I picked up the one speed model today. While it's simple enough, I don't
understand where to use the scraper blade. What can I cut with the large
blade? The manual is no help.
There is an extra set of brushes in the box, but the manual does not
show how to change them. Presumably they are under the black caps in the
sides. How do I know when they need to be changed?
Maybe if you posted a link to this tool from the Harbor Fright
website, we could all see this tool and be able to help. Yes, brushes
go in by those caps.near the rear of all modern power tools that come
with the caps. It seems most power tools come with extra brushes now a
days, which is good.
In the case of most of those off brand generic tools, you probably
wont be able to get parts. They're throwaway tools. Most of those
sold at Harbor Fright are just that. If you want GOOD tools, you'll
pay a lot more, but will be able to get parts later on, and they will
last longer. On the other hand, brushes for small tools are pretty
much all the same, and likely available at motor repair shops and
maybe larger hardware stores.
Your average homeowner buys cheap tools, while those in the business
buy the good ones. Myself, for tools I use regularly, I have gotten
the good ones, but for something I may use once or twice a year I get
Although I have a good name brand plug in angle grinder, I bought a
cheap generic one last year at a business that travels around the
country selling cheap tools. They do not have an actual store. I
bought it just for a spare. (like when I dont want to change the
wheel to a wire brush for one minute of use). I paid $13 for it. It
ran very slow right from the start, worse yet, it lasted about 13
minutes (literally) before it completely went up in smoke. At a
dollar a minute, it was no bargain. It did come with spare brushes
though..... Too bad it didnt include a spare motor. I was NOTable to
return it, and just tossed it in the garbage.
Since then I bought a Black and Decker one. B&D is not top of the
line stuff, but at least I know I can return it and there is a
warranty, even if it's not for real long.
Once in a while, I'm trying out a new skill. Not
sure if there is the customer base for this or
that. Sometimes it's sensible to buy a cheap tool.
If I use the tool often enough, I go buy the good
tool later after a few jobs.
On the other hand, my 12 volt Drill Master drills
are going strong after a couple years.
re: "Exactly the reason I went for the HF Multifunction tool"
And at $34.99 with the coupon, that's even more exactly why I'm going
with the HF tool.
I love my Dremel, but I'm certainly into trying new things.
(I know it's not a one-to-one comparison)
On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 04:58:09 -0600, The Daring Dufas
Some years ago I was visiting some elderly relatives in another state.
The woman had fallen off her concrete porch and was badly injured.
Her husband asked me how to install a railing on their porch. I told
him I'd go with him to buy one. We bought what was needed, but he did
not have a hammer drill, and his small standard drill was not doing
the job in the hard concrete. He called a tool rental place and was
told it would cost $30 to rent one for one day (minimum one day). I
told him we should go back to the home supply store, and price them.
I bought an off brand heavy duty hammer drill for $36 and told him I'd
split the cost with him. For helping him install the railing, he told
me to just keep that drill, and he paid for it. Four or five years
later it still works great. Drilling concrete is not something I do
often, I have used it more as a regular drill, than using the hammer
feature, but for $6 more than the loaner price, I figured it was
better to buy it, and I have gotten plenty of use from it. Small tool
rental is usually not cost effective. For a few bucks more you can buy
them. I only rent large tools, like an earth auger, concrete mixer,
or something like that.
The real hardware store near me has a big selection of brushes. I'd
just about guarantee it has every size for hand power tools.
I don't think Home Depot or Lowes has any. Ace Hardware probably has
a good selection, but I didn't check there.
I went looking because I needed new brushes for my convertible top
motor. It had the right size for that too (2.50 a piece) but the
woven copper that carried the current was about 1/9th as thick as the
HOwever this same real hardware store is cutting back on hardware
while increasing its tool rental, all the way up to back hoes. And
were it not for that and lawn mower and engine repair, it would probly
be out of business.
Baltimore has one very good motor repair shop in the center of town
and when the 2nd set of brushes wear out -- and I use most of my tools
not enough for that to happen -- I'm sure Electric Motor Repair will
have the right size.
I brought 4 toolboxes to Florida 3+ years ago.
Two have never been opened and others hardly used.
I do have a fifth "toolbox" which has screwdrivers, pliers etc for
I bought a Dremal copy a while back and have yet to use it:-))
BUT I now know where the HF store in Ocala is so may go up during the
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