I have the cheap Harbor Freight version and recommend this type of tool
as well. They are great for close quarters where you don't have room
for a bigger tool. They also provide much greater control where
neatness counts compared to a reciprocating saw.
- Using a diamond blade to carefully remove grout so I could remove
tiles without damage to surrounding area
- Cutting window casing to remove it without having to remove the window
- nice neat line at the edge of the window that can be caulked
- Cutting the roof deck so I could get to one area of the attic from
another. This was flat on my belly with arms fully extended (low
- Cutting all nails and caulk to allow me to remove an exterior door
without disturbing the exterior stucco molding
- Cutting studs in the wall without breaking drywall or popping drywall
nails to install a new electrical panel
- Cutting installed base molding to either remove damaged sections or
install wider door casing
I am on my second one, but the first had at least 50 hours of very hard
use before dying. I had no problem dropping another $20 for a new one.
The more expensive models are probably better made and some make blade
changing much easier than backing out an allen screw, so that is
something to consider.
On 1/19/2015 4:07 PM, John Niolon wrote:
> I needed to replace a fogged up window in a french patio door. in the
> stationary side. Removed the trim and tried every way I could... the window
> would not come out... it was glued in to the side of the trim that did not
> remove... tried utility knife and putty knife and pryed away but didn't want
> to break it...
> Enter the Rigid oscillating tool... always wondered what I'd use one for...
> till a guy in Lowes said to try it to remove the glue on the window... so I
> bought one and slipped the blade between the window and the trim... in about
> 20 minutes I'd removed 188" of hard glue and the window was out... these
> things are handyier than a shirt pocket...
> gotta find more uses for this bad boy