In this guide we’ll take a look at the best rotary tools for the money.
I’ve compared performance, features, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Rotary Tool?
More Detailed Rotary Tool Reviews
This Tacklife rotary tool is a compact product that is cordless and convenient to use. It is lightweight and much like using a large marker pen in size and weight. It has 3 speeds, 5000rpm, 10000rpm, 15000rpm, making it ideal for polishing, cleaning, carving and engraving.
The kit comes with 32 accessories making it suitable for a wide range of crafting and woodworking projects. The kit also includes a micro USB charger which charges in 2 hours and provides power for up to 90 minutes of continuous work. Plus, the whole kit comes in a sturdy hard storage case.
The collet sizes are 0.2381 cm and 0.3175 cm, and this allows you to use accessories from other brands.
This compact rotary tool is suitable for a range of jobs such as polishing, knife sharpening carving engraving and lightweight cutting. The accessories include: 1 multipurpose cutting bit, 1 sanding shank, 2 felt wheels with shank, 2 drilling bits, 5 grinding wheels, 6 diamond bits and 12 x sanding bands.
This lightweight tool is easy to control and versatile to use. It charges quickly and a charge lasts for a good amount of time. The three speeds make it easy to work on detailed and delicate projects. Overall this is the ideal tool for craft work and light woodwork.
For more heavy duty work you might want to consider this professional rotary tool from NoCry.
The NoCry rotary tool’s 170W variable motor produces speeds of between 8,000 to 35,000 rpm. This makes for a powerful yet versatile tool that is suitable for heavy and delicate work. This rotary tool can be used on a variety of materials including wood, plastic, drywall, tiles, glass, stone, steel, aluminium, brass or copper. The set provides all you need for a range of household jobs including woodworking, metalworking, cutting, grinding, polishing, engraving, grout removal, carving and sanding. It has a max shank size of 3.2mm and is compatible with other brand’s accessories.
The tool is light and easy to use yet extremely powerful. It completes a variety of tasks with no sign of strain. The build quality is good and the whole thing comes in a sturdy case and the set even includes a spare set of brushes. The tool seems powerful and sturdy enough that it will last the test of time even with frequent use.
This powerful tool comes with 125 accessories of good quality making it great value for money and the perfect tool for a range of light to medium household, DIY and crafting jobs.
This Hi-Spec rotary tool also has a powerful 170-watt motor and is a variable speed model that produces 8,000 to 35,000 rpm. The tool works well, has plenty of power and it feels comfortable and well balanced to use. The accessories in the set aren’t the best quality, however, this tool is compatible with other big brand accessories. The accessories come in a plastic case and the tool itself has a soft storage bag.
I would recommend this tool for craft applications and lightweight household and DIY tasks. If you want to use it for heavier duty work such as cutting and grinding, then invest in some good quality accessories.
This is a good product for the price and the tool is easy to use and powerful enough for most household and crafting needs.
This is another powerful tool with a 170-watt variable speed motor capable of producing 8,000 to 30,000 rpm. The tool is comfortable and easy to use and comes with a arrange of accessories. Again, some of the attachments are a little on the flimsy side, but the machine is compatible with other brands so you can invest in the good quality attachments you need. The set comes with a case for the accessories but not for the tool itself. It does, however, come with a spare set of brushes.
All in all, this rotary tool offers good value for money.
The Terratek Rotary multi-tool has a 135-watt motor with variable speed that provides both power and precision. The unit is quite heavy to use but it does pack a powerful punch.
The set comes with a hug 234-piece accessory set that provides all the attachments you could need for a range of jobs. However, once more, some of the accessories are a little flimsy. However, the chuck capacity of 1.6, 2.3 and 3.2mm means this tool can be used with other big brand accessories.
The tool comes in a plastic case but its rather hard to fit the tool back into this once you take it out.
Overall a good value tool but you may want to invest in better quality attachments for more heavy-duty work
Rotary Tool Buying Guide
A rotary tool is extremely useful for projects large and small. From major home renovations to craft projects these versatile tools will save you time and energy as well as helping you get a more professional finish.
A rotary tool comes with a variety of attachments that are suitable for cutting, sanding, polishing, grinding, engraving and more. It can be used on metal, wood, glass, ceramic, and even plastic. Combine this versatility with the powerful motor, fast speed and compact size and you can see this a useful tool for just about every home.
With its handy size and the availability of a huge range of accessories, this tool can be a great alternative to having a range of bulky tools in your workshop. The lightweight and compact design also make this tool easy to use.
Choosing a rotary tool will depend on what you will use it for and, of, course the price you are willing to pay. You want to make sure you get a tool that does everything you want it to and is reliable and good value for money.
Rotary tools work by spinning an attachment at a high speed. They usually offer a variable speed motor that can spin at between 5,000 and 35,000 rotations per minute (rpm).
The effectiveness of your rotary tool will depend both on the power of the motor and the speed of rotation so bear these figures in mind when choosing the right tool for your needs.
There are two main types of rotary tool and these are core and cut out models. Cut out rotary tools are large and often used in professional applications and so are beyond the scope of this article. Unless you want to cut large amounts of metal or plasterboard then a core model will be all you need. These rotary tools are compact, yet powerful and suitable for most DIY and craft requirements. The smaller size and lower power are also more suitable for detail work such as engraving and carving.
Rotary tools are available in corded and cordless versions. Corded versions give you as much power as you need but do have the disadvantage of trailing wires and being unusable in areas without a power source – such as the bottom of the garden. Cordless models offer convenience and mobility but of course, they do need charging which can interrupt your workflow. However, lithium-ion technology means these tools have powerful batteries that last a good while. Corded models are also a little heavier than cordless models due to the weight of the battery.
Cordless rotary tools can have a range of powers and tend to have a speed of between 5,000 to 16,000 rpm which is considerably lower than the high-end corded models which can reach speeds of 35,000 rpm. Despite this, battery operated rotary tools still provide a convenient and powerful tool that is suitable for a range of tasks.
Rotary tools also come in fixed and variable speed models. Variable speed is extremely useful as these tools are designed to be versatile and used in a variety of applications. A single speed motor may not give you the flexibility you need for delicate tasks.
Most rotary tools are compatible with a range of shank sizes including 3.2 mm, 2.4 mm, 1.6 mm and 0.8 mm. This means that they are compatible with a range of attachments from different brands.
What do all the attachments that came with my rotary tool do?
The attachments that come with your rotary tool can usually be split into 5 main categories
- Carving & Engraving
- Grinding and sharpening
- Cleaning and polishing
Carving and engraving
For carving and engraving, you can use either a diamond bit or a high-speed cutter.
Diamond bits are suitable for use with aluminium, glass, ceramic tiles, mirrors and steel. High-speed cutters can be used with wood, clay and lino.
Your accessories kit probably comes with a sanding drum and a variety of sanding bands. The sanding bands are fitted over the drum and come in a range of grits from coarse to fine. Sanding bits can be used on wood, aluminium, plastics and clay.
Your kit may also contain various cutting wheels including an abrasive cutting wheel that can be used with wood and plexiglass. There may also be a fibreglass cutting wheel that can be used with ceramic tiles, wood and aluminium.
Grinding and sharpening
Your kit may also come with a variety of grinding and sharpening stones of different colours. If you want to polish steel, you should use the orange stone. The orange stone can also be used for ceramic tiles and glass. The blue/green and pink stones can be used on aluminium, ceramic tiles, and glass.
Cleaning and polishing
For polishing, you will use the felt polishing wheels and the polishing compound that came in your kit.