I would say the zip tool is like a big Dremel. The Dremel is made to be
held in one hand and do more percision work where the zip tool is made to do
Maybe like an artist brush compaired to a house paint brush.
Comparing the RotoZip brand to a Dremel is like comparing a BMW to a Yugo.
They are respectively rotary tools and cars. The class comparisons is about
A lot more power and much better made sums it up. My Rotozip is almost 20
years old and going strong.
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From what I see, Dremel is a tool that you can use with a lot of attachments
to do various jobs. RotoZip is a tool that uses a side cutting bit to rout
around boxes when sheetrocking. Rotozip has a lot of more uses, and
accessories, but in my opinion, it is designed to be held perpendicular to
the work, and the side of the bit does the cutting. With a Dremel, the
cutting or polishing or contact with the work is at more angles, and a lot
of Dremels have to purposely use an attachment to make the bit perpendicular
to the work. The RotoZip has a base, like a router that runs along the
work. The bit is then set to the correct depth for whatever is being cut,
I have seen both RotoZips and Dremels. I personally have a Foredom, which
is a shaft drive tool similar to some Dremels. Different things for
The RotoZip, as well as the other branded rotary cutout saws (Dewalt,
etc.) are significantly beefier and more powerful than a Dremel. A
Dremel is a hobby tool for light arts and crafts projects, while the
rotary cutout tools are construction tools for tasks like cutting
openings in drywall, cement board, etc.
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