WEN 23072 Variable Speed Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit, 24-Pieces

Last updated date: June 26, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

WEN 23072 Variable Speed Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit, 24-Pieces

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Overall Take

Easy handling is the main advantage this slim rotary tool provides. The motor is equipped with a casing that keeps unwanted vibration in check. Even so, you'll get plenty of power out of this tool - enough to handle most any job. In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the WEN WEN Variable Speed Cordless Rotary Tool Kit, 24-Pieces placed 3rd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Rotary Tool Kit for a detailed review of all the top rotary tool kits.

Expert Summarized Score
9.9
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
7,062 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Unlike other cordless tools we tested and reviewed with similar powerful motors, WEN-23072 doesn’t suffer from unwanted vibration. Along with its slightly smaller size, this device gives you an easier task to control while carrying out projects that requires precision.
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What experts didn't like
The model requires high maintenance. Replacing the batteries is costly.
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From The Manufacturer

Remember when your rotary tool had to be bound to an electrical outlet? Now, with the WEN Variable Speed Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Set, you’ll have the same power and precision as other rotary tools without the hassle of the cord. This package includes a 7.2V lithium-ion battery, a charger, and a 24-piece accessory kit. Powered by a 7.2V battery, the variable speed operation goes from 5,000 to 25,000 RPM in increments of 5,000 RPM. With the variable speed indicator to monitor the RPM of your WEN Rotary tool, you’ll have the perfect speed to match the needs of your particular projects. Improve visibility and accuracy in dimly lit areas with the collar’s onboard LED lights. Remove rust from rusty stuff. Trim your dog’s toenails. Engrave beautiful images into your neighbor’s windows while they’re vacationing in Rome. With the WEN Rotary Tool the possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and federal law. Accessories include 5 cutting discs, 4 grinding stone bits, 3 diamond-coated bits, 3 sanding bands, 2 felt polishing wheels, a sanding drum mandrel, a disc mandrel, a screw mandrel, a nylon wire brush, a HSS cutter, a HSS drill, and a wrench The WEN Cordless Rotary Tool helps with everything from fun arts and crafts projects to more serious tasks like cutting drywall or polishing your fancy cufflinks. The lightweight 0.6-pound tool limits fatigue during operation, allowing users to carve small and complex designs into glass, plastic, wood, steel and more. The handy carrying case makes transportation and storage easier than ever. And, because this is a WEN Product, your Variable Speed Cordless Rotary Tool comes backed by a two-year warranty, a friendly customer service line, and a nationwide network of skilled service technicians. Carve, cut, grind, deburr, engrave, shape, drill, polish and other verbs all with the WEN Rotary Tool Kit. Remember when you could use your rotary tool wherever you wanted? Remember WEN.

An Overview On Rotary Tool Kits

What’s a tool that is commonly used by hobbyists, woodworkers, construction workers and even plumbers with equal frequency? There aren’t many, that’s for sure. But aside from the old reliable hammer, a handheld rotary tool is one of the most versatile items in any tool belt, no matter who’s wearing it.

What is a rotary tool? These days, they can come in any number of shapes and sizes, most of which are handheld and roughly cylindrical. But the real defining factor is the motor. As the name implies, the tip moves in a rotary motion, spinning at high speeds with a lot of torque behind it. This is distinct from the motor inside oscillating multi-tools, which may look very similar to rotary tools and in fact can be used for many of the same type of jobs. But oscillating motors work in a super-fast side-to-side motion. That makes them better suited to handle straight cuts and more heavy duty jobs such as tile work.

A rotary tool’s strengths primarily lie in versatility and fine detail work. That makes them great for sanding, carving, etching and even sharpening knives, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Of course, you’ll need the right attachments to match the job. Individual tools can vary, but most rotary tool kits will come with a variety of accessories to suit specific tasks, with some possible extension attachments for hard-to-reach areas or angled cuts. These accessories can be changed out with some sort of chuck or locking mechanism. For artisans or woodworkers who change out attachments regularly, a quick-change system is especially key.

Among the most common attachments you’ll need are an assortment of cutting wheels, which can cut precise circles into wood or even metal. Sanding pads are used for sanding down woodwork, and will come in various grades of coarseness. Carbide bits are used for carving and etching, while wire wheels will take dust off of sensitive metals. Again, there are hundreds of accessories to suit almost any application. To boost the usefulness of your rotary tool, check to see that it can accept accessories from third party manufacturers. It will make shopping for the right bits and wheels much easier.

In general, you’ll find two different types of rotary tools: Cordless or corded. Cordless models work on a rechargeable battery, which allows you the freedom to move around at will — for as long as the battery lasts. Corded models have less range, of course, but they do tend to be lighter and easier to handle without a lithium battery weighing them down.

Power is generally measured in amps for corded models and volts for cordless rotary tools. That will give you a good way to compare the maximum push you’ll have behind those drills and saws, and also how quickly those cordless batteries may be likely to run out.

Speed is measured in RPM, or rotations per minute. A good rotary tool should have setting that can be adjusted up to that maximum number, since you won’t want super-high speeds for most jobs. Bear in mind that most manufacturers measure RPM when the tool is spinning freely and without resistance, so power is a factor here for practical purposes.

DWYM Fun Fact

Want to be the talk of the block this Halloween? Use the etching or grinding attachments on your rotary tool to make tiny precise cuts on your pumpkin. The results will save time and allow for a lot more creativity. (And it’s certainly easier to use than that kitchen knife.)

The Rotary Tool Kit Buying Guide

  • Plan on cutting through metal? Most rotary tools are up to the task, but you may want to take precautions to protect your accessories. Proper application of a little cutting oil will go a long way when you’re using carbide-metal wheels or saws. The same goes for buffing or polishing jobs. Just use wax or polish before hitting those sensitive surfaces, and make sure you keep the speed on medium or below.
  • Rotary tools can be an effective way to sharpen your knives, and many kits have attachments specifically suited to the job. Safety first, though: Make sure the rotation turns away from you, as sparks can be expected to fly.