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Re: [Shop-talk] new tool Oscillating tool

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] new tool Oscillating tool
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:59:19 -0800
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I have the cheap Harbor Freight version and recommend this type of tool 
as well.  They are great for close quarters where you don't have room 
for a bigger tool.  They also provide much greater control where 
neatness counts compared to a reciprocating saw.


- Using a diamond blade to carefully remove grout so I could remove 
tiles without damage to surrounding area

- Cutting window casing to remove it without having to remove the window 
- nice neat line at the edge of the window that can be caulked

- Cutting the roof deck so I could get to one area of the attic from 
another.  This was flat on my belly with arms fully extended (low 
California roof)

- Cutting all nails and caulk to allow me to remove an exterior door 
without disturbing the exterior stucco molding

- Cutting studs in the wall without breaking drywall or popping drywall 
nails to install a new electrical panel

- Cutting installed base molding to either remove damaged sections or 
install wider door casing

I am on my second one, but the first had at least 50 hours of very hard 
use before dying.  I had no problem dropping another $20 for a new one.  
The more expensive models are probably better made and some make blade 
changing much easier than backing out an allen screw, so that is 
something to consider.


On 1/19/2015 4:07 PM, John Niolon wrote:
> I needed to replace a fogged up window in a french patio door.  in the
> stationary side.  Removed the trim and tried every way I could... the window
> would not come out... it was glued in to the side of the trim that did not
> remove...  tried utility knife and putty knife and pryed away but didn't want
> to break it...
> Enter the Rigid oscillating tool...  always wondered what I'd use one for...
> till a guy in Lowes said to try it to remove the glue on the window...   so I
> bought one  and slipped the blade between the window and the trim...  in about
> 20 minutes I'd removed 188" of hard glue and the window was out...  these
> things are handyier than a shirt pocket...
> gotta find more uses for this bad boy
> john

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