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Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:38 PM
I saw that Harbor Freight has the rotary tools like a Dremel. They claim that they are better than a Dremel. I'd much rather hear what you guys think. Should I chance the knock-off, or, buy name brand?
Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:59 PM
I bought this one from HF and while I have the multispeed Dremel, I use this one daily. It is only one speed, but for clearing Top coat out of hook hangers and etching out the eyes it is great. Once you get used to the smaller size trying to use the regular size seems clumsy... MHO.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:35 PM
Brad, by "etching out the eyes", do you mean drillin' an eye socket? If so, this is what I need.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:39 PM
I have the same one and use it for the exact same thing. I think it was 7.99. It is good for that but in my opinion not much more. The rpm's are very fast. I also have something similar to this flex shaft that I used when I had my jewelry business. I found this style much easier to control than the "Dremel" tool.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:48 PM
Yes sir, the bits that come with it are great for that, but like 152nd says the rpm's are fast, and it takes a very light touch to etch them out. It's also great for reshaping the eyes themselves for custom looks also.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:41 AM
I have the rechargable Dremel that I like very much. Nice not having to deal with the cord. Musky Glenn
Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:14 AM
I don't have good experience with those cheap versions operating on low 12V or 24V current , one can sometimes even hold their working spindle by hand , ........the versions working on ordinary household current 220V have much more power .
greetz , diemai
Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:34 AM
Diemai, I had forgotten that a lot of countries use 220 volt for house hold current. We only use 220 for larger appliances like water heaters, clothes dryers, air conditioners etc. Most of our house (in USA) is 110 volt for outlets, lights, etc. Sorry to hijack this post. I recently used my rechargable Dremel to grind out two pieces of alum. to make a mold for pouring lead for my ice jig mold. Similar to Rapala ice jig. It did well for this application. Musky Glenn
Edited by Musky Glenn, 27 December 2011 - 09:35 AM.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 10:40 AM
I picked up the dremel rechargeble for $40.00 and its all I use for eyes and detailing been pretty happy with it lo and High speed is nice to have. And I have a nock off with full variable speed 110v that I haven't used much but works really well, I just like the no cord for me and it is very light.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:33 AM
Thanks for pointing out , ......but I guess , that it really does not matter , whether a genuine "Dremel" runs on 110V in the US or on 220V in Europe or even is a rechargeable one , ....I was just refering to those cheap knock-offs from supermarket sales , ........these are really crap as they're not powerful at all .
greetz , diemai
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:43 AM
Thanks for the input, guys.
I found a cordless, rechargeable, variable speed Dremel at the local Sears. Cordless sounds nice and the variable speed is a must for me. I certainly don't have a problem with a KO, but, I would steer clear of a cordless KO, as diemai said.
Edited by saltshaker, 27 December 2011 - 11:46 AM.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:17 PM
I've been using Dremels as my main tool for making crankbaits for 10 yrs. My mainstay has been the least expensive 2 speed model. It comes with a 3 yr warranty and Dremel, which is a division of Porter Tools, offers excellent warranty service. I disassemble it and blow out the wood dust about once a year. The only thing that ever broke is the slide switch. An email to Dremel and a rebuilt unit arrived within 3 days. Not too shabby! I also have a much more expensive Foredom rotary tool that has more power and accepts attachments with up to 1/4" dia shafts. But the Dremel is so handy that I still use it 90% of the time.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:02 PM
I settled on a Dremel 10.8V Cordless unit that comes with 40 accessories. I also ordered a 110 pc. accessory kit, so, I should be in good shape once I learn what purpose everything serves.
Thanks again for your input.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:34 PM
this is a attackment for the dremel....might want to check it out....works great
Edited by Double Trouble Lures, 27 December 2011 - 06:36 PM.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:07 PM
Do you have to have the router table to use a router bit with a Dremel? Thought maybe you could just free-hand.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:33 PM
I use the $7.99 one from harbor freight as pictured earlier(got it on sale for 4 bucks) It "gets the job done", but not much more. Works good for smaller baits, but the motor is not so powerful so i would not recommend it for musky baits. This replaced an original "old school" single speed dremel (which i tossed after getting sick of replacing the electrical contact springs").
In summary great tool for the $, but it aint no dremel.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:58 AM
What is the benefit of this tool? I am guessing it is just smaller, and easier to use on small baits? Rob
Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:04 AM
This flexible drive shaft is just easier to handle , as it's handle portion is only about as large as a marker felt pen , ........in particular very handy for furnishing fine engravings and other finacky work , as one does not have to guide the whole tool , .....would surely be of advantage on small baits as well .
greetz , diemai
Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:55 PM
The largest Dremel round-over bit is only 1/8" which is too little to make any difference when rounding over a crankbait, IMO. In a "buying fit", I got the Dremel bit and router table, used it once and got rid of it. A couple of passes with a sanding cylinder does the same amount of work - don't waste your $$. Besides, most of us just don't feel safe trying to run a 20,000 rpm razor sharp router bit over a piece of 2 1/2" x 1" wood used for a bass crankbait.
Flex shafts, etc: my Foredom rotary tool has a flex shaft as a basic part of the tool but I've never used one with the small Dremels. Depending on which model Dremel you choose, it could be an advantage or not. A lot depends on your experience and how you like to use the tool. One recommendation I have for Dremels is not to limit yourself to only Dremel bits. It will accept any bit with a 1/8" or smaller shank diameter, including toothed wood carving burrs, millimeter drill bits, etc from other manufacturers. All you need to use them is a set of Dremel collets so you can fit smaller shank tools into the Dremel.
Edited by BobP, 28 December 2011 - 01:55 PM.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:29 PM
I used the flexible shaft Foredom for several years making jewelry. What I like about it, is the variable speed pedal.
Also, there are many, many different types of bits that are available to use/modify for your dremel. Just do a search for jewelry supplies.