|Review by mpounders||posted 02-06-2012 06:40 PM||7591 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I wanted to recommend this tool after using it for over a month. I have a variety of roatary tools that I use for carving, in addition to traditional hand tools. And each tool seems to fill certain needs. I started with a Dremel (25k rpms) and added a flex-shaft and it was good for a variety of things, but it wouldn’t take larger 1/4” attachments. My Foredom flex-shaft with footpedal is great for roughing out and sanding and is really durable and powerful, even thought the rpms are only 15k. Micro-motor tools start at around $250 and should only be used for detail work…they can be damaged by forcing them to work too hard! So I have hesitated for several years on spending the money to get extra rpms, when I could buy several Dremels for the same cost. My anxiety went away after opening the box and using this tool a bit! It is everything I was hoping for….small and comfortable in the hand, quiet, powerful, and really easy to manuever. The 45k rpm motor is in the lightweight handpiece and connects to the DC power supply and speed controller with a coiled cord. The controller has forward/reverse, reset button for overload protection, and you can purchase an optional footpedal for speed control also. The hand piece accepts 1/8” bits and comes with a reducer collet for 3/32nd bits, and are very easy to change with just a quarter twist of the locking ring on the handpiece. Very quiet, no vibration, and very precise, excellent for detailed work. The higher rpms allow smaller bits to cut much better, while the precise speed control lets you slow things down for other types, to prevent burning. I am quite pleased with this tool, especially with how comfortable it is in the hand. This tool is designed for delicate and detailed work and I have found nothing disappointing with any part of it. It takes up little bench space and has quickly become my go-to tool for a lot of little carving and sanding details and clean up. I’m not sure that everybody needs one, but I hope that this review will help those who have considered purchasing one.
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com