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Forum topic by sgv posted 02-27-2014 12:20 AM 1080 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sgv

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02-27-2014 12:20 AM

OK power carvers, I was thinking about getting a Foredom wood carving kit. I have used a Dremel ( the same one for 30 years !! got my moneys worth out of it)This weekend it died. I carve small birds,sand,grind with it but want to start doing some larger carvings, and adding detail to my bowls. The question is is it worth the money??? any one use them? Do you like it?

Thanks all
SGV

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back


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JAAune

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#1 posted 02-27-2014 12:43 AM

Do you happen to have an air compressor with good CFM? If so, an air-powered pencil grinder is an option. Harbor Freight has a cheap one but even more expensive brands could be had for the same or less dollars as a Foredom kit.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 12:56 AM

I bought a 4 1/2” BAD BLADE for my angle grinder. Works better than I expected for $20. Definitely want to have the guard on when using this, cuts through hardwood like a hot knife through butter, would go through flesh even easier.

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 02:50 PM

I have a tool that uses Foredom tips called a Mastercarver. Looks and works just like a Foredom. Wecheer is yet another good brand. I got the one with a variable speed on the bench, not a foot pedal that one has to hold down all the time. (That is tiring) I have three hand pieces for this tool. Small rotary, large rotary and a carving tool that I like a lot. It works like a miniature jack hammer to carve with different small gouges. Much lighter and easier to use than a Dremel.

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 03:48 PM

I’m really interested in what the responses are here. I also want to step up from a Dremel. I got my dremel off e-bay for $30 and it has served me well, and still is, but I’d like to have better. I’ve been looking at the Foredom for over a year now. Just hesitant to fork over the money.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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koraile

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 03:57 PM

This was wery interesting, im considering doing bigger sculptures, what kind of accesories setts do you get for theese bigger machines?? anyone have any links. Its the diversity on carving heads on the dremel that makes it so Nice, even do i would wish there was a even bigger assortment of them.

-- Bard son of iver

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sgv

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 10:39 PM

Thanks to All (I do need to make a choice soon) 8-)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 01:26 AM

I’m going to keep an eye on this thread, because I’m interested myself.

I was looking at the SCM 400xs it’s 400,000 rpm’s and its seems pretty awesome, and very easy.

Not sure if its against the rules to post links. But if so Please fogive me.

http://www.scmsysteminc.com/engraving.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1JK6aODkUM

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 02-28-2014 03:14 AM

http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/Flexshaft-tools/products/18/ 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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koraile

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 08:23 PM

Some of those was pretty Nice, thanks. Think i have to putt this one on my wishlist of Things to get:)

-- Bard son of iver

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 02:46 AM

I picked up a flex-shaft carving tool from HF a few years ago, but never figured out what to do with it. It’s one of those hanbing type – probably with a pedal, but I’ve never taken it out of the box. Don’t have any burrs to use with it either. I’d love to try that thing if I knew what to do with it. They don’t carry that model anymore.

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