Power Tool Care and Maintenance 101
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Discussion for the Black And Decker RTX-1 Type 1 Rotary Tool
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Question: Take Apart
Ervin E Minks
The brushes are worn out. Were can I get the brushes and the tool to open the unit?
Reply: Take Apart
Let us all know whne you find out.
Reply: Take Apart
Some traveling to motor re-wind shops with the worn brush will be required and if this brush doesn't have attached connection wire you can shape both brushes out of one larger brush the work is in shaping the contact face of the brushes to the arc of the rotor contacts so that they extremely smooth and fit to the rotor contact without gap this will make your tool last longer because rough unshaped brushes create heat, arc, and spark that will excessively wear out the rotor contact...yes 1 unfinished brush can damage the rotor.
Question: Collet,collet Nut Removal
I recently purchased a Black & Decker rotary tool as well as a kit
for sharpening chainsaw blades manufactured by Dremel. The mandrel for the stone is 1/8", however the collet that came with
the tool is 3/32". From what I see up top, it appears the collet can be removed from the collet nut. I wasn't able to remove the collet from the collet nut on the 3/32" that came with the tool so my question is, will I need to purchase a 1/8" collet as well as a 1/8" collet nut? If so, how do the two parts go together? Can
I purchase the 1/8" collet with the collet already attached? I do not want to have to worry about breaking the collets trying to remove them from the nut.
Reply: Collet,collet Nut Removal
How long and how tight that collet nut is on can help the smallest amount of moisture become a rust weld but anywhere that happens penetrating oil or WD-40 can get there and help start the release of the rust spot but sometimes you still have to use risky Brute strength to get a long stuck collet or nut to release.
Review: Craftsman RTX-1
For my money, the RTX-1 blows Dremel, and every similar brand, out of the water! It has more power, is more comfortable to handle, more durable and costs less. Unfortunately Black and Decker seems to have built it as a disposable tool. Once it stops working there are no parts available to repair it - not even the motor brushes! I'm not even sure the tool is still in production. Too bad! For its lack of repairability I can only give this tool 4 stars.
Reply: Craftsman RTX-1
There is a $Cash based competition for shelf space at all DIY home big box stores. Black & Decker is superior to Craftsman powertools who press the actual manufacturer to meet certain cost to manufacture prices...so corners are cut and things that Black & Decker would not do to their own product line they will do to meet the Sears-Kmart price point.
I learned this the expensive way years ago with a Belt Sander, Power Drill, & Circular saw...BUY the Brand Quality you want to live with and if your lucky enough they may have parts for your Craftsman Power Tool!
Reply: Craftsman RTX-1
I forgot to tell you YES they have made 6 Types or yearly model improved RTX's since the 1st. Type 1's came out which is where I got in on the RTX choo-choo and before Black & Decker pulled the plug on their Service Center and Retail outlet in my town I even had one replaced because the flex shaft failed and the power switch was difficult to get the tool to turn on...the replacement worked fine but the flex shaft attachment's, inner shaft was not so well connected and it quit driving the collet without having a inner cable break just a Drive pin that wasn't connected to the cable...mass produced items fail because humans don't inspect each item!
Review: Black And Decker - RTX-1
Joe Hodapp, Erie Pa.
I carve, and have many dremmel type tools such as this. It is as good or better than the dremmel, and cheaper. Ive used it now for a few months, with no problems, and it fits my hand (I have arthritis) better, or as well as others. The only problem I see is that you cannot buy it as freely as the dremmel, the Black and Decker People should get on the stick with advertising, and sales.
Reply: Black And Decker - RTX-1
Price always matters...Foredom & Grobet and other manufacturers to the Jewlery trade make the higher power professional Rotary Tools...they can be very expensive but often approachable, and affordable if you spend time on eBay and research on the websites of Grobet ect... to see the Horsepower rating and RPM's of their newer products to help you choose your used eBay bargain and if you care for the used one by checking the motor brushes before you start using your used Foredom...ect...you will be way above the curve and likely save hundreds of dollars! I agree though RTX is a great low cost option and if your stores don't carry them you may still be able to buy one on the Black & Decker website