Selecting and caring for your multi-tool blades

If you are one of the many people who have discovered the joys of an electric multi-tool, then you know it is one of the best types of power tools available on the market. The multi-tool is versatile, lightweight and very effective at helping you accomplish a great variety of tasks. Once you have your tool, you will need a good selection of blades for all of your different projects. Additionally, you will need to care for these blades well so they last for years to come.

There are a couple of companies out there who are well known for their multi-tool blades. You should start by looking at the reviews for these companies and their competitors in order to find the right multi-tool blades for you. Milwaukee multi-tool blades and Rockwell multi-tool blades are some good places to start. Your blade choice will also depend on compatibility with the type and brand of tool you have purchased.

Selecting your blade

While multi-tools are versatile, you will need a different type of multi-tool blade depending on the type of project you want to do. Some blades trim, some blades scrape and some blades will hack through anything. For example, you will need rigid multi-tool blades if you need to saw through metal pipes, tile and even some grouts. If you want to sand an area or scrape some old adhesive off a surface, then you will need a more flexible type of blade.

Caring for your blade

One of the most common reasons for blade wear is an overabundance of heat and friction. With regular power tools, you usually have to give a little extra push to add some power behind your cuts or sanding. With multi-tools, it is better to be gentle in order to keep the friction down.

If you are making a cut, you have a couple of options to get your cut done in a way that minimizes wear on your blade. First, make sure that you have your tool adjusted to minimize extra heat and friction. The proper blade needs to be used according to the speed settings on your tool. When making your cut, use long slow strokes instead of one heavy deep stroke. Alternatively, you can use rocking cuts to allow time for the blade teeth to breathe in between each cut. In order to protect your blade, you should apply some kind of lubricant to help minimize the friction that creates damaging heat.

Your multi-tool will help you complete projects that were impossible before, due to size and space restrictions. If you buy good blades and take care of them, your multi-tool will keep you up and running for years to come. Let Sears help you select a few great blades to get you started on a whole new set of projects!

 

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