Black & Decker Rotary Tools

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Black & Decker Rotary Tools
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Black and Decker makes a wide variety of power tools and battery-powered tools, including drills, screwdrivers and saws. The rotary tool available from Black and Decker is actually from a sub brand of Black and Decker known as RTX. This RTX brand is the only rotary tool sold by Black and Decker. With a three-speed, high-torque motor and available accessories, it becomes a versatile tool for cutting, sanding, engraving, grinding, sharpening and polishing.

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RTX-B

This rotary tool from Black and Decker is light and small, but not too small to make it difficult to use. A five-piece accessory kit, a wrench, and a storage bag come with the tool. Rubber grips on the tool make for a comfortable fit in your hand while working with it. The universal collet system accepts standard rotary tool accessories. This means you can use accessories from other rotary tools as well. Along with the universal collet system, the RXT rotary tool is equipped with a Flip-Lock Spindle locking system making it easier to change accessories. Flip it open to lock the shaft, change accessories and flip it closed. Rotary tools without this feature require the operator to hold down a shaft-lock button while changing accessories.

RTX-6

The RTX-6 is equipped with the same high torque motor and has all the capabilities of the RTX-B. However, along with everything the RTX-B has, this model comes with two spring-loaded clamps and 30 accessories. Accessory kits of all sizes are available to replace worn accessories or add to existing ones. To broaden the scope of its use, a 64-piece general-purpose starter kit includes accessories for cutting, sharpening, sanding, deburring, polishing, cleaning, shaping wood and removing rust and paint. The 135-piece wood carving accessory kit enables the user to carve sculptures, toys and figurines.

RTX-1

Differing from the RTX-B and the RTX-6, the RTX-1 rotary tool has speeds ranging from 8,000 to 30,000 rotations per minute. It also comes with 55 accessories. Its performance is the same as the other two. However, this model of the rotary tool is for use in countries that use 220-volt electrical sockets.

VP 940

The VersaPak Wizard cordless rotary tool is no longer in production, but is still in circulation. The VP940 came as a kit that included 63 accessories, a battery and a battery charger. Since it uses standard-size accessories, rotary tool accessories will work. VersaPak batteries and chargers are available where Black and Decker tools are sold and should work in the VP940.

Rotary Saw

Another sub brand of Black and Decker produced a rotary saw. Firestorm manufactured an 18-volt cordless rotary saw that is no longer in production. They are still in circulation and can be purchased as used. However, Black and Decker still has accessories for this tool available on their site.

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