Even though sanding wood is never enjoyable, utilising a rotary tool and drum sander will make the job much simpler. This attachment consists of a rubber drum attached to a 1/8-inch shank mandrel. To begin sanding, just affix an aluminium oxide abrasive sleeve to the drum. Simply swap out the worn-out sleeve for a new one when necessary. Drum sanders for rotary tools typically come in 1/4- and 1/2-inch diameters. Grit sizes for abrasive sleeves range from ultra fine 240-grit abrasive to very coarse 60-grit abrasive. Drum sanders are excellent for smoothing fibreglass and eliminating rust and corrosion from metal surfaces in addition to sanding and shaping wood.
Cutting and Shaping Wheel
This odd-looking accessory has a 1-1/4-inch-diameter wheel that is covered in tungsten carbide grits that are strong and extremely sharp. Utilize it to shape and cut plywood, composites, laminates, fibreglass, softwoods, hardwoods, and other plastics. The wheel cuts and smooths in a single pass, leaving behind a clean, finished surface because it is coated with grits on both sides.
Rotary tools are frequently used by crafters, woodworkers, and hobbyists for fine engraving. This high-speed steel bit, which has a 1/8-inch diameter, may be used to engrave, etch, rout, and carve a variety of materials, including soft metals like copper as well as wood, fibreglass, and plastic. Make sure you use a rotary tool with a slower speed for metal and a faster speed for hardwoods.
Similar to a drum sander, this 3/16-inch-diameter tool removes material swiftly and effortlessly thanks to its coating of ultra-sharp, durable diamond particles. Use the diamond-wheel point to cut, shape, carve, and polish hardened steel as well as glass, ceramic tile, hardwood, and semi-precious stones.
This double-ended tool is actually two tools in one because it is intended for drilling small-diameter holes in glass. On one end, it has a 1.6-millimeter bit, and on the other, a 2.1-millimeter bit. Use it to drill or enlarge holes in hard materials such as glass, clay pots, tile, stone, seashells, and many more. When drilling, keep the surface moist for best results.
Straight-Cut Router Bit
A rotary tool can be used for accurate routing tasks in wood if it has a router base. When you use this straight-cutting bit with a 1/8-inch diameter, you may rout shallow recesses, dadoes, mortises, and grooves for inlay veneers. Two cutting flutes on the high-speed bit provide slick, chatter-free cuts.
A rotary tool’s high-speed motor makes it the best tool for cutting metal swiftly. The most popular and effective tool for cutting metal is a fiberglass-reinforced abrasive cutting wheel. Its abrasive nature causes it to wear out relatively fast and have a short lifespan. This high-end metal-cutting wheel has cubic boron nitride coating, which makes it 20 times more durable than a typical fiberglass-reinforced wheel. Use this tool to easily cut through copper tubing, threaded rod, sheet metal, and conduit.
Using this aluminum-oxide grinding stone, you can turn your rotary tool into a precise sharpening machine. The 3/8-inch-diameter stone can be used to sharpen a range of cutting tools, such as knives, scissors, pruning shears, and loppers, as well as lawnmower blades. Additionally, it works well for rust removal, smoothing welded connections, and sanding off rivets.
Multi-Purpose Cutting Bit
One of the most practical and adaptable of all rotary tool accessories is this unassuming-looking bit. It is intended to cut through a range of materials, including wood, hardboard, plastic, drywall, laminate, polystyrene, and aluminium and vinyl siding, as suggested by its name. The deep, elongated flutes on this 1/8-inch-diameter high-speed steel bit allow it to cut fast and efficiently. Utilize it for plunge and edge cutting.
The term “structured-tooth cutter” is frequently used to describe this peculiar-looking item. Tungsten carbide, a material that is almost as hard as diamonds, is embedded in the conical head’s 5/16-inch diameter. Use it to shape and cut materials that won’t choke or reject other accessories, such as epoxy, hard rubber, laminate, plastic, ceramic tile, particleboard, and wood.