Craftsman "All-in-one" Rotary Cutting Tool

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Review by Dadoo posted 02-29-2008 05:47 PM 50564 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this tool off of Ebay a couple years ago and although the price was very good (less than $60.00) this tool just don’t “cut it” with me. First off, it’s very loud. Loud enough that you need hearing protection. Secondly, it creates a ton of dust and blows it all around, requiring respiratory protection, a shop vac, mop and bucket, as well as a shower when you’re done. So here’s some more pros and cons that I have found.

PROS Plunge router base, circle cutter, flex shaft, trim cutter, 1/8” and 1/4” collets, drywall cutter base, 2 speed (20,000 and 30,000 rpm), blow molded case, seems to be built strong though and it has yellow LED lighting of the cut area. The flex shaft is a necessity for carving or detailed work and also comes with a LED light.

CONS Chinese made. Selector switch broke which requires the replacement of a circuit card. The motor unit barely fits into the case but the power cord no longer does. Repacking the case requires a photo or drawing to go by. The plunge router base is very stiff and inaccurate. Power cord is hard plastic type…not flexible and will crack if cold. Very noisy and dirty tool. Bits snap off easily, even when you’re proceeding slowly. (They do make a 1/4” cutting bit which is stronger). This tool is heavy and clumsy to operate. You cannot purchase this “kit” anymore as they’ve discontinued most of the accessories. Gee, why? Yellow LED lighting? Kinda dim.

Today I really only use this tool as a carver, or for detailed work. I personally wouldn’t buy it again and give it a 1 star rating.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 02-29-2008 06:12 PM

I think that is what we bought a couple years ago.. I had looked at the Dremel and then saw this and thought.. hmm cheaper and with more gadgets… yah.
It was so complicated to put together and switch the pieces that I just cried…. I haven’t touched it since (and I’ve purchased a Dremel)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 02-29-2008 07:09 PM

I’m a firn believer in, “you get what you pay for”. not having owned one I cannot really comment but I have owned a few dremels.

Some of the cons you mention would, by the very nature of the tool, be true to all, including foredom, dremel, Guesswein in that they are all dusty, all should be used with hearing and resperatory protection. I am certainly not a fan of some “off shore” products but the fact of the matter is, almost all appliances are made in china, most tools are made china and more and more hardware is made in china. We automatically assume that anything and everything that is made in china is of poor quailty not even knowing that the canned beans we eat, were grown here, and canned over there. That would even go for a whole lot of car parts put into North American vehicles and yet I and we….curse.

I think that most “cases” require a photographic memory to re-pack it, much like a tent that comes with a wrapper…....who can fit the tent back in the bag?, unless of course you up the anti and spend a lot more cash but then again, not every one needs a tent or tool to bring to Everest.

The Dremels I bought suddenly went BOOM, parts everywhere and have since bought a foredom, in fact, I now own three foredoms with varying degrees of success from some the accesorries. I dont mean to say that Dremel gets 1 star because I realize that I used the tool for something it was never engineered to do.

The beloved President Ronald Reagen buried the USSR, the walls crumbled due to the fact, he and his great nation spent the other side into the ground through the arms race. I sometimes wonder if China didnt learn that one and add another step…..........we buy there product and spend ourselves into the ground <vbg>Do I think it’s fair, I dont but we all seem to love our Wal-Marts and CanadianTire stores

I read every one of these reviews and would concur with your opinion of this product, so might I say thank you to you, and everyone else who takes the time to write about a product but for 60 bucks….? what did you expect?

Best Regards

Food for thought!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 02-29-2008 07:09 PM

Lay it on the line Dadoo. The MFG’s might get their act together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-29-2008 07:45 PM

Actually $60.00 was a very good price as this “new” unit sold at Sears for $150.00-180.00. And the housing is very thick plastic; I figure it should easily survive a fall of 10’ to the pavement. I’ve also owned a battery powered Dremel and it eventually died and wouldn’t recharge. It’s case was very thin and it was very clumsy to operate due to being top heavy with that battery pack. And I’m not “dissing” the Chinese as a race. It’s their construction and quality management that sucks! Remember the 60’s? When anything Japanese was junk? Then the 70’s and 80’s brought on the Tiawanese junk? Today the Japanese produce some of the best stuff out there. The Tiawanese are running a close second but China…They put their factory managers to death because they put toxic crap in dog food. Give them time. Some day “Made in China” may mean something better. Until then, whenever I need to drive a bearing out of a hub, I grab my Chinese sockets.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 02-29-2008 08:12 PM

(not wanting to start something.. but we do have to remember that if it is “our” product and it is made somewhere else, we are STILL responsible for the quality and the product that comes back…. they made it, but they made it to our requirements. )

And … back to the original post..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 02-29-2008 09:09 PM

I have a Rotozip 5 and it is cool for notching tiles and ceramic profile mouldings In/around showers. Thats mainly what I use mine for. It comes with a nice little duffel bag with plenty of pockets to store stuff in. I find it a bit too Big to do tiny detailed work, it is loud too! It can get wild at times and the right angle attachment just stopped working for some strange reason and I’ve only used that attachment twice. I used to break a lot of bits until I actually sat down and watched the instruction video, haven’t broke one since. Bosch makes it and they are sending another right angle attachment out to me, they were nice to deal with.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 02-29-2008 09:12 PM

I don’t know how these offshore knockoffs compare with the rotozip but I have used mine for various tile and ceramic installations.
I have no regrets although I don’t use it as often as some of my other tools


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

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#8 posted 02-29-2008 09:38 PM

my rotozip gets a workout and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am not a craftsman guy… all i have from them is an ancient radial arm saw I got as a gift and some socket wrenches.,

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 05:24 AM

The Dremel unit seems to be well made, but I really don’t use it too much.

I got a pretty big assortment of goodies with it, including a router base, which I have used for inlay work, which is why I bought it.

I like it though.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 03-14-2009 11:58 AM

I do agree that one reaps what one has paid for!! I have seen this little monster at work. It ain’t designed for precision applications although it does have fancy components. Then again if you are after a more reliable & durable machine(s) such as a e.g. a Dremel multipro series or that bulge of a motor hanging on a stand. High-speed multipro rotary tool provides up to 35,000-37,000(export model) rpm to make projects easier Comfort grip housing for easier handling and better control Lightweight design makes it easy to use in any position Click-and-set on/off switch allows more precise speed selection Cool-running ball bearing construction provides smooth and quiet operation Replaceable motor brushes help extend tool life Accepts more than 150 Dremel accessory bits Can be used with a variety of versatile attachments Five year warranty Flexi-shaft attachment * Pilot Led light attachment Or use that bulge of a hanging motor extended w/a flexi-shaft accommodating various sizes of hand pieces Great for engraving, craftsmen wood work or engraving, or dental work…!!It would rarely fail you…unless if it were a fake/imitation or a factory fluke. It’s like the original Makita tools made in Japan. Tested & true!
I’ve used the router attachments, drill press, and all attachments available with these….They never failed me since 1995…. Well they are considered over worked by now but they’re still running… & running cool! So that’s what we call quality! I’ve bought a number of Sears(Craftsman) machine tool products
I’m so sorry to say they’re not as good a quality as their former lifetime hand tools (USA made). and so to speak… these neo-Craftsman of the 90’s are but impressive in tool presentation (like an advertisement) However, when it comes to duty cycle & deliverables you can count the service hours with your fingers before they’re bound to konk out…...... soooo-soorry but that’s the marketing scheme here. If it konks… you buy… don’t complain coz’ you’re getting a cheappy. You are not being gyped… you just get what you pay for :-)

The best advice is to save up, read up, and choose the best your money can pay. The you are bound to be gratified with no after sales remorse :-)

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#11 posted 12-18-2009 06:00 PM

One thing to keep in mind about craftsman products….they always were cheap tools sold at a premium price with a lifetime warranty WHICH DOES NOT APPLY TO POWER TOOLS OR EXPENDABLE PARTS (eg bits, blades etc.). CON…I have broken many craftsman hand tools over the yearsand had to go to the store to get a replacement PRO…Sears has replaced them no or few questions asked (except maybe to laughingly ask how big the breaker bar was as they gave me a replacement :) ). There are a couple of ways to provide a lifetime warranty and still make money…build a tool that won’t break often or build one cheap enough to afford replacing them and charge 3-4 times the cost (which is what Sears does). People buy craftsman power tools because of the name thinking that the tool will last and be backed up by a lifetime warranty but don’t read the fine print. The moral of the story is that you get what you pay for and be sure of what you’re buying before you pay for it.
—-just my humble opinion for whatever it’s worth

-- ---just my humble opinion for whatever it is worth

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 04:11 AM

I have the same set up and when I got it I thought “this is going to ROCK!” well, I used the metal cutting wheel to cut some aluminum siding and it worked great. Until something got torqued and I can no longer remove the mechanism. Now it’s just junk. Bummer, and I know I got what I paid for, but for a bit more it really would’ve been a great idea and product.

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