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Using an Oscillating Multi-Tool to Cut Drywall

Whether you are hanging new drywall for an entire room or just adding a new plug or switch, you are going to need to know how to cut drywall. While tools like a keyhole saw or a utility knife can work well for cutting drywall, doing the work by hand is hard work and it can take a long time if you need to make a lot of cuts.

For getting precise cuts in less time, an oscillating multi-tool is the best tool to cut drywall with. Your other drywall cutting tools might still come in handy for some of your cuts, but an oscillating multi-tool can be great for long, straight cuts as well as smaller precision cuts.

To help you with your next home improvement project, we are going to provide some tips for cutting drywall with an oscillating tool. Before cutting drywall with your oscillating tool, you’ll need to decide whether you want to use a corded or cordless tool for the task.

Decide Between Corded or Cordless Drywall Cutting Tools

If you are shopping for an oscillating multi-tool, you have the choice of going with a cordless model or one that plugs into an outlet. While they both operate in the same way, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Before learning the best way to cut drywall with one of these tools, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of these two options.

Cutting Drywall With Corded Oscillating Tools

Corded oscillating tools usually have more power than the cordless models. As long as you have an outlet to plug into, you do not have to worry about running out of power. However, you do need a plug; if you do not have electricity on the job, you can’t use the tool for cutting drywall. You may also need to consider running an extension cord if your work area is far from the closest outlet.

A corded model like the Sonicrafter F50 4.0 Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool can be perfect for a wide range of jobs. The variable speed control is great for precision cutting and it has the universal fit system, so it can accept accessories from all of the major brands.

Cordless Oscillating Drywall Cutting Tools

The main advantage of cordless tools is that they can work anywhere. As long as you have a charged battery, you do not have to worry about having electricity in your work area. The only con is that the battery could die if you need to work with it for a long time. That is why it can be useful to have a spare battery on hand when using your cordless oscillating tool.

For tasks like cutting drywall, the 20V MaxLithium Brushless Sonicrafter is one of the best cordless oscillating tools around. The cordless design gives you the freedom to work anywhere, and the battery offers a good amount of runtime to get more work done on a single charge.

Cutting Drywall With Your Oscillating Tool

After deciding on the best tool to cut drywall with, you should get your power tool safety gear. If you are using an oscillating tool to cut drywall, you should wear eye protection and gloves. You may also want protection for your hearing before cutting drywall.

If you aren’t sure how to cut drywall, here are the steps we recommend:

  1. Measure and mark your cuts with a ruler and a pencil.
  2. Fit a drywall blade in your oscillating multi-tool. Something like a semicircle HSS blade can be good for cutting drywall.
  3. If you are cutting a drywall sheet down to size, use a work support to provide a stable surface for making your cuts.
  4. Power the tool up and start making your cuts along the lines.
  5. The best way to cut drywall is to use a slow rocking or pendulum motion as you cut. This can help to remove debris and dust from the cut. It will also preserve the blade since the work is being distributed through more of the cutting edge.
  6. If dust obscures your marks when cutting drywall with an oscillating tool, stop the tool and wipe away the dust.

An oscillating multi-tool can save time if you have a lot of drywall work to do. Beyond that, it can also be one of the most useful tools for any DIYer or contractor. With a good selection of oscillating tool accessories, you can use this tool for sanding, scraping, and for cutting a wide range of materials.

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