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Robertj668

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« 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
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« Reply #1 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
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 02:20:04 PM »

I use a dremel too with cuting disks and drill attachments.
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« Reply #3 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
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Robertj668

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« Reply #4 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
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« Reply #5 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.
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« Reply #6 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. Grin
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« Reply #7 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.

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Robertj668

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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2009, 04:52:41 PM »

Okay
I am off to the store to get one!

Robert
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« Reply #9 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
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 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
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« Reply #12 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.  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2009, 11:50:06 PM »

Great craftsmanship Bob! Smiley 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! Wink

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« Reply #14 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.  Cheesy

Bob
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