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Using a Dremel Tool for Making Hard Baits
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 11:28 AM
I am planning to buy a Dremel tool to speed things up with regard to lure making (using it to shape lure bodies at the very least) and when I went to the store, I found there were two types. One model was single speed and the other had variable speed capability (both @ 35,000 rpm).
If I recall, I think the single speed is cheaper. For the purposes of makeing lures, is it better or necessary to have such control over the speed?
Thank you in advance for your input. I've hand carved several prop baits and poppers from bass wood dowels and each took about 20-30 minutes to shape a sand and as much as I think of it as a labor of love, it is also taking up more time.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 11:55 AM
Go ahead and spend the extra money for the variable speed. In most cases you will not want to use the unit at top speed and as you use it you will find more uses for it and the variable speed will come in handy.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 12:20 PM
Gene's right,it's worth the few extra bucks for the varitable speed.You'll be amazed the uses you'll find for this tool..Nathan
Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:48 PM
The dremel is the best tool I own. I have the single speed model, but the variable would be nice. I use the sanding drums to shape with and the round carving bit to hollow out popper mouths. Dale
Posted 04 October 2004 - 02:50 PM
IMO, by far a variable speed Dremel is worth the extra cost. I have found myself using the differing speeds when working with different hardness/ types of woods. I dont think 35,000 rpms is really needed to make much sanding headway on a soft piece of balsa vs where you might need it with a piece of kiln pine or banak. One lapse of concentration at 35,000 rpms while sanding on balsa and you might have an unexpected, newly shaped lure ... being able to gear down to 5,000-10,000 is a very nice feature IMO. Good luck with the model you choose.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 03:44 PM
Kudos to Dremel. There are quite a few grinding tools out there now, some less expensive and some more, but I think I will frame my old 7.2 volt 2-speed 10,000-15,000 rpm portable. I have ground alot of hardwood lures with it, use to use it constantly on the job, etc., and the only thing that has ever worn out on it are bits and batteries. I was on the verge of buying a corded model with flex shaft, but the new cordless with batteries lasting four times longer will be my next one, enabling me to work on lures while lying in a hammock if I want, while the wind blows the dust away.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 09:56 PM
You should definately get the variable speed unit I also highly reccomend that you get the router table and flex shaft attachments. With the router table you can round off the corners quite easily.
When using the flex shaft hang the dremel above your work surface and use small cutters for fine detailing gill plates mouths eye sockets etc.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 10:02 PM
Thanks to everyone! I picked up the dremel on the way home from work today. I bought the varible speed model and will aquire in good time the flex cable and router table. Christmas has come early this year.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 10:10 PM
everyone should own a dremel, an irreplaceable tool. Multi-pro is the model you want.
Hey Dean, have you seen anyplace selling the charger unit for the dremel mini-mite? I saw you mention batteries & I love the small mini-mite for intricate work, but lost my charger during a move & could never find a charger, batteries yes, charger, no.
Posted 05 October 2004 - 12:20 AM
Let me check for you Red, I may have an extra charger, I burned one of mine out last fall somehow and may still have the charger.
As far as which dremel? Go for the multipro...but if you can afford it then I would recommend the Foredom over the Dremel: 35,000 rpms doesn't have anything on 1/4 hp Foredom. JIM