An oscillating tool moves its head back and forth at high speeds by a tiny amount, thereby eliminating much of the kickback you might experience with regular electric saws or sanders. It is therefore especially nice for delicate workpieces and hard-to-reach places.
Fein MSxe 636 II
Fein MSxe 636 II
|Synonyms:||oscillator, oscillating multi-tool (OMT);|
DE: Oszillierer, Oszillationssäge,
Vibrationssäge, MultiMaster, "Zappler",
|Material:||wood, metal, plastics|
(depending on inserted accessory)
|Access Requirements:||Oscillating Tool Introduction|
|Similar (More or Less):||saws, sanders, rotary tool|
An oscillating tool is a very flexible tool which can be used for a broad range of tasks and with a broad range of materials. In order to achieve this flexibility, a variety of attachments exist, which can quickly be attached to the tool. A list of these can be found at the Fein shop.
Depending on the attachment and the use-case, different oscillating frequencies are available. According to the manual, they should be selected following this logic:
- high oscillation frequency: sanding, sawing, rasping; polishing stone and metal
- low oscillation frequency: polishing varnishes
Please note that we do NOT have everything available in the tool's box, so you may want to bring the attachment needed for your project:
We have several sanding pads (Schleifplatten) that hold compatible triangular sandpaper sheets with a hook-and-loop (Klett) system. Please bring more sanding sheets when you consume some!
Shop Vac Adapter
We have an adapter for the shop vac (Staubsaugeradapter), which should be used when sanding! Please note that there are different sanding attachments. Please use the shop vac only with the ones with holes. Otherwise, it will not work.
Saw blades for the oscillating tool come in two basic variants - fixed or exchangeable. The Fein shop only seems to be selling fixed ones, perhaps because they are more stable and will deliver consistent quality?
Exchangeable saw attachments are attachments to the oscillating tool in which the saw blade is replaceable. In case the saw breaks or becomes blunt, the saw blade can easily be replaced and therefore not the whole attachment has to be thrown away.
Fixed saw attachments are attachments to the oscillating tool in which the saw blade is fixed and cannot be replaced. In case the saw breaks or becomes blunt, the whole attachment has to be replaced.
As with "normal" saws, there are different teeth profiles or coatings for various materials. Make sure to choose the appropriate one or you won't have fun for long!
Carbide Coated Saw Blades
Carbide coated saw blades (Hartmetall-Sägeblätter) are being used when cutting joints between tiles (Fugen). They are useful for removing defective tile ground, but can also be used for cutting into plaster or porous concrete (according to Fein).
Scraper blades can be used "for removal of stubborn paint, adhesive residue, carpet, tile adhesive, and underseal."