Dremel question
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Dremel question

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Just starting out with customizing (dabbled with it a few years ago, but never finished anything), and I'm finding out quick that the little hand-held rotary hobby tool that I purchased a few years back just isn't cutting it. The motor is extremely underpowered. So I've decided to go ahead and invest in a Dremel, because everyone here seems to love theirs so much, and I hate hate HATE the little POS I have.

My question is, what is the best Dremel model when it comes to customizing and affordability? I don't necessarily need a cordless (most of my work will be done about a foot from an outlet); I just need it to be as cheap as possible, but still powerful enough to get the job done. Opinions?

Thanks in advance!
Chups

Posted by chupacabra24
on Sunday, February 15, 2009
User Comments
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Yup, get the mini-mite or something, its $20. I also saw a Pumkin Carver dremel for the same price and speeds, it was clear orange and looked cool! But too bad I already had a dremel, lol.
bigdaddyscott -
Saturday, February 21, 2009
if you want to go cheap, I bought my cordless dremel at walmart for $20!
chupacabra24 -
Monday, February 16, 2009
No, I get that, but the one that I'm using tends to slow down after being used for a bit and will actually stop working with even just the smallest bit of pressure sometimes. The motor is just weak and inconsistent, which is a definite pain.

At the same time, sometimes it works perfectly- I used a cutting wheel to slice right through a hard plastic neck, and at times it was just tearing right through like a madman, and then at times it wouldn't hardly even groove the plastic without stopping. It's just frustrating, but as it's what I currently have, I'm getting the job done with it, lol. Just looking towards replacing it with something more reliable.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, February 16, 2009
Just remember, dremels don't have a lot of torque, they're not designed to power through stuff. Dremels are designed to let the speed do all the work, so it takes longer to cut through stuff but it's more precise than a drill.
Punstarr -
Monday, February 16, 2009
Buy a flex shaft. >.>

They're only like $500
chupacabra24 -
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Cool, thanks for the info- the one I'm using is a generic one (no company stamp anywhere, made in China) rated at 10,000 RPM, but let me tell you, once you start really applying it, it slows to a crawl and you basically have to turn it off and then try it again. Definitely going for the corded one, thanks!

I restarted a project I was going to do a long time ago- close to 10 years ago- and I'd mention the name, but I'd rather post it as a surprise down the road. Before I was doing it smaller scale, like McFarlane figure scale, but now I'm using a Ruthless Aggression William Regal (on clearance at Toys R Us, lol) and I'm amazed at how much easier it is to work on a slightly larger, more articulated scale. The generic dremel, while a pain, has helped me out quite a bit, and I can only imagine that a better one would stomp butt.

Of course, it wouldn't even be remotely possible without the tutorials and resources here at FigureRealm- I'm just hoping he turns out as well as I'm planning.
leafman343 -
Sunday, February 15, 2009
If your looking to buy a dremel Lowe's sells a corded 2 speed (15,000 and 35,000 rpm) dremel for $54.98 and a cordless 2 speed (5,000 and 10,000 rpm) dremel for $44.98. I've used a corded one on the lower setting and it seemed to work just fine, though someone with more experience would be able to tell you how many rpm's you will want. I also found at a store called Harbor Freight, a Chicago brand rotary tool (16,250 rpm) with 30 bits for $9.99, though Harbor Freight is well known for the stuff they sell not lasting very long .
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