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6 Pro Tips for Using a Multi-Tool

by Joseph Truini

The oscillating multi-tool, once considered a specialty item, is now an indispensable part of every pro contractor’s tool arsenal. And while homebuilders and remodelers may have been the first to embrace this versatile power tool, workers across all trades have since discovered the benefits of owning a multi-tool, including tile setters, drywallers, painters, flooring installers, siding and roofing contractors, trim carpenters, cabinetmakers, even plumbers and electricians.

Much of this newfound popularity can be attributed to the recent explosion in the number of accessories now available for the multi-tool. (Rockwell offers nearly three dozen different accessories for its line of corded and cordless multi-tools.) So, if you’re using your multi-tool just to cut and sand wood, prepare to have your DIY world expanded exponentially. Here are six accessories that contractors are using to increase the usefulness of the multi-tool.


1. Grout-Removal Blade—A semicircular blade that’s coated with durable, super-sharp carbide grits. Provides a fast, effective way to remove masonry grout from between wall and floor tiles. Its pointed tip easily reaches grout buried deep into corners. Can also be used to cut and shape plaster and grind away hardened mortar. Grout blades come in different thicknesses for use on narrow and wide grout joints. (See the Rockwell Universal Fit Carbide Grit Semicircle Saw Blade)


2. Serrated Slicer/Scraper—A dual-purpose accessory that combines a fast-cutting saw blade with a powerful scraper. Is useful for quickly slicing through carpeting, asphalt roof shingles, thick cardboard and rigid-form insulation board. And is equally adept at scraping up blistered paint, hardened caulk, and high-strength mastics and adhesives. (See the Rockwell Universal Fit Serrated Slicer/Scraper blade)


3. Sanding Finger—When fitted with this narrow, finger-shaped pad, the multi-tool is capable of sanding where no other sander dare go. It’s ideal for sanding balusters, shutters, window sash, moldings, and other hard-to-sand surfaces. Has hook-and-loop pad that makes changing abrasives fast and easy. Can be used to smooth wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, hardened fillers, and most other surfaces. (See Rockwell Universal Fit Finger Shaped Sanding Pad)


4. Wood and Nail Plunge-Cut Blade—Saw through nail-embedded wood—and keep on cutting—with this durable bi-metal blade. Is equipped with hardened teeth that can cut up to about 1 5/8 in. deep. Useful for salvaging wood trim and will easily slice through dried paint, old caulk, and finishing nails. Allows you to remove the trim without damaging it. Use the plunge-cut blade to carefully remove door and window casings and jambs, baseboard and shoe moldings, chair rail, and crown moldings. Also useful when repairing and patching hardwood floors. (Rockwell now offers a line of Extended Life blades that outperform—and out cut—all standard blades.)


5. Felt Polishing Pad—The oscillating multi-tool is best known for its ability to cut, grind and scrape, but it can also be used as a fast, effective polisher/buffer. Use the felt pad to polish and clean stainless steel, brass, copper, chrome, even gold and silver. Is also useful for buffing stains from tile, granite and fiberglass surfaces. For best results, use with an appropriate polishing paste or rubbing compound. (See Rockwell Universal Fit Felt Polishing Pad)


6. Diamond-Grit Saw Blade—To execute the toughest, most demanding cuts contractors reach for a diamond-grit blade. This 2½-in.-dia. semicircular blade is coated with super-hard diamond grits that can slice through ceramic tile, stone, masonry grout, even cement backerboard. (See Rockwell Universal Fit Diamond Coasted Semi-circle Saw Blade)


To learn more about the Rockwell Oscillating Multi-tool, visit RockwellTools.com