The concept of a small, easily manipulated rotary tool with changeable bits is a good one, but figuring out just how to use such a tool requires a bit of imagination. The number of accessories available for rotary tools is almost overwhelming. We hope to set you on track to find your own uses for this versatile tool and its associated products. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
It's true that rotary tools are versatile and can mimic many rotary power tools, but the real advantage of rotary tools comes from their specialty- their appropriateness for small jobs. For most jobs, if you have a drill, router, engraver, hacksaw, file or polishing wheel, you'd do best to use the real thing. There are situations, however, when a conventional tool just won't work. Sometimes the job is so small that larger tools are clumsy or impossible to use. In these situations a rotary tool really shines.
Many different bits and accessories are available-too many to mention individually. They can however, be divided into groups.
High Speed Cutters: These bits are made of high speed steel and come in many shapes and sizes. They can be used for shaping and hollowing most metals and wood.
Tungsten Carbide Cutters: These cutters outlast the high speed steel variety.
Structured Tooth Tungsten Carbide Cutters: Fast cutting teeth for use on fibreglass, wood, plastic, epoxy and rubber.
Cut-off Wheels: Emery wheels for slicing and cutting plastic and metal.
Diamond Wheel Points: For fine detail work on wood and hard surfaces such as ceramic and glass.
Small Engraving Cutters: Used for engraving and carving many materials.
Aluminum Oxide Stones: For sharpening, deburring and general purpose grinding. These stones are available in many shapes.
Silicon Carbide Grinding Stones: Especially for grinding hard steel, ceramics, glass and other hard materials.
Brush Accessories: Both bristle and wire brushes are available for cleaning and polishing jewelry and metal surfaces.
High Speed Router Bits: The most popular router bit shapes are available in small sizes for rotary tools. Router attachments and tables are also available to expand the versatility of this mini-router.
Sanding Accessories: Small disks and drums are available to get into those hard to reach places.
Polishing Accessories: Rubber and felt polishing wheel and points are available, as are cloth wheels. These are ideal for hard to reach places.
What Can I Do With This Stuff?
Think creatively and you can come up with many uses. For example: