Best Dremel/Tool for cutting hard plastic and/or metal
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Best Dremel/Tool for cutting hard plastic and/or metal

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Hey gang, a little deviation from figures here. My hobby is customizing 1/16 and 1/18 scale plastic and die-cast cars, specifically batmobiles. I need your recommendation on a good, reliable power tool for cutting MOSTLY hard plastic in small areas (I.e. cutting out the 'headlights' on a 1/16 scale plastic batmobile so my LEDs can shine through), also for drilling holes into metal (I.e. the 1/18 scale die-cast Barris 1966 Batmobile).

I am assuming that the Dremel 300 would fit the bill - but do you folks have any recommendations on dremel/other make power tools that are better, and if so, what type of bits/parts I should be looking for?

Also re: dremel, what is a good part for sanding down the edges of small holes/areas that I've cut out of a piece of plastic?

Thanks *much*,

J.B. Malik

Posted by jbmalik
on Saturday, September 4, 2010
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somebody1 -
Saturday, September 11, 2010
We have 5 small cordless dremels that are all good. They have that one that looks like a startrek phaser called the stylus but it feels odd. For the really heavy stuff we have the 300 corded one. My dad has one and I have one set up for the router table.
jbmalik -
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Curious if you could tell me your dremel make and model #, that would help. Thanks
Mr.Melter -
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Dremel 400 xpr. The best.
Cincicustoms -
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Hey man, I have one of the hand-held Dremel tool with rechargeable battery thats amazing. I use a variety of bits, I got a set of all kinds of bits that Dremel makes as well as some "engraving" bits and a little hacksaw from Lowes. The only annoying thing you have to keep in mind is the size of the bit- but they make collets which you can use to increase/decrease the size of the dremel. I found this out the hard way- fort. those collets are really inexpensive, it was just a pain to make a separate trip.

Anyways it would have different bits for carving, sanding, whatever. I use mine for all kinds of stuff. Hope that helps
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