How Do You Keep The Blade Tight On A Harbor Freight Multi-function Tool?

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Hi,
How do you keep the blade from coming loose on Harbor Freight's multi-function tool?
Thanks, Gary
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On Sunday, September 2, 2012 1:19:33 PM UTC-4, Abby wrote:

Take it back and get new one.
RP
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But not from HF. They are all like that in their brand.
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says...

My Fein used to come loose regularly. Got their adapter that supposedly fixed that and it didnt'. Finally touched the electrode from my Harbor Freight stick welder to the adapter, and problem solved.
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wrote:

Brute force. Ask me how I know.
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I never had a problem with my HF tool, but didn't get the bolt tight enough on my Bosch the other day. Stopped, tightened the bolt, and everything worked fine.
You may want to try adding a "wave" or spring washer. I'm not certain of the official/common name (it might be spring washer), but it looks like a cross between a washer and a Pringles potato chip. This should force the bolt against the threads and reduce the likelyhood of it backing out. If that didn't work, I'd then try replacing the bolt.
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"Puckdropper" wrote in message

I never had a problem with my HF tool, but didn't get the bolt tight enough on my Bosch the other day. Stopped, tightened the bolt, and everything worked fine.
You may want to try adding a "wave" or spring washer. I'm not certain of the official/common name (it might be spring washer) ================================================================You got it right. Wavy washer.
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Hi,
How do you keep the blade from coming loose on Harbor Freight's multi-function tool? =====================================================================================Coat the threads with anti seize.
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On 9/2/2012 12:19 PM, Abby wrote:

Oh, you wanted to pay $39 and be able to tighten the blade only one time too?
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ROTFLMFAO ...
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Oh, go play with your Festools, you two.
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Leon wrote:

My current flyer says $17.99. Included in that price you get a hex key to tighten the bolt.
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Leon wrote the following on 9/2/2012 7:44 PM (ET):

The $22 one is the one that has a problem. The $39 one (more like $40) doesn't have that problem and it is also variable speed. The non-variable speed cordless version is also $40. I'm still using the $22 one though. I just use a little more torque on the blade bolt. http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=multi%20function%20tool
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I have the $39 one and it has the same problem.
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On 09/02/2012 10:19 AM, Abby wrote:

I had the same problem the first time I used mine. I then made sure all the little dimple thingies ware aligned and reefed the crap out of it - no more problems!
It's just like the Searz routah with the automatic adjustable router height adjustment on the fly thing...
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On Sun, 02 Sep 2012 17:49:35 -0700, Doug Winterburn

Bingo.
'Cept, unlike the Searz, you CAN tighten the HF bolt enough. I like the concept of the quick disconnect on the Fein, but NO FARKIN' WAY is it worth an extra 12 times the price.
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Abby wrote:

Uh, you tighten the bolt sufficiently (hint: You cannot over-tighten it).
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You make sure the blade is seated properly on the pins, then crank the hell down on the holddown bolt. If you run it loose very many times, you'll lose the edges on the pins and ruin your tool, so DON'T.
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Larry Jaques wrote the following on 9/2/2012 9:51 PM (ET):

The earlier HF tool did not have alignment pins (the later ones do have them). It was just the friction of the tightened bolt that kept the blade from turning.
If you run it loose very many times,

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