Avoiding Blade Wear-and-Tear
Oscillating tools can be convenient, but they can also be expensive. If you are lucky enough to own one of these tools, you probably try your best to keep it in good condition. One of the first parts of an oscillating tool that can start to break down and show wear and tear is the blade. By taking care of the blade properly, you can avoid wear and tear and help make the oscillation tool last longer.
The more you use your oscillating tool, the more dirt and debris that can find its way to the blade. If you don't remove the dirt, grime and debris from the blade after each use, it can start to cause the blade to break down and even rust. Use an appropriate cleaning solution to clean the blade and the entire tool after each use and before you put it away. This will help it last longer.
If you just toss your oscillating tool in a toolbox or on your worktable every time you use it, don't expect it to last very long. Your tool likely came with a storage box or bag and that I where it needs to be when you are not using it. If you no longer have the box or bag, purchase one from your local hardware store or online. Store the oscillating tool and its blade in the box or bag and place it in a cool, dry area. This will help you avoid damaging the blade and protect it from rust and dirt.
Use a Blade Cover
The blade cover is the best and most obvious way to keep your blade safe when you aren't using it. The blade cover slips on over the blade and protects it from the elements as well as wear and tear. Add the blade cover to your blade before storing it and anytime you travel with it. It will prevent your blade from breaking or cracking if it gets drops or bounced up against something.
One of the things that can harm your blade or result in excessive wear and tear is using it improperly or carelessly. Your oscillating tool is only meant to do certain things and you blade can only cut certain materials. Make sure you are using your blade to cut the right materials and always watch for nails, screws or other pieces of metals. If your blade hits them it could easily break, bend or become damaged.
If you take care of the blade on your oscillating tool, it can last anywhere from several months to a couple year. Of course, the more you use it, the more daily wear and tear it will receive. Some wear and tear is perfectly normal and to be expected, but if you don't clean, store and use your oscillating tool blade properly, it will not last as long as it could and you will find yourself replacing it more often than you should.
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