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Oscillating Tools - How to use them

Oscillating tools use a lateral, side-to side movement. Typically, the blade will oscillate at more than 300 strokes each second with a very small movement of between 2 and 4 degrees. Oscillating tools can be used with a variety of sawing and scraping blades, and with sanding pads. They are truly a multi-purpose tool.

Cutting Straight Lines with a Multi Tool

When you need to cut a simple straight line, you have a choice of two blade types. Choose the straight edged blade where you need to plunge into a confined spot, perhaps to cut holes in dry wall or begin a mortice.

If you are planning a lengthy linear cut, you’ll be best of with the segmented round blade which will give you a straighter, cleaner cut in wood, plaster, plastic or metal. Use it in conjunction with a straight-edge to ensure a level cut (see main picture above).

Grout Removal with a Multi Tool

Oscillating tools are great for jobs such as grout removal on both wall and floor tiles, you'll need either a carbide or a diamond edged blade for this task. Used carefully, you'll find this makes short work of grout removal whilst generating very little dust and avoiding damage to existing tiles.

You'll find you can remove the grout from a 12" tile in just a few seconds, so it is a real time saver. The carbide blades have a flat side which will enable you to cut accurately up to an edge and no further, perfect if you wish to remove the grout around a single tile. You can buy  Shark carbide tipped blades on our website.

Trim Door Casings with a Multi Tool

If you install new flooring, it’s highly likely that you may need to trim excess from door casings and jambs to enable the flooring to fit beneath. This is a perfect job to undertake with a multi-tool.

Use a piece of the new flooring as a depth guide (as shown) and plunge the cutter in to and across the casing. Once you’ve removed the debris, you should have a perfect fit for your flooring.

Sanding wood with a Multi Tool

Use your multi Tool with a triangular sanding pad and it becomes the perfect device for detail sanding. There's no better way of getting into the corners of window frames to remove paint and filler and to give an ultra smooth finish to any wooden surface.

The corners of the tool get right in to all the crevices and tight corners, and the sanding pads can be replaced in a flash.

Cutting Metal

Your multi-tool, fitted with the correct type of replacement blade is perfect for trimming copper plumbing pipes, unwanted screws and nails and other pieces of thin metal. It's yet another use for a multi-tool which should be a staple piece of your toolkit.

Remove Paint with a Multi-tool

Make life easier by removing old and peeling paint with your multi-tool. A scraper blade will make short work of those blisters and old paint, leaving a surface ready for final preparation with a sanding pad attachment.

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