Which RotoZip model?

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Old 11-25-09, 08:58 AM
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Which RotoZip model?

Hi all,

My mom is looking to buy a rotozip for my dad this Christmas. I was looking at the site and it appears there are at least 8 different models to choose from. Unfortunately, the rotozip website doesn't have any sort of comparison chart to differentiate the models.

The website mentions: DR1, RZ1, RZ5, RZ10, RZ20, RZ25, CR18L, RZ2000. Can anyone help explain the differences?

My dad usually enjoys "handyman" type projects at his house and mine. We've done lots of drywall work, plumbing, ceramic tile, granite tile, formica, cabinet/door, and other woodworking projects. Power and versatility take precedence over price. Dad is just starting to enjoy the idea of "chordless", however, if there was a big sacrifice in power, he'd probably prefer chorded.

My mom was also considering that "dual saw" that we've seen on TV. Personally, I've seen better reviews with the RotoZip. But if anybody has thoughts on the dual saw, I'd appreciate that as well.

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Old 11-25-09, 09:20 AM
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Not sure what you mean by "dual saw"...if you mean a Fein MultiMaster, I'm sure he'd love it. If you don't tell him the price...lol FEIN Power Tools Inc. - FEIN MULTIMASTER - The universal system for interior work and renovation.

The RZ20 looks like a good bet...I see it doesn't use collets for the bits, it uses a chuck like a drill. One less thing to have to mess with. The RZ10 may also have that...and I see they are both variable speed.... Ok, the manual downloaded. The 10 and 20 seem similar except the 20 has LED worklights. The 5 is a single speed..so I'd probably skip that one. I see the 20 is available at HD for $159..with the cutting attachment....not too bad a deal it seems.
 
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Old 11-25-09, 09:32 AM
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Gunguy:

Oooh...the Fein Multimaster...I hadn't even considered that one. I know he's talked about that one in the past. Now you gave me another tool to think about.

Mom was originally looking at the Omni Dualsaw (https://www.dualsaw.com/)

Thanks for your efforts on the rotozip info. I'll look deeper into the RZ20. That's a good place to start. Their website could have done a better job with a comparison chart or something.
 
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Old 11-25-09, 10:59 AM
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Ohhh ok yeah now I know what you mean...Sears has/had those first time I saw one, I think theirs was bigger. Well, that to me is kind of a non-specialized tool that just wouldn't see that much usage...at least not from me. A do anything tool rarely does anything as well as the original.

Btw...there are many copies of the Fein out there now, some are ok, some aren't. I've heard comments that the Dremel version is heavy, vibrates and gets hot. Of course it costs about a third of the Fein.
 
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I have one of the first Roto-Zips; I bought mine from an infomercial. The first thing I did, well, after using it a couple of times, was to change out the cord for one about 25 feet long. Made all the difference in the world, especially when working on a ladder cutting holes for recessed light fixtures.

I wouldn't get a cordless unless your father is going to use it on a pretty much constant (at least weekly) basis. My experience is that cordless tools just don't have the power and the battery life is poor for handyman-type usage.

The angle saw attachment looks really neat but I don't have one so I don't know how well it works. I don't know how much the variable speed really adds to the usability of the tool. My experience with other variable speed tools (other than a drill) would tend towards not much more than a sales pitch.

Harbor Freight has a copy of the Fein Multimaster for 10% of the cost of the genuine article. My comments on handyman vs. professional usage would certainly apply here. I read about someone, a pro, that had both the Fein and the HF model and he stated that there is no doubt the Fein is the better tool and most likely will last for years in continuous usage but for the cost the HF model was a decent tool.

As for the Dual Saw...the infomercial makes it look really neat for a casual user but I wonder how much a handyman type would really use it and IF it really is as good as the infomercial makes it to be.
 
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Thanks Furd,

I just got an email response from rotozip that sheds a little more light on model comparisons:


The RZ1 is a 5.0 amp. single speed 30,000 rpm tool, all attachments will fit.
No parts available.

The RZ5 is a 5.0 amp. single speed 30,000 rpm tool, all attachments will fit.
No parts available.

The RZ10 is a 5.5 amp. variable speed 15,000 - 30,000 tool, all attachments will Fit. No parts available.

The RZ20 is a 5.5 amp. Variable speed 15,000 - 30,000 tool with lights, all Attachments will fit. No parts available.

The RZ2000 is a 6.0 amp. variable speed 15,000 - 30,000 tool, no attachments Will fit. There are brushes available.

The CR18L is cordless 18 volt single speed 30,000 tool, no attachments will fit.
There are no parts available.


I've pretty much ruled out the dual saw as my thoughts are basically the same as yours. I'm still thinking about the Fein or a knock-off.

It looks to me like the RZ10 (or RZ20) would be the best fit. It would also make for a good source of follow-up gifts with the availability of different attachments.
 
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"It would also make for a good source of follow-up gifts"

have you considered being adopted?

It's always nice to get tools that you can use and need
You wouldn't believe how many screwdriver sets I've been given over the years


Generally the more amps an electric motor has - the more power it's got.
 
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I just looked at my Roto-Zip and it is model SCS (Spiral Cut Saw) 01. I still like it and think it is a wonderful tool but the later models are really much nicer.
 
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Hello,

My dad has the Fein MultiMaster, and I was thinking about getting him the Rotozip RZ2000 for Christmas. I was wondering what each tool specialized in, and if one might replace the other.

He is working a lot with drywall, hanging it, cutting out receptacles, finishing it, etc. and I don't think I've seen him using the MultiMaster for it. Is the MultiMaster more for sanding and grinding? If so, would it be a good idea to get him the RZ2000? I just wanted to make sure that the RZ2000 didn't do the same thing that the MultiMaster does, so if possible, could someone help me out and tell me what each tool specializes in and if the Rotozip RZ2000 would make a good Christmas present used mainly for drywall? Thank you!
 
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Old 11-23-11, 11:42 AM
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I don't have an oscillating saw (Fein) but I can say that the Roto-Zip is definitely NOT a replacement for the oscillating saw. While there may be some crossover of the work each will do, having both tools would definitely be a plus in my opinion.
 
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I agree with Furd - I'd be happy opening up a Roto-Zip if I had an oscillating saw.
 
 

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