|Review by MsDebbieP||posted 01-17-2008 03:18 PM||15517 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
(photo from www.dremel.com)
When I decided to try my hand at working with wood, I thought that I would like to do some scroll work and so I did a little research and decided that I preferred the Dremel. About the time that I had made my decision, the tool came on sale and I jumped at the opportunity and it came home with me.
Sander :The station comes with the scroll saw and a sanding station on the side, which is really convenient, not only when I’m doing scroll saw work but other small wood pieces as well.
Light : A small flex light is placed conveniently, so you can aim the focused light at the blade and work area of your piece. For me, I also have a big light above my work space and often will turn the saw’s light off.
Blower : Don’t know what I’d do without this! The blower is also on a flexible “hose” so it can be placed according to your needs. I find that if I bump it that it’s only a second before I realize that it isn’t working efficiently. I move it back, smile, and say “thank you for being here!” :)
Quick Release : The quick release tensioning mechanism and the the blade holders are excellent. Now that I’m getting more experienced with woodworking, I find that I can flip those mechanisms and have the blade in and out of the wood so quickly that I don’t lose the momentum of the process.
The blade holder underneath the machine can be a pain in the butt. I don’t know how someone with bigger hands does it. I also haven’t used any other machine so I don’t know if there is a way around it. But, again, now that I have some experience, I can usually install a blade without even looking at the underside.
Vibration : I hear about machines that bounce right off the table – this does NOT happen with my Dremel. We installed it as per directions, with a piece of carpeting under the machine. I have never been bothered by any vibration.
Safety Hold-down : Because it is a safety feature, the hold-down is usually on my machine. It has been handy when the blade breaks and the wood chatters like wild and my heart stops. There have been some pieces that I have worked with that it has been better to remove it. But I’ve tried to work around it so I don’t get complacent and end up in a dangerous situation.
Controls : The variable speed knob is conveniently placed at the front of the machine and it is easy to just reach up and turn the speed up/down to get a smooth cut.
Blades : The station accepts both pin and pinless blades. Again, convenient. It also has a blade storage compartment on the side.
The Table : The cast-iron table top tilts. I have never used this feature so I can’t comment on it.
The only other thing that I need when using my scroll saw is a drill for making the holes. I have the Dremel “Work Station” that holds my Dremel hand tool. So it’s all set up to do quick drilling and on I go to the scroll work.
The other addition I made to the Dremel was a foot control pedal. Oh yah.. all the difference in the world. I can now keep two hands on the work piece at all times.
Overall I am very pleased with my Dremel. It was a very good investment and I’ve never regretted my choice.
Approximately $300 Canadian.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)