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Pro's Pick: A Better Tool for Window Installs

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Pro's Pick: A Better Tool for Window Installs

This pro's pick is a big help for window and door installers

By Jeff Blank February 13, 2023
window install tool
This article first appeared in the January/February 2023 issue of Pro Remodeler.

jeff blankJeff Blank

Energy Swing Windows

Murrysville, Penn.

Makita Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool


We started using the Makita Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool eight years ago when we switched from wood shims to composite shims on window installations. We cut wood shims with knives, but the composite shims are a bit harder. So, we purchased the oscillating tool for all of our installers to use when cutting composite shims. 

While that was the initial reason for investing in this tool, we’ve found that there are several ways to use it that help to speed up the installation process and make the final product better for our customers.

One example is when we’re installing replacement doors. When we go to install the casing, sometimes the baseboard is in the way. We used to remove the baseboard from the wall, take it outside, cut it on a circular saw, and then reinstall it. Now, we can use the oscillating tool to cut it without having to take it off of the wall, saving us time on each opening.

Another example is that we use this tool to cut out old vinyl windows. We can get into a lot more tight spaces with it than we can with a Sawzall. We can also use it to cut off pieces of drywall. Plus, it comes with attachments, including one that we use to clean off caulking from brick.

It’s a small tool that you might not think you need, but once you have it you can’t imagine going into a window or door installation without it. If I took it away from my installers, they might quit. That’s how much they like it.

This oscillating tool has become the most versatile tool in our tool bag. It’s replaced a lot of other tools. And Makita is a brand we trust. 


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