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Today only. Sears has the Gyros PowerPro Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit (40-02470) for $27 with free in-store pickup or $8 shipping to home. Sells for $38+ elsewhere. Features 8,000 - 35,000 RPM speeds, separate on/off switch, and includes 50 accessories.
$38 Retail: $40

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    gthgr8t Ben's cred: 31
    Posted 1:18 pm PDT 10/22/13

    tried this one, really sucked, bought a much better item at even less money with varible speed from harbor freight, works like a dream and more then does the job I require of it for the past year.

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    h5678 Ben's cred: 59
    Posted 2:25 pm PDT 10/22/13

    The best deal on a rotary tool is a powerful, rechargeable one sold as a pet nail rotary sander for as low as about $7 with charger and a few bits by MarlinPJames (mpja) and Utopia Tools from time to time. These are great; comes with only one collet but accepts the usual range. .
    HERE (found it - from mpja today)
    "9.6V Cordless high speed rotary tool. Packaged for sanding pet nails. Accepts all 1/8 mandrils & bits normally used with hobby rotary tools. 8000-20000RPM. Supplied with 3 sanding tubes, tube mandril, chuck wrench and charging stand." $6.95 + ship

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3433
    Posted 3:01 pm PDT 10/22/13

    ^ Those are really weak compared to a typical AC powered rotary tool, though that does seem a good price if you're getting other stuff from MPJA so shipping cost increase is minimal.

    Here's the HF model, if it's in-store for the same $23 sale price it'll come out to $17 after their 25%-off coupon that expires at the end of the month.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/variable-speed-rotary-tool-kit-68696.html

    I've no idea where to get brushes for it though, couldn't find any on their 'site and don't know whether it takes the same as some other rotary tool. Whatever you do, do NOT get the following as it may be the junkiest rotary tool to have ever existed:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool-kit-68986.html

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    h5678 Ben's cred: 59
    Posted 8:39 pm PDT 10/22/13

    The 9.6v tool I suggested is not an all-around replacement for a plug-in model, but it is not 'really week' at all. I have several essentially identical ones of two or three nominally different brands, and they are absolutely great for the typical work done with mini tools of this sort, as well as being priced about the same as a Starbucks coffee these days! They also keep a charge reasonably well. The only thing I do not like about ANY non-Dremel rotary tools is that the threading of the shaft never seems to match Dremel. Thus, the tools all pretty much interchange bits, but not shaft-based accessories (notably, the adjustable chuck, which I have seen only for Dremel).
    As for the HFT item referenced, I agree that I'd hardly pay cash money for it, but... now at $10+ I have seen it around $6+. At that price - that is, approaching that of the included accessories, it is definitely usable for very light work, such as on balsa models, and advantageous in being of about the weight of a lima bean, even if not of substantially more power.
    BTW, the HFT battery oscillating tool is excellent (yes, as a supplement to their plug-in one). I have yet to recharge one I bought at least a year ago and do use occasionally.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3433
    Posted 9:31 pm PDT 10/22/13

    ^ The included accessory bits with the HF $10 tool are also junk. Yes you might be able to use it for balsa models but why get a tool that's so limited to only light weight work?

    I'd rather get a dremel and a wand attachment for a use like that. It's not just the low power though, it's also pretty low quality overall so even on light uses it may break prematurely and they aren't very well balanced either on the motor and shaft which makes it even harder to do any precision work with the anemic motor when it skips away then bites in when you apply more pressure to counter that.

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