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Old 05-30-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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First off, I cant believe that I have waited this long to buy a rotory tool. I remember the first time I ever saw one in action was sophmore year of college and was basically blown away with its versatility. Throughout the years I have done so many projects where one would have come in handy but I could never justify buying it. The excuse always was "I dont do enough projects that warrants spending money on one". WRONG, I may not use it all the time but considering how many project I have done where I could have easily used it, makes that sentence pretty much null.

I finally have a project where I am definitely going to need one of these too not mess it up so im going to go and buy one. But... so many to chose from.

Craftsman, Black and Decker, Dremel, Rotozip and a few others.

I like Rotozip and Dremel because the bits and accessories seems to be interchangeable. The price is also right and I think they are the more popular of the ones that are on the market, dremel obviously being the starter of it all.

Price is not really the deciding point for me, because im going to buy this thing and use it for a good long while so better it come with more options, wider choice of accessories and bits, and obviously somewhat future proof.

Flex shaft attachment is a 100% must.

Which one should I get?
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get the dremel kit, it comes with the flex shaft and a nice starter assortment of stuff.
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rotary!

i have the dremel with flex shaft--came as a kit I think.
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Take a close look at the Craftsman - it's a rebadged Dremel in different colors. Some of them don't make a very serious effort to disguise their origin.

I have a Black & Decker RTX at home; it wasn't very good quality. I had previously broken one of the cordless Dremels, and found that the collet out of the Dremel fit right into the RTX, which came with a very bad collet.
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My craftsman was a rebadged dremel. All the accessories fit, including the dremel flex shaft.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #6
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Here is the rotary tool for you!

Has a very high quality 1/29th HP - 20:1 ratio Gearmotor that drives the rotation and may be controlled from 0 to 120 RPM.

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Speak from experience there Mark?
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For cutting metal and such, rotozip ftw.

For smaller and more precision work, dremel. I have a dremel with flex but borrow a friends rotozip if I want to do anything bigger like cutting metal plates and such.
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Speak from experience there Mark?
Ya, I picked one up for the wife. She loves it almost as much as me!
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Dremel. Their customer service is outstanding.


I burn a dremel up once every 3 months or so. Send the tool off to Michigan (I think) and three days later you have a new one. They also throw in a random assortment of bits for your troubles.
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i never could force myself to buy one either because they all look like they have weak motors and i'd burn them out fast. i get by with my drills and angle grinder
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I have a dremel I bought severely discounted when I worked for Bosch (owns dremel). It's been 3 years now and it's still running strong. I advise buying a dremel brand tool, although I use craftsman replacement bits/inserts as they are much cheaper.
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at the sears down here there is a really ncie kit from craftsmen, its 45$ coems with a 64 piece kit AND a bag to store it in
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I have both a Dremel and a Rotozip.
I use the latter with a 3" cutting wheel to cut stuff and an "olive" carbide cutter for porting work on iron. I use the Dremel for fine work.
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^ I really like that about the rotozip. The spiral saw attachement is something the dremel is seriously lacking. It is def designed to handle tougher jobs, with more serious materials.

I guess ill pick up the dremel though.
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the rotozip spiral saw cutters can also be used in the dremel... it works pretty well on most aluminum, wood, and really thin steel (body panel thickness)
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Already had my first use for the dremel this morning.

My father dragged a fan from the garbage, newer model of the one we got like 10 years ago. Just a basic floor standing fan. I basically used the dremel to modify its plastic housing to fit onto ours. Would have reused the whole upper fan assembly but the motor was burned out in the garbage found one.

It was ******* awesome. Made a huge mess, but oh what fun.
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Can't go wrong with Dremel

Their bits may be expensive, but worth it in the long run



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I have a variable speed dremel and one of those scary *** Craftsman branded Rotozip things... Which, scares the **** out of me. I've used it only twice but worked very very well.. The dremel I use a lot more.


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