How To Use An Oscillating Multi Tool

Last updated: October 8, 2020
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Introduction

An oscillating multi tool is a power tool that has the features of a saw, scraper, sander and grinder all in one. This reduces the number of different tools you would need to purchase. This tool is handy and can reach into tight corners, thereby reducing the time spent on a project. These tools keep increasing their number of attachments providing the user with versatility, especially when using it on various materials such as aluminum, steel, hard tile, soft tile, carpet, softwood, hardwood and other various plastics.

Features Of An Oscillating Multi Tool

Apart from the basic functions such as sanding, cutting, polishing and grinding, most multi tools come with the same standard features that include;

LED lights

Long-lasting battery for the cordless

Features variable speed settings of up to 32,000 RPM

Designed for safety and comfort

Uses Of An Oscillating Tool

There are different ways to use an oscillating multi tool, and if you are still contemplating getting one, here is a list of our best uses for an oscillating multi tool.

Trimming Pipes And Screws

If you set up your multi tool as a cutting tool, you will be able to cut through copper, plastic and galvanized metal piping without and stress. This allows you to easily cut off any extra screws that my spoil the look or even be dangerous. Thanks to the compact design of oscillating multi tools, you will be able to reach into those tight spaces and awkward angles. This means that you will be able to cut off excess pipes and screws inside cabinets, behind the wall, in the ceiling and under floorboards, as well as other difficult corners.

Undercut Doorjambs

The best and neat way to install new flooring in an existing space is to cut the doorjamb and make room for it by trimming. Before this job required the use of an expensive and dangerous flush cutting circular saw, or you had to cut it by hand. With the oscillating multi tool, you will be able to do the job faster.

Trimming Floorboards And Wood

You can use an oscillating tool for a lot of woodworking projects such as trimming. You can use the tool to chop off excess material from a frame, make adjustments to pieces of furniture, or to make alterations to stud walls. A multi tool can take on all these tasks and complete them with amazing results. Using a multi tool instead of a jigsaw for trimming makes the task easier, to make it even better use a cordless multi tool so that you don’t have to worry about cables.

Grout Removal

There might come a time when you want to replace the grout in your bath area to give it a new look, or you may be planning a major bath remodeling or repair like replacing a shower valve. The carbide-grit attachment of the multi tool will allow you to cut through both the grout and the tile itself if the need arises.

Cutting Openings In Drywall

Using a multi tool to cut an opening in drywall is easy and the best alternative. It will ensure you are left with a perfect, accurate square cut. To accomplish this, first, outline the shape you want on the surface of the drywall, then use a wood or metal plunge cut blade to cut straight through the drywall. Make sure you inspect for cables and pipes before you start.

It is the easiest way to install switches, power outlets, light fittings and also removing patches of damaged drywall. You can also use the oscillating cutter on the ceiling; it doesn’t matter how tricky the angle is, with the right oscillating multi tool blade you can reach any corner.

Removing Rust From Metal

Making use of a fine pad with a multi tool sander allows you to clean rust from any suffering metalwork. You can use the tool to remove rust from old garden tools and make them useful once again, or you could remove the rust from an old gate before repainting to achieve that professional, smooth finish.

Conclusion

An oscillating multi tool can be used for almost every basic job. By understanding how they function, you will be able to undertake any DIY task of your choice. You will be able to complete your projects faster and with no hassle.