Oscillating Tool Tips and Tricks

An oscillating tool is a multi-functional tool. This power can be used in a wide range of works.

Whether you are a home builder or woodworker or electric worker, this awesome tool can make your work smooth and easy. But the effectiveness of this tool largely depends on the proper technique of using it.

And it may happen that you are very new in using it and getting stumble to use it properly.

Then what to do? You have to know the proper technique of using the oscillating tool.

And how? well. You will get all the oscillating tool tips and tricks here.
Just grab the tips and tricks mentioned in this article and be an expert oscillating tool user.

How does an Oscillating Tool work?

Oscillating tools work with the principle of side-to-side movement. It gives a very slight oscillation of about 3 degrees. But it’s oscillation is about 350 strokes per second which is very fast. For this reason, you will feel more like it is vibrating. You can use scrapers and sanding pads with the oscillating tool for your works.

Tips and Tricks for Oscillating Tool

Here are a few tips and tricks for you to use an Oscillating tool easily.

  • Which Blade Should You Use: Round or Straight?

For a plunge cut a straight blade is better than the round blade. Here you have to stab the blade into the cutting surface. Round Oscillating saw blades are better for having a long linear cut.
To have better results with the round blade, first, make a shallow cut over the line. Then use the round oscillating blade to gradually deepen the cut.

Besides, keep in mind that you have to take out the blade in time to clear off the dust. And remember not to press the oscillating too hard on the surface.

  • For Straight Cuts Use a Straightedge

Sometimes you have to shave a small piece off a piece of trim or a cabinet because of misreading measurement. You can use an oscillating tool to perform a precise and clean cut. For this, you should use a straightedge as a guide for the saw blade of the oscillating tool. Just keep an eye on the blade so it doesn’t gouge the straightedge.

  • How to Prep Faster for Flooring?

When you install a new floor, you have to slice through the doorjambs. Here you can use a flush-cutting blade with the oscillating saw tool. Such blades can smoothly cut through the doorjambs. For a guide, you can use a scrap of flooring. If you use such a guide, you will find that the oscillating tool is making clean and straight cuts for the flooring to slip into the slot easily.

  • Using Oscillating Tool for Removing Trim without Damage

You can use the oscillating tool to easily remove the trim from walls. Here’s how you can do it. First of all, you have to gently pry away the trim from the wall so that you can slip in your oscillating tool’s blade. Then you have to probe for the nails.

After that, slice through the nails with the help of a metal-cutting blade. This is a very easy and faster way to remove trim without any splits. To protect the wall, you should use sheet metal.

  • Cutting Rusty Faucet Nuts

Rusty nuts are sometimes impossible to pull off even if you use the best basin wrench you have. In this case, you can think of using a reciprocating saw. But what happens when you don’t get enough room to use the saw?

For such occasions, you need the oscillating saw tool. If you equip the tool with a bimetal cutting blade of high quality, you can pull off the rusty nut at ease. Here are the steps to do it.

Firstly, you have to angle the oscillating tool against the nut. You have to start it with a slow speed and keep the speed slow until a groove is cut. Then you have to increase the speed. After increasing keep cutting until you cut about ¾ part of the nut. Finally, use a plier to break off the rest of the nut.

  • Scraping Away Gunk

You can get rid of stubborn dried joint compound, construction adhesive patches, and other gunk with the help of an oscillating tool. Just equip the tool with a scrapper blade and start removing the gunk. It is easier to use instead of an ordinary knife which will take both more time and more energy.

  • Having Extra Wide Blades for Cylindrical Objects

For cutting pipes or other round or cylindrical object, having an extra-wide blade is beneficial for you. Wider blades don’t slip off a curved surface easily. On the other hand, narrow blades will easily slip off. Though for other works narrow blades are a better choice, I recommend you to use wide blades for pipes and cylindrical objects.

  • Cutting Metal with Oscillating Tool

An ordinary blade which is mounted on an oscillating tool is not good for cutting metal. If you use an ordinary rounded or straight blade, you will find your blade damaged within a few uses. When you purchase a blade make sure it is labeled as bimetal, to cut any metal with oscillating tool.

  • Removing a Soap Dish or a Towel Bar

It is very easy to remove an outdated or a broken soap dish or a towel bar which is surface-mounted, with oscillating tools. To do so, simply jam the blade of the tool into any corner of the bar with a depth of about 1 inch.

Then take the blade all around the soap dish or towel bar. After that Shove it even deeper and continue to pass around for the second time. This will eventually cut through all the caulk and adhesive.


I have shared all the oscillating tool tips and tricks you should know to ease up your DIY tasks. There are endless possibilities for you to use an oscillating tool. I have just shown some examples to give you the idea of how and where you can use the tool easily. So, I hope from now on you will be able to use your oscillating tool more efficiently.

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