It’s not all expensive tools here!
You see, today you’re about to see a 170W rotary tool from Ozito tools review.
That’s right, Ozito.
This tool is something I picked up off the cuff when I was working on refurbishing some mechanical parts. I was tired of all the fine muscle work and wanted something to polish, clean, and sometimes sand or wire brush small, oddly shaped parts. It was one of those mid-project moments that happens very occasionally, where I think “Nah, this is painfully slow and monotonous. I bet there is a tool that could do this much more quickly.” But I didn’t want to spend much, didn’t want to waste a slew of time researching, and needed (Read: Wanted) it right then and there. First world problems, right?
And thus, I came into possession of this fine, high speed rotary tool.
Here’s the low down:
No Load Speed
8,000 – 35,000/min
Flex Shaft Length
I’ve had this tool for about a year now and have used it for a slew of jobs, including some perhaps that it was not intended to be used for. But, I think that’s the wonder with rotary tools, in some respects, your imagination is the limit for the odd jobs it can be applied to.
In one project I used the rotary tool for drilling some holes in a tight space near two shelf corners of Merbau that my larger cordless drills couldn’t access squarely; and, although it took longer, it did the job nicely.
I’ve even used the flex shaft with the small polishing attachment (without the polishing agent applied) to clean some hard to reach places on my table saw, and recently, to clear rust from the body and to polish the brass of my vintage Acorn hand plane.
For polishing, engraving, cutting, as well as most random uses, I have been thoroughly impressed.
I’m Giving ‘er All She’s Got, Captain! – Or, Is This Thing Powerful Enough?
Look, when you’re using a rotary tool a question on how much power it’s going to put out seems to be a bit like asking how powerful your electric toothbrush is. It doesn’t need to be immensely powerful. Lots of power would be wasted because it’s not meant to do things that tools requiring larger motors need to do. So, the question then becomes, can this tool do what it is needed to do? The answer is yes. The 170W power on the Ozito rotary tool is more than enough for anything I have needed it for.
I’ve had the motor stop spinning on me twice. Both times, I was applying too much pressure while using the sanding drum attachment with the flex shaft – IE. trying to do a job it wasn’t really intended to be doing. Ozito also puts out a 120w version and a cordless 12v version which I really think would suit most projects as well.
But How Does It Make You Feel? Or – Ergonomics
The body of the rotary tool itself, while relatively light is oddly balanced and I found difficult to hold in hand and use. During use there is a significant amount of vibration that makes the awkwardness of the hold that much more difficult, and I found it hard to use for more than a minute before having to break and shake my hand out. In the interest of being honest, I have struggled with carpal and ulnar tunnel for the past few years and these types of activities can tend to exacerbate those symptoms. However, there are many tools that don’t cause this type of reaction.
I find the flex shaft attachment a necessary addition for use in order to mitigate the above issues. Which leads me to my next point:
The Bells and Whistles:
Alright, so here’s the thing, when I picked up this kit it came with 190 accessories including a flex shaft! That’s loads!
The flex shaft is a great addition. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an embedded switch, like similar more expensive models of other brands. This means that you still need to turn the tool on at the body, but it hasn’t proved to be a large inconvenience to me.
The quality of the accessories is rather low. The sanding drums, in particular, don’t get through much at all before peeling away, and the drum itself seems to disintegrate after several uses. At first, I thought, “Ah, must be me putting it through the wringing” but I purchased a Dremel sanding drum accessory and both the paper and drum seem to last much longer.
(I’ve created a list of my favourite aftermarket accessories for this tool that you can take a look at here if you are interested!)
The case is handy with loads of slots for accessories, and even has a nifty slide-out extra storage located to one side. You’ll notice that extra storage is rather clean in this picture, and that is because I had legitimately never noticed it existed until I pulled out the case to take some pictures of it. It’s always a grab and go type job with this one and I had never given the side of the case a serious look!
While the accessories are hit-and-miss, I’ve certainly gotten my use out of them, and the ones that have broken I’ve easily been able to replace with better quality items. I would compare it to buying a large, cheap kit of router bits to see which ones are most used, before upgrading to better quality. There are a large range of attachments out there both generic brand as well as high-quality Dremel that are compatible, and so I really can’t see a reason why the accessories would be a deal-breaker when deciding whether to buy.
It’s cheap. It’s Ozito. They don’t exactly have the best reputation for quality. Naturally, that led me to believe that I really wouldn’t get much longevity out of this tool. However, I’ve been surprised both by how well it has held up and also by how many uses it really has in the shop. It may even have me second-guessing whether I’ve been unnecessarily giving Ozito the cold shoulder up to now.
The flex shaft is included is a huge bonus for me, given that I find it necessary during use as I mentioned above.
As for the tool itself, I can’t really complain about a thing. It does what it needs to do, and it tends to do it well. The nearest Dremel with the same level of power is over twice the price with only 50 accessories, and I just don’t see there being a massive jump in the quality to allow for that change in price. If you are a professional and need this tool every day, all day for your career of choice – this probably isn’t for you, but for everyone else if you asked me which rotary tool I would recommend for the price…. Well, for the first time in my life I think I would pick Ozito.
Lots of accessories
Awkward body shape
No switch on flex attachment
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Do you have an Ozito Rotary tool and have an opinion on it? Let me know in the comments!