At that price, go for it. When I bought my Craftsman version of the
Dremel years ago I had no specific purpose for one. But it keeps
getting dug out of the tool box for small grinding, sanding,
polishing, etc. jobs.
If this one craps out in a year or two, you'll know by then if you
need a Dremel.
I've had my cordless Dremel 7 years and corded 20 years. Works just
fine for everything I've thrown at it so far. Used the cordless
earlier this year to wire up a friend's house for surround sound and
networking. I have the drill press stand that I use for my scroll saw
projects and find more uses for it all the time. The only thing I
haven't liked is the sharpening attachment. It works "ok" to sharpen
but takes longer due to it's smaller side. I've used it on the mower a
couple of times but find it faster to use a regular grinder.
I also have a Craftsman roto-tool with a box full of attachments. It's
been used a few times but none of the attachments and the diamond
cutting wheel was not cheap. It's considerably heavier and larger than
a Dremel making it awkward to use for some jobs. Compared to the
Dremel, it gets used maybe 1 in 20 times. Maybe someday I'll try it's
plunge router attachment.
I was given a cordless Dremel some years ago. The battery charge would
last for a few minutes and then require two hours to charge. Then I
bought one of the cheapo HF models but the power output was miserable.
Finally ended up with a Sears corded model (on sale with no bits or
attachments) and use it with the previous collections of bits. Works fine.
It's only a value if you need it. But HFT does not sell the 1/8" router
type bits, that I was ever able to find. I had to order some from Ebay.
Else the cost was ridicules to get bits from Sears, HD, Anderson's or
However, the cordless dremelesque rotary tool I bought at HFT and the
Shopsmith I bought at Anderson's (regional place?) both fit on the
Mike in Ohio
I have a Dremmel and its great for precise tasks or getting into tight
places. If you're any kind of handyman this tool is great for more
than you might think. Sure, the $16 tool might not take the abuse of
a Dremmel so it could be good value for occasional use. I tend to put
a high value on quality tools. Dremmel is not top-rated but good
enough for me to recommend it.
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