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Which rotary tool? Answered

I recently got some money from the government for my good grades (YAY!)
So now I can get myself a nice rotary tool. BUT I can't seem to make a decision!

I have 2 brands in my sights

Dremel (No specific model/kit in mind yet)

Gyros (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZEJA56/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=AXL381AZQM9Q1)

And if it isn't a POS

Northern Industrial (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JFO1TM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=AF8EGQ3KRZQB6)

I am leaning more towards Gyros as their attachments seem pretty good. Its also significantly cheaper than Dremel.
Please give honest feedback.


Go for the name brand Dremel. You can also then have your choice of the cordless models which might be better depending on what you are using it for so the cord does not get in the way.

The other "knockoffs" or "quality imports" might work the same but they will have some flaw that you will run into later that made you wish you purchased a better tool in the beginning. I had my share of stuff from "Harbor Freight" but going in I knew they would be one-time use/disposable tools and accessories. Where they cut costs on the lower-priced tools is less durable casing materials, lower quality finish, you sacrifice tool accuracy parts that are not machined to tight tolerances, fittings that vibrate loose, smoother running motor or vibration damping, loud whining cheap motors, battery cells that wear out quickly, motors that burn out or cannot deliver under load, accessories that are not really sharp or dull easily, sanding and grinding accessories that wear out or crumble faster, all leading to more effort and work than you need in turn leading to frustration with the tool. So yeah, get the best quality tool you can afford. Good luck.

Couldn't agree more. With the no-names, its a gamble. If you win, you get a tool on the cheap, if you lose, you have next to nothing. If you don't want to gamble, just go with Dremel. Even if you get a defective one, most stores will take a no-questions ask replacement and Dremel does honor the warranty very well.

As for the gyros, the good reviews on Amazon are contrasted by the less good reviews, for the same tool, but without the kit. It suggests quality control problems at the least.

If you get a no-name that is blessed by a named brand that does added quality control, it may be a good buy, such as the Dremel copies by Sears, and the cheapo brand they carry that looks like the Gyros.

Thanks for the reply. My main agenda is having the flex shaft. Could you recommend a decent kit that isn't too pricey? I'm also trying to get a good range of attachments cos they're very expensive here in Singapore. I'm trying to keep it under a 100 cos the shipping is probably another 50 bucks :(

You should go visit a jewelry maker and see what they would recommend. I'm in New York so I can't say what is available where you are. A flex shaft is usually hooked up to a stationary larger motor model or even a regular drill. The cordless design of a dremel should alleviate the need for a flexible shaft.