Extremely Average #107: Getting To Know My New Dremel 4000

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 04-19-2010 04:47 AM 2945 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJs,

Today I spent a good deal of time with the manual. More than any other tool I have bought to date, this one has a lot of things one needs to keep in mind for safety and to ensure proper use. I actually read some of the parts a couple of times.

I would implore anyone who has a Dremel, and has not read their manual to do so. If you are not convinced, then just give my blog a quick read and see if you don’t discover something. If you do, then maybe you will be inclined to dust the manual off and read it cover to cover, in all 3 languages. Ok that last part doesn’t matter much, but I did read some of the French pages, just for fun.

Be safe,


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 08:25 AM

A funny thing happened tonight…

...I was just thinking it might be nice to find some Dremel 4000 Tutorials online. So I went and asked Google. I typed in the search box, ‘Dremel 4000 tutorials’ and hit enter. At the top of the list was the link to my blog post for tonight. It made me chuckle, but it doesn’t bode well for me finding tutorials if Google thinks I am the best source.

Ok, now off to click on some of the other links.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 12:13 PM

hello there Brian it´s great that you are so glad for for your new toy that you even
take the time to read the manual ,not many peolple do that.

I has own one of the small proxonmodels for maybee 25 years now ,and it still lives
but for about 6years ago I needed one with little more power so I got out to
perchase the bigger brother but for some resent I cuoldn´t get one in this part
of the country at that time ,so I had to buy the a Dremmel nr. ??? even thow
it´s a little clomsy I havn´t regret it sofare.

what I will say to you is that this kind of tools is realy only for small hobby tasks
nomatter what they promise you can do with it. and you will discover that those
cutting wheels for metal is realy fragile ,believe me I just know that,they crack so easely
becourse it´s a handhold maschine and when you handlet it you will proppely place your
wrist on the a surface so that will be the point you use to make and arch around
and the cutting wheel will jam in a snap and it will brake ,
if you havn´t brought it yet I will recoment the drill stand for it and the flex shaft
if you plan to use it regualy .

here is a little project you can make to the dremmel
and I sure the is more on L J for the Dremmel

oooh I nearly forgot to tell you that both Proxxon and Black&Decker and other brands
asseries can bee used with Dremmel
I know of that B&Ds metal cutting wheel shuold bee a little thicker so they shuoldn´t
be so fragile as Dremmels

One good advice use saftyglasses every time if not I can nearly promise you are going
to test ER service before you know it (don´t ask me why I know that even thow I have
pectacles since first grade)
I think this is what I have for the moment if there is anything you are in daubt of
just ask I think I have made all the mistakes there is with those kind of tools and
proppely still do


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#3 posted 04-19-2010 08:25 PM


Great response, thanks. I didn’t know about the Black & Decker accessories. I will definitely use safety glasses! I also like your point about steadying my wrist on a steady surface. Like all tools, I think that this one will require a bit of practice. Thus far all I have messed with is polishing, but it does a good job in that area. So I am happy.

I think it may be handy in doing inlays. I am not sure, but I have seen a few things online about using the Dremel in this capacity. It is exciting to explore the possibilities.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 05:18 AM

Mine is not a Dremmel brand. I bought a craftsman rotary (same s… different pile). I use mine a lot. I have bits to sharpen my chain saw , (I tried the file jig – rotary works better for me). I also scooped up a shaper attachment and a router attachment at an auction. DIRT CHEAP. I do not have to many tiny router bits, plan was to make doll house furniture one day.(Grandaughters are 1 and 8, thinking I better start that project soon). I found a diamond blade that I use to sharpen my hand saws with, I was using the cutting disc but found it wasn’t as accurate as the diamond wheel.
Have fun with your Dremel , I know you are going to have so much fun using it, one day it will have a NAME ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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