It truly is surprising to see that WEN is so far down the list of the best tools in the market, especially since all their drills are more or less the best of the best. However, there is a reason for it, and it is evident when you look at the price of the WEN 23006. This is the cheapest rotary on the list, and quite frankly, this is the most affordable branded rotary tool on the market.
Just by looking at it, you will probably not expect to find much about the tool that interests you. However, if you look closely, there are multiple features that make this tool such a favorite tool amongst many rotary users.
Since this is a cordless power tool, it runs on battery; and that means you will be able to work with it anywhere and anytime without having to worry about any power outlet. Even though a cordless tool is not as powerful as a corded one, it is still efficient and able enough to finish all your jobs.
It is also noteworthy that the tool is exceedingly power-efficient, and that means you will seldom ever run out of battery if you charge it after each use. Since this is a rotary tool and these tools you do not use it for long periods, you will find this as convenient as a corded one. The battery size varies upon purchase since you do not get a free battery with the purchase, and that means you get to choose whatever capacity you wish to have.
Since this is a rotary tool, its speed ranges from 7,000 RPMs to 14,000 RPMs. Also, apart from that fact alone, the price point where the tool is at makes this range of speed insanely valuable.
Build Quality and Design
The WEN 23006 is a rotary tool, and it is a cordless one; therefore, it is easily the lightest tool on the list, and by many times. Since it weighs in at 0.6 pounds only, this mere tool will cause you no fatigue no matter how long you work with it. The amount of weight that WEN has managed to reduce makes this an exciting tool for all kinds of craftsman out there.
For a tool this affordable, it is pleasant to see that WEN has included eleven accessories with the base purchase. These are two sanding bands, two diamond-coated bits, two grinding stone bits, a nylon wire brush, a sanding drum mandrel, a two in one wrench, and finally, an HSS cutter. For a rotary tool, all these accessories are crucial in one way or another. If WEN did not include these accessories with the base purchase itself, purchasing them would have cost you more than the tool. This is another reason why the WEN 23006 is worth every penny you pay for it and has insane value for its price.
Last, of all, this is a plastic tool through and through; but this is not unexpected given the price of the tool. However, since this is more of a home tool than a professional one, it can be considered durable enough for everyday use.
Ease of Use
To be honest, there are no rotary tools that are difficult to master. That said, the WEN 23006 has a manual both with the tool and online in their website that will help you to understand the bits and pieces if you have absolutely no experience in handling a rotary tool at all. But to be honest, the tool is so simple that you only need to see the manual once to understand everything.
Also, since this is a cordless tool, it is very convenient to use outdoors. There are times when you find yourself in situations where there are no power outlets nearby, and that is the greatest problem that corded tools face. Therefore, even with all the power in the tool, you will not be able to do a thing.
Moreover, the speed dial knob is as straightforward as ever; you only just need to rotate it to get to your desired speed.
Things we like
- It is lightweight and therefore, easy to maneuver.
- It comes with essential tools that would otherwise have been expensive to purchase alone.
- It is a versatile tool capable of doing different tasks.
- It runs on a powerful battery, and you will almost never run out of power if you just charge it after every use.
- It is very affordable and has excellent value for its price.
Things we do not like
- It requires more maintenance than a corded tool.
- It is not the most powerful tool you can have.
There is very little doubt why this tool is such a fan favorite amongst many professionals and for DIY fans. This tool is so simple to use that you can use it in your sleep. WEN has done everything right with the tool starting from price to power, versatility, and the numerous accessories that you get with the purchase. This is probably the only tool on the list that you should get even though you have no use for it at the moment, especially since it’s so cheap. How knows, maybe you may even need it tomorrow.