HF Oscillating Multi-Function Tool

Actually got to use it today for a classic rot application - replace bottom couple of feet of brick molding at garage. Personally, I'd just replace the entire length but it was for someone el$queeke.
It worked awesome. Nice clean straight cut in no time. The fact that it's only single speed was not an issue this time. And as mentioned, the case head get very warm very quick. Not sure I'd like to be using this for long periods.
Can't wait till it craps out...so I can justify a Fein :-)
Suggestion, if you're not gonna get one of the better ones in the $150+ range, get one of these. A few uses will make you glad you spent the $35 (with HF coupon) or so.
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Red Green wrote:

Glad you like it.
I've really stressed mine - and you're right: the case does get warm. But never hot. It gets up to the toasty level and stays there.
If you've got a rotary Dremel, you can "resharpen" your worn down blades. Just cut as many 1/16" deep slots in the blade face as you can manage and you're good to go.
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Well, it's HF. So I figure when the blade gets dull I can just manually hammer on the back while running it. Kinda like a hammer drill...sorta :-)
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Why bother? I've got 25+ hours on mine doing the scraper thing and it still honks right along. When it quits (if it does) I'll probably buy another one. Used it on a 12' x 16' kitchen floor with linoleum, plywood, asphalt felt, more linoleum, more asphalt felt and it was slow going but took it down to the subfloor planks. Took off the final asphalt residue with a Bosch power planer. The planer spit out a kind of fluff consisting of asphalt and wood fiber that was easy to sweep up. There have been posts in this NG moaning and groaning about asphalt, but this old stuff came up pretty clean.
Joe
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Blades Joe. The HF's are only for wood I think/assumed and the wood ones are said to be junk. New set of HF econo blades only $6 but metal cutting blade would be handy at times. Have had multiple occasions cutting toilet bolts with recip saw. Sometimes it goes easy and sometimes just can't get the saw in there right. I think there was a comment once about Dremel blades fitting it?
There are no pins in the HF mount to mate with blade holes. Have seen comments about the blade repeatedly coming loose.
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Red Green wrote:

The "wood-cutting" blade cuts metal. And bricks. And mortar. And grout. It just dulls faster.
And yes, the Dremel blades fit the HF.

Easily overcome with a longer Allen wrench.
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wrote:

Thanks HeyBub.
How about allen wrench socket in 18V Ridgid hammer drill:-)
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wrote:

Bastard! Lowes only has the 3pks of the wood/metal blades for like 35$. Do not have the single wood/metal blade. HD is available online only. WTF?
Yesterday wanted 5/4 lumber at Blue Borg. Don't stock. Ugh!

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Red Green wrote:

Hmm. You can get a single blade here, for $5.99 and they'll throw in two scrapers for free. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumbere979
Using your rotary Dremel, you can convert the two scrapers to cutting blades my simply notching their business end. The result would be three blades for six bucks.
Alternatively, for five dollars more than HD wants for three blades, you can get an assortment of blades, some sandpaper, a spare Allen wrench, and the tool itself. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?itemnumbere700
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Red Green wrote:

That's what lumber yards are for.
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Try the HF $6 diamond blade. Slightly smaller diameter than the half round, but (so far) seems to be reasonably durable. HF would be smart to offer a serious metal cutting blade along the lines of the Bosch jigsaw, and Milwaukee SawzAll blades.
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Joe wrote:

Got a link? Or are you referring to an ordinary wheel blade like is used on an angle grinder?
I'm sure the latter would work...
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See HF 67264 $5.99. It is cataloged as for the multifunction tool and does indeed fit just fine. HTH
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Joe wrote:

67264 is not online or is a discontinued item... http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?itemnumber=+67264&Submit=Go
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BobR wrote:

Okay, thanks. My search was coming up with an artificial fern, but I think I can figure it out.
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BobR wrote:

ditto.
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Latest HF catalog shows item 65983. Obviously my error; don't know whether it was an old catalog or misread. This number works, though. Joe
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