HB sent me a coupon through email for a Dremel-like tool for $15.99
(half-price). It comes with 1/8" and 3/32" collets (I know at least one
Dremel tool has 1/8" collets) so I expect that a lot of different tool-bits
would be available. Although I do not have a specific use in mind at the
moment, it seems like it might come in handy for smoothing sharp edges and
"unanticipated" tasks like that.
What's the verdict: (1) useless, or redundant (could just use a file), (2)
good value, (3) insist on Dremel?
IMO, at under $20 (incl. tax), it's worth it to see if you need the tool.
If you fabricate small parts, you'll probably find it is worth it. Keep in
mind, no tool will do the work for you but it's possible that with a little
finesse, many jobs can be made easier.
I have a bunch of them, Craftsman, Ryobi, and Dremel, and attachments (drill
press, router base, etc.). For lots of tasks, they are indispensible.
I cut threaded rod more often than that. ;-) I burned up two of them
(and fifteen of the carbide bits :-() removing grout from the bathroom
walls in the last house. I wish there were an HF in town. $20 beats
While I was purchasing it, I was questioning the cashier about a drywall
repair I am making,
and he said "hey, you can even use this cutter (on the rotary tool)" to make
a nice clean cut!
So, the rotary tool got it's first assignment before I even left the store!
That's what the Rotozip _does_. The regular Dremel is a bit underpowered
for it--that's why they used to make a "Dremel Advantage" tool that got
discontinued when Bosch bought out Rotozip. Still, for very occasional use
a Dremel with a Rotozip bit will do the job--just take your time.
Yeah. I bought a Rotozip a couple of years ago and after having to
clean the dust from an entire room (instead of directly under the cut)
after making a few cuts in drywall, I put it back on the shelf.
Thanks for reminding me, I need to sell that POS.
That was actually the other item I brought to the register with me--but I
not to get it! When I described what I wanted to do, at first he suggested
a hacksaw blade,
and then he mentioned the rotary tool.
It all kind of boils down to "right tool for the right job". A dremel isn't
going to rip an 8' piece of plywood but OTOH your circular saw isn't going
to shape an intricate piece of maple inlay for that mahogany table you just
I never cut drywall on a bench (patches, I bend down and do 'em on the
spot), sheets are usually leaning on the surface to be
covered...dunno, been doing drywall repair as an adjunct to my
carpenter/cabinet one-man biz for 20 years...and have hung entire
jobs. Tried all the new things and *always* come back to the saw and
knife. Cleaner and in most cases quicker (to make the rotozip work
you need a helper...and don't nick the wiring or the electrician gets
pissed)...marking and registering are the bugbears for most, but after
...OK, the way it works on commercial work is you stand the sheet
where it goes (registered by a couple of scraps on the floor) and the
outlet box is located pretty much by eyeball,push the sheet tight to
the wall, plunge the bit in and, if your're good, it's just to the
outside of the box, and run the thing around. This is a close to
perfect cut and does require two guys for true speed and accuracy...it
can be done alone but certain circumstances of box positioning makes
it hard. Nowadays I eyeball down to the box and scribe the verticals
then measure the horizontals and cut the hole with my pocket saw. Not
intending on giving you guys a hard time, 'cause I realize that there
are as many ways of doing things as there are people on the planet, I
just gave up on the Rotozip thing years and years ago...
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