Rotary Tools: Cordless Vs Battery

Rotary tools are a practical choice for small projects like cutting in tight spaces, engraving, carving, and grout removal. They are great for the small-scale application because of the efficient power and convenient size. The rotary tools are either cordless of electric models. This tool isquite similar to the oscillating multi-tools but has a fixed spinning motion. Also, it operates at a high-speed, so the cutting action isn’t always the smoothest.

 

Here is a summary of the different types of rotary tools:

Cordless

The cordless rotary tools are the most portable and give greater freedom to use. They can operate anywhere on a job-site provided the battery pack is charged. It is great to quickly finish jobs that are out of reach of a convenient power source. However, the run-time of the cordless unit is limited. It is only possible to work while the battery holds enough charge give full power and performance. A typical total cost is in the region of 60 to 90 minutes, and a complete charge takes about 3 hours. Also, the cordless unit will be slightly heavier because it has to accept the extra weight of the lithium battery.

Electric

The more power rotary tools completely remove the concern of running out of power at an awkward moment. With a suitable power source in place, this device can run as long as needed. The power cord is usually in the region of 6-feet, so this gives a decent amount of freedom to move around. They are a practical choice for the lengthier or heavy-duty projects because of the ability to rely on constant power. Also, with no battery in place, the overall weight of the tool is lighter. This lowers the risk of fatigue for the user. A negative of this type of tool is having

limited access. Projects can only be completed within the length of the power cord. An extension cord can help to widen the functional area, but this isn’t always a convenient option.

 

Before you buy

Many factors should be considered when purchasing rotary tools. A significant point is the type of work to complete. The professional in need of a reliable tool for day-to-day jobs will need something more potent than wanting a hobbyist needs. The electric unit is preferred for those that demand constant power. A portable one isn’t practical for the long or heavy-duty jobs because the battery will need to be constantly recharged. But, for those working on a light home project, the cordless unit can fit the needs.