What is a Rotary Tool?

By on June 30, 2014
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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for June 30, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is the Variable Speed Rotary Tool with Flexible Shaft

Click. Whirr. And you’re off! With the flick of switch, these handy and high-powered rotary tools make quick work of the toughest buffing, polishing, drilling or cutting jobs. Do you need a rotary drill for drilling glass? A dremel tool for drilling pearls or ceramics? A rotary drill for cutting stones, metal or plastics? Need a rotary polisher to bring out a shiny finish on gold or silver? No job is too tough for these cordless rotary tools and dremels.

If you are not familiar with Rotary Tools, then this might be a good introduction to them for you. If you are familiar with how they work, then this hopefully will be a great refresher. Let’s take a look at them.

What is a “Rotary Tool”?

A rotary tool is a hand held power tool with a variety of rotating accessory bits and attachments that can be used for cutting, carving, sanding, polishing and many other applications. The smaller rotary tools use high RPMs to maintain the correct cutting conditions for the tool bits.

Variable Speed Rotary Tool with Flexible ShaftDescription: This is a small hand-held rotary tool (Dremmel type) that is perfect for polishing any type of metal jewelry or hobby projects at half the cost of the higher priced models.

Along with this kit you get:

  • 1 grinder
  • 1 flexible shaft 42
  • 1 tapered mandrel 1/8 shank (4mm arbor)
  • 1 mandrel 1/8 shank (2mm arbor)
  • 1 rubber mandrel 1/2×1/2
  • 2 diamond bur 1/8 shank
  • 1 collect nut wrench
  • 10 mounted point stone 1/8 shank
  • 1 drill bit 2.8mm
  • 1 drill bit 2.3mm
  • 4 sanding band 1/2×1/2
  • 1 felt wheel 7/8 diameter x 7mm
  • 1 felt wheel 1/2 dai. x 7mm
  • 1 sharpening stone 1×3/8, 6 cut-off wheel 1
  • 8 sanding wheel 1
  • 1 brass collect 1/8
  • 1 brass collect 3/32.

Full instructions are included.

Dont forget to wear protective eye, respiratory, and hearing gear when using this or any other tool.

This rotary tool has an RPM range of 8,000 – 25,000 NOTE: This rotary tool requires 120 a.c. current which is standard for the US.

Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when using your rotary tool!

To help you get started using a rotary tool – you might want to take a look at our Metalworking 101 DVDS. They are perfect set for any one interested in creating projects with metal of any kind!

Happy Wrapping!


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    June 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

    My husband gave me his… Since I don’t know the difference between a rotary tool and a Dremmel I’m not sure which it is. He had no instructions. Do you have a video/photos labeling and demonstrating how to use each piece? I’d love to be using it but I’m afraid of misusing it.

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    June 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hi. Dremmel tools are the original rotary tools. Dremmel is the brand name. However, rotary tools are often referred to as Dremmel tools regardless of who manufactured them.

    Check out youtube for a ton of videos – just search “rotary tools”.