The oscillating multi-tool is one of the most useful and versatile power tool that rightfully belongs in any toolbox or workshop. Many professional handymen and DIY enthusiasts actually consider this as one of (if not ‘the’) their favorite power tools. With the variety of attachments and accessories which can be fitted into this multi-tool, it can be used to fulfill a wide variety of functions and purposes.
As a Cutting Tool
A wide variety of saw blade types can be attached to an oscillating multi-tool from some of the best craftsman tool sets. With these saw blades and the rapid back and forth motion of the oscillating power tool, you have the ability to cut through different materials like wood, metal, pipes, and pretty much anything else. Each saw blade has unique and different design from the rest. For instance, there are saw blades with standard tooth configurations, and there are also saw blades which as designed differently, like a straight blade with teeth at the end use for ‘plunge cutting.’ In addition, there are Japan blades which effectively cuts through wood but not metal, while there are bi-metal blades with small teeth that can cut through soft metal. The cutting options of the oscillating multi-tool is practically endless.
As a Masonry Tool
The oscillating multi-tool can also be used for different masonry purposes by a proper artisan. In relation to the above paragraph, you can attach a tile cutter blade to the multi-tool in order to cut tiles and shape them according to the desired size. For this purpose, a diamond blade is needed. Now you don’t have to keep hammering and breaking those tiles or run to the shop to rent a tile saw. Other blades will allow you to scrape grout of in between the tiles in order to remove and replace them. These features makes the oscillating multi-tool a perfect and handy companion to tile setters and masons for light masonry work.
As a Sanding Tool
Another popular use of the oscillating multi-tool is as a sanding or polishing tool. Aside from blades, you can also attach sanding pads to the multi-tool and use it to sand or polish any surface. The sanding pads also come in different shapes – there are circular sanding pads, triangular sanding pads and even ‘finger shaped’ sanding pads. Felt polishing pads are also available, and is actually a better option because it can reach tight spaces where an orbital polisher cannot.
A Note about Oscillating Multi-tool Attachments
Oscillating multi-tools are produced and manufactured by many different brands – in fact, almost every brand or power tool manufacturer has their own line of oscillating power tools. Naturally, they also have their own set of attachments and accessories.
When you buy a an oscillating multi-tool, it will come with its own set of attachments and accessories (although you can also buy one on its own – especially in second hand shops). However, you may find that you will need some other accessories – either you need a special saw blade attachment that did not come with the set you bought, or perhaps you’ve worn out or broken the original attachment.
Whatever the reason is, be sure that whatever attachment you choose is compatible and fits properly into your multi-tool. There are some brands which allows you to use attachments from another manufacturer, but this is something that isn’t really recommended because the attachment specifications may not exactly be the same, and using an ill-fitting attachment will result to a myriad of problems. For one, the multi-tool may not be able to perform its function well. With regards to saw blades for instance, you will notice that the cut is not as clean as you would want it to be. Second, continuous use of such attachment will damage the tool – causing you to spend more by buying a new multi-tool. Finally, your safety is being compromised, as the attachment may suddenly be removed and fly.
Thus, when replacing an attachment, it would be better to just buy a new attachment that is compatible with tool’s brand and model.