@awk@fuzzmanmatt Yeah it’s a weird setup. The multiple “thing charges the other thing” is just odd.
However I do have some Worx 20V garden stuff I bought on clearance at Wallyworld a few years ago. So with this I’d get an extra battery (though smallest capacity). The thing is… do I need this rotary tool?
@tentalces1349 I had a corded Dremel for a (short) while. Then it suddenly quit working (just outside the warranty period, of course). I replaced the Dremel with a cordless Milwaukee rotary tool. It uses the same batteries as my other Milwaukee tools, has plenty of power and, most importantly, has continued to work for years.
(My dog really hates it when I try to trim his nails with it. )
There’s a whole assortment of cordless hobby tools in this line. I’ve seen a heat gun, glue gun, airbrush(!), angle grinder, woodburning tool, and more. Shame it’s maybe not taking off. But Worx isn’t that well known so trying to pull off a premium line of equipment against established brands so dominant as to be the generic name for the thing you’re selling is hard.
I’ve had a few Worx tools and they are worthwhile. Not pro quality but not complete junk. They do try to innovate, even if some of their inventions are closer to Wayne Szalinski than Doc Brown.
This tool with a brushless motor and lithium batteries surely beats the cordless Dremel with a brushed motor and 7.2V nicad memory unit I had a while back. And the semi wonky form factor of a battery on an umbilical cord helps with balance and mitigates unwieldiness. If you had a 20V pack on the tool, you couldn’t get into tight spots. If you had a battery you could get into tight spots with, it wouldn’t last very long or be very powerful. A fat pack on a cord means you can have reasonable power but not be tied to an AC outlet.
the ability to have multiple tools that all use the same battery form factor is precisely why most all my cordless stuff is from the Ryobi 18v One+ line. I love those tools and have a ton of shop and garden tools that can use the same half dozen batteries. That being said, this is a good bit cheaper (and a more complete set-up) than the Ryobi equivalent.
Tempting but maybe I’ll buy the 2 pack of On+batteries on sale right now that will get me the rotary tool for free. Of course, Father’s day is soon so…
@chienfou I had my eye on that Ryobi rotary tool myself
I am with you on platforms. I have some stragglers where I either had something already, Ryobi version didn’t exist or was too expensive, or I got a deal I couldn’t pass up. There exist adapters to use Ryobi batteries on other tools that might be helpful.
@mediocrebot@TrinSF Yay for the random image. Washington is wet and stylish, apparently. The “wet” part has certainly been true the last few days. I’m in the lower left corner. Not sure about the “stylish” part.
I’m kind of conflicted. I already have a cordless rotary tool, albeit it’s only a 4v, so it’s not all that powerful. I also have too many tools on different battery platforms already and this would mean yet another platform …
see above note re Ryobi… for that very reason. I got super tired of buying tools only to find the batteries were no longer available to fit them, and each was different. I have been buying Ryobi stuff for about 20+ yrs now and it has been wonderful!
@chienfou I’m mostly in with Skil PWRCore 12 and 20 platforms now, as nearly all were acquired with significant discounts from Woot and Amazon Warehouse. My old Porter Cable tools are still fine and will chug along with adapters to B&D 20v batteries that I use for the string trimmer, blower, and the expendable drill.
On the topic of adapters, I burned out the 14.4v DeWalt impact running it at 18v (20v). Oops. I may gut it to see if I could power it with one of my extra brushless Skil drills that I got for under $10.
I’m not up for a new battery system, but… the magic of the interwebs provides some options. For example: www.ebay.com/itm/313539258823 which will allow you to run this off the bog-standard Makita LXT (18v) tool battery. (Keep in mind that all “20v” Li-ion battery systems are 20v-max/18v-avg, so you can completely safely run battery adapters for discharge. Just make sure li-ion batteries are charged in an oem charger to ensure safe management by the correct charge controller). A quick search for “worx battery adapter” turned up adapters for Dewalt, Milwaukee, and some others too.
That makes this a much safer long-term purchase for many people, if you know you can always get batteries for it.
I have a bunch of the other accessories including hot glue gun, grinder (use it to cut thin metal pipes), heat gun, and the rotary tool (Dremel). They work great. But there are two standouts- the air brush (I use it for watercolors) and the hot glue gun. The glue gun is amazing- heats up in literally 10 seconds and has an indicator light. Also the soldering iron is great! Forgot about that. Being cordless-ish means I can solder outside and not stink things up inside. Anyway big fan of the makerx series. Sad and happy to see it on meh.
I got into this system earlier this year because of the range of tools. I have a 25 year old corded dremel that is making angry noises and this is VERY comparable to that, plus I have the soldering iron and a couple other tools. I have purchased all of mine refurbished direct from Worx via eBay for less than this price and the refurbs look brand new, bundle of rotary tool and soldering iron was $37, but that was during an eBay sale of refurbs
To everyone wondering why the battery is external, decent cost effective Li batteries aren’t weightless, and rotary tools generally are used for finer work where you would want a balanced tool. Having the tool weigh less/better balance would reduce hand fatigue. But you still have to futz with a cord, just not have an outlet near by.
@c00leen Depending upon how skillful and ambidexterous you are, it might work. But is saving five bucks really worth the risk of accidentally grinding through one of your fingernails? It isn’t for me. And I’m pretty damned handy with a Dremel.
$43 is less than a tank of gas for the econobox. My corded Dremel is useful and works well, but schlepping the long extension cord to it in the driveway or other inconvenient spots is a pain. And I’ve always been a bit of a tool junkie. Order placed.