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12-26-2013 03:20 PM

My wife gave me a DremalSaw for Christmas. I smiled and said that it would be real handy. In my mind I was thinking “What the hell am I going to use this for?” It is corded. If I want to use a small circular saw in a remote location I would prefer my cordless DeWalt circular saw.

Does anyone else have one of these? What do you use it for? Do you like it?

Frankly – I don’t like other people buying my tools. Only I know what I really want. If I had wanted a DremalSaw, I would have one.

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

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 03:31 PM

Stop being such a grinch and start appreciating that your wife at least tried. Either that or actually give her some feedback on what kinds of things you do want…

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 03:31 PM

Dremels are made predominantly for small projects. At least in my experience. Detailed carvings.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 03:41 PM

The Dremel Sawmax Looks to me to be pretty handy for home improvement types of projects. Woodworking—nit so much.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 03:44 PM

I do not own a DremelSaw but I do own a multi-tool, Bosch in my case. I find it very useful for certain hard to manage cuts, and also use it some as a detail sander. However, I am not sure what a DremelSaw really does. But the real reason I am answering this, is to tell you how to get the tools you want….....

At my wife’s request, I send her direct links to online catalogs for places like Leigh Valley and Rockler. I try to give her options, such as regular or deluxe models, and links to more things than she is likely to buy. I include things that I normally would hesitate to buy, just because of the price or because they are the deluxe mode. So I got a whole bunch of small tools this Christmas, each one carefully selected by me. Some in duplicates because I need them at the vacation house too.

I suppose that isn’t the real spirit of giving that people talk about, but it works for us, especially because we are not on a tight budget, and I don’t think you are either.

Have a great holidays and New Year’s Rich, and next Christmas….....well… whatever works for you…(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 03:45 PM

If you are talking about a Dremel Saw-Max, they are handy for cutting things other than raw wood. There are blades to cut metal, ceramic tile and other materials. They also work well for cutting pre-finished flooring, as the abrasive blades last longer cutting through that aluminum oxide finish than a regular circular saw blade.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 03:53 PM

I had to search for an image to see what it was. A gift can be something you would not buy for yourself, doesn’t mean it can’t come in handy once in a while. Set it up and leave it easily accessible… see what happens. I got something in the same vein – a “corner tool rack”...

I like my yardtools hanging from nails in a row, but I’m going to rearrange things to try this. And SURPRISE ! it’s made in the USA! So, I feel “obligated” to try it out.

peace, T

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 04:05 PM

I was thinking it might be handy for cutting metal until I looked at the picture of it cutting metal with sparks
flying all over, if it had a guard over the open blade like my special metal cutting skillsaw, it would be OK. But
this might be one to put in the, because I love my wife and she puts up with my tractors file. Because both
the wife & I have most of what we want, she has 3 drum sets & 4 or 5 guitars and I have two table saws
and other tools, we tend to give small gifts, like Sees candy, or a remodeled bathroom with a soaking tub.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 04:20 PM

I appreciate everyone’s comments but I feel compelled to respond to Bluepine in particular. I relate to his comment that his wife puts up with his “tractors file”. I now own 3 tractors and enjoy each one. My wife has clearly put up with my tractor buying addiction. Also, a remodel of 2 bathrooms was my primary gift to her this Christmas. The remodel includes a new 17” high toilet. She really likes the extra height. I don’t. Despite my height (5’ 10.5”) I have unusually short legs. When seated, I cannot comfortably place my feet flatly on the floor. When standing, there is that clearance problem (‘nuff said).

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

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 05:08 PM

Hey Rich,
I wish my wife would buy me tools…lol
I have enough socks & underwear to out-fit a small army…
And hold on to that saw. You know you’ll find a use for it sooner or later.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 05:59 PM

Take it back and get what you want. You can wear high heels (cowboy boots, lifts, platform shoes) for your other problem. I am not sure what to do about the negativeness…

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 07:30 PM

I don’t have a Dremel sawmax, but was thinking about it. I read reviews on it and everyone who has one seems to love it. True, it is small. If I got one, I would use it to cut 4×8 sheet goods down to size.

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#12 posted 12-26-2013 07:40 PM

Careful, Rich!
In a past Christmas, I started a thread entitled ‘The Dopiest Christmas Presents You Ever Got” (or similar) and although there were plenty of responses from members who really did get something dopey, others seized the opportunity to rage off on me for being ungrateful, among other things. I didn’t really get my point across, that being the sudden realization that your gift-giver is not paying attention to what you really want or need.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 12-26-2013 07:46 PM

Poopie, if your soulmate isn’t paying attention then she’s not…

-- If it's doable, I'll do it...if it's been done, I've done it...if it's impossible, I'll try it.

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#14 posted 12-26-2013 08:56 PM

well i try to do my best to be honest, but not so that i want to hurt someones feelings, but i do think you and your wife need to be more in tune for what your needs are, be honest with each other and when it comes to giving gifts, have a list from each other of things you need, im glad i have a wife who did give me what i needed, i love the real meaning of Christmas, and there is no way to get hurt knowing that..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 12-26-2013 10:39 PM

My mate always puts the receipt in the box and tells me to return it for something that I may like better-I’ve never returned anything, but one thing for sure- SHE’S a keeper….

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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