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I have one of the Horror Freight multitools, and to be honest, it's not so bad. The problem with it is the saw blade. It's terrible. Has anyone here identified an aftermarket blade that will fit the HF tool? The one I have is similar to the one in the picture below, but the model number on mine is 67256, which must be discontinued.

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Default claims to be a universal fit but I do not have a hf model
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I just bought one yesterday.... it's a Bosch. I've always just gotten the HF blades, but they do go dull quickly and it wasn't worth it to me to spend the time and gas to go all the way there... this one was $20.
Well, I've been trying to upload a pic to Photobucket for several minutes and can't get in, so I Googled it. This link will show you a picture of the blade I bought BOSCH OSC212FH Plunge Cut Blade, Bimetal, 2-1/2 In. | eBay It does not look the same as the HF blade but fit perfectly.
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They are universal. I have two of them one I got free. They are great for rough work. I use my Bosh for fine work. They do vibrate and are noisy compared to the Bush. But for $19 bucks you can't beat them.
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Those do look like they'd fit the HF tool. Incidentally, I do like the HF tool just fine as it's always worked well for me.
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Another vote for Bosch blades. Bosch blades do well in the quality and price tests. I use my Bosch tool for the better jobs and the HF for the dirty work i.e. drywall and scraping.
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I have the (heavy duty, corded) Harbor Freight tool and I also have actually had good luck with their blades. I think the "trick" is matching oscillation speed to blade style/teeth to feed speed to material being cut. I've noticed that it may take just a couple of minutes to determine all of the ideal combinations, but I was recommended to purchase one of them several years ago; and I have to say it might just be the best tool for the money that I've ever purchased!

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I bought a Canadian Tire Mastercraft branded one that my brother said is almost certainly the same machine as the Harbor Freight tool he has. The blades that came with the CT tool were actually pretty decent. I've needed replacements since and tried Kent which were available in Canada so no import issues. Don't bother with them, they are terrible. Since then I found Specialty Diamond on ebay and with the ads they included a blade test from Fine Woodworking. The best blade tested was Bosch. It had the shortest sawing times and the most number of cuts per blade. They are also expensive. Number 2 was Fein and even more expensive despite being #2. Specialty Diamond came in at number 3. The sawing time through the FWW test piece was about 3 times longer than the Bosch but the blade lasted almost as many test cuts as the Bosch did and at a fraction of the price at around $3/blade in a quantity package. I've been using them for a while now and they seem to perform as expected according to the tool test.

Here is a link to the official site. http://www.specialtydiamond.com/versa-tool/ I didn't see the tool test but it may show up if you start searching through the blades, otherwise you'll have to see if you can google it or go to ebay and find them. The CT tool uses the same blade as the Bosch and Fein.

I looked at these tools for some time not knowing if I would use one. My brother came for a visit while I was doing some renovating and he said I needed one so I got one and the CT one just happened to be on sale at the time. It finally started making some very rude noises after a lot of use, some of fairly hard use, so I decided it was time to upgrade and got a deal on a Fein. It was 5 times as much money but it's like the difference between a Volkswagon and a Cadillac and I should never need another one.
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I have the same HF multi tool. I have been beating it up for 5 years now and it still works great. I can't say the same for some of the other HF electric tools.
As for the cutting blades, I have used many different brands from both box stores, Ace Hardware and True Value and they all fit. I can't recommend the HF blades for hard rough cutting ((Bosch for that work) but light work (Soft woods) they will hold up decently.
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I have one and just buy good quality blades for it. The few times I've used it, it worked fine. I rarely use this tool, so it really doesn't make sense to buy anything better. I own a small number of HF items, including two of their 2hp dust collection units, which I got on sale with a 20% coupon for $187 each. But for the most part, I stick to their clamps, disposable gloves, and tarps.

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