A rotary tool is an essential maker tool. It has so many different bits and attachments, it can be used in a variety of ways. And it can replace many other tools in small-scale situations.

In this article, I’m focusing on the Dremel specifically because it’s the dominant rotary tool in the market, and also because it’s what I’ve owned and used for several years. However, other similar rotary tools have their merits and you should do your research before purchasing one.

Using a rotary tool means much more than turning it on and letting it go. Here are some tips to get the most out of yours when working on projects.