A product roundup of dental laboratory handpieces.
Dental technology has experienced major advancements over the past few decades, and nowhere is that more apparent than in equipment categories. When dental technicians need to use hand-held instruments, today’s dental laboratory can take advantage of all the latest modern technology.
Designed for a variety of applications, handpieces are one of the most reached-for and most used pieces of equipment in the dental lab, so it is critical to make the right choice based on your lab’s needs. Whether you are working on models, finishing and polishing, grinding, or adjusting, it’s important to consider what features will complement the tasks you regularly perform and the materials you frequently work with.
Let’s take a look at some of the dental laboratory handpieces on the market.
The Pro Power 50K Super Lab handpiece features Brushless Motor Technology with 7.8-Ncm torque, 1000 to 50,000 rpm with a lightweight micromotor, forward and reverse direction, and a digital Speed Control Display. It also includes a Variable Speed Foot Pedal, a digital display, and a twist-locking chuck. At just 7.5 oz, it is lightweight and compact with an ergonomic design. A 1-year warranty is included, with an extended 2-year warranty option available.
The KaVo K5 Plus Laboratory Handpiece system is a staple for those looking for a reliable, quiet, and high-quality micromotor. Weighing only 200 g, it is comfortable to use while still offering excellent power of 1,000 to 35,000 rpm at 4.5-Ncm torque. It offers programmable speed and torque with its new TLC Control. The K5 Plus is easy to clean and maintain, and the user can replace the bearings themselves. The control system comes in Knee, Foot, and Tabletop versions.
The ZUBLER VARIOStar T50/K50 handpiece systems offer stable, solid torque through the entire range of rotational speeds up to 50,000 rpm. Ergonomically designed, the smooth rotation of the handpiece supports fatigue-free work. Additionally, the handpiece systems are guaranteed to be compatible with your extraction system. The K50 is a knee control system. The T50 is a desktop system with a tool cradle and comes with your choice of a foot pedal, knee pedal, or foot lever.
This versatile and compact electric handpiece features 35,000 rpm, ideal for medium-duty and intermittent lab trimming needs. It is designed to provide smooth, quiet, and comfortable operation with a history of long-term durability. Its fully variable speed is conveniently controlled by a heavy-duty, all-metal, variable-speed AC foot control. The handpiece measures approximately 6 in long, 1 1/8 in major diameter, and 5/8 inches in nose diameter, with a weight of 9.5 oz.
The BP50 Slim Handpiece is designed to be 20% lighter at 5.68 oz, making it compact and comfortable with less fatigue. It offers 10% less torque at 7.2 Ncm, while still offering 3 times the torque of brush-type motors. It reaches speeds of 50,000 rpm without the need for a cooling fan, allowing the device to run smoothly and silently while reducing the intake of dust and debris. The sealed rear motor also eliminates dust and there are no carbon dust or carbon brushes to replace.
The 500-IV Syncro-Torque IV is a next-generation dental lab handpiece complete with brushless handpiece and a variable-speed digital control console. It is capable of 50,000 rpm for all dental lab applications, including cutting, grinding, sanding, and more. Its reverse direction allows technicians to use the handpiece with either the left or right hand comfortably, and the auto cruise feature maintains a consistent speed. The brushless handpiece motor is designed to never require brush changes and only requires minimal maintenance. Its torque provides ample power at all speeds, and the foot pedal can be used on the floor or mounted as a knee treadle.
The Q Basic brushless micromotor is built using technology that is optimized to deliver unequaled performance and balance to users. It provides technicians with ample power while running ultrasmooth, quiet, and cool. The Q Basic tabletop version offers a traditional handpiece system with a foot switch for controlling speed. The Q Basic knee-control version helps maintain an ergonomic seating posture by allowing the users’ feet to remain resting flat on the floor. It features speeds from 1000 to 40,000 rpm, 6.7 Ncm of torque, and True Torc™ Technology, which delivers constant power throughout the entire range of speed, enabling technicians to complete any task without hesitation.
Developed in accordance with anatomical needs, the K-ERGOgrip laboratory drive is designed for the intricate nature of laboratory work. At just 140mm in length, it is significantly more compact. The grip ergonomics facilitate prolonged fatigue-free working, and the unit’s mechanics have been designed with vibration-free performance. The collectorless DC motor makes its high torque power available in a speed range from 1000 to 50,000 rpm. The “relax bonus” allows for significantly reduced bending of the wrist, supporting a more relaxed grip. The device’s new chuck system features optimum force transmission due to a 40% higher retention rate.
The Presto Aqua II high-speed air lab system features a lightweight, lube-free handpiece with a built-in dust-proof mechanism. Operating at 320,000 rpm, the Presto Aqua II system has a built-in air regulator and foot control. The Presto Aqua II features seamless adjustments of water volume and spray and can run independently with the incorporated water bottle or connected to the main water line. The high-speed handpiece with water spray helps reduce the heating while cutting and finishing.
The EXL-M40 features variable speed from 1000 to 40,000 rpm and a variable-speed foot pedal with magnetic sensor. The blue beam pulsates on reverse rotation and warns of irregularity. Its high torque/low speed operates with vibration-free performance supplied by a compact power console. The L12M brushless micromotor is completely sealed and said to be virtually maintenance-free. The unit is designed to prevent shaven debris from entering the handpiece.
With a rotation speed of 300,000 rpm, this handpiece provides an ideal instrument for delicate, precise work. Its ball bearing turbine is protected by a dustproof shield, which helps give the unit a longer service life. The spray function is compatible with an STS system water spray.
With a 180° vector control system that allows for ripple-free, smooth rotation and stable torque across the entire speed range, the Ultimate XL ensures you work more efficiently and stress-free. The handpiece shape was designed with ergonomics and functionality in mind to reduce hand fatigue and make it easier to work on even the most delicate pieces of work for extended periods of time. Its hermetically shielded micromotor unit reduces vibration and noise, and its chuck strength is increased by approximately 30%, allowing technicians to work on a wider variety of materials. Weighing 2.8 kg, it is lightweight and compact and is said to reduce hand fatigue and improve balance.