I have been a woodworker for about 20 years and have never used a
Dremel tool. I plan to purchase one, but cannot decide between the
more full featured tools such as the 400-6/90 Variable Speed XPR
(corded) or the Dremel 8000-02 10.8V Variable Speed (cordless). It is
always nice to carry the tool anywhere and not worry about a cord.
Anyone have comments or suggestions--even about a different model or
brand? They are both about $120 from Amazon.com if you include a spare
battery with the cordless model.
Thanks for your help.
You are a caveman. There are m/c accessories that I think are needed and
come in some units' kits: a flex shaft, a 90-degree right angle attachment,
an possibly a mini saw (yup a 1-3/4" skil saw!). Then there are things that
would be really good: a bench stand, contour and detail sanding attachments,
tile and grout attachment?, etc. I pick a "dremel" first anytime I need a
small drill bit (incl. pilot holes), there are 3 std. collet sizes, with
matching drill bits. You will also want an accessory kit for renewable, I
have had five. For me, I want grinding cut-off wheels. The large(r),
thick(er), fiber -reinforced are much better, lasting much longer. Breezes
through screws. So many uses, not to mention an indispensable tool.
Sanding is a blast, goes right through a 2x4" with the wheels.
This is an easy link to just read some accessories, they're always on sale,
and the whole set is only 1x or 2x what one accessory costs.
I hardly ever use mine anymore. I used to use it for coping, with a
round rasp bit. For that use the cordless version wouldn't run very
long. I picked up a Collins Coping Foot a while back, which made te
My cutoff and hand grinding tasks are done with an 18v angle grinder,
with most small cuts just as easily done with a decent Hacksaw and file.
I've never found the Dremel all that useful for sanding, drilling, or
routing, as I have better tools for those tasks.
Wanna' buy mine?
I can take some pictures, and you can make an offer. <G>
Even though you don't want mine, I'd suggest getting a good trial on the
cordless before buying if you think you'll use it a lot. I can't
imagine Dremel has the same quality of battery as a modern DeWalt,
Makita, etc..., based on the price of the tool.
I hadn't heard about the LiON model, but I still wonder how they do it
so cheap. I see the Dremel 8000-02 going for ~ $75, in a full kit.
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Relatively small battery most likely. But then Dremels are like razors,
give away the razor, make your money on the blades. Kodak used to do
the same thing with cameras.
They charge about 35 bucks for the battery.
I have the corded varible speed. I made a federal card table FWW
12-05 and used dremel to make the 6 routes per leg to add string
inlay. For the straight routes I attached a base with edge guide I
purchase from Stewart McDonald ( the guitar making supplier) This came
with a small blower to remove sawdust, which doubled the price and
could be done without.
The curved part was done same tool without the edge guide. No
experience with cordless but cant imagine why I would use it since I
have a cordless drill. A cordless drill is very expensive to replace
batteries ask about Dremel battery
The Dremel tool does not become obsolete like many other brands. I bought a
corded model in the Spring of 1981 for a specific task. I still have it use
it occasionally. For Christmas my son bought me a Dremel accessory kit that
includes a circle cutting jig that threads on to the Dremel. I had no idea
that the end of my 26 year old Dremel would screw off so that the tool would
perfectly fit on to the circle cutting attachment.
26 years later new Dremel attachments fit the old tools.
I would say to go with the corded model as the battery will certainly expire
sooner than later.
I have the corded version, my buddy has the cordless. Cordless is nice
of course, but the corded one has a lot more power. Plus, you don't have
to worry about charging the battery, or the battery deteriorating.
Buy the corded one. If you like it, you can always get the cordless later.
Get one of those big accessory kits. They're cheap, and really helps
with the principle "a solution looking for a problem". Harbor Freight
has them all the time.
A Dremel is quite versatile. I don't use mine all that often, but when I
need it, I'm glad I have it. Sharpening, cutting, sanding, shaping, I
have tools that can do all that, but ever try to deepen a 2"x1/2"
mortise with a router? Vertically? A chisel works, but why use hand
tools when you can use a power tool?
I have a Foredom "Bench Lathe" - a 1/6 HP mounted variable speed motor
with twin shafts (think mini-grinder) with a flexshaft. I got it 20
years ago, and I was using it today to buff some delicate 1/2" ebony
If you carve, or work with small pieces, it's very handy.
Foredom doesn't advertise much, but they have a great reputation.
The PDF catalog is available here
(it's a lousy PDF file. I don't think Foredom is web savvy). But
before you buy Dremel, check out other products on the same genre.
Foredom is popular with jewelers. Check out the variety of handpieces.
I think they have more that 20. There's 3 different drill presses. I
also see a milling and table saw attachment. Or they have the pieces
where you can make your own.
I haven't checked out the Foredom catalog is a while. Some cool stuff.
How much horse power is the Dremel?
I can't recall the last time I used mine with wood, but I use it with
metal all the time. The reinforced cutoff wheels are great for cutting
and shaping small metal parts. Maybe if you want to make custom brass
I have a GMC dremel knock off, corded, and although I don't use it often
when I do it's indispensable.
I'd also agree with the fellows who recommended against the cordless
version. A mate gave me one a number of years ago and it's a pain in the
proverbial. Whenever you need it the battery's always flat, and once
charged it never lasts long.
Id also go with the kits, they make the machine into a real problem solver.
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