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Although the Spyder Scraper blade has been out for a while, for some reason I just noticed it today.  Chuck this scraper from Simple Man Products into just about any brand recip saw and you’ll be scraping paint, wallpaper, linoleum, laminate flooring, glue, rubber backed carpet, or anything that you would use a scraper to remove, only faster.

Okay, given the amount of control you have with most recip saws, I wouldn’t recommend using it for scraping wallpaper from drywall unless you really like spackling. Also being in the throes of winter, it’s probably not a good idea to use it to scrape the 1/2″ of ice from your windshield — I can’t be the only one who has thought of not trying this.

The Spyder Scraper retails for $13, but you can find it for less if you shop around.

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16 Responses to Spyder Scraper

  1. aaron says:

    dont they show ice on a windshield on the packaging? or did the thought so instantaneously pop into my head as well?

  2. Tim B. says:

    Bah! I mailed this in on the tipster email about 3-4 weeks ago =) Anyhow, my personal review on this (after using it): VERY VERY nice.

    Made extremely short work of scraping oooold material (I’m guessing an old vapor barrier / wall covering) from a cement foundation wall in a basement room we were finishing in. Did about the first 25% by hand (took over an hour) — then bit the bullet and got this. Much less strain, and finished the remaining 75% in under 25 minutes, easily. Definitely has a niche place in my tool box =)

  3. @Tim B.

    I’d gladly give you the credit for this tool, but I found it independently. Can’t speak for the other writers, but I never get to see the tipster mail.

    Thanks for the mini review though!

  4. fred says:

    We bought a set of different sizes at a local tool distributor (Dynamite Tool) to try out. I think we, like Tim, above think that these have a niche application. That niche is somewhere between using a Fein multimaster for small area scraping and calling my flooring sub in to use his powered floor scraper that scapes up something like a 14 inch wide swath at a time.

  5. Adam says:

    I have had this or a similar one for a while. It is great for scraping up old linoleum or glue. But be forewarned. You have to watch the angle at which you use it. Some times it will catch on the subfloor, and your wrists take a serious pounding. This might not be an issue with a sawzall with a cutch, but my Milwaukee Super Sawzall doesn’t. However, this is a great blade to have on hand.

  6. Joe Sainz says:

    @Adam: I don’t think I have ever seem a reciprocating saw with a clutch, seems like it wouldn’t be helpful.

    I can see where this thing could hand out a beating if the angle was a little off.

  7. Tim B. says:

    Definitely agree with Adam – holding the angle too steep is a mistake you ONLY make once. =)

  8. Jim K. says:

    I picked up a similar blade not to long ago to help pull the linoleum off a floor. It’d been laid in the 30’s with an incredibly tough mastic. This made a breeze out of the job. As everyone mentions though, watch your angle or your wrists will pay. I didn’t really run into that problem, but I did hit a point where the subfloor had lifted a bit and caught the blade, OUCH!

  9. fred says:

    As most sya this tool fills a niche – if the niche is a big floor – you might consider renting a bigger machine:


  10. Milo Bloom says:

    Seems like it could have good applications.. but a small air hammer/air chisel would do a good job without killing your arms and wrists if you get the angle wrong. (The air chisel might do more damage to the material you’re scraping from too, but..)

  11. John Martens says:

    @Joe Sainz: Almost all of the new Milwaukee Sawzalls have a clutch, although I’ve never felt the one on mine ever do anything and I’ve it stuff straight on pretty hard so I don’t know what the breaking pressure is.

  12. Yutt says:

    My reciprocating saw was one of my least used tools. So leveraging its in-out motion to take some of the elbow grease out of a scraping job is a natural. These blades seem pretty tough. I used the small one for some tough mastic. It was still a chore but beats manual chiseling. I used the mid-size one to remove vinyl floor tiles and it was a snap. The one caution I would make is that most battery-powered saws run out of juice pretty fast, so a corded model is probably better unless the job is very small.

  13. Eddie038 says:

    My problem I have with the blade is that they continually break just past the locking collar. I thought I was doing something wrong, maybe to much pressure so I have been careful with the last two, but they broke also. I ran into the hurt body parts earlier, but over came that with a steeper angle.

  14. Gk says:

    At 9.65 +tax each, I broke 3 scrapers in in about an hour trying get vinyl adhesive of of a concrete floor. An expensive lesson, this is NOT the right tool for the job!

  15. Gene says:

    I broke mine just past the locking collar on my DeWalt 309 reciprocating saw. I can not get the broken piece out of the saw and I had to junk it. It was a $140 lesson.

  16. Paul says:

    I purchased from local big box store. Got about 15 minutes use before breaking it off where it clamps in the saw. I am taking lineolium off concrete and this seemed to work fine for the first square foot! It will make a great hand held scraper I can tap on with a hammer.

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