How to Choose the Right Oscillating Tool Blade for a Job [Infographic]
Oscillating tools work by fast and brisk side-to-side movement. This tool does not only saw, but depending on the oscillating tool blades you choose, it can also file, sand or rasp. Given that there are multiple types of jobs and countless amounts of blades, one might be at lost as to which blade to apply. So, here are some tips on how to choose oscillating tool blades.
One point is important to clear up, that an oscillating tool is not a replacement to traditional saws and whatnot; however, it is sometimes more convenient in tight spaces.
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Cutting through wood
When cutting through wood, you’d want something that would expel sawdust and prevent the wood from burning. I would recommend a chrome blade, or another type of steel that is as rigid, that comes with a double row of alternating teeth. It is good for wooden walls, boxes, tables, etc.
If you’re looking to cut something, but don’t want to make a huge mess, I would recommend an extra narrow thin blade. They are perfect for cutting through veneers, paneling and press boards given that they provide high precision.
One thing that people find surprising is that oscillating tools can cut through cement. Yes, a blade with polycrystalline diamond carbide teeth would be able to cut through fiber cement very easily and with minimal mess.
Aluminum, copper and brass
Non ferrous metals can easily be cut through with a blade featuring C6 carbide teeth, and you won’t have to worry about it breaking.
Bolts and bent nails
A blade with cobalt steel teeth will be able to cut through bolts, nails or even pipes. Blades that feature two types of metals are usually the best choice for cutting through both wood and steel, and this particular one could be the best choice when it comes to cutting wood that might have hidden nails in it.
These blades have no teeth, but they are the best when it comes to precision cutting, and offer the best results when they are used with precision guides. They can be used with ceramic, tiles or concrete, or to smooth out edges.
A tough and safe blade
A blade with an embedded sock tooth design is proven to be the safest, but fastest oscillating tool blade, with a super fine cutting edge that eliminate waste. Thanks to its design, it can also prevent tooth lost and can withstand high heat.
Stainless steel blades
At 32 mm, this blade can be used for flush cutting and plunge cutting through plastic and drywall. It is also a right choice in case you want to trim skirting boards.
Carbon steel blades
In three different sizes, 10 mm, 20 mm and 32 mm, this is a go-to blade for any job, in case you’re still not sure as to what you’ll need an oscillating blade for. It cuts through wood, fiberglass, plastic, nails, thin metals and even wood.
Decking and Framing
A blade that features alternative top bevel carbide teeth is the right choice for cutting through lumber and composite material quickly and cleanly, given that is it tough and can withstand hard material.