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Re: Dremel

Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:15 pm

which demel should I get for modding with - I'll probably it's not going to get loads of use but I dont want to end up with something too useless to do anything with
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Re: Dremel

Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:48 pm

I have mixed feeling about the dremel brand Rotary devices. On the one hand, they are extremely versatile and handy, on the other hand, they're always crapping out on me! I first bought the dremel 200 series and it died just completely dead no fixing it. So I figured it was the bottom line dremel and bought the 300... or was it 3000 series? The point is, the lock pin that allows you to change out the bits broke within the first month of using it! They're really good devices, but it seems like dremel has been cutting corner on quality recently.

Beyond that, it's hard to get a completely useless Rotary device. They are *insanely* versatile.
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Re: Dremel

Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:15 pm

I have several and I can tell you first and foremost avoid any of the battery operated Dremels. They are poorly made and the battery dosn't last long enough to get a project done. I have a 3-speed 400 series that has served me well but I really don't use it much. The other option is if you really don't intend on using it much look for a knock off. If you live in the US you can find poorly made knockoffs at harbor freight http://www.harborfreight.com/p.....40457.html. Beware though most of the stuff they sell is not UL listed and dosn't last, but for a couple small projects here and there it will do just fine.

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Re: Dremel

Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:39 am

Ok - Thanks guys ... what about ummm
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper.....d_cp_diy_2
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dremel.....38;sr=8-41
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dremel.....d_cp_diy_3

I'm just after a few ideas and wont hold you to any damage I do ;-p

I'll probably get something in the new year.
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Re: Dremel

Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:57 pm

Quote from abishur on December 13, 2011, 15:48
...The point is, the lock pin that allows you to change out the bits broke within the first month of using it! ...

Are you using the lock pin to slow the motor shaft before changing a bit?

Tsk!

As for cheapo Dremelesque tools, if you're anywhere near an Aldi, every 4 months or so, they do a (fairly chunky) kit with tool, bits, a bench stand and cable handpiece for, in the UK, about 15 quid. I've got one and I haven't managed to break it yet.....
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Re: Dremel

Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:58 pm

+1 for the dremel clones, i brought the B&Q clone a couple of years ago for about £30 and it hasn't dissapointed me it also came with a load of bits, i also have a dremel 300 series (got given to me like 2 months after i brought the B&Q clone) which preforms just as well, i have not come across any weakness in the locking pin in either the 300 or the clone.

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Re: Dremel

Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:47 am

Quote from RaTTuS on December 14, 2011, 09:39
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dremel.....d_cp_diy_3


That is the one I got when I moved to the US and I really like it and it has been very robust even though I have put it to some 'interesting' uses. Previously I had one with three speeds and just thought that the full speed control would just be something else to go wrong but I have found myself fine tuning speed a lot. Some tools just work differently at different speeds.

Only downside is the grippy coating it has. One thing I used it for was to cut and then grind white PVC waste pipe (the thick US stuff) and it created a lot of dust/granules that through a combination of being highly statically charged and rough have stuck to the thing ever since.

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Re: Dremel

Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:18 pm

I just spotted that Aldi are selling a Dremel-like tool called the "135W Combi Tool".

http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/sp ... _25517.htm (for Sunday 8th July)

It's £12.99, so for experimenting with it doesn't look too bad. I've not got one yet, but if I'm lucky they may have one left tomorrow. I read a few people on other forums who bought them earlier in the year and last year and seem fine.

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Re: Dremel

Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:00 am

Should be OK ...
I ended up with a Draper 140W version - and have have good use out of it [cost about £30 a a bunch of accessories]
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Re: Dremel

Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:39 am

We got a Parkside 'cordless multi-grinder' from LIDL (I think a sister like company to ALDI). for under £20. Its not bad an has an assortmant of tools - ok to get started with anyway. Have added a few tools of particular interest via Ebay. Certainly not up to the Dremel quality, but a good buy for the occasional user. Have had this about 6 months with fairly regular use and no failures.

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