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Forum topic by Jordan posted 12-16-2010 06:47 AM 2966 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jordan

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12-16-2010 06:47 AM

I currently run my Dremel 4000 on a Dremel foot pedal which they no longer make. Now I’m wondering what other brand to buy as I’d like to have one on each of my two Dremels with different sized collets. The 4000 says 120V and 1.6 amps but the foot pedals I’ve seen on line say 115 V and I really don’t understand electricity. Any suggestions? Thanks guys.

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richgreer

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 06:58 AM

I’ve always considered references to 110 volts, 115 volts and 120 volts to be essentially interchangeable. I would have no reservations about using a foot pedal labeled 115 volts for a Dremel labeled for 120 volts.

This is my opinion, but I accept no responsibility for it. If you get the foot pedal and it burns out or blows up, well, that’s your problem.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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wseand

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 07:03 AM

There is no difference between the two. Most home normal socket are 110v. They accept 110v, 115v, or 120v equiptment. The big difference is wattage or amperage.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 07:09 AM

Jordan,

I recently purchased billy pedal no. 9080 (it’s at the bottom of the page) for my husband. He used it (along with the Kutzall bits he confiscated from me!) to carve a squirrel, and said it worked great. I’m not certain with which Dremel he used it.

In my understanding of electricity, anything from 110 to 120 V is basically the same. I wish you success with finding just the right one.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 07:12 AM

I have a foredom and I like it, but I’ve only used it off and on. I do like the foot pedal and there seems to be lots of replacement parts available. It’s has a switch that lets you put it in reverse too.

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 07:13 AM

Jordan,

I think Rich, Bill, and I were all answering you are the same time ;-)

Women are just slower!

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 07:19 AM

Jordan…I also have the Foredom foot petal ann their carver and am very satisfied with it. I haven’t had any experience with any others however.

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Jordan

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 07:29 AM

Well, that voltage info clears up that question, thanks so much.

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 08:41 AM

well Jordan if you sit down and make most of your work then consider a pedal from
a sewingmaschine they have a big foot plate and works like the footpedal in a car

take care
Dennis

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 01:35 PM

I will add my 2¢ here because some of this info is incorrect. First do not use a sewing machine foot switch. You never put a switch like that has a speed controller built into it with a tool that has a speed reducer on it. You will burn the motor out. Next the voltage in question can be said to be the same and most tools are design to operate in those ranges safely. Heck your votage in your house changes or varies throughout the day and varies with weather and temperature conditions. If you plugged a volt meter in a receptacle and monitored throughout the day you will see fluctuations.

Now there are 2 types of foot pedal that will be fine with you application. One is a deadman switch which is momentary. What this means you need to have your foot on it at all times for the tool to operate. Then there is the type where you step on it to start and then step on it to stop. Either one is acceptable but most prefer to use the first because they want to be able to stop the tool with the lifting of the foot off the switch. Good luck

-- John T.

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Jimthecarver

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 02:01 PM

Hey Jordan,
On my variable speed dremel I use a sewing machine pedal and it has worked very well for years now.
Not trying to contradict JT mind ya, After reading his comment I am wondering if I have been making a mistake. I guess when she smokes out like a train I wont ask why.
Good luck

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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wiswood2

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 05:05 PM

Go to MLSC web site, they have 2 kinds dead man and continuous run. I just bought one . I have one on all my dremmels, I like the dead man the best . I set the dremmel on the speed I want and the use the pedal they are also the cheaps on the web.
Chuck

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 05:42 PM

Jim

Are you running the dremel at full speed and just controlling the speed with the foot pedal??? If so you will get away with it. But if you are running the dremel at lower speeds and now controlling the speed with the foot switch then you are heading for a burn out. I can go into the electrical end of it but you do as you want. I t was a heads up and my 2¢ Good luck

-- John T.

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 06:57 PM

John T. i will give you right on that I just didn´t realise that the dremel he was talking
about had variabel speed so if jordan want to use such a foot switch the dremmel had to be set at full speed
but one thing John and you are wellcome to correct me if I remember wrong isn´t it so that it is
the electronic thats can´t handle the variabel input to my knowledge the motor don´t care :-)
well Pm me if I´m wrong just not want to highjack Jordans tread :-)

Dennis

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reggiek

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#14 posted 12-16-2010 10:59 PM

I have the Weecher foot pedal that I got when I bought the Weecher carver. It works nice with my Weecher, my Proxxon and my new Dremel 4000. My pedal is a variable speed…and you just plug the carver into a Y pigtail off the foot pedal…One side is a receptacle for the tool power plug and the other line goes into the wall receptical….it is 115, 120…etc voltage.

I would imagine that the Foredom pedal would do the same. Both of these companies sell the foot pedal separate…and both have either an on/off pedal or a variable speed. I had a dead man foot switch on one of my rotary tools at one time and found it to be a royal pain….the one I had could not be disconnected like the Weecher pedal (I can run the Weecher without the foot pedal….that works great when I am working in an area that doesn’t have room for me to use the pedal).

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Jimthecarver

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#15 posted 12-17-2010 03:35 AM

JT- Yes I run the dremel on full speed then control the speed with the pedal.
I do understand how it could burn it up if used in a different manner. A friend wanted to control tool speed of a machine by using a dimmer switch…lol that didnt work out well for him.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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