The RotoZip came up in a recent rec.woodworking "tools I'm sorry I
bought" poll. A router or Dremel tool with a router base can do
pretty much all that RotoZip can do, plus the actual stuff each was
I agree in general. If you don't have it, you don't need it. However,
Harbor Freight has one for about $20. It works like a rotozip, will last
quite a while, is a lot tougher than a dremel, which has to be the flimsiest
thing ever made, though it won't go everywhere a dremel will. I have both,
and I would not want to live without the dremel tool. But it is wearing
For $20, you can't really go wrong.
As others have said, it's a good tool if you need it. I think
much of the RotoZip design is in the bit. The RotoZip tool
itself is like a Dremel tool on steroids. It has a lot more
power. I also have a Dremel and a Ryobi clone. I like the
Dremel because it has a much higher speed (than the Ryobi),
however, for power and torque, the Ryobi beats the Dremel
easily. BTW, older Dremels did have more torque, but the newer
ones are basically built poorly and cheap. When my old Dremel
broke, I couldn't even get the parts to fix it directly from
Dremel so I took their offer for a cheaper price on a new
Dremel; I was disappointed. Back to RotoZip (sorry for the
Dremel/Ryobi rambling), it can cut in places where you can't get
other saws, tools, etc. BTW, RotoZip also works very good to
Which is why if you already have a Dremel and a router, you don't need
a RotoZip. <G>
There are good routers out there right now, like the Porter Cable 690
and Bosch 1617 for about $120. They will do everything a RotoZip can,
in addition to everything a fixed speed router will do.
I've had great success with RotoZip bits in routers (1/4" bits) and
Dremels (1/8" bits).
I decided the rotozip was pretty cheasy, but I still needed a cutout tool
for drywall and other use. I bought the Dewalt and am very happy with it.
It appears to be more well-made than my friends rotozip and is more
powerful as well. I agree with another poster that the secret is in the
blades. I buy rotozip blades and they work great. I have found many uses
for my Dewalt where a router would be too bulky. I don't have a dremel
tool, but I don't do much fine work. I use a die grinder intsead.
BTW, the angle grinder attachment for the rotozip is even more cheasy. It
doesn't even come close to the real thing.
Rotozip has great marketing though!
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