I bought a HF single speed oscillating saw, bought a set of Chinese blades from eBay, their ok but go dull pretty fast. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive blade brand that's good? Or do I have to spend $40 for 6 Milwaukee blades?
Pretty much different uses also. The recip saw (tiger saw, wrecking saw) is primarily rough cut. Hack off a pipe, cut out a nail embedded two bye, rip out a wall, etc. oscillating is more for finish work, eg fine cuts on sheetrock, wood etc....particularly in cases where you are cutting against a flat surface that won’t accommodate a big old blade poking through. Won’t much see A framing crew with an oscillating tool....or a fine finish carpenter making regular use of a wrecking saw. Ron
I'm replacing the windows and the siding will come right after. As such, I'm reshaping the window rough openings, esp for larger egress windows. I started from inside and cutting away some of the wall studs with oscillating saw. Slower than recip saw, but still able. Cut to some depth then split it away with a chisel and pry bar. Then cut some more.
I got mine bulk from amazon and usually follow better reviews. Always read one star reviews first to clear the chaff.
You get what you pay for with most tools. What is difficult is that so many oscillating blades are sold as "tungsten" when they have maybe a molecule of tungsten coating tool steel. I get longest life with the DeWalt carbide oscillating blades.
One thing with the Fein tools is that there is a much larger selection of blades that work with them. The downside is that the Fein tools cost 2-4 times as much for the tool and it would take me a lifetime to reach a breakeven point with cheap blades.
I use a Fein Q250, and cheap blades. Even the $17 blades wear out and/or break, so I'd rather have the use of the $1.50 blade for as long as it will work, since we go through so many of them. It's in use every day.
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