The best rotary tool should be robust and powerful, yet versatile and comfortable to use with a rubberised grip so you can work for extended periods without becoming tired.
Mains powered models should have a motor rated at least 130 Watts. Cordless rotary tools are also very popular – the smallest and lightest ones are almost pen-size and usually feature a 3.6 Volt battery that is charged with a micro USB cable. There are more powerful cordless rotary tools too that run off 18V batteries.
Whether corded or cordless, rotary tools feature incredibly wide speed ranges – anywhere from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm. This makes them incredibly versatile and perfect for small cutting, grinding, cleaning and polishing tasks. Many models feature a flexible drive shaft that makes them even more adaptable.
The controls should be simple to use. The on-off switch should be dust-proof and to regulate the speed look for a thumb wheel for variable speed models or a dial with up to 6 settings for fixed speed operation.
Rotary tools can be used with an enormous range of accessories and most are sold with a handy starter selection. Some starter kits also include specialised attachments. Tool-less accessory changing is also a very handy feature to look for.
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