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Jan 19, 2010, 11:57 AM
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Dremel tool...which one do you like?

I want to get a Dremel hand drill.

So many options out there. Which one you guys like?

Corded? Or the new corless Lithium Ion one they're selling?

Any must have accessories?

Thanks in advance.
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Jan 19, 2010, 06:13 PM
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Depending on your budget, I'd actually recommend a Proxxon - they tend to be of higher quality construction than the Dremels. After owning a few Dremels I got http://www.amazon.com/Proxxon-28512-.../dp/B000S5KO3K with http://www.amazon.com/Proxxon-38704-.../dp/B0017NP2SO . I find the smaller, lighter rotary tool easier to use.
Jan 19, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Actually the cheap chinese ones are currently meeting my needs. Less than ten dollars each on sale in a plastic case with acessories. More torque than my old dremels by far as well. The additional torque is useful as the cardinal rule is to never load these high speed brush type ac motors down. Unless you like the magic smoke.

I like cordless tools but the batteries will die after awhile. The cheapies do what needs done for me. Light hobby duties should not wear it out very quickly either as the chinese ones I got seem built for a little heavier service.

The premium for dremel may no longer be justified.
Jan 19, 2010, 07:42 PM
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I have had three dremel tools and wont ever buy another. I think they are overated and not as good as some of the other tools of similar size. I now have a rotary tool (a Rhino?) like the Dremel but a little bigger in diameter. It is super for sanding and cutting with the cut-off wheels including the diamond disks.
For the small Carbide cutters and burrs, I use a pneumatic tool that looks like a thick pencil. It's about 6" long x 5/8" dia. The air hose connects at the top end and the exhaust is also at the top end. It has lots of torque for its size and spins at 58000 rpm. Best of all, it always remains cool in your hand and if it stalls, it can't be damaged or "burnt out". It runs on 90 psi air pressure and can get into places the dremel cant. The air hose is about 6 feet long and is the same dia. as the air brush hose. It's very light and easy to use. It's my most favored tool to use, second to my lathe

Jan 19, 2010, 09:29 PM
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[. It runs on 90 psi air pressure and can get into places the dremel cant. The air hose is about 6 feet long and is the same dia. as the air brush hose. It's very light and easy to use. It's my most favored tool to use, second to my lathe


How many cfm @ 90 psi are required to run it?
Jan 19, 2010, 11:03 PM
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My vote is for the good old corded model. That would currently be the current model 300 for a cheaper option or the 4000 if this is to be your multi year baby.

My own model 350 has been serving me for well over 20 years now. I bought a set of brushes at the time and have not had any need to install them. Although I have to admit the bearings are starting to sound like they are looking for some tag team buddies to take over. But if I open the unit up and find a way to stick a drop of oil in them likely they'll run for another 10 years.
Jan 19, 2010, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Alpha35

How many cfm @ 90 psi are required to run it?
Mine takes about 2cfm if I remember correctly, but I use my Proxxon WAY more often.

If I had to pick one over the other, the Proxxon would win.

Jan 20, 2010, 12:06 AM
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My super air tool has no brand name on it or any info on air requirements. I bought it from a "tender center" here in Rockhampton. It was brand new in its carry case. An educated guestimate for air consumption would be about 6 cubic feet of air per minute as a minimum requirement. It's the best tool ever.

Jan 20, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Thanks gang! Doing more homework....
Jan 20, 2010, 11:38 AM
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I have never had a problem with Dremel rotary tools. They are designed for light use and that's what I give them.

I wouldn't buy a model that didn't have speed control. Mine has a thumb wheel that takes the rpm from almost zero to whatever. For my use the tools with low and high settingl don't have nearly the flexibility of one with a good speed control. I only use the dremels on models and don't deal well with a cord, so I recommend a cordless unless you plan to use it in a fixed position only, such as a drill press. You can break a lot of delicate things with a cord.

I respect other opinions but this is my experience.

Jan 20, 2010, 12:03 PM
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I have an ancient corded dremel. No speed control. If it died tomorrow, I'd get one with speed control, corded. Probably cheap chinese clone as I only use it for light duty. I can't imagine buying a battery powered one.

For heavier duty, I have a 3" pneumatic grinder that works well. Joe's air tool sounds similar though I'm picturing it as smaller than mine. Mine works on 90 psi @ 4.5 CFM. Unfortunately, it runs my compressor pretty much continuously so I use it with a 50' hose (and keep the compressor farther away...).
Jan 20, 2010, 12:09 PM
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I had the bearing wear out on mine after 15 years of abuse ; only way to fix that using dremel parts was to buy a new rotor at a price that was not economical.

Buying a new one depends on price and here in ireland they are too expensive.
And one reason i am puting off replacing is that i now use a 12volt tool i once got at a trade show for about 10 euro.
Jan 20, 2010, 01:11 PM
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I have a Dremel MultiPro Variable Speed, Model 395 (corded), that, used in conjuction with a nice assortment of bits and sanders, does a great job of handling all my shop needs. I use this with the Dremel portable Drill Press. The other Dremel tool I use ALL the time is one of the old Moto Shop saws, Model 57-2; have used these three Dremel offering for many years on lots of modeling and craft items. No problems to speak of.


Jan 20, 2010, 07:28 PM
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My Dremel tool is more then 25 years old and going strong. It has variable speed and is corded. No doubt there is better rotary tools out there, however I've had good luck with mine and certainly would buy another if mine ever died.

I have an air compressor, but would hate to have to turn this on and pump up pressure just to use a rotary tool.
Jan 20, 2010, 07:57 PM
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My corded Dremel is also over 25 years old. I found a foot speed control for a sewing machine in a garage sale so it is now variable speed. It uses the old fashioned colets due to the high speed. I have 2 battery Dremels, both 2 speed with nicad batteries (not the new lipo), and about 8 years old. I use the 3 jaw chuck on them because the RPM's are lower and I like being able to change bits quickly. The freedom from the cord is worth its weight in gold. Just my 2c worth.


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