What is a rotary multi-tool — and what can you do with one?

An orange rotary multi tool being used to sharpen some scissors
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What is a rotary mult-tool? For those who are unclear, this guide will take you through eight types of DIY task you can perform using a rotary multi-tool. 

I’ll talk you through which varieties of multi-tool accessory are suitable for each function, and I’ll show you some photos of my decidedly mediocre handiwork along the way. 

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen. 

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