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Old 10-29-2022, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Dremel Tool. Fancy or Basic?

I'm wanting to buy a Dremel Tool for my hobby workbench.

I Have one of these Fancy Foredom Tools at work, and its VERY versatile, with a wand that has a chuck and a real skinny wand thats handy in tight spaces that has a traditional clamping collet. But its pretty high dollar for my home worktable for RC stuff.
https://www.amazon.com/Foredom-2230-...84094026&psc=1

I see some cheaper alternatives on Amazon, but not sure of the durability or if parts will be available in the future.....

I'm wondering ,,,,,what do you guys use at home,,,,in the way of a dremmel tool?
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Old 10-29-2022, 11:08 AM   #2
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I've got four Dremels atm. Some people hate on them.. Dunno why. I'd be lost without mine. The one that I use most these days is a 300 series. I take care of it and it takes care of everything I throw at it. I've replaced brushes maybe twice over the past 4-5 years but I use it a LOT. I also recently replaced the chuck with a really cool hand-tightening one so no more wrench to open/ close. Changing bits is quicker now plus it doesn't utilize a collet so I can use super-tiny micro drill-bits.

Biggest thing imo for a Dremel or any rotary tool for hobby use is MULTIPLE SPEED. That is everything to me as working with many different materials takes variable speeds to produce successful and efficient results.

Whether you go Dremel or go with a different brand, I really think that multi-speed is the way to go. I also don't care for cordless models in rotary tools. I've found the batteries to never be able to stand up to the length of time I need them for.

For all the different attachments and features that Dremel offers, I've never found the need for any of them... just whatever bits I need to get the job done... some Dremel brand ( expensive but quality) and some Amazon off-brand ( super cheap.. some good quality but most don't last long).
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Biggest thing imo for a Dremel or any rotary tool for hobby use is MULTIPLE SPEED. That is everything to me as working with many different materials takes variable speeds to produce successful and efficient results..
Yeah Speed Adjust is Critical. I HATE foot pedals though. Speed adjust HAS to be on a dial. Also the adjustable collet is a must if you want to use drill bits... I've found that Reversible rotation is really handy too. Depending on your angle of attack, certain bits want to run away from you. Reversing the rotation helps with that.

Im having trouble Finding all these features at a cheap price is all, lol.
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Old 10-29-2022, 12:12 PM   #4
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I can see how reversible rotation would be an asset but I don't know that it's a necessity. Although I say that, never having used that feature on any rotary tool, so maybe having it would change my way of thinking. Still though, with many decades as a hobbyist, I don't see reverse rotation as a must-have.

Yeah.. Dremels aren't cheap but with everything mine have done for me, I consider each one money well spent. This is going back to my first one probably 30+ years ago. And I still have it... and it still works lol!

I'm looking on Amazon atm and there's an off-brand ( GOXAWEE) that's only $40 with a ton of solid reviews and comes with a bunch of accessories including key-less chuck and flex-shaft. Dunno if it would stand the test of time but man.. that's a good deal if it would be reliable long-term.
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Old 10-29-2022, 12:25 PM   #5
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ive never really used a dremel for for hobby stuff i used a few porting heads and polishing stuff
the electric ones dident last through a head i went through 3 on one head i ended up getting a small air dremel like tool i can beat that thing till the sun goes down just add a few drops of oil before i run it and its good to go
i have.thought about getting another electric one just for hobby stuff but im not sure i would use it
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Old 10-29-2022, 09:31 PM   #6
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I'me still using a pair of the best rotary tool ever made, the Black & Decker RTX-B. Sadly, long discontinued, but significantly more tool than anything from Dremel, and they were around 30 bucks-- Dremel was charging close to a hundred bucks for 1.2A (and still are,) while B&D was giving 2.0A for a third the money. I've been using the same pair of RTX-Bs since about 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, I burned up four Dremel tools.

I've used Foredoms before, and honestly I don't care for flex-shaft tools. They always feel like they're getting in their own way. So I would say basic. The WEN 23190 is a solid contender for about 30 bucks. Probably not up to production-level work, but for working on toy cars, should be perfectly fine.
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I'me still using a pair of the best rotary tool ever made, the Black & Decker RTX-B. Sadly, long discontinued, but significantly more tool than anything from Dremel, and they were around 30 bucks-- Dremel was charging close to a hundred bucks for 1.2A (and still are,) while B&D was giving 2.0A for a third the money. I've been using the same pair of RTX-Bs since about 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, I burned up four Dremel tools.

I've used Foredoms before, and honestly I don't care for flex-shaft tools. They always feel like they're getting in their own way. So I would say basic. The WEN 23190 is a solid contender for about 30 bucks. Probably not up to production-level work, but for working on toy cars, should be perfectly fine.
Well,,,, If we are gonna go Old School and Basic,,,,I've been Using these "Manual" dremel style tools for nearly 40 years at work. They WILL get the job done for Hobby Work too but,,,,you know,,,,,,Progress is acceptable
https://www.msdiscounttool.com/catal...YaAiqAEALw_wcB
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Old 10-30-2022, 12:36 AM   #8
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Who said I don't have a box of needle files? I have a file drawer. Different tools for different jobs.
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I have a 5000 series Dremel that hasn't been used since I bought an m12 Milwaukee version. Love that thing+
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I have a 5000 series Dremel that hasn't been used since I bought an m12 Milwaukee version. Love that thing+
Hard to argue with that.
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I've got a Dremel 4000. There have been times where I wished I could reverse the rotation but not in this hobby yet. But otherwise it's came in handy with plenty of projects on and off the job. Like other tools, I'll only replace it once it fails me. Also I'm the type of person that will buy a tool that is needed for a job just to add to the collection.
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I have and use a variable speed Dremel with a flex shaft quite often. I'm not sure if I could live without mine. It's a handy tool to have around.
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