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Forum topic by Bill Szydlo posted 10-21-2012 06:48 PM 2438 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Szydlo

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10-21-2012 06:48 PM

I am considering purchasing a Foredom TXH440 to use primarily for shaping furniture projects and am curious if it is possible to use inflatable ball and drum sanders with the 44T hand piece or if this is discouraged. Any advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 08:09 PM

Thats the Heavy Duty Foredom with a DC permanent magnet motor rated at 1/3 hp.
The handpiece suppied with that tool has both 1/8” and 1/4” collets so if your drum has a 1/4” shaft it might work.
I say Might because the drum will have to withstand 15,000 RPM.
I never saw one that would, but YMMV.
In any case, that’s a very nice tool for carving type work.

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Bill Szydlo

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 08:13 PM

Michael, thanks for writing. With the variable speed I would assume you could get the Foredom down to an acceptable speed but I don’t know what the speed range of the tool is?

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 09:20 PM

Saburr Tooth power carving burrs are what you want. They’re rated for 30,000 RPMs and they’ll shape wood easy and fast without loading up. I’ve used them on soapstone.

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#4 posted 10-21-2012 10:37 PM

I have a tool similar to the foredom. It is called “mastercarver” I have a variable seed control that sits on the bench. It works well for me.

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#5 posted 10-21-2012 11:03 PM

Jim, I had never considered a master carver, since this is the first I have heard of it. I am wondering how you like it and if you compared it to the foredom before purchasing?

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 02:40 AM

Yes a friend of mine has a foredom and I tried it and decided to get one but found that the mastercarver was cheaper and had a larger motor than his has. Also I can still get foredom tips and they fit the mastercarver. I bought three hand pieces with my mastercarver. Small one, Larger one (1/4” chuck that operates with a key , just like a drill motor) and a carving tool. The carving tool is the one I use most and is like a mini jack hammer with gouges in it that make small wood carvings a simple and easy thing to do. I chose not to get a foot speed controller because I find it uncomfortable to hold my foot at a certain position for long periods. Wecheer is yet another brand out there. Grizzly has a cheaper one that I would have tried if I had heard of it before I made my purchase. I am not sure if Harbor Freight has one also. If you get one ,I took the advice of Mastercarver and purchased extra internal flex drives. As it turns out I did break one and I was glad of the spare I had on hand.

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 10:46 AM

Jim thanks for the info on the mastercarver I have never heard of one before either.

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 10:56 AM

I have a WeeCheer that I like just fine. Would NOT recommend using the ballon sanders. I don’t think they are rated for enough rpms even with the varible speed foot control.

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#9 posted 10-23-2012 12:39 PM

Jim, thanks for the information on the master carver. Regarding the master carver, if you did a side by side comparison with the Foredom do you notice any difference in quality or performance? I also contacted the manufacturer of the inflatable sanding balls and they said they would work fine as long as the rpm was kept below 3500. This seems to be on the low end of the flex shaft tools.
Thanks again for the advice.

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 03:15 AM

A knife and file are I can afford LOL. But really its a nice tool to get into the details fast.

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