Rotary tools are very versatile hand-held mechanical tools since you can fit them with different accessory bits and attachments that serve various functions. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as buffing, cleaning, cutting, engraving, polishing, sanding, and a lot more. It’s like the Swiss Army knife in the construction field. In other words, it’s an indispensable tool that you can use whatever application you are working on.
Rotary tool buying guide
1) You should know what exactly do you need in a rotary tool. For example, if you do mostly light wood construction, repairs, polishing or craftwork, a compact or lightweight rotary tool is best for you.
But if you are working with more stubborn material such as hardwood, ceramic, metal and cement, a heavy-duty rotary tool fits right for the job.
2) Corded or cordless? Cordless rotary tools have several advantages, including convenience and mobility. They are perfect for quick handiworks or repairs, and they can also be used outdoors. Cordless rotary tools serve well mostly for DIY home builders and artisans, although professionals can use them, too. They operate on batteries, and if you are a frequent user, you must recharge them as often as needed.
But if you want more power out of your rotary tool, go for the corded ones. Especially if you are dealing with incredibly detailed, challenging and tedious jobs, corded rotary tools provide unlimited power. However, they are not portable since they should always be plugged into a dependable electrical source. Also, you cannot use them outdoors unless you have a portable generator.
3) Rotary tools are available in both fixed or variable speeds. But we’d say you’re better off in choosing a rotary tool with variable speeds, as it allows you to adjust the speed to suit a specific project or application.
4) The size of a rotary tool’s bit shank is also a useful determinant. Rotary tools are available in smaller and bigger bit sizes. Larger tools that bear over 3-amp motors are more versatile because they can accommodate both big and small bits.
5) You should also look into the branding. Dremel and Dewalt are considered premium brands. Other well-known and dependable brands include Bosch, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, and Ridgid.
6) And last but not least, you may want to look into the pricing. Most consumers put pricing on top of their concerns when buying a rotary tool (or any other product for that matter). However, the pricing should also be equivalent to a rotary tool’s quality, performance, and durability. Else, you might end up with a rotary tool that’s cheap but unreliable in the long run, or with a rotary tool with an exorbitant price tag but having only the basic functions. Either way, you might get ripped off. You want a rotary tool that’s best for your money. Therefore, the pricing should be reasonable, and make sure you have found all the qualities that you want in a rotary tool before deciding on the price.
Here are the top five rotary tools:
Dremel 3000-1/25 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit- 1 Attachment and 25 Accessories- Grinder, Sander, Polisher, Router, and Engraver- Perfect for Routing, Metal Cutting, Wood Carving, and Polishing
Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool Kit- Engraver, Sander, and Polisher- Perfect for Cutting, Wood Carving, Engraving, Polishing, and Detail Sanding- 1 Attachment & 28 Accessories
Hitachi GP10DL Cordless 12-Volt Peak Lithium-Ion Variable Speed Rotary Tool With 40-Piece Accessory Set
One of the top brands of multi-tasking tools is at it again with its 3000 corded rotary tool. It features the “EZ Twist” nose cap with an integrated wrench. These features allow you to use the rotary tool as a wrench, thus eliminating the need for a separate wrench. It can be used with several attachments and all existing Dremel rotary tool accessories, which allow the 3000 to do a wide range of applications. Plus, it is now literally “cooler” than before with more efficient fan design.
If you’re going to buy a cordless rotary tool, why not simply go for the best? It has variable speeds that allow you to adjust from high to low speed, depending on the application. With its 12V Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and maximum speeds of up to 30,000 RPM, this rotary tool can tackle a variety of light projects such as polishing, carving, grinding, and sanding. You can even use it on harder materials such as stone, glass, ceramic, and porcelain.
Milwaukee has upped the rotary tools game by developing a new breed of rotary tools and die grinders, such as the 2460-20 model. This cordless variety uses a 12V Lithium-ion rechargeable battery plus Milwaukee’s own RedLithium battery technology for extended operating run-time and unrivaled performance. The size, impressive functions and versatility make the Milwaukee 2460-20 a reliable and indispensable tool for electricians, remodelers, carpenters, maintenance contractors, plumbers and more.
Because most cordless tools are usually equipped with a rechargeable battery inside, they are pretty heavy to carry and work around. However, Hitachi’s GPD10DL cordless model feels light in the hand, which allows you to perform any jobs with more ease, control, and precision. It has a 1.5 Ah Lithium-ion battery which provides more increased usage, steady level of power, as well as incredibly lightweight feel. It has a speed dial that allows you to adjust the speed, from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm, to suit specific applications.
If you need a rotary tool that can withstand the most rugged environments, DeWalt DW660 corded tool should be right up your alley. It has a 5.0 Amp motor and has maximum speeds of up to 30,000 RPM, which are perfect for tacking heavy jobs such as cutting and carving into hard and uneven material. It weighs only 3.2 lbs which and has a slim body which allows you to do your jobs with more control and precision, without giving you a cause for hand fatigue which you normally encounter with other rotary tools. Changing bits and attachments with DeWalt DW660 is fast and uncomplicated, too.