I got my money's worth out of it, but I finally transformed my 30,000 RPM B&D roto tool into a zero RPM table ornament.
Best part is, now I get to buy a new one. What have people had good luck or bad luck with regarding the more heavy duty dremel type tools?
The thing that really killed off the last one was repeated load/drag (I worked it to hard). It caused heating up and eventually I pushed it to far.
What do you recommend?
I have a Sears die grinder I bought in 1957 and I still use it.
Bob, I bet they don't make the 2015 version quite as fine quality as the 1957 version you have.
Anyone have info on current marketplace options?
Yeah, Erich...I think stuff is designed now to only last 50 hrs or so.
I have had good luck with this one..
Years ago when I had the sign business we used little grinders a lot. After paying big bucks for a Dremel I found I could go to the Sears repair shop and buy rebuilt used Craftsman grinders for a fraction of the cost. At that time they were about $20. I haven't priced them for many years, but even if the price has doubled by now, I think they're still a good deal. I use several with different tools in them so I don't have to keep changing.
I have 2 Ryobi's and a couple dremels. The dremel i bought new in a big grey case back in about 09 or so is a radical design change and I dont use it.Dont like it.
The Ryobi's work very well and I wear the chucks out on them first. My first Dremel I had to repack the bearings twice in it and used it until the armature burned out.
Without a dremel,alot of my projects would not happen as easy.
I do know that Harbor frieght sells similar tools but I dont think they can take the strain.
They sell a mini bench grinder with a flex shaft attachment that can be used like a dremel.
My neighbor used to work for a company that made dental equipment. He has a couple dentist tools modified somehow for small work.
Wood carvers use a tool called a Fordum or Fordam? "spelling" .It is a large tool that hangs from a ceiling hook and has a flex shaft. it can work metal with the right bits.The 1's I watch folks use at a wood carving class are tough and long lasting..
I think Dumores are more heavy duty, and more money.
Dremel is the way to go. They are durable and get the job done, but like any tool, if you run it until it is too hot to touch, it will have a short life. If you are hard on your Dremel and it burns up sooner than later, next time you buy one at Home Depot or Lowes, get the warranty they offer at the register. It costs only a few dollars and they will give you a new one if you burn out the one you bought the warranty on. Jim Patrick
The Foredom tool Mack mentioned is really good. In addition to having a powerful and durable power unit, you only hold a hand piece so you can work longer with old arthritic hands.
The Foredom that Mack mentioned is a good tool. In addition to a powerful and durable motor, you have the advantage of working with a smaller tool holder which is good for old arthritic hands. The flex cable however can be somewhat restrictive.
B&D's quality has been variable over the years but recently seems to be much better.
I just bought a B&D "dremel" type tool and have been very pleased with it. Appears it will last a long time. Lever locking collet, and 3 speeds. It's advertised as 3 speeds but what it really means is that it has 3 detents, speed is infinitely adjustable. Amazon $29.
Wow, That Dumore looks like a heck of a tool. May be more than I need for the shopwork I do. The B&D lasted a long time for me. Dremel gets good reviews for the price. That Proxxon seems nice. The Foredom has a good reputation and lots of power but will the flex shaft bug me by hindering portability and use?
Still thinking this one over.
Good thinking Jim Patrick, I usually don't buy the extra insurance at the register, but it may be worth a look.
Any more thoughts or experiences?
Dremel is still American made, all others I have found including the Sears one are now Mao Made.
Dumore is also American-made. They're pretty proud of that (and should be!)