The best cordless engravers

Dremel 8220-2/45

Speaking of the best engravers, it is impossible not to mention Dremel — moreover, it actually repeated the fate of Xerox, assigning the stable name “dremel” to engravers as a whole class of tools (often the word “dremel” is understood even faster than “engraver” — and this is an expensive costs!). For obvious reasons, I want to expect a high class from the “founding fathers” — well, Dremel is not going to give up its positions yet, moreover, the “machine” 8220 itself has become more interesting than the previous 8200 line.

The new engraver has become slightly heavier — only 60 grams, and this is not always important (it is often used with a flexible sleeve on a hanger). But the battery added to the capacity immediately by a third (from 1.5 to 2 Ah), moreover, now it uses not a 10.8-volt battery, but a 12-volt one. That is, the new engraver significantly increased its autonomy, which was one of the main complaints against engravers on 10.8-volt batteries. True, now the battery not only lasts longer, but it takes longer to charge: not an hour, but an hour and a half. However, this cannot be called a minus unambiguously — although the newfangled “fast charging” technologies are able to fill the batteries with wasted ampere-hours very quickly, this does not have the best effect on reliability (the already familiar headlines like “Samsung phones continue to explode”) are involuntarily recalled.

As for the engraver’s ergonomics, we had no complaints before, and there are none now: outwardly, he, in fact, did not receive noticeable changes. The bundle is also, in our opinion, the most interesting: instead of an uncomfortable cloth bag, there is a convenient case that accommodates an engraver, a charger, 44 attachments, a grinding platform, and a handle attachment. The only thing missing is a flexible shaft and a stand — but, alas, they are offered only as additional accessories even for the most expensive Dremel 8220 configuration.

Main advantages:

  • Quality and ergonomics
  • Practical equipment
  • Decent battery capacity
  • A wide range of branded attachments, allowing, for example, to turn an engraver into a mini router
Minuses:
  • Original batteries are expensive
Models in the line:
  • Dremel 8220-2/45

    — 45 nozzles included, battery capacity 2 Ah

  • Dremel 8220-1/5

    — 5 nozzles included, battery capacity 2 Ah

  • Dremel 8220-5/65

    — 65 nozzles included, battery capacity 1.5 Ah

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I constantly use it in wood and bone work, I have no complaints for all the time from the moment of purchase.

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Dremel 7760-15

Well, since today we unwittingly piled all sizes together, we will not pass by the best compact engravers for the most delicate work. And, since the synonym for the word “engraver” has long been “dremel”, we ask you to love and favor: Dremel 7760-15.

This engraver, which comes with 15 accessories (which, in general, is clear from the marking), weighs only 270 grams with a length of just under 20 cm. Naturally, the model is compatible with all Dremel-standard devices and accessories from “adults”. «models, and this standard is now de facto commonly used, so their choice is huge, from the expensive «original» Dremel to penny analogues from the well-known Chinese site.

The battery is built in, as expected, «single-cell» — the only lithium-ion cell with an operating voltage of 3.6 V and a capacity of 2 amp-hours. This immediately hints at the fact that a low-power motor was used, but what to do with it — you can’t deceive physics, and they don’t buy such engravers for heavy work that requires a large amount of material to be removed. For rough «peeling» there are larger and more powerful models. But you definitely won’t have any problems with charging — under the dust plug there is the most common micro USB connector, so you can connect to charging anywhere. Moreover, connecting the charger does not make it impossible to work with the engraver — why not a mobile solution?

The speed control is not very convenient — with a longitudinal slider next to the spindle lock button, with a “feather” grip of the engraver (for example, just when engraving without a flexible shaft), you will have to use a second hand or interception even to turn it off, since the power switch is interlocked with this slider. When working with brushes and cleaning with abrasive nozzles, the grip allows you to normally control the engine with your thumb, in which case the ergonomics of the engraver as a whole are “in the subject”.

Main advantages:

  • Compact and moderate weight
  • Full tooling compatibility with older models
  • Charging via micro USB port
Minuses:
  • Complete set of accessories frankly small
  • Not always convenient location of the speed controller-switch

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It is convenient if you need to take it with you somewhere: even if the battery is “zero”, you can recharge on the way even from the adapter to the cigarette lighter, even from the power bank.

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Hammer AMD3.6

An inexpensive Chinese-made engraver belongs to the “purely household” series: even the manufacturer at the very beginning of the instructions directly prescribed a time limit of no more than 20 hours per month in total, no more than 15 minutes continuously. However, a low-power engraver powered by a built-in 1300 mAh lithium-ion “can” will not work for a long time in heavy work (but if necessary, thanks to the standard battery size, it can be replaced with a more capacious one).

The control of the engraver is completely push-button: next to the on / off button there are two more that serve to increase and decrease the spindle speed, reaching up to 18,000 rpm at idle. It starts every time it is turned on at medium speed, there is no memory of the previous setting. Battery level indicator — three colored LEDs next to the buttons.

The engraver goes on sale in a good case with a transparent lid, showing off a set of nozzles. Among them there is even an LED backlight unit installed under the spindle. But drills, for example, are of little use: due to the low power of the engine, the engraver engraves best of all, and does not grind or drill, for such work a more powerful model is needed.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Good equipment
Minuses:
  • Built-in battery
  • small power

8.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I use it in the work of the “engrave a few minutes” level, for this there is enough power and battery capacity. But the wire doesn’t get in the way.

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Dremel 9100-21

If you are used to working with a flexible shaft, then why not take a closer look at the model of the engraver, originally “sharpened” for such work? «Nine thousand hundredth» Dremel is nothing more than an outboard motor with a flexible shaft, which, in general, cannot be used without this very shaft and suspension. Moreover, this motor is three hundred watts, which allows using the 9100 even for fairly heavy work, for which it is usually customary to use heavier and larger straight grinders, rather than compact engravers of 135-150 watts.

What do we have in the kit? The motor itself with a flexible shaft, a hook for hanging it, a few attachments … and a foot control pedal — this is where the Dremel definitely hits the mark, you can always work with both hands occupied and at the same time not lose the ability to turn off the power at any time. Turnovers, again, can always be adjusted without distracting your hands — just change the force of pressing the pedal. There is only a power switch on the motor unit itself — it should be used first of all for safety when changing equipment.

The flexible shaft itself is much more impressive than those familiar to engravers: a thick metal holder, from which looks out … yeah, a small three-jaw chuck instead of the usual collet. This allows you to change equipment of different bore diameters quickly, and clamp it securely — the motor power is, after all, considerable by the standards of such a tool.

In general, although the engraver is of a “purely stationary” design, it evokes very pleasant emotions from use: good torque at low speeds (and this is what ordinary engravers most often lack when the spindle reacts even to the slightest change in clamping force), a comfortable sleeve with a three-jaw chuck, hinting that the tool is already aimed at the professional segment, and generally decent workmanship.

Main advantages:

  • high power
  • Three jaw chuck
  • Foot speed control
Minuses:
  • The engraver is designed, in fact, for use at one equipped workplace, this is not always appropriate

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I work mainly with glass and stone. I can call this model an unequivocal step forward — after it, the “four thousandth” is somehow completely different.

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Elitech ПШМ 170ЭЖК

In the ranking of the best engravers, we decided to include an inexpensive electric engraver for the home Elitech ПШМ 170ЭЖК. For a tool with such a specific grip as engravers, ergonomics is one of the main selection criteria. Elitech is good in this regard — although the engraver weighs 0.75 kg (which is a bit too much for a 170-watt machine), it is quite comfortable in the hand and especially when installing a removable handle, which definitely surpasses solutions from other manufacturers in terms of comfort.

As for non-traditional solutions, this is the only engraver we came across with a digital (!) RPM indication. If the setting itself with the plus and minus buttons has already been met on the Dremel Micro, then no one else uses the display. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s a feature or a useful feature, but the work of the digital speed controller is really commendable. The delivery set is also not bad — there are many nozzles, and a flexible sleeve with a stand for hanging the engraver.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomic additional handle.
  • Digital speed controller.
Minuses:
  • Not the lightest engraver.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

When you don’t have much money, but you don’t want to take frank China, the Elitech engraver will be the best choice: it doesn’t overheat, it makes moderate noise, it draws decently.

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Makita GD0603

This engraver can be considered a kind of «transitional link» between the actual engravers, as they are usually understood, and full-fledged straight grinders. Both in terms of power (240 W) and the ergonomics of the case, which, if necessary, allows both a two-handed and a “pencil” grip. The collet in the kit is 6 mm, which implies the use of quite “serious” nozzles.

True, the absence of a speed controller in the design immediately interferes — this limits the choice of nozzles that can be used, since 28 thousand revolutions for many will be “bust”, especially for emery wheels, which simply fly apart when turned on. What to do? To bow to the Chinese: on the well-known site, you can find a bunch of inexpensive options on the request “speed controller 220 V”. That’s just why it needs to be completed by the manufacturer — it is not clear.

Out of the box, this is a tool for a narrow range of jobs where more power is needed than conventional “pencil” engravers, and only high-speed nozzles are used. So the rating will have to be decently trimmed.

Main advantages:

  • Can be used in «medium-heavy» rough work with a two-handed grip
  • Four bearing rotor
Minuses:
  • No speed controller

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Fully opens only with the speed control pedal. But it’s just not included in the package.

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ZUBR ZG-130EK H242

A rather controversial engraver model. It is far from the most powerful (130 W) and not the most resourceful (rotational speed — 30 thousand revolutions per minute), not the lightest (0.65 kg). On the other hand, here, in comparison with Chinese competitors, there is a much more reliable engine that does not overheat until the smell of burnt plastic appears, like the Caliber and begin to flood the Ryobi counters.

All controls are placed on a mini pistol grip. The decision is controversial, since in reality you can only hold on to it with two fingers, while holding it by the body, the power key is between the hand and the handle. The engraver is much more convenient when hanging on a rod and working with a complete flexible shaft.

By the way, about the configuration: it was she who became the reason for the price here. Instead of the usual mini-case, the Zubr is packed in a whole suitcase, which, in addition to it, contains a huge number of various attachments. A more complete set of “buy and start working right away” has never been seen on our market. So, if we had the nomination “the best engraver for beginners”, “Zubr” could qualify for it.

Main advantages:

  • The richest equipment
Minuses:
  • Not the best design of the engraver itself.
Models in the line:
  • ZUBR ZG-130EK H242

    — includes a set of nozzles (242 pcs), a flexible shaft and a tripod with a clamp

  • ZUBR ZG-130EK H176

    — set of nozzles (176 pcs)

  • ZUBR ZG-130EK H219

    — set of nozzles (219 pcs), flexible shaft

8.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I took it as the first tool precisely because the kit included everything that could be needed. Gradually I changed the equipment, bought more nozzles, but the engraver himself still lives in his suitcase.

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VORTEX G-160GV

It looks bright and inexpensive — we think it’s not worth specifying the country where this engraver was made? Therefore, the points that you need to pay attention to when buying are common to cheap engravers of «yellow» origin. Immediately in the store, it is definitely worth letting the engraver work at high speeds: let insufficiently high-quality balancing show itself if the tool was released with such a flaw, and it is better to put the “itchy” engraver aside. You can also feel the rapid heating in your hands.

If a specific instance that has come across does not have obvious assembly problems, then it is quite possible to take it: its ergonomics are not bad, and a 160 W motor is enough for most jobs. The main thing — do not forget to lubricate the flexible shaft, and you should buy better nozzles. Alas, there are no miracles “for cheap”, although the author, who has been waiting for 10 years for the moment when the “Caliber” bought literally “on time to undermine” will fall apart, wants to note that China is not always so terrible.

Main advantages:

  • Good equipment
  • Well thought out ergonomics
Minuses:
  • As always, choose carefully.

8.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I bought it for infrequent use, so I didn’t even look at the “firm” — this one will work for me for a long time.

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Storm! GM2317FL

Engraver Sturm! attracted attention with an unconventional solution for lighting the working area — instead of an LED fixed next to the spindle, there is a removable mini-flashlight on a flexible base. In some cases, this is really convenient, but the interfering backlight can always be removed.

With its 170 watts, the Sturm engine produces up to 32 thousand revolutions per minute, however, as on all models with primitive speed control, torque drops sharply at a low speed. What exactly no one will like about the engraver is its weight of almost one and a half kilograms, it can only be used for engraving with a flexible shaft. The same shaft that comes with the kit noticeably plays and overheats under load, like most Chinese engravers.

So this engraver is best suited for small carpentry work — drilling, cutting, grinding, but it is unsuitable for an artist.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price
Minuses:
  • Poor quality of complete equipment.
  • Big weight.

8.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Compared to the Caliber, it won only with backlighting, and it’s practically the same, but at least it doesn’t smell like overheated plastic during operation.

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The best cordless engravers for tough jobs

BOSCH GGS 18V-23LC

Next in our ranking of the best engravers — BOSCH GGS 18V-23 LC. A 1.4-kilogram drill from a well-known company is undoubtedly a high-class tool. Brushless motor with “1000 W equivalent power” (we don’t know what Bosch is hiding under this — their marketers generally love strange ways to measure the power of a tool, especially a cordless one), auto-shutdown not only when biting equipment, but also when falling, protection against restart when changing the battery, a powerful brake — everything, as it should be for a tool of this kind.

Specifically, the equipment we have chosen is not rich: the L-BOXX case, the engraver itself, a 6 mm collet chuck and a pair of keys. The compartments for batteries and accessories in the case are lonely empty — the package is traditionally designed for adherents of Bosch tools who already use branded 18 V batteries. The price is high, but they offer a really worthy tool for it — you can’t argue with that.

A funny feature of the engraver is the ability to install on it … a Bluetooth module: it is inserted under the cover at the back of the handle and allows you to transfer settings “over the air”, control the status, and so on according to the list from the instructions. To be honest, it already seems like an overkill — but marketers want to eat too, don’t they?

Main advantages:

  • Powerful and reliable brushless motor
  • Advanced Security
Minuses:
  • Noisiness

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Alas, Bosch does not always succeed with a successful tool — but this is not the case!

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DeWALT DCG426N-XJ

Continues our ranking of the best engravers DeWALT DCG426N-XJ. At the heart of this engraver is a 760W brushless motor powered by standard 18V DeWALT batteries. But the speed control is interestingly implemented: the key on the case not only turns on the motor, but also allows you to adjust the degree of its pressing, while the maximum speed is set by a separate three-position switch. This is a good safety measure: by setting the switch to, say, 10,000 rpm (speed 1), you can be sure that the installed abrasive wheel will not shatter into pieces if you accidentally fully press the key. The second speed sets the limit to 17,500 rpm, and on the third, the engraver is able to develop a maximum of 25,000 rpm.

Of course, this will take some getting used to compared to conventional engravers, where a separate speed control is used, and the button only turns the engine on or off. Rather, in operation, this model is not even similar to electric, but to pneumatic straight grinders. And, we note, the location of the key here will require working only with a two-handed grip: with the right hand on the handle (by the way, rubberized and very comfortable), and with the left hand on the body, with fingers on the key.

The equipment is minimal: only the machine itself, a 6 mm collet and a key. There is no case, charger and battery: the manufacturer assumes that the potential buyer has already joined the “ecosystem” of the DeWALT cordless tool, and uses DeWALT T-STAK branded cases and modular boxes for storage and transportation. Which is basically what professionals do.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful brushless motor
  • Smooth start
  • Three-position maximum speed limiter
Minuses:
  • Specific grip requiring habit control
  • Minimum equipment

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

In terms of power and convenience — a solid five points. In heavy work shows itself perfectly.

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Metabo GA 18 LTX

Metabo GA 18 LTX is a rather heavy engraver (it weighs more than 2 kg). Of course, in terms of «all-round penetration» due to the long nose of the body, it overtakes many competitors, but in the end it still becomes too specialized a tool.

Okay, let’s talk about the good. The Metabo straight grinder has a powerful motor, which is also brushless: paired with the supplied 5.2 Ah batteries, it excels in hard work. The motor is equipped with all the necessary protections — for example, it will not work to turn it on when the spindle is locked. There is even an atypical power-off protection for a cordless tool: if you disconnect the battery “on the go” and reconnect it, the motor will not start without turning the switch to “off.” and back to «on». Working with two hands is quite convenient thanks to a soft rubber pad that forms a kind of «forend». And of particular note is the three-year warranty on branded batteries: their inevitable aging during professional use of the tool can make a serious contribution to the overall operating costs.

However, in the ranking of the best Metabo engravers, the price finally failed: no matter how good it is in some types of work, it is one of the most expensive engravers in our stores.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful brushless motor
  • Good capacity of complete batteries
  • Ease of use with two hands
Minuses:
  • «Sharpened» specifically for a two-handed grip
  • High price

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

In the workshop, we clean the burrs in this way after cutting and sawing. It pulls such a load with which only pneumatics were previously used, this cannot be taken away.

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BOSCH GGS 8CE

A worthy place in the TOP 15 best engravers of 2022 is occupied by BOSCH GGS 8 CE. The maximum 8000 rpm in the passport immediately indicates that this tool is designed for the use of equipment of a sufficiently large diameter, for example, lamellar circles. Well, for such work, a 750 W motor is just right, and they didn’t even forget to equip it with a soft start and constant electronics.

The set is nowhere poorer: only the engraver itself, a 6 mm collet (although it would be more logical to use an 8 mm one), wrenches for tightening the cartridge. So we can say that we actually pay this money only for the engraver itself.

The ergonomics here are “standard-grinder”, except, of course, for the front handle — in the same way we intercept the case with our right hand, press the power button latch and start the engine. The speed control wheel is “hidden” next to the power cord, on the beveled rear end of the case.

Main advantages:

  • Overall build quality
  • Maintaining speed under load and soft start
Minuses:
  • The absence of a penny 8 mm collet in the kit looks strange
  • Inconvenient location of the speed controller

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Grinds perfectly, you can safely perform responsible work.

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Makita GD0810C

«Makita» with the same power will cost much less than «Bosch», and, since its maximum speed is lower (7 thousand versus 8), it becomes possible to safely use equipment of a larger diameter. However, for a conventional two-handed grip, there is clearly not enough insulating pad on the «trunk» that serves as the front handle — instead, Makita suggests working with a detachable angled handle, like on electric drills, which is not good for precise work. Moreover, the handle is optional — it is not in the box.

The motor, like that of Bosch, has a soft start and a stabilization system. But protection against biting the cone is simpler — a mechanical clutch, and not turning off the engine, which, of course, is worse — a jerk, albeit smoothed by the clutch, is still there, and the clutch, unlike electronics, wears out over time. And the lack of jerks for a tool of this kind, easily scrolling in the hands without the same side handle that is on advertising photos, but not in the package, is the most critical.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful engine with speed stabilization
  • Attractive price with good reliability
Minuses:
  • No padding for left hand
  • poor equipment
  • Jamming protection — mechanical

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For my money, a great tool, I work a lot on welds in hard-to-reach places and constantly helps out.

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DeWALT DWE4884

Next in our ranking of the best engravers — DeWALT DWE4884. With a power of 450 watts, the DWE4884 is well suited, for example, to a metalworker deburring after machining metal or a welder preparing joints for semi-automatic or TIG welding. For, unlike the previous participants in the rating, this model is high-speed, developing up to 25,000 rpm, that is, it is designed just for the abrasive cutters for a 6-mm collet that are needed in such work. There is no speed adjustment, so the use of circles with a diameter of more than 38 mm is expressly prohibited by the instructions. There is no flexible shaft in the kit, but if necessary, choosing a compatible one is not a problem.

We note excellent ergonomics: a 1.6-kilogram machine fits well in the hands and does not cause fatigue during prolonged use. Unless, during prolonged operation, excessive heat can begin to be felt through the rubber lining of the “trunk” — you can’t get anywhere, at high speeds the bearings heat up, quickly transferring heat to the aluminum case.

As for reliability, DeWALT has no punctures in this case: the tool turned out to be truly professional, suitable for long-term work from shift to shift. And this, whatever one may say, is the main thing for an instrument of this class.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Reliability
Minuses:
  • The lack of speed control does not allow the use of large diameter wheels, carbide cutters for metal
  • Minimum equipment

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

This is the kind of thing about which you can confidently say: «workhorse».

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Makita GS6000

If in your case you need to work exclusively with large abrasive wheels, then it makes sense to think about a highly specialized straight grinder, which, frankly, even an engraver can’t dare to call even an engraver. As an example of such a tool, we took the Makita GS6000 — a 750-watt model with the possibility of a stationary installation, which can work with emery wheels up to 150 mm in diameter.

Ergonomics here deserves the highest score — both grip points are rubberized for a tenacious grip and reduce the level of vibration transmitted to the brushes. The disc guard cover can be removed without the use of tools, with bare hands. Dust protection is provided for the ventilation inlets — this is a very important point, since the fan of increased productivity actively draws air through the case, and there can be a lot of dust in it during operation. Well, and as a nice bonus: the instrument of this series Makita still collects “at home”, in Japan.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Performance
  • Reliability
Minuses:
  • Extremely narrow specialization for working with abrasive wheels

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

When welding complex metal structures where the grinder does not climb, it is simply an irreplaceable thing.

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