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rickf16

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11-15-2008 12:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool

I am thinking of getting a Dremel. Would like some thoughts on the pro’s and con’s. Lowes has an “all in one package” for about 90.00. I do have a request to make some pistol grips and was wondering if this tool would be able to handle the carving aspect of this project. Does anyone use a Dremel for carving and,if so how does it work? Any and all comments welcomed.

-- Rick


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 11-15-2008 12:57 AM

I do not do carving but I do have several Dremel motors and I can’t say enough good things about them. They are small and easy to use and get into places that other power tools can not. Lots of batteries are needed if you go with cordless.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Steelmum

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 01:24 AM

I don’t do carving, but I did use it on my project, What I did this Summer.

I liked it a lot. I used it and used it. I also tried a battery dremmel and didn’t like it. It didn’t seem to have any power.

-- Berta in NC

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coloradobob

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#3 posted 11-15-2008 02:52 PM

I use my tool for intarsia and wooden replica building. Works great for detail work. If you get one make sure that you get the flex shaft it saves on the hands. One note the harder the wood the slower the speed has to be otherwise you will burn the wood and burn up the bit. coloradobob

-- coloradobob

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olfrt

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#4 posted 11-15-2008 10:10 PM

One of the handieswt tools around. I found a good set in the original plastic toolbox with flex shaft and router attachment for $30 in a pawn shop. Don’t know how I lived without it. Great for gunstock work, fine grinding, sanding, and a host of detailing tasks. Has an excellent chain saw sharpening accessory kit which will sharpen a saw well in 10 minutes. Want the drill press and more accessory packs!

-- Have fun ! Be Safe !

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olfrt

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#5 posted 11-15-2008 10:10 PM

and the handiest too…..

-- Have fun ! Be Safe !

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 12:24 AM

drill press—love it
and router table .. my favourite accessory!!

I have a little battery powered one that fits so nicely in my hand. And I love it. I probably don’t use the tools as much as other people but for what I do it is fantastic.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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JWTIII

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#7 posted 11-16-2008 12:45 AM

I have used mine on several occasions over the past 5 years or so. A good tool for my arsenal but I do not use it very often, but when the need comes for a small tool it is very handy. I have a few of the accessories mentioned above. I actually found the router attachment to be pretty good.

John

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#8 posted 11-16-2008 12:47 AM

Pro’s – I used to demo for Dremel, and most everything I own by Dremel, was free to me. Also, SO MANY attachments available to do so many different things.

Con’s That pesky little mini-mite cordless (I had one of the first versions out) were utter crud. They may have made them better, but I prefer my trusty corded one.

I’ve done anything from carving ducks, to grinding on my computer cases to modify them to my needs. Stick with Dremel, and DO NOT get a copycat version by anyone else, as the quality just isn’t the same.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 11-16-2008 12:50 AM

I use my cordless all the time. Love it.. so I guess you should “test drive” it before making a decision about whether it would work for you.

Something I use the tool for alot is cutting off the tips of screws if i have misjudged the length needed.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#10 posted 11-16-2008 04:39 PM

I love ours. I have used it to carve little wooden animals, cut holes in glass aquariums and recently used it to clean up a hole in the steering assembly of the car to put a new sensor in there but the hole had some much corrosion and rust in it the new sensor wouldn’t fit until I cleaned it up.

If you check out e-bay you will find a couple sellers for the bits from Hong Kong. I buy all my dremel bits from them. I can get a 30-bit assortment shipped to my door for under $15 to $20 depending on the bits.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 11-16-2008 05:44 PM

Well I keep mine in my junk drawer. I find a sharp knife will carve just as fast. Sandpaper will grind just as quick. Maybe for things like sharpening or etching they might work so I havn’t tossed them..yet. I own the router attachment, drill press and two dremels. Never use them.

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CoolDavion

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#12 posted 11-16-2008 05:55 PM

I’ve got one, I like it as an all around general use tool.
Cuts faster and easier then a hacksaw.
Make sure you get the flex shaft attachment, hang the tool above you, and the shaft woks great.

I’ve used mine for carving: some free hand and some using the router base attachment—> Click for details

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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Llarian

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#13 posted 11-16-2008 10:15 PM

I’d stay away from the 400XPR (I think I have the model right), the motor seems much less durable than the others. I burned up a couple of them on relativly light work.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker. http://llarian.etsy.com

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 11-17-2008 12:48 AM

I grind off rivet heads with mine and use the router occasionally. Always have one available though.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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rickf16

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#15 posted 11-17-2008 01:18 AM

Thanks guys and gals. I’m sold!!! Lowes has one with a lot of extra’s and the flex shaft is one of them. I do believe it is the 400XPR though. I’ll probably get the 400 and see what happens. Time will tell how much I use it. This kit sells for about 90.00, so that’s not a budget killer, especially since I have a couple of gift cards from Lowes! Nice carving Cool.

-- Rick

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