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#1 posted 09-07-2012 07:56 PM

There are dozens of other options for small hand held grinders, flex shaft tools and what have you. Many of them are specefic to jewelry manufacturing and I have never seen them outside of speciality supply houses.

The Foredom has been around for a very long time, has a 1/10 to 1/2 hp motor (depends on model) and a flex shaft with many different handpieces available to hold the tools. They make a handpiece with planetary gearing to get 35,000 RPM from a 10,000 RPM motor and flex shaft, for instance.

There are some German built DC powered tools that have the power of the Foredom tool but the micro motor is entirely in the handpiece; there is no flex shaft to rob power.

Dremel tools have also been around for a long time and they have profesional tools that are not offered in the usual mass market retailers.

The problem is that most of these high powered tools carry high powered price tags. Pretty easy to spend $400 to $500 for some of these. But, if I make my living setting $10,000 diamonds I can afford a precision tool that I know won’t stall or vibrate or sound like a jet engine.

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