|Review by reggiek||posted 12-31-2009 10:07 PM||7567 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
- Proxxon Professional Rotary Tool - Micromot System
- Brand: Proxxon | Category: Chisels and Carving Tools
Santa was a bit late this year….but he came through with this Proxxon Rotary Tool. My 1-1/2 year old dremel passed away and even new brushes would not revive it. I did some research on these tools and found that this one was made to be used continuously and had a brushless motor. The dremel had a tendency to get really hot and cut out after any continuous use over 20 minutes or so – so it did not get serious use. I always worried that it would catch on fire or cease working…which it did die and of course this happened after the warranty expired.
The research paid off as I immediately found a good use of this tool by carving some nice decorative patterns into some moulding that I had used for finishing a couple jewelry boxes I have in progress (I should have taken pics of this but had to get them in the mails so they would arrive before the New Year)....I will be trying it out on some small turnings to add a bit of eye candy and will post some pics then.
This tool feels much more solid then the dremel I had…and when I looked at the new dremels in Loews…I found them to feel more like a toy then a tool. This one has an aluminum head and will accept all the burrs and bits that the dremel used. It comes with a couple of diamond bits and some sanding wheels…and 6 collets (1/32” to 1/8”). It has a foot pedal addition that I did not ask for as I already have a Wecheer Woodcarve using this accessory. My present included the flexible shaft and the keyless chuck. There are several great accessories for this sold under the “Micromot” system and they make great additional presents that folks can get for the lucky recipient.
I have several new Saburr Tooth burrs (really great burrs…I plan to review them now that I can use them the way they were made for) and they now go through wood with this tool very quickly for the course versions and very smooth for the fine version. When I used them on the dremel they were not as efficient and caused the dremel slow under the load (and heat up dramatically)...I had resorted to using them on my Wecheer…but it is not as portable as this tool. This tool has a variable speed that is really smooth – it is advertised as “full wave electronics” and has a speed adjustment of 5k to 20k..I used it continuously for over an hour and the tool was only slightly warm – it also did not seem to feel the load like the dremel did…So far I am very satisfied with this tool. It is slightly more expensive then the dremels…but well worth the extra in my opinion. This tool is manufactured in Germany and really reflects the extra craftsmanship.
-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!