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Old 01-05-06, 04:51 PM   #1
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Rotozip frm home depot

What are peoples opinions of this? Is it at all powerful, enough to do some wood working?
And about how much does it weigh in at?
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What does it do?
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Its a rotary tool, like a dremel.
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Why not just use a dremel?
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I used to watch the infomercial all the time during the summer.

Sorry that was random, but somewhat pertained to the topic...
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Why not just use a dremel?
Because a rotozip appears to be beefier
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I've got a RotoZip. I like it. I used it to cut some ceramic tiles with a diamond blade. It worked pretty well. It probably wieghs around 1.5 pounds.

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Because a rotozip appears to be beefier
I've got both (and many, many more). Get the Dremel 400XPR in the kit. Way more useful. You want beefy? Get a router. Can't decide between the two? Get the new Bosch mini-router.
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I've got both (and many, many more). Get the Dremel 400XPR in the kit. Way more useful. You want beefy? Get a router. Can't decide between the two? Get both.
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Well i dont need any accessories for the dremel, all i need is a way to hold a cutter and i am happy. NO sanding wheels, no slitting saws, all that is useless.

I was thinking about getting a Porter Cable or Hitachi router, but i just dont think i need to spend that kind of money for what i will be doing.

Thanks for the comment FatBoyBiker. I think if the rotozip can cut tile, it can sure do some wood without problem!
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I use a dremel myself, being an avid case-modder.

The roto-zip is beefier, but it's also a bit unwieldy IMO...just not as easy to use for ultra fine detail work as a dremel is.

To put it in perspective, I can freehand a perfect (as in hole saw perfect) 120mm hole into 16ga sheet aluminum with relative ease on a dremel...I do go through drums and discs like mad however.

The flex-shaft for dremel IMO is almost worthless. I only use it when I can't fit the dremel tool into that area reasonably.

Oh, and buy a big kit as soon as possible...if you get the dremel branded one, get the kit with the circular mini-saw...I found it very useful for cutting through the fiberboard backs of cheap furniture/desks and such. The cube furniture I bought from target I'm using as an A/V stand has a nice cutout in the back I made with that mini-saw...took less than 3 minutes.
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WEll it sounds like rotozip is the way to go. I dont need any accessories exept cutters for wood anyways
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Rotozip can be a little tough to control compared to a dremel or a jig saw, but it does cut pretty fast. I was working in the tool department at Sears when they came out, and they were a pretty hot selling item. Definitely not as hot as the Gearwrench, though.
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Luckily for me, i wont be controlling it
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Ahh, so this will be the actual cutting apparatus on your CNC rig I assume?
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Ahh, so this will be the actual cutting apparatus on your CNC rig I assume?
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I was given one a few years ago--a big box with all kinds of stuff in it. Never used it, in fact I don't even know where it is.
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It should do fine for that application, just buy plenty of extra bits.

The downside to the high RPMs is the bits tend to burn up pretty quickly.

...for all I know, you might be throwing a custom chuck on it to fit bigger bits...if so just keep in mind the poor torque these high RPM small motors have.

I would be more inclined towards using a power drill motor, and a gear-based transmission to allow the chuck to spin at the high RPMs desired. Hard part is finding gears
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For routing style tasks, plunging and edging, high rpms are de rigeur. The purpose is to get a smoother finished cut. If you look at the pro dremel style tools for metal, they tend to spin at around 30,000.
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I suggest using 1/4" bits - the 1/8" ones break too easily, unless you're going through thin and/or flimsy stuff.

What will you be cutting?

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I will be be cutting wood, plastics, wax, and butterboard. Once in a blue moon MAYBE light aluminum, but i dont count on it.
Variable speed is what i really want, like 15-30k in the RPM.
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I took one back.

I have a dremel (or three) and for the Heavier tasks that I wanted to the Roto-Zip to do - frankly a variable speed laminate trimmer works better.
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I have a laminate trimmer also. It can handle smaller router bits.
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