Okay, I know I’m going to get beat up on this one. I have two fully equipped Dremels hanging from my pegboard that I have not used in over 2 years. Between them and all the accessories, maybe $200+ worth of tools. And I build guitars, with a lot of delicate sanding, so I am using flexible shaft driven Dremel type 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2” sanding drums all the time.
What do I use?
About two years ago, (27 months, to be exact), I walked out of a Big Lots with some $19.99 off brand dremel kit with a flexible shaft. Big Force, Power Force, I don’t know. Made in China or even some worse country, if there is one. Flexible 28” shaft, variable speed, nice chuck. I hung it above my bench, and installed a little holder for the flexible shaft and it’s handle/collet in the ceiling so I would not bang into it.
Now, over two years later with countless hours on this thing, it is my go to tool for almost every miniature sanding need. From shaping pickup holes in wooden pickguards, to grinding out stainless steel washers to fit, to knocking off burrs of screws and grinding into shape all sorts of things, this tool does it all. It’s silver in color is about all I know. Threw the box a couple days after I bought it.
I bought a set of those wound sandpaper cones from Harbor Freight, with the screw on shafts. It handles them with ease. So I bought a huge supply of 1/8”, 1/4”, and 1/2” little sanding drums from an outfit called Widgit Supply online, along with lots of extra arbors, a bunch of dremel style diamond cutters of all shapes from HF, and I am a happy camper.
This thing is more powerful, doesn’t heat up, and has been yanked from it’s perch onto the bench numerous times.
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com