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Old Dec 01, 2014, 09:07 PM
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Best Dremel model tool?

Just wondering what model Dremel you all use, and with what attachments.

Sorry if this isnt the right area, I searched and found this to be the most relevant.
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 10:25 PM
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Dear Wings:

I gave up on Dremel tools about 10 years ago. Prior to that I used them exclusively for about 30 years. I had two Dremel tools fail in quick succession after only a few months of use, so I switched to Black and Decker rotary tools which are easier to use, 1/3 the price and MUCH better quality. I have found them in the past for just under $30.00 on sale at Walmart!

The Black and Decker claims only 3 speeds but the speed is variable between the detents allowing precise speed control. Locking the collet does NOT require a wrench.

All the Dremel attachments I have tried so far fit just fine. I use just about everything that is available for these tools as they are extremely useful. I have about 4 of these tools all with different bits, ready to go at my bench!

I guess the most useful bits for me are the fiber type cut-off wheels, Robart grinding drums and the Dremel sanding drum. The wire brush wheel is great for removing dried epoxy without damaging the underlying balsa. Pretty cool!

These tools will soon become the most used tool in your shop!
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Old Dec 02, 2014, 04:09 PM
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Hi Propsnwings.

I, too, don't use my Dremel much any more. I was in a WoodCraft store a couple of years ago and found a WeCheer rotary tool. Bought it and haven't looked back. Here's a pic of the three I have and, as you can see, the WeCheer is much smaller than the Dremel. The WeCheer is 18V DC, variable speed and can use Dremel bits with 3/32 or 1/8" shank. It is very quiet when running. An alternative to think about. BTW the pink one is a made in China 'clone' of the WeCheer you can find in Michaels for under $20 with 40% coupon - it's called a beading drill. It isn't of the quality of the WeCheer though. FWIW
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Old Dec 02, 2014, 11:04 PM
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Dear Wings:

I gave up on Dremel tools about 10 years ago. Prior to that I used them exclusively for about 30 years. I had two Dremel tools fail in quick succession after only a few months of use, so I switched to Black and Decker rotary tools which are easier to use, 1/3 the price and MUCH better quality. I have found them in the past for just under $30.00 on sale at Walmart!

The Black and Decker claims only 3 speeds but the speed is variable between the detents allowing precise speed control. Locking the collet does NOT require a wrench.

All the Dremel attachments I have tried so far fit just fine. I use just about everything that is available for these tools as they are extremely useful. I have about 4 of these tools all with different bits, ready to go at my bench!

I guess the most useful bits for me are the fiber type cut-off wheels, Robart grinding drums and the Dremel sanding drum. The wire brush wheel is great for removing dried epoxy without damaging the underlying balsa. Pretty cool!

These tools will soon become the most used tool in your shop!
I really like the idea of the Black and Decker tool as I didn't know Dremel accessories fit it. Thanks so much!
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Old Dec 03, 2014, 10:30 AM
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Just to muddy the water further I have,and use, Dremel tools. A Dremel 8220 cordless and a couple of older corded Dremels too.

But nowadays at my home shop I use a Foredom and at my office shop two Proxxons. Once you crank up a Proxxon and listen to those sweet bearings hum you will think Dremel pre-loaded theirs with sand.

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Old Dec 04, 2014, 07:01 AM
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Without ever hearing a Proxxon, I've felt that Dremel bearing were packed with sand.

I seem to eat Dremel tools like they are candy. I plan to switch brands when my current tool expires.

From the sound of it's bearings, it won't be long.
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Old Dec 06, 2014, 08:49 PM
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Foredoms are very nice, and make Dremels look cheap as candy.
Cadillac of rotary tools.
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Dear Wings:

I gave up on Dremel tools about 10 years ago. Prior to that I used them exclusively for about 30 years. I had two Dremel tools fail in quick succession after only a few months of use, so I switched to Black and Decker rotary tools which are easier to use, 1/3 the price and MUCH better quality. I have found them in the past for just under $30.00 on sale at Walmart!

The Black and Decker claims only 3 speeds but the speed is variable between the detents allowing precise speed control. Locking the collet does NOT require a wrench.

All the Dremel attachments I have tried so far fit just fine. I use just about everything that is available for these tools as they are extremely useful. I have about 4 of these tools all with different bits, ready to go at my bench!

I guess the most useful bits for me are the fiber type cut-off wheels, Robart grinding drums and the Dremel sanding drum. The wire brush wheel is great for removing dried epoxy without damaging the underlying balsa. Pretty cool!

These tools will soon become the most used tool in your shop!
I'll also endorse the B&D RTX.

I bought one on a whim at the B&D outlet store while visiting Branson, Mo., gave $17 for it as a factory refurbished. It has become my favorite rotary tool, it runs smoother than my Dremel and is much easier to change tool.

I've three rotary tools now, an older Dremel, the B&D RTX and a half size B&D detail model that is half the size of the other two. I use the RTX ten times the amount of the other two.

I don't mean to bad mouth Dremel however as I bought a Dremel Trio tool that I love. It is has a base and is superb with a rotary cutting bit or when wishing to do precise rotary sanding.
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:44 AM
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I found a (what I believe is a knock off of the B&D) .. at Menards. Its the Performax rotary tool. I just picked it up for $40 and had a $20 mail in rebate. It had 500 accessories. It accepts all Dremel accessories that I have tried with it.

Has a 2 yr warranty, that is honored by taking the tool back to menards with receipt... pretty good in my book. So far it seems very good. The B&D is not available in stores in my area, the only place I found it was on Amazon.

Here is a link http://www.menards.com/main/p-2377695-c-12869.htm

I also found the same exact design at True Value.. seemed to be also a knock off of the B&D.
http://www.truevalue.com/mobileProdu...2557/61831.uts
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:52 AM
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I found a (what I believe is a knock off of the B&D) .. at Menards. Its the Performax rotary tool. I just picked it up for $40 and had a $20 mail in rebate. It had 500 accessories. It accepts all Dremel accessories that I have tried with it.

Has a 2 yr warranty, that is honored by taking the tool back to menards with receipt... pretty good in my book. So far it seems very good. The B&D is not available in stores in my area, the only place I found it was on Amazon.

Here is a link http://www.menards.com/main/p-2377695-c-12869.htm

I also found the same exact design at True Value.. seemed to be also a knock off of the B&D.
http://www.truevalue.com/mobileProdu...2557/61831.uts
The True Value is not a B&D knock off of the RTX... note it uses a spindle wrench when changing tool as a Dremel does. The RTX has a spindle lock very cleverly designed that when it is engaged, the tool can't be accidentally powered up. The spindle lock and collet system on the RTX is heavenly. It requires no wrench to change a tool bit.
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Ok, I missed that on the True Value one.

But the Menards Performax, does have the Spindle lock.
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Looking at the Menards... it also supplies a wrench but it may have a spindle lock button. The genius of the RTX is that the spindle lock is a lever that does not need held, which makes for very easy operation of the collet and super easy tool changes.
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Without ever hearing a Proxxon, I've felt that Dremel bearing were packed with sand.

I seem to eat Dremel tools like they are candy. I plan to switch brands when my current tool expires.

From the sound of it's bearings, it won't be long.
Agreed ! When I first ran mine ~10 years ago I found the bearings as laughable.
Took it apart , took out the bearings ..removed their shields, washed out their lube.
Repacked with Molyslip , reassembled and they have been good ever since .
Have had to repair the speed control .. Twice.
Mine was 'made in Malaysia' IIRC
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Old Dec 14, 2014, 05:09 PM
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Milwaukee M12 rotary tool

Since I already had many Milwaukee M12 cordless tools, when they came out with a rotary tool I had to try it. They are awesome. More power than my corded Dremel. They are currently on sale at Home Depot (in store only) for $59 for the kit with battery and charger. It's a steal at that price.
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Old Dec 14, 2014, 05:23 PM
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Ya I have the Milwaukee job site stereo and M12 packs... that would be a good cordless option for me as well.
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