Ok, so I bought one as Sutherlands, an off brand, but better than HF
quality, Genesis brand. I replaced 1 window and the blade shattered. I went
to the Borg and they said I need to buy the brand-specific blade. Aren't
believe there are some tools that use different blades, but I was
under the impression that most of them use the same blades. Basically
look at it and make sure that the blades have the circle of holes
around the mounting hole. They should work just fine.
You have an early production version - I have one of those too.
My later cheaper one has the nubs that match the blade holes.
(I'm working on 2 houses - hence the 2 MTs)
They should have recalled that first batch - re-tightening is very
I suspect that MOST blades are interchangeable. If the manufacturers were
smart (HF, no-name, Dremel, Rockwell, etc.), they would follow the Gillette
business model: "Give away the razor and sell the blades."
I'm puzzled how your blade shattered.
They may be but there is no guarantee for that. I was at Harbor Freight
when a customers asked if their blades would fit his tool.
The answer was we don't know. We guarantee they fit ours. I don't think
they would have lost a sale if there wasn't some doubt.
My untested opinion is that the arbor hole will never be a problem. It is
those little holes that may not match up.
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On Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:47:38 -0600, Michael Dobony
I haven't used my HF blade much so I can't say how long they last.
Used the straight blade only and it seems to have enough flex that it
Were you using the round blade?
You say you bought a "better than HF quality" at Sutherlands.
Was it a HF blade that shattered?
I picked up extra sandpaper when I bought my HF and didn't notice
blade prices. Think the blade rack was empty, but not sure.
The straight blades have zero tolerance for a hidden nail. It did not
shatter but it became a hillbilly real quick, lost a bunch of teeth.
Otherwise they seen great.
The 3/4 round blade is mildly more tolerant but does not like nails much
The rounded scraper wears away fairly quickly when removing old caulk from
brick but I would consider that to be in the acceptable range. If I were
banging my head or **** against the brick I bet both would wear much faster.
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