS metal blade at HF and it works surprisingly well. Even at HF it costs nearly what you paid for the tool.
The carbide grit sanding pad is good also for tile and sheet rock.
The carbide cutting blade is good for sheet rock and tile and blocks.
I probably use mine for sanding in tight corners more than any other use. I don’t use HF sand paper. PPrefer Bosch when I can find it.
I don’t have one of those little sanding bug things that I see others use a lot. Just can’t bring myself to buy any thing from Black and Decker after they ruined the company by going cheapo like they did.

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Sanderguy777

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 04:16 AM

I have one of those mouse sanders. Don’t you dare even THINK I bought that trash. Small wonder that it was left here by the previous owners of the house. I have used it once, and only once. that was enough for my hand. It did nothing to the surface I was sanding and made my hand numb after about two minutes of use. I hear that the multi tool does that too, oh well, I can always upgrade to a Festool. I mean, it’s only a car payment…

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#5 posted 04-15-2015 04:29 AM

I use the Bosch bi metal blades. They don’t cut the fastest but it’s clean and they last a long time. Even cutting through nails. Don’t know how much they cost cuz i just put em on the company card :)

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 04:59 AM

Are the reduced shank blades better? I can see that they might be more versatile in small places but are they as durable?

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#7 posted 04-15-2015 05:16 AM

Don’t know. I’ve always used the longest I could get.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Sanderguy777

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#8 posted 04-15-2015 09:34 AM

It doesn’t matter. I looked at the Bosch blades and they are well worth the money in my eyes. The reviews are very good on the normal use ones but not as good on the others. I guess that is to be expected.

I looked at HF blades (about $10 a pop for bi-metal) then I looked at Bosch ( three pack for $20 at amazon) I am getting Bosch for sure!! Thanks for your help.

Have you ever used the imperial blades?

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#9 posted 04-15-2015 02:12 PM

Get the Bosch blades if they’ll fit your multi-tool.

http://toolguyd.com/oscillating-tool-metal-blade-best-durability/

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