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06-06-2013 07:30 AM

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I own a RZ1 Rotozip. My experience with the tool is limited to a few projects. I have heard others
say its a tool they regret buying. I feel about the same way. I see where there is a optional collet
kit that allows the use of these 1/4” router bits. http://www.amazon.com/RotoZip-75-22858-Router-Starter-Bosch/dp/B0009H5PFO .

An optional collet kit adapts the Rotozip to accept 1/4” router bits.

I have to mortise out 15 door and jamb hinge mortises. So I was thinking about getting a small router. Then it dawned on to see if the Rotozip might do this job. I have been looking for ways to use this tool
anyway, may as well try to justify owning it , lol.

Was wondering if anyone purchased the above routing products for their Rotozip .

My model runs at 30K RPM and is not variable speed. Is this doable ?


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#1 posted 06-06-2013 09:06 AM

The rz should be fine for hinge mortising.
The collet set is a lot cheaper than a new router, though nice that would be. :-p

I’d skip the rotozip bits and go for a good bit like a whiteside, cmt or freud. Whitesides are my favorites.

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 11:16 AM

I don’t own a Rotozip multi-tool, so I can’t comment on your question here. Nevertheless, with all those mortises, I thought I’d offer this suggestion. If all your hinges are square and not radius cornered, you may want to invest in one of these spring loaded corner chisels. They are a time saver as they establish a 90 degree corner with a couple mallet blows…A little clean up with a chisel may be required, but I think are much faster in removing material than just a chisel alone….Here’s a link for Rockler’s. Theirs is a bit expensive and there are less expensive versions out there, but the link does provide insight of how they work

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=19422&site=ROCKLER

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 11:43 AM

+1 on one of those corner chisels.
They work great.
I’d go for the whiteside model. Made in the USA.

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#4 posted 06-06-2013 11:49 AM

I have a rotozip that I think I used twice. Buy yourself a trim router.

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 12:35 PM

I used mine twice, also. Third time the collet lock broke and now I can’t use it at all.
POS as far as I’m concerned.
I agree with Howie on this. Get yourself a trim router.
My local HD has the Bosch Colt on sale for $70.
I would much rather have one of those than waste any money on the Rotozip.

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 01:43 PM

I’ve thought about this too but clearly adequate power and collet adapters are limiting issues.

Similarly, I’ve wondered how many woodworkers use their laminate trimmer or other palm-sized mini router with special collet adapter(s) to double their use as a cut-out tool – like a Dremel (rotary) or Rotozip or Dewalt cut-out tool, or if it’s not recommended to do that for whatever reason.

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 02:05 PM

I use mine, but not often. It’s under powered and a pain in the rear, wish I had not purchased it.

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 02:18 PM

The rotozips are great when used with drywall to cut out around electrical boxes, which was their original
use. Then the marketing people had to try to sell more of them and made up all kinds of ads. Those trim
routers both air and electrical have all sorts of uses, and I keep finding another use for mine.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 02:20 PM

trim router

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 02:49 PM

I started cutting them with chisels. The downside is the hinges are radiused. I appreciate the suggestions. I have a Bosch 1617. Just don’t feel like breaking it out for this job. Its a little big.

I am going to try one of the higher quality bits. and go for the collet set. I believe this may open up some more jobs for a tool that basically collects dust. Who knows, maybe I can use it as a laminate router also.

The collets aren’t very expensive . Can’t see purchasing a new tool until I at least give this a try.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 04:04 PM

I have a Rotozip. Great for drywall and that’s about all it’s good for. The bearings won’t stand up to routing.

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#12 posted 06-06-2013 04:42 PM

Just wanted to add this. The mortises will be on soft wood. Treated pine. I realize a laminate
trimmer is in my future, and a superior tool. Just thought the low cost of the collet would
make this little used tool, earn its keep for something besides drywall. I’ll post an update
if I go with the collet and straight bit for the Rotozip.

Thanks.

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#13 posted 06-06-2013 05:35 PM

You’ll definitely be fine for hinge mortises with the rotozip.

For a trim router, my favorite is the ridgid r2401. The dewalt compacts are nice, but a hair too big for my preference for one handed routing.

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#14 posted 06-06-2013 07:08 PM

@NiteWalker. I picked up a Freud straight bit 1/4”. The bit itself is about 1”, the shaft is another
1 1/4”. The bit when put into the collet won’t go to the minimum depth marked on the bit. Probably
a dumb question, but do I need a shorter bit ? Eh, I answered my own question….

Thanks.

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#15 posted 06-06-2013 07:13 PM

I need a shorter bit. Darn !! Another trip.

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