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MattE 03-14-2011 01:36 AM

Which tool
 
Hi

New member here. I am preparing my house for sale and this site has been very helpful.

I need to remove 3' x 5' tiled area in front of my fire place. This will be removing the tiles and the backer board (which was glued to floor with liquid nails and some screws)

I am thinking of getting an oscillating tool to do the job rather cleanly as the room is just painted hence dust will be a problem.

As far as I can see on the internet there are 4 main osc. tools in the market.

FEIN - probably the best one but expensive about twice the price of the others
Bosch - battery runs out about 5 -7 minutes
Rockwell - looks like best compromise quality vs price
Dremel - too filmsy and loud

Also there are HF and other brands selling about 1/4 the price of Rockwell etc but I doubt the quality.

I need to complete the job tomorrow, so plan is to go out in the morning and buy the tool, come home remove the tiles and backer board, rip the carpet off so that carpet guys can install new carpet next day. The tool should be good enough to complete the job and continue to serve me in the future projects

I am leaning towards Rockwell but not sure :(
- Is an osc. tool right tool for this task,
- if yes what brand to buy

Appreciate comments and suggestions

Thanks
Matt

PaliBob 03-14-2011 03:03 PM

Matt, Welcome to the Forum

If you still have AC power & are in a hurry, I would go for the nearest AC powered tool available.
Get some cheap plastic drop cloths & build an enclosure around the area.
Make sure to use a dust mask.

Good Luck.
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Jackofall1 03-14-2011 03:10 PM

Hi and Welcome MattE, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Going with Bob's idea, isolate the immediate area and run you shop vac in to control the dust. Then cut the parimeter of the tiled area right through the sub floor and remove the entire thing.

Replace subfloor as needed, lot less hastle, you may have to add some short supports where the old and new floor meet.

Mark

SDC 03-14-2011 03:36 PM

3x5 area....
Use a hammer a cold chisel and a shop vac and save your money for something else. Break it up, scrape it down even sand the high spots of glue if needed.
Tools, good or not will not replace plain old fashion elbow grease....:thumbsup:

hyunelan2 03-14-2011 03:46 PM

I vote for the HF oscillating tool. If it's not a tool you are going to use often, and it's 1/4th the price, buy it, use it, break it, repeat up to 4x. My HF Oscillating tool is probably nowhere near the best in the category, but it's done what I've asked when I needed it and cost less than $40.

Mr Chips 03-14-2011 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDC (Post 609202)
3x5 area....
Use a hammer a cold chisel and a shop vac and save your money for something else. Break it up, scrape it down even sand the high spots of glue if needed.
Tools, good or not will not replace plain old fashion elbow grease....:thumbsup:

I was thinking the same, except going with a wider chisel, like a masons or even a flooring chisel ( retail price $10 - $15 just about anywhere) this method is a little more work, but a lot less expensive, and might actually make less of a mess. If you still want an oscillating tool, you can take your time, do some research, and wait for a deal rather than being forced to "panic buy"

WirelessG 03-14-2011 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hyunelan2 (Post 609212)
I vote for the HF oscillating tool. If it's not a tool you are going to use often, and it's 1/4th the price, buy it, use it, break it, repeat up to 4x. My HF Oscillating tool is probably nowhere near the best in the category, but it's done what I've asked when I needed it and cost less than $40.

I have a friend that went through the same thing a few months back except he was only under the time constraint of when his father would be in town to help. He bought HF tool and he said it worked like a charm.

SoCalLivin 03-14-2011 10:59 PM

Mini sledge and cold chisel. If that is too difficult, go rent yourself a rotary demo hammer. You'll be there all day with a multi tool.

SDC 03-15-2011 09:24 AM

2 Attachment(s)
I have two...
The Fein Attachment 30874

and the Bosch....Attachment 30875

Personally I would not even think of using these for a demo job....not the proper tool. But to each their own.....:whistling2:

Mikelite80 03-15-2011 11:57 AM

Overkill? :)

http://i21.geccdn.net/site/images/large/RBB_11304.jpg

PaliBob 03-15-2011 12:38 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Or maybe this one
It's cheaper

MattE 03-15-2011 08:36 PM

Thanks
 
Thanks for suggestions

Solved the problem old school (as suggested)

Now need a new excuse to buy me a oscillating tool:laughing:

Matt

PaliBob 03-16-2011 10:09 AM

Thanks for the feedback.
Happy Tool Shopping
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