Best Engravers 2022

In the cat­e­go­ry of con­struc­tion pow­er tools there is a group of “engravers”. The devices are only indi­rect­ly relat­ed to the work of Albrecht Dür­er. The best engravers of 2021: under­stand­ing the func­tion­al­i­ty and char­ac­ter­is­tics
Best Engravers 2022
The best engravers. Pho­to: shutterstock.com

You can apply a pat­tern or engrav­ing on var­i­ous sur­faces using a laser, graver, bur and engraver. We will talk about man­u­al uni­ver­sal elec­tric engravers with which you can grind, drill, clean, mill and engrave.

This elec­tri­cal device hides an engine and a rotat­ing car­tridge in its hous­ing. By attach­ing var­i­ous noz­zles to it, the mas­ter can per­form dif­fer­ent types of work due to equip­ment rotat­ing at dif­fer­ent speeds. In this way, met­al, pre­cious stones, glass and oth­er mate­ri­als can be processed.

What tool to buy and how to choose it? Stop on a wired unit or take one that runs on bat­tery pow­er; import­ed or domes­tic man­u­fac­tur­er? The KP and expert Yuri Dudin tried to find answers to all these ques­tions.



Editor’s Choice

Dremel 8220‑⅕

Dremel 8220-⅕.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Dremel 8220‑⅕. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Cord­less tool for work­ing with dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als: met­al, wood and glass. Works on glass can be car­ried out thanks to 30 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions of equip­ment per minute.

The LED back­light helps you work in low light con­di­tions or where greater pre­ci­sion is required. The bat­tery is quite capa­cious — 12 V, so the wire­less Dremel 8220‑⅕ is not infe­ri­or in pow­er to a con­ven­tion­al net­work engraver. A full charge will last at least a few hours.

The inter­change­able tips on this mod­el can be changed using the built-in wrench, which makes it easy to switch from one type of pro­cess­ing to anoth­er. The dis­ad­van­tages of the Dremel 8220‑⅕ include a slight­ly increased tool weight (0.6 kg) com­pared to sim­i­lar mod­els. On aver­age, the weight of such engravers ranges from 400 grams to 1 kilo­gram. You need to get used to work­ing with such a tool.


Bat­tery capac­i­ty 2.0 Ah
Charg­ing time 1.5 h
The weight 0.660 kg
Dimen­sions 25×4.5×6.5 cm
Idle speed from 5.000 to 35.000 rpm
Bat­tery tech­nol­o­gy Lithi­um-Ion / ECP
Quick change noz­zle sys­tem EZ Twist

Pros and cons

Speed ​​from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm, bat­tery capac­i­ty 2 Ah, easy noz­zle change sys­tem
Increased weight of the mod­el; over 20 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions vibrates notice­ably

Top 18 best engravers in 2022 according to KP

1. BOSCH GRO 12V-35 2.0Ah x2 L‑BOXX

BOSCH GRO 12V-35.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
BOSCH GRO 12V-35. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

An excel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of cord­less drills, equipped with Bosch Elec­tron­ic Cell Pro­tec­tion to pro­tect the bat­tery from over­load and over­heat­ing. The tool has a built-in LED light, which helps in the engraver’s jew­el­ry work.

The bat­tery charge indi­ca­tor will help pre­vent bat­tery drain so that mate­r­i­al pro­cess­ing is not inter­rupt­ed unex­pect­ed­ly. The unit is nar­row and suit­able for work in hard-to-reach places.

The rota­tion fre­quen­cy is high, up to 35 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions. The kit comes with two bat­ter­ies and a case for stor­age and trans­porta­tion.


Bat­tery volt­age 12 V
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 2.0 Ah
The weight 0.6 kg
Idle speed up to 35.000 rpm

Pros and cons

Spare bat­tery, spin­dle lock
Flex­i­ble sleeve not includ­ed

2. Elitech ПШМ 170ЭЖК

Elitech ПШМ 170ЭЖК.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Elitech ПШМ 170ЭЖК. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

The engraver with a dis­play for dig­i­tal indi­ca­tion of rev­o­lu­tions has proven itself among bud­get, but high-qual­i­ty tools. It can be safe­ly attrib­uted to engravers for the home, because the unit weighs less than a kilo­gram, it lies com­fort­ably in the hand, and is suit­able for work for both expe­ri­enced crafts­men and begin­ners.

The rota­tion speed of the shaft to choose from is from 8 thou­sand to 35 thou­sand, which char­ac­ter­izes Elitech PShM 170 EZhK as an excel­lent unit for pro­cess­ing all kinds of sur­faces.

Includ­ed is a flex­i­ble sleeve with a stand for hang­ing the engraver. Among oth­er things, the set includes as many as 120 noz­zles for grind­ing, sharp­en­ing, pol­ish­ing, milling, as well as var­i­ous drills.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 170 W
Max­i­mum disc speed 35000 rpm
Net­work cable length 1.8 m
The weight 0.7 kg

Pros and cons

The com­bi­na­tion of high qual­i­ty and bud­get price, a huge num­ber of inter­change­able noz­zles and a flex­i­ble sleeve in the set
For begin­ners, the tool may seem heavy

3. Ryobi EHT150V

Ryobi EHT150V.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Ryobi EHT150V. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Engrav­ing machine Ryobi EHT 150V is suit­able for small engrav­ing work. The opti­mal ratio of price and qual­i­ty, the equip­ment does not raise any com­plaints — more than 100 noz­zles in the set, a con­ve­nient stor­age case.



The pow­er cord is two meters long, which makes it easy to move the tool around the work­shop with­out the use of exten­sion cords. The engraver is sold with a flex­i­ble shaft and mount so that the mas­ter can posi­tion the tool as con­ve­nient­ly as pos­si­ble.

The rota­tion fre­quen­cy is from 10 thou­sand to 35 thou­sand rpm, there­fore it is pos­si­ble to work with wood, and with glass, and even with pre­cious stones. The weight is a lit­tle more than half a kilo, so the hands will not get very tired dur­ing work.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 150 W
Max­i­mum disc speed 35000 rpm
Equip­ment 115 acces­sories
The weight 0.6 kg

Pros and cons

Thought­ful details in the set (mount­ing, flex­i­ble shaft)
Unsta­ble to heat, vibra­tion may cause the speed con­troller to fail

4. Bort BCT-72Li

Bort BCT-72Li.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Bort BCT-72Li. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

For those who do not like net­work tools, the Bort BCT-72Li engraver will do. The lithi­um-ion bat­tery allows you to work three hours with­out a break for recharg­ing. At the same time, the unit is com­pact, weighs only 0.26 kg and is equipped with LED back­light. It is pos­si­ble to choose one of five speeds from 5 thou­sand to 25 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions per minute.

This engraver has 20 inter­change­able noz­zles for dif­fer­ent types of work. The bat­tery is replace­able, on the mar­ket you can always find a replace­ment in case of non-war­ran­ty fail­ure.


Bat­tery capac­i­ty 1 Ah
Bat­tery type Li-Ion
idle speed up to 25000 rpm
The weight 0.26 kg
Volt­age 7.2 V
Equip­ment 20 noz­zles and acces­sories

Pros and cons

Com­pact, high-capac­i­ty bat­tery, inex­pen­sive tool
Rota­tion speed may suf­fer dur­ing pro­longed oper­a­tion

5. PATRIOT EE 101 The One

PATRIOT EE 101 The One.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
PATRIOT EE 101 The One. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

This elec­tric engraver is com­fort­able to hold in your hand thanks to the rub­ber­ized Extra Grip han­dle. The tool is com­plet­ed with a large num­ber of inter­change­able noz­zles (40 pieces), and due to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of spin­dle lock, it is pos­si­ble to replace equip­ment faster. The flex­i­ble shaft is includ­ed, which allows the mas­ter to work in hard-to-reach places. The advan­tage is the engine cool­ing sys­tem at the risk of over­heat­ing, because many engravers over­heat in the process and can even burn their hand.

Fans of work­ing out­doors at low tem­per­a­tures will appre­ci­ate the rub­ber­ized frost-resis­tant cable of the PATRIOT EE 101 The One engraver. Speed ​​range from 10 thou­sand to 30 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions per minute. The mod­el is packed in a case for stor­age and easy trans­porta­tion, where the engraver is placed along with all acces­sories.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 140 W
Max. disc speed 32000 rpm
Food from the net­work
The weight 1.2 kg
Min­i­mum Col­let Diam­e­ter 2.3 mm
Max­i­mum col­let diam­e­ter 3.2 mm

Pros and cons

Over­heat­ing pro­tec­tion, speed con­trol
Vibra­tion is pal­pa­ble

6. Hammer Flex MD050B

Hammer Flex MD050B.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Ham­mer Flex MD050B. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

An exam­ple of a com­pact engraver that is mains pow­ered, for domes­tic pur­pos­es or in the garage. The speed is not adjustable, the num­ber of rev­o­lu­tions is 15 thou­sand per minute. The tool proved to be excel­lent as a mini-drill, and a lot of noz­zles and spare col­lets in the kit allow you to use it for var­i­ous engrav­ing jobs.

Of the plus­es, work from a 12-volt pow­er source can be not­ed, which means that the unit can be con­nect­ed to the vehi­cle’s on-board net­work. This bud­get mod­el does not have a stor­age case, which com­pli­cates trans­porta­tion and may result in the loss of attach­ments.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 8 W
Max. disc speed 15000 rpm
Food from the net­work
The weight 0.172 kg
Pow­er but­ton lock there is
Spin­dle lock there is
Col­let diam­e­ter 1/2.4/3/3.2mm

Pros and cons

Com­pact, many turns for a small tool
Vibrates a lot, no stor­age case


DEKO DKRT200E.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
DEKO DKRT200E. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

High-qual­i­ty elec­tric engraver with adjustable speed. The device is com­pact and suit­able for work in hard-to-reach places, for exam­ple, when remov­ing rust on the bot­tom of a car. More than 40 inter­change­able tips includ­ed.

The speed switch is locat­ed so that you can increase the speed direct­ly in the process. The avail­able speed range is from 1 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions to 32 thou­sand per minute.



The unit and all parts are packed in a con­ve­nient case. Rub­ber-coat­ed han­dles make work eas­i­er, reduce the risk of tool pro­nun­ci­a­tion. The length of the cable reach­es one and a half meters, which is quite enough for domes­tic work.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 200 W
Max. disc speed 36000 rpm
Food from the net­work
The weight 0.75 kg
Equip­ment 3 noz­zles

Pros and cons

Light engraver, long cord, low noise
Heats up slight­ly when run­ning at high speeds

8. Dremel Engraver (290–1)

Dremel Engraver (290-1).  Photo: yandex.market.ru
Dremel Engraver (290–1). Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

The pecu­liar­i­ty of this net­work tool is the adjustable depth of pro­cess­ing, which is nec­es­sary for apply­ing both super­fi­cial lines and deep pat­terns. The car­bide tip, which changes with a cou­ple of strokes, will allow you to work on many sur­faces.

A set of sten­cils for let­ters and num­bers deserves spe­cial atten­tion, which great­ly sim­pli­fies the engrav­ing process. The unit is suit­able for begin­ners. It is com­fort­able to hold in your hand, but the work is lim­it­ed by a short pow­er cord.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 35 W
beats per minute 6000
Volt­age 240 V
The weight 0.31 kg

Pros and cons

Light weight, sten­cils includ­ed
Not very long cord, you need to buy addi­tion­al attach­ments sep­a­rate­ly, high noise lev­el

9. Caliber EG-145+VG

“Cal­iber” EG-145+VG. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

The tool of the Russ­ian brand “Cal­iber” is equipped with a 145 W motor and dou­ble insu­la­tion. The engraver is sold in a plas­tic case with hun­dreds of addi­tion­al noz­zles and with a flex­i­ble shaft. The device weighs almost 2 kg, so the hands can get tired.

With the help of the han­dle, you can work at dif­fer­ent angles in hard-to-reach places, and the tool body itself will not inter­fere. There is an adjust­ment of the speed and the func­tion of block­ing the pow­er but­ton.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 145 W
Max. disc speed 35000 rpm
Net­work cable length 2 m
The weight 0.7 kg

Pros and cons

Bud­get option, wide range of noz­zles, flex­i­ble shaft includ­ed
Heats up, vibrates strong­ly, may smell like burnt plas­tic dur­ing oper­a­tion

10. DWT GS06-27LV

DWT GS06-27LV.  Photo: yandex.market.ru
DWT GS06-27LV. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

This engraver has six speeds, and a lit­tle less than 30 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions per minute, which makes it very suit­able for work­ing with any mate­ri­als. The extend­ed body of the DWT GS06-27 LV and addi­tion­al han­dle make the tool manoeu­vrable. Thanks to the han­dle, it is more com­fort­able to work with the device, the weight of which is close to 2 kg.

The tool is well equipped: in addi­tion to the han­dle, the set includes a fin­ish­ing block, grind­ing stones and an open-end wrench.


Pow­er con­sump­tion 600 W
Max. disc speed 27000 rpm
The weight 1.68 kg
Equip­ment var­i­ous cut­ters, a fin­ish­ing block and an open-end wrench

Pros and cons

Slim long body, han­dle includ­ed, speed con­trol includ­ed
Heavy tool, high noise lev­el at top speed, can over­heat

11. Metabo GE 710 Compact

Metabo GE 710 Compact
Metabo GE 710 Com­pact. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

A mod­el of a straight grinder from a well-known Ger­man brand under the aus­pices of the same Bosch. The scope is lim­it­ed to grind­ing. Motor pow­er (710 W) and high speed (up to 34 thou­sand per minute) allows you to use the tool in con­struc­tion and fin­ish­ing work.

The set includes addi­tion­al noz­zles: these are cut­ters of var­i­ous diam­e­ters with dif­fer­ent hard­ness. The speed range is adjustable, the start is soft, there is an anti-vibra­tion sys­tem, engine pro­tec­tion algo­rithms are pro­vid­ed. Among the advan­tages, we high­light the ergonom­ic design that allows access to any space, as well as a com­fort­able two-hand­ed grip — the device is designed for long-term work.

The only draw­back of the tool is the rather high price. As com­pen­sa­tion, the man­u­fac­tur­er offers a 2‑year war­ran­ty peri­od.



Ergonom­ic, mul­ti­ple pro­tec­tion sys­tems
Designed for grind­ing work only

12. Makita GD0800C

Makita GD0800C
Maki­ta GD0800C. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Clas­sic straight grinder (engraver) from a domes­tic man­u­fac­tur­er. Like the pre­vi­ous device, it can be cat­e­go­rized as pro­fes­sion­al tools. The speed range of shaft rota­tion is from 7 to 28 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions at idle, and the max­i­mum out­put pow­er is 750 watts.

The device is lim­it­ed in scope and intend­ed exclu­sive­ly for grind­ing. As users note, you need to get used to the specifics of the tool — but it is indis­pens­able for con­struc­tion and fin­ish­ing work. Can be used for pro­cess­ing welds and twist­ed grooves. The max­i­mum diam­e­ter of the grind­ing cone is 25 mm.

The advan­tages of the engraver include a long pow­er cable, and a wide oper­at­ing range can also become an impor­tant argu­ment in favor of the choice: work can be car­ried out even at sub-zero tem­per­a­tures. The speed is adjustable, there is a sta­bi­liz­er. A start­ing cur­rent lim­iter is pro­vid­ed, there is also an over­load pre­ven­tion sys­tem.

The deliv­ery set does not include a flex­i­ble shaft, it must be pur­chased addi­tion­al­ly. There is also no pro­tec­tive cov­er for equip­ment. Also among the rel­a­tive dis­ad­van­tages can be called the high cost of the device with a lim­it­ed scope.

Suit­able for pro­fes­sion­al build­ing and fin­ish­ing work, many cus­tomiza­tion func­tions
Fair­ly high price for a grinder


BOSCH GGS 18 V‑LI 0 L‑BOXX. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

The portable ver­sion of the old­er mod­els — the mul­ti­func­tion­al engraver is pow­ered by a lithi­um-ion bat­tery, so the speed does not exceed 22 thou­sand / min. (for ref­er­ence: this is enough for steel pro­cess­ing). The man­u­fac­tur­er posi­tions the device as a drill/driver, but in fact, when buy­ing an addi­tion­al noz­zle, the tool becomes uni­ver­sal. When using the impact func­tion, even work with tung­sten-nick­el alloys is pos­si­ble. The reverse func­tion can be use­ful for work in hard-to-reach places. Care for the user is notice­able not only by the ergonom­ic design of the device: the man­u­fac­tur­er even took care of the illu­mi­na­tion of the work­ing area. Adjust­ment of speed of rota­tion and reli­able fix­ing of equip­ment is avail­able. The tool can not be called bud­get, but it clear­ly falls into the cat­e­go­ry of the best engravers.

Com­pact­ness, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of autonomous oper­a­tion, expan­sion of func­tion­al­i­ty with the help of attach­ments is avail­able
High price

14. Hammer Flex MD135A

Hammer Flex MD135A
Ham­mer Flex MD135A. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Engrav­ing machine made in Chi­na with low pow­er (135W), per­fect for small jobs around the house. The set includes 40 noz­zles, a flex­i­ble shaft and 2 col­lets. Accord­ing to cus­tomer reviews, the device has no obvi­ous qual­i­ty flaws. Among the lim­i­ta­tions are rapid over­heat­ing (no more than 15 min­utes of con­tin­u­ous oper­a­tion is allowed), as well as the lack of a speed sta­bi­liz­er. Among the short­com­ings, prob­lems are not­ed when work­ing at low speeds, as well as the lack of dust pro­tec­tion of the engine. The clamp­ing head is not cen­tered, so you can not count on the accu­ra­cy of the oper­a­tions.

bud­get price
Only suit­able for occa­sion­al work

15.Hammer AMD3.6

Hammer AMD3.6
Ham­mer AMD3.6. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Portable ver­sion of the engraver, the bat­tery guar­an­tees a rota­tion speed of up to 18 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions. Among the advan­tages, we empha­size the most com­plete set: 118 noz­zles are sup­plied with the device. Dis­ad­van­tages — typ­i­cal for all devices in the mobile seg­ment: a short time of con­tin­u­ous oper­a­tion before over­heat­ing.

Com­pact, excel­lent set of noz­zles
Allows only one-time work

16. Proxxon FBS 240/E

Proxxon FBS 240/E
Prox­xon FBS 240/E. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Qual­i­ty engraver made in Ger­many. The rpm range is 5–20 thou­sand, and the pow­er is only 100 watts. Unlike cheap­er ana­logues, it does not heat up dur­ing pro­longed oper­a­tion, and sag­ging of rev­o­lu­tions at low speeds is also not detect­ed. You can’t call it a uni­ver­sal tool: it won’t cope with grind­ing walls, but it will per­form small jobs with suf­fi­cient accu­ra­cy.

Suit­able for pre­ci­sion work, reli­able oper­a­tion, light tool
Mil­i­tary style design

17. CALIBER 160+VG

CALIBER 160+VG. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Bud­get mod­el of a mul­ti­func­tion­al tool. The pack­age includes a flex­i­ble shaft and noz­zles for basic oper­a­tions. The device is not intend­ed for pre­cise work: when turned on, a strong vibra­tion of the shaft is notice­able.

Bud­get price, suit­able for ren­o­va­tion and fin­ish­ing works
Vibra­tion makes it impos­si­ble to oper­ate the device with­out inter­rup­tion

18. Bort BCT-140

Bort BCT-140
Bort BCT-140. Pho­to: yandex.market.ru

Anoth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the econ­o­my seg­ment: a uni­ver­sal tool with a set of acces­sories. Suit­able noz­zles of any man­u­fac­tur­er. There are prob­lems dur­ing oper­a­tion at low speeds, oth­er­wise the device is ful­ly con­sis­tent with the declared func­tion­al char­ac­ter­is­tics.



Func­tion­al­i­ty is expand­ed with uni­ver­sal noz­zles
The device is not rec­om­mend­ed for pre­ci­sion work.
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How to choose an engraver

To select the right tool, it is impor­tant to deter­mine what type of mate­r­i­al you will be work­ing with. The num­ber of rev­o­lu­tions depends on this: for wood and glass — 20 thou­sand is suit­able, and for steel or pre­cious stones at least 27 thou­sand. If you take an engraver for house­hold work in a house or a small work­shop, a tool with a pow­er of up to 200 W is enough, and the shaft rota­tion speed should not exceed 20 thou­sand rev­o­lu­tions per minute.

The sec­ond impor­tant rule of choice is to focus on the weight of the engraver. A heavy tool with­out a flex­i­ble shaft will not work for you if you plan to work with it on a per­ma­nent basis. With a flex­i­ble shaft, the hands do not get tired from the weight of the entire tool.

It is also worth pay­ing atten­tion to which of the noz­zles nec­es­sary for your type of work come with the engraver. Miss­ing ones can always be pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly.

Popular questions and answers

Answers pop­u­lar read­er ques­tions Yuri Dudin, sell­er of house­hold appli­ances and tools.

What parameters should you pay attention to first of all?

Engravers can be con­di­tion­al­ly divid­ed into house­hold and pro­fes­sion­al ones, and based on your needs, choose a unit accord­ing to:

• pow­er,
• speed of rota­tion of the shaft and the pres­ence of a speed switch,
• weight,
• accord­ing to the length of the pow­er cord / bat­tery capac­i­ty,
• com­plete set (which of the noz­zles is includ­ed, is there a flex­i­ble shaft, fas­ten­ers).

What nozzles should the engraver have in the kit?

Noz­zles should be select­ed based on the type of work that you plan to per­form. It’s good if the kit imme­di­ate­ly comes with curly cut­ters, grind­ing, uni­ver­sal col­lets, abra­sive and pol­ish­ing noz­zles.

I note that today for each mod­el you can choose the nec­es­sary noz­zle sep­a­rate­ly or buy a whole set of both the orig­i­nal man­u­fac­tur­er and ana­logues suit­able for the engraver.

What power engraver is optimal for a home workshop?

On aver­age, the pow­er of the engraver is from 30 to 400 watts. In order to under­stand how much pow­er you need a tool, remem­ber that the larg­er and hard­er the part you want to machine, the more pow­er you need. For invoic­ing, choose pow­er up to 100 W, for work­ing with sol­id mate­ri­als at least 250 W.