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Forum topic by birdguy posted 06-17-2010 10:08 PM 2458 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2010 10:08 PM

I have a roto zip but never use it in my shop does anybody
I have seen them uused on drywall that’s about it
Do you use one in your workshope? And what for

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 10:50 PM

My wife bought was given a Sears version to use with her intarsia…it is still sitting new in the box. We found that it too aggressive and “wanders” off the line too much when cutting wood. Looks great in commercials but in real life….

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 10:59 PM

How about that wonder the commercials are decieving

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 11:02 PM

There is a plunge router attachment that helps with the wandering, but my favorite uses are metal cutting, rotary mini-sander, angle grinder and laminate trimmer. Its certainly not a jig saw, more of a mini-router.

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 11:03 PM

Never used a rotozip, but I have a serious dislike for Dremel. They’re both Bosch subsidiaries these days, aren’t they?

-- ~Mark

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 11:04 PM

I have two don’t ask why! I never use them.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 11:10 PM

I use it for the angle grinder, disc cutters, and mini sanders – mostly on metal though.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 11:37 PM

I’ve used mine for cutting drywall around electrical boxes, and occasionally use it for small router jobs using a 1/4” shank bit.

Like several other tools I have, I’ll hang on to it because as soon as I get rid of it, I’ll need it. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 06-18-2010 12:32 AM

Of all the tools I have ever purchased, I consider my Roto-Zip the biggest waste of money. IMO, the only job it does well is cut holes in drywall. For any other type of job it’s mediocre at best.

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#9 posted 06-18-2010 12:58 AM

I find my Roto-zip to be very useful.

It makes up for a dremel, with the flex shaft.
The angle grinder is useful in many situations with sanding or grinding.
I use rough rasps directly attached to the unit for shaping of material.

I think it’s great, I use mine almost daily when I’m working. Course it depends on the type of projects you make. Makes up for the lack of other tools I can’t afford.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 06-18-2010 01:13 AM

I bought mine for a bathroom reno. It was worth it for the one job with the older cement board.
Ive used it for a few electrical box cutouts since.
It’s paid for and always ready.
I generally don’t’ buy specialty tools unless I have and immediate need.
With the price of trades people up here right now the tools are way cheaper.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 06-18-2010 01:22 AM

I don’t have a Rotozip but do use a Dremmel. I use the little drum sander on the Dremmel to finish coping crown and other types of moulding. I get close with a coping saw, then sand away the rest. Other uses are just for a small grinding/cutting wheel or wire wheel. I’ve used the spiral cutting bits like a Rotozip on a few occasions while cutting drywall or plastics.

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 02:04 AM

used mine primarily for drywall…. but, it really came in handy cutting holes on the wooden soffits of my house for ventillation that i covered with vented aluminum…. I used the heavy duty bits. it was the only tool that would fit in the narrow space… worked great!

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 02:44 AM

I dumped my rotozip after trying to use it to, hopefully, cut straight lines with a few distinctive curves. The cuts turned out absolutely terrible and I reverted to my reliable hand tools. I think the garbage guy saw it on top of the pile and took it. Hope he has better luck.

-- Don

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 02:52 AM

I have a Rotozip, but only use it on drywall.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 06-18-2010 03:04 AM

I don’t own a Roto Zip and judging by the Comments here I won’t bother….LOL…

Watching to much TV I was of the impression that they were GREAT for cutting out Drywall around Wall or Ceiling Outlets. Maybe not? In any event I’ve installed Many Tons of Drywall the old fashioned way. You know …6-5/8” form the side of the Drywall to the box Edge ….21-7/8” from the bottom to the bottom of the box ….CUT! ....Fit ..SCREAM!!!

About a Month ago I found this Little Idea that would have saved a lot of problems. It was one of those DUH!! moments. Why did I never think of this!!

Drywall Cutting B

Drywall Cutting A

For what it might be Worth? There you have it!! ;-}


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