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In January of this year, I was in the market for another variable speed rotary tool (Dremel) and I had such good luck with a Tool Sharp I had brought more than 10 years ago that came with a flex shaft. I use this tool weekly at my shop for 2 to 3 continuous hours at a time which is certainly a testimonial for how well it has held up. I wanted to get the same thing but Menards no longer offered the tool as a kit but you had to get the rotary tool and the flex shaft separately. Tool Sharp still made the variable speed rotary tool and Milescraft made the RotoFlex shaft. The pricing on the Milescraft Rotoflex is excellent and my track record with the first one I purchased made me want to get the same one again.
After putting the shaft on the new rotary tool it immediately became my favorite because the grip would rotate in your hand and it felt more comfortable than the old one that was fixed to the shaft. The tool bit I use is a carbide burr since I use it on steel to put a radius on a stamping we make for our clutch shoes.
Trying to hold a variable speed rotary tool for 2 or 3 hours makes the flex shaft a must because it is easy to grip and it is so light. You wouldn’t buy a pair of gym shoes without the laces and I feel it is the same when you buy a hand tool that weighs 18 ounces and the head of the RotoFlex only weighs 3 ounces. You want to be comfortable when you work and only hold onto 3 ounces certain sums it up very quickly. The RotoFlex will be able to get you into tight spaces the hand-held tool will not.
I was so impressed with the RotoFlex that I will look into other tools they make because they did their homework in making this flex shaft more user enjoyable.