A rotary tool or cut out tool is very versatile and can be used for an array of projects. While these two tools look different, they operate under the same principle. The difference between the two is the size of their motor and the applications they are used for. A cutout tool is bigger, heavier and designed for tougher jobs such as removing grout or cutting drywall. A rotary tool is small, lighter and can be held like a pencil. A rotary tool is used for finer projects such as stenciling, sanding in light places or polishing.
Rotary tools are usually only corded because they are small and light. There are cordless rotary tools, but a majority of them are corded. On the other hand, cut out tools come in both corded and cordless.
Rotary tools and cut out tools are known for the array of applications they can be used on, such as:
- Cutting Wood
- Sharpening Tools
- Cutting Pipe
- Cutting Nails
- Cutting Ceramic Tile
- Cutting Marble
- Cutting Drywall
- Removing Grout
- Cutting Fiber Glass
- Shaping Metal
- Stripping Paint
- Removing Glaze from an old window
- Sharpening Items such as chainsaws
Cut Out Tool Attachments
The tools by themselves are great, but the attachments are what makes these tools so useful.
Cutout Tools have many attachments. There are three primary attachments.
Circular Cutter – Allows the user to cut perfect circles on the material they are using
Grinding, Polishing and Sanding – Obviously an attachment to grind or sand
Guided Bits – Looks like a drill bit and used for cutting into drywall.
Rotary Tool Attachments and Bits
Rotary tools have much more attachments than cut out tools. Rotary tools also have router tables and drill presses available.
A long shaft that attaches to the rotary tool that lets the user get in very tight spots. The bit attaches to the end of the flex shaft.
Sanding disks or sanding pads are used primarily for wood and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and grits.