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Forum topic by Howie posted 12-03-2011 02:50 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Howie

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12-03-2011 02:50 PM

Am looking at using a power carver for Inlays and am wondering if anyone has input on the advantage of Foredom over WeCheer or vise versa. Any comments will be appreciated.

-- Life is good.


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 02:44 AM

I have a “Mastercarver” and like it. I have used a Foredom and see no difference (except the price). The hand-pieces and tips are all interchangeable. I do A lot of Inlay but I do it all on my scroll saw. (Double bevel method) I use my Mastercarver for doing intarsia and for carving. Which ever you buy be sure to get an extra inner flex shaft because that is the part that eventually breaks.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 01:10 PM

Thanks, Jim. What my intent is to inlay stringing and patterned inlay with as jig like the one William Ng sells. I’ll look at the MC too. How long does a shaft last?

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 04:29 PM

Howie, I assume you are talking about the larger hanging motor type?

I have the smaller one. It’s a well built machine, but does not have the power of a Foredom. However, I would expect the larger WeCheer to be more comparable.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 07:51 PM

The inner flexible shaft will last years or hours. If you stall the tip while it is running it will snap the flex shaft quickly…........................ I have the setup with the speed controller that sets on the bench. Foot controlled speed controllers will make you sit in a very distinct way in order to keep your foot on the control and your foot has to keep the proper pressure on the peddle to maintain a constant feed. This gets tiring very fast for me.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 02:37 AM

Yes Charley looking at hanging motors.Thanks
Thanks for the tip on the speed control Jim. I’m probably going to make up my mind and order this week.
Right at the moment I’m leaning toward the WeCheer as it appears to have a more powerful motor than the 5240 foredom. Correct me if I’m wrong. Best prices I’ve found are at Traditional Wood Workers.

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 03:42 AM

http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/ << this is where I get my stuff.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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