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Title: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Robertj668 on June 28, 2009, 01:27:49 PM
Hi

I am curious to see what power rotart tool people are using?  I am looking to get one today for a birthday present for me!  I see some nice corded and cordless one online.

I read the code of conduct and it seems I am allowed to ask this question. Though I am not sure if I can say which one I wanted but it is the new one that is a very popular brand and its about $100. But it look like some people said the motor burnt out quickly.

If I violated anything I am sorry.  But I trust the opinions of the people on this message board.

Thanks

Robert


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: rustyrails on June 28, 2009, 02:12:41 PM
Hey, Robert,
I have two Dremel Moto Tools, one that is more than 30 years old and still chuggin'.  I also have a flexible shaft attachment that is an excellent add-on, especially for using cut-off disks to gap rail.  I've never used a cordless model, but if I were shopping for one today, I think I'd look closely at those.
Rusty


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: pcctrolleyII on June 28, 2009, 02:20:04 PM
I use a dremel too with cuting disks and drill attachments.


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Yampa Bob on June 28, 2009, 02:21:59 PM
Robert,
This is what I use:
Dremel 300 series variable speed rotary tool kit:
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXXSR7&P=7

Flex shaft, a must have for close work.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXC523&P=7

Universal keyless chuck, saves changing collets.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXNU47&P=ML


Other accessories, kit is cheaper than buying individual pieces.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXRDJ2&P=ML

Drill press, I use it occasionally, a luxury item.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXJNF6&P=7

Flex shaft tool stand. Another luxury item, I don't have one, just hang the tool on a wall hook or nail.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXC526&P=V


Best hand tool for cutting circuit boards, plastics, soft metal, track. Wide blade works great for chopping car bodies.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXKZ17&P=7

Another must have razor saw set.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXKX96&P=7

Hand saw blades for tight places, great for cutting off coupler boxes.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXKY31&P=ML


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Robertj668 on June 28, 2009, 02:37:51 PM
Wow  what great responses.  I am leaning between the cordless 1 amp and the corded 2 amp.  I think i will go corded first as some of the work I need to do will need some power.

Robert


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Yampa Bob on June 28, 2009, 03:06:19 PM
For bench work I suggest the corded AC power unit with the flex shaft adapter. When I do polishing work I sometimes run the tool for an hour at a time.

To work on your layout, clamp a length of wood upright to the frame and hang the tool from a hook.


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: pcctrolleyII on June 28, 2009, 03:14:12 PM
I've learn some good things out of this too even know this isn't my discussion. Thank you Yampa Bob. ;D


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Atlantic Central on June 28, 2009, 03:29:20 PM
I have two Dremel brand rotary tools, both old by many peoples standards. One is a variable speed unit from the 80's, the other, my first such tool, is a fixedspeed model from about 1969. both still work great.

Sheldon


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Robertj668 on June 28, 2009, 04:52:41 PM
Okay
I am off to the store to get one!

Robert


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: renniks on June 28, 2009, 05:30:56 PM
 
   Micro-Mark have the Dremel 300 on sale including the flexible.

      http://www.micromark.com/DREMEL-HOBBY-SET-MODEL-300-1and25,8498.html

   Eric UK


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: NarrowMinded on June 28, 2009, 06:37:48 PM
Just  a note for using a Dremel although I know Dremel used to make a treadle pedal I use one from a sewing machine to very the speed on my plug in tools, just set the speed on the dremel to the max rpm you want to use then vary it from zero to what ever rpm with the pedal.


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Robertj668 on June 28, 2009, 10:53:39 PM
Bob

I have only had it a few hours and I wonder how I ever did get along with out it.  It is the Dremel 400 XPR.

The canes look great!

Robert


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Yampa Bob on June 28, 2009, 11:36:00 PM
Thanks Robert.

Congratulations, the XPR is tops. Now you can drop subtle hints about all the great accessories.  :D


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Santa Fe buff on June 28, 2009, 11:50:06 PM
Great craftsmanship Bob! :) I like this topic. I'm hoping to get a Dremel too, but I don't think I'll get one very soon, perhaps this Christmas. Imagine it...

If it was me:
Me: "Oh, look at dis one!"
*opens it*

Me: "Looky it's a Dremel!"

If it was a "normal" 13 year old:
Kid A: "Wow, another present, cool."
*opens it*

Kid A: "What the- What's 'Dremel'? This makes no sense."

I'll probably get some gift cards, which is just as good! ;)

Joshua


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Yampa Bob on June 29, 2009, 03:10:45 AM
Thanks Josh.
I'm glad you're not a "normal" 13 year old, more like "exceptional". I loved your little script.  :D

Bob


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Stephen D. Richards on June 29, 2009, 05:08:04 PM
Robertj668,  you've been given great advice here.  I have been in the hobby for just over three years now and have had the benefit of three Dremels.  I also have a gunsmith shop and have used the Dremel tool for many years.  All fixed cord and I have tried the cordless.  Seems like everytime you really need it, the battery is low!  Stay with the corded version and must have the Flex Shaft.  Stephen


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Woody Elmore on June 29, 2009, 08:12:42 PM
You can't go wrong with a Dremel.


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: glennk28 on June 29, 2009, 08:43:09 PM
I have several Dremels both corded and cordless--my 270 is a workhorse--although looking  back I should have spent the few bucks extra and bought the "industrial rated" 280.  Perhaps my favorite is my #232 flex-shaft tool.  (I won it from Dremel and RMC for the RMC Kitbash Award back in January 1977--I also have a newer corded tool.  It is a variable-speed tool, but I prefer foot controls as I usually have both hands busy with the tool and workpiece, so if I need to stop quickly, I can just take my foot off the control.   I also have two cordless--one of the Lithium Ion full-size ones, and a Mini-Mite--

Dremel jhas a good replacement policy for obsolete and out-of-production tools.  gj


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Robertj668 on June 30, 2009, 04:15:02 AM
I am glad I asked this in this forum compared to another place.  I believe these reviews are more honest and sincere.  I love my 400 XPR and my wife thinks she could have a good use for it too.  Uh oh.  When I have extra money I want to get some of the extras that have been thought of the in this forum.

Robert


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: grumpy on July 01, 2009, 01:10:57 AM
Bob
Don't forget my cane.
Don


Title: Re: What electric rotarty tool are people using?
Post by: Yampa Bob on July 01, 2009, 01:46:31 AM
Don,
I haven't forgotten, just sold out for the time being. With everyone here crafting with deer antlers for tourists, drops are becoming quite scarce. I pay neighbor kids to search when they have time, but they often come up empty handed.

I discovered that older horns (bleached white and cracked by the sun that nobody else wanted) produced more appealing handles by staining. I tried to keep it a secret, but in time others found out.  Now crafters are paying up to $20 per horn (one side) for the bleached ones.

Remember when old "barn wood" became popular for crafts?  I know one guy who tore down an old delapidated barn and made a bundle selling the weathered and cracked wood piece by piece.  What a racket!  8)