I purchased the High Torque Carver/Engraver item # 147235 from Woodcraft.com a couple of weeks ago.
I received it on time, packaged well, and in good condition. I will say that once I opened the box and actually held the tool in my hand I was a little disappointed. I was lucky enough to buy it on sale for $44. Even at that price, it felt rather cheaply made in my hand. I had read the description very carefully before buying, because for one I already own a dremel. Which I have been having troubles with, but that is another story. But I thought this would be a good addition to my tool collection. One because I liked the pencil type design. Also, because since losing my right index finger many years ago I have had a lot of issues with dremel and other tools.
So, as I said, I received it in good condition. I was not impressed with the look and feel of it once I got it in hand. Another part of decision to buy it was the variable speeds (3,000 to 23,000 RPM) but I was keeping my fingers crossed on the torque of the tool since the actual torque was not listed in the information section.
I decided that the perfect project to try this out on was the Celtic Knot Broach that I just posted here. Having lots of bits and other things for my dremel helped. I used this carver to finish the broach, sanding some of the interior as well as refining the cross overs with a carving bit.
While the tool was never taxed torque wise, it performed whether well. The speed and the relative low torque made the tool easy to handle and control. Even though I have always like dremel rotary tools for their torque, in this case the lack of torque actually worked to the tools advantage. One thing that makes me question “High Torque” as stated for the description is this. If you have ever turned on certain dremel rotary tools, you can feel the torque of the tool even at low speeds. But not with this tool, no matter what the speed I never got the feeling of torque from the tool.
I hope that the overall look and feel of this tool does not come to prove that this tool is cheaply made. I also hope that I am able to use this tool for a very long time to come. As I get more chances to use this tool I will update my review of it.
It should also be noted that I have used flex shafts for my dremel and that too has proven to tax my dexterity and stamina of being able to hold on to the tool and control it. While I do not quite see or feel the high torque of this tool, my hand did not quickly tire and it never became difficult for me to control.
-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina