Oscillating Tool Tips and Tricks

An oscillating tool is one of the most common tools used all over the world by a lot of people. An oscillating tool is a multi-tool that you can use to perform a variety of tasks. You may need different household works like scraping, grinding, sanding, etc. you may think of using different tools for these different tasks. But an oscillating tool simplifies your tasks by proving all the tools in a single handy multi-tool. An oscillating multi-tool tool usually consists of saw, sander, grinder, and scraper in a single handy power tool. The use of oscillating multi-tools is increasing day by day. But most of the people who own an oscillating tool don’t know how to use the multi-tool properly for a better result. There are some very easy and simple tricks that you can follow to get a better result. Don’t you want to know the tricks? Let’s have a look at what those tricks are!

Oscillating Tool Tips and Tricks

Though once only the professionals used oscillating tools for their works, nowadays people around the world are broadly using some branded oscillating tools after knowing the usefulness and importance of the tool. As a beginner, you may face some problems and also find out some issues while using an oscillating tool. But those issues are very easy to fix. Here I’ll describe how you will have to use the different parts of an oscillating tool in different circumstances:

Choosing an Oscillating Tool to Buy

Let’s start at the very beginning. The very first question that must come in your mind while thinking of buying an oscillating tool is “which oscillating tool I should buy?” In fact, it is the most common question asked by people. There is a variety of oscillating tools available in the market. But still, it is not that easy to say which the best one that you should buy is. To be very honest, it totally depends on your choice that which model you want to buy. People usually buy an oscillating tool considering some specific needs for which they want to use the tool. There are a lot of people who buy an oscillating tool only for using it occasionally. Some other people, especially those people who are badly addicted to DIY use the tool frequently. They buy an oscillating tool for using it in a number of different situations based on their needs. Here is a tip for you to buy an oscillating tool after understanding and determining your needs first. You can also buy a power tool considering the brand of the tool. I can suggest you buy an oscillating tool from anyone the following brands: Makita, DeWalt, Bosch, Stanley, Genesis, and Black & White. As they are the most trusted brands of oscillating tools, I hope that you will never regret buying your desired oscillating tool from one of these brands.

User Guideline of Oscillating Tool Accessories

An oscillating tool functions with a number of accessories. You need to use those different accessories for a series of different tasks. The multi-tool is nothing without the use of these accessories. It is important for a user to know about the features of those accessories and their uses as well because if you gather a minimum knowledge about those accessories, it will be very easy for you to operate the tool and complete the assigned task properly. Here are the most common accessories used along with an oscillating multi-tool:


Blades are one of the most common and also one of the most important accessories. In fact, it is widely considered as the main accessory of an oscillating tool that helps the tool to work. Blades are mainly used for performing a cut. You may need to use different types of oscillating tool blades for different cuttings. Make sure that the blades are available in the market at present.

Straight Blades

If you are looking for plunge cuts, then straight blades can be the best-suited blade for this task. You will find this easier stabbing the blade inside the surface using a straight blade.

Round Blades

A round blade is mostly used for long and linear cuts. This type of blade will provide you with more precise cuts. Using this blade you can apply a trick of making shallow cuts first and then deepen the cut using your tool.

Scraper Blades

Scraper blades are mostly used for digging caulk out of joints. There are some different styles of scraper blades such as sharp or blunt, offset or straight, stiff or flexible, etc.

Carbide Blades

If you are in need of removing grout, then go for the carbide blades. This type of blade is best suited for removing larger grout.

Bi-Metal Cutting Blades

You can guess the use of bi-metal cutting blades from its name. This type of blade is perfect for cutting metal. Use this blade to cut through the metal.  You will be glad to know that you can also cut through the rust also using this blade. 

Extra wide Blades

The extra wide blades are usually used by the pipe cutters because this I most suited for cutting around the pipes. This blade is perfectly made in such a way that it never slips off on the curved surfaces. For that reason, you will be able to use this blade on the pipe and work comfortably.

Power Source

The source of power is a vital element of an oscillating tool. You can’t run the machine without providing adequate power to the machine. In fact, the power source is always considered as the heart of the oscillating tools. It always provides the required electricity. In case of an electric oscillating tool, the electricity is properly supplied through a wire attached to the tool. When you will switch it on, the electricity will go through the wire and power the tool. If your oscillating tool is cordless, then it will get power from the battery. Some companies make their cordless oscillating tool with a facility of charging using a charger. If you want a lightweight multi-tool, then you can go for a cordless one. But remember one thing that battery-powered tools are less powerful than electrically run tools.


The switch is the accessory fixedly attached to the body of the tool. It is mainly used for ensuring the proper supply of power to the tool. The switch is usually located on the tool’s body and almost every oscillating tool has a sliding system switch. You will have to slide the switch for both switching it on or off. If you slide the switch forward, then the tool will get properly activated and it will allow the electricity to flow thoroughly towards the tool. And if you slide the switch backward and bring it to its previous position, then the tool will be off and the machine will stop running.


The motor is a kind of machine inserted inside the body of the main tool. It is not visible and covered properly. It is the main element that helps running the tool properly. The reason for setting up a motor inside the tool is that the motor can transform the electricity into motion. The generated power by the motor is usually measured in watts. The motor used in the wired tool is the AC motor. This motor has an input power from 180 to 250 watts.

Blade Clamp

Every oscillating tool contains a blade clamp. As we use an oscillating tool greatly for cutting different materials such as metal, wood, pipe, etc, we need to attach the suited blade to the tool for cutting these materials. So, the existence of a blade clamp is a must in an oscillating tool. It helps to secure the blade at the proper place in the tool. It also plays a vital role in ensuring safety while working using an oscillating tool. In most of the oscillating tools, you will find this clamp of either hex drive bolt shape or a circular row shape.

Speed Control Dial

When you will look closely at an oscillating tool after buying it, you will notice a small-sized wheel located on the top of the multi-tool. This wheel is the speed control dial. It will allow you to have a preset speed selection for working properly using the tool. As a result, you will easily be able to gain more and more control over your tool.

Performing Tips and Tricks

As you have already got some idea about the accessories of an oscillating tool and also got some tips and tricks about using the accessories, now it’s high time for you to use the tool for performing your desired tasks. Now I’ll give you the tips and tricks to use an oscillating tool properly while performing different tasks:

Cutting Drywall Openings

Cutting drywall openings using an oscillating tool is an effective way of drywall cutting causing minimal damage. For cutting drywall openings, first of all, you will have to attach a circular saw blade with the tool. Then measure the area you want to cut using a ruler. You need to mark all the cutting lines using a pencil. Then wear ear and eye protection and also can put on gloves. Plug the oscillating tool inside the socket and switch it on by sliding the switch forward. Now start cutting the drywall slowly and precisely through the marked lines. Continue cutting the drywall until it completes. 

Removing Rust from Metal

You can remove the rust generated on your metal tool very easily using an oscillating multi-tool. For that, you can either use some disc shapes blades or use a sander to remove the rust. Set up a disc and secure it properly with the tool. Switch on the tool and keep the blade moving properly. Then rub the blade on the metal and we will find your metal free of rust. You can also do this task the same way attaching a sander with the tool. But don’t forget to take proper protection of your body parts.

Pry off Moldings

Moldings are usually seen in the woods, walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. They can badly damage the surfaces. Basically, it is almost impossible prying off the moldings properly from walls, ceilings, woods, etc. without causing any kind of damage. But you can do this very easily and perfectly using an oscillating tool. Insert a metal cutting fine-tooth blade in the tool and then simply ply off the layer of mold and dried paints. 

Trimming Door Casing

After the installation of a new floor at your home, you will feel the essence of trimming the bottom of the door casings. If you use a traditional ordinary tool for that task, this will result in failure to complete the task properly. It will also kill your time. In that situation, using an oscillating tool for this job can be very effective. Just pick up a single piece of the new floor and place it properly on the sub-floor located next to the casing. After that, attach a flush cutting blade with the oscillating tool. Then hold the flash cut blade plane against the existing floor. You also need to sink straight through the casing. Lastly, remove the unnecessary pieces of wood from the place and you will find the new floor sliding perfectly under that casing. You can also use a trim removal tool to do the job.

Cutting Pipes

You will find an oscillating tool very effective if you try cutting pipes using an oscillating multi-tool. It requires an extra-wide blade to cut the pipes properly within a few time. At first, you will have to mark the spots you want to cut. Then attach an extra-wide blade with the multi-tool and secure it properly. Then switch the tool on and smoothly rub the spots using the blade of the tool. The pipe will cut into pieces very easily. As an extra-wide blade doesn’t slip on a round surface, you will get better control over the tool while cutting the pipes.

Removing Paint

Removing old paints from a surface is not only a difficult task to perform; rather it’s too boring. But an oscillating tool will turn this boring task very easy for you. You will be in need to use a scraper blade for this task. This will help you to remove the paint very easily. Attach the blade to the oscillating tool. Switch to a sanding pad after removal. Start abrasion roughly and continue doing this until you get the expected smoothness.

Moreover, remember to:

  • Take adequate body parts protections
  • Switch the tool off after using
  • Move the tool very gently from one side to another
  • Detach the blades after finishing the task
  • Perform plunge cuts merely on soft materials like wood or plasterboard
  • Keep the tool at a safe place

Final Words

So, that was all about the tips and tricks of an oscillating multi-tool. Day by day the use of an oscillating tool is increasing and people are preferring to have an oscillating tool in their toolbox. But just because of not knowing the tricks of using the tool, most of the people are failing to use the multi-tool effectively in a proper way. If you’ve also failed earlier to use your oscillating tool properly, I believe that after reading this article, you will be no more disappointed with your oscillating tool. Rather if you follow these tips and apply the tricks, then you will be able to make the best use of your oscillating tool.

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