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Old 02-23-2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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Buying a Dremel

Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a Dremel to use for some mods I have coming up but I have no idea what kit to buy. I see some that have all sorts of accessories, others that come with only the Dremel, etc. What do you guys recommend? For now, I'm only looking to do maybe a little bit of sanding, cutting of plastic, and small things like that.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:42 AM   #2
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I bought these two and it works wonders

http://www.lowes.com/pd_406989-353-2...mel&facetInfo=


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Old 02-24-2014, 09:16 AM   #3
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I <3 my dremel.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:57 AM   #4
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you do not have to buy the dremel name brand . If you are going to be using it sparingly any of the cheaper rotary tools can be used and you can usually get them on sale complete with a whole bunch of accessories for a lot less than a Dremel. I do a lot of custom fibeglass work which causes havoc on any of my tools as the dust is very abrasive and use the cheapest ones i can find as a $69 "Dremel does not last me any longer than a $15 mastercraft or other brand. You can always check at Harbour freight as they have a lot of good deals on certain tools..
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Thats what I've been noticing. Harbor freight sells one for $20. Don't really know what to do. It's possible I'll find other uses for it besides what I need it for right now so it might be worth to buy dremel if it'll last longer
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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Oh and also, are there big differences between versions of them? I see the 200 series, the 3000 series, the 4000 series, etc.
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Honestly it is just a dremel. Buy one that is in your price range.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:20 PM   #8
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Thats what I've been noticing. Harbor freight sells one for $20. Don't really know what to do. It's possible I'll find other uses for it besides what I need it for right now so it might be worth to buy dremel if it'll last longer
I bought the harbor freight, I only planned to use it for one project so I didn't care if it was junk, i've now had it for over 2 years and it still works like new. I use it all the time. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
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Oh, whatever you do dont get the cordless dremel brand. They suck
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:23 PM   #10
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I bought the harbor freight, I only planned to use it for one project so I didn't care if it was junk, i've now had it for over 2 years and it still works like new. I use it all the time. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
Which do u buy? Happen to have a link?

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Oh, whatever you do dont get the cordless dremel brand. They suck
Yea I've read that a few times now
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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They have different motors in the series. Look up the comparison chart on their site to see the motor ratings. I currently have a variable speed and its well worth it. You can't do everything at 25k rpm, every polishing felt bob grenades above a certain rpm. If you try to cut steel the motor can bog down with cheaper units or the smaller motors depending on thickness. The flex shaft is probably the one must have accessory in my mind and well worth it. The "router" type attachment with a rotozip style bit would be my second most commonly used accessory but not nearly as much. I would also say the flex shaft is a fair amount of weight so getting a real cheap unit with a crappy motor and it will already be taxed by turning the accessory, something to consider.

While I use it for cutting most often, the cutting wheels are kind of expensive. If you plan on cutting a lot of 1/8" or thicker steel then get an angle grinder with cutting blade as well, it is far cheaper in the long run for that purpose. Aluminum or thin steel and the dremel is fine.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #12
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What ever you decide on get it cordless you will thank yourself later.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:58 PM   #13
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I just bought a 3000 series Dremel Saturday to use to install my air scoop and washer relocation bracket to go with my CAI. I went to pick up the 200, but after seeing the 3000 and it having 10 variable speeds I picked it up instead. The $20 more at Lowe's wasn't a big deal to me. It worked great and it seemed like a good investment for the future. I don't know anything about the Harbor Freight version, but Dremel brand has been around for a long time and developed a healthy reputation. I'll pay a little more for that.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:36 PM   #14
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I've had my dremmel for about 6 years and it's still as good as new! I love the warranty guarantee too.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #15
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I bought a dremel 4200 series. If nothing else, just make sure it has the variable speed control. It is very nice to have. I have been pretty happy with my dremel. I used it to install the race scoop on my car. Worked well on trimming the plastic.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:34 PM   #16
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http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Accessor...l.aspx?pid=545Get the diamond cutting attachment if anything for cutting!
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:29 PM   #17
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Speaking as a self employed Handyman for the last 18 years, get the best Dremel you can afford. Variable speed is good. I use the Dremel several times a week.I am on my second one . I finally burned up the first one. I tried a Tool Shop one once, it quit working on its first use. I don't like the rechargeable ones, I had one but it always went dead during use and I ended up getting out the corded one anyway.
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:11 PM   #18
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hd has a sale on corded dremels . Full kit too!
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:37 PM   #19
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I bought a corded variable speed Dremel back in the early '90s for building R/C boats. It still works.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:35 PM   #21
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be careful they overheat if you hold them wrong. and dont let them cool.
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