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Rotary tool advice needed.

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    May, 2017
Rotary tool advice needed.
Posted by count_zero99uk on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:26 PM

Hi ive been looking to buy a rotary tool but there seems to be such a swing in prices from the big name brand Dremmel to random ones. The dremel is around £80 with a few accessorys but the no name ones are around £25-35 with 100s of accessories.

Ill be using it mainly for dealing with resin, so sanding, etching, cutting, drilling.

Any advice would be great.

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:44 PM

Fine one that has adjustable speed control.  The slower you can adjust it the better.  The accessories you buy as you need them.

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    January, 2017
Posted by damouav on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:14 PM

The use of a small compact rotary tool can and has become inespensible on my work bench.

I already own a Dremel which is good, but even on the lowest speed adjustment setting feels way to fast for my needs. I use the Dremel 300 series which is an older model purchased about 10 years ago. The other bug bear with this particular type of Dremel is it physical size. An aftermarket extension cable can be purchased, but you can not adjust the speed with it having to pre set it on the main unit.

I also purchased a chuck, as I found the collets to be a pain. The chuck allows for greater use of various attachments i.e. aftermarket cotton buffing wheels for polishing. I will be investing in the extension attachment when my next build project starts.

Proxxon ( have several purpose built units which may or may not be suitable and from all accounts are good units. I did watch one of the many excellent  articles written by Paul Budzik which discusses this exact subject matter ( which is worth the time to watch.

I think basically from my point of view, you need a speed adjustable (very low rpm at lowest setting) higher torque unit thats small in hand. The attachments are pretty much universal between major manufactures of these type of tools. Dont forget that your working with substrates that dont require a blade, buffer, drill etc spinning at super high rpm to get the job done as they are not made of super hardened material.

I hope this helps.




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Posted by Paul Budzik on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:09 PM



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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:47 AM

I have been useing a Minicraft drill for years. Unfortunatly it is no longer sold, but when it was, it weas not high end and i have found it perfect. It has been giving me a few problems latley and i am considering replacing it with a proxxon. They look to be on a similar par with the minicraft. But you do want one with variable speed, and on both the minicraft and proxxon thats doine via the seperate adaptor. The ones i am looking at, the combined price is about £80.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

 On the bench: Xtrakit 1/72nd Canberra PR.9

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Posted by count_zero99uk on Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:39 AM

Could anyone comment on this one? The video was a help but the suggestions were out of my price range. As for low speed and torque its hard to find something slower than 10,000 rpm. As an aside when dealing with resin use a face mask but what do you do with the dust that comes of of it? I have a painting booth, would it be usefull to do it in there? or should i get some kind of dust devil? Thanks again,.

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    January, 2017
Posted by damouav on Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:19 AM

There are several units from Proxxon and Dremel with lower rpm.

Personaly, i wouldn't buy a no name brand for starters, secondly I would take the advice given and do a little reasearch.

Have fun.


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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:39 AM

The Dremels may be bigger and heavier than some of the competitors but some of those others can be pretty wimpy.  Hogging on the resin takes more power than working with styrene, and the Dremels do have the power.

Even the models of the Dremel that have speed controls vary on how well they work.  Some work well, others not so well.  I have a Multi-Pro 395 (ac) and a Multi-Pro Cordless 780.  The speed controls on both work well.  The Cordless has an amazing amount of power, but the battery needs frequent recharge if you are really hogging on wood or resin.  That's why I keep the 395.  I do a lot of wood work.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by mitsdude on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:09 AM

I've found the recharageable Dremels to be the best. Lowes has a really nice one for about $80.

The adjustable chuck is a must in my opinion. I've bought three just so I dont have to keep switiching and wind up losing the darn thing.

My favorite is a Dremel battery powered version that looked like a small pistol. I borrowed a friends and loved the crap outta it. I've never been able to find one at a decent price.


I know they make a pistol like handle but it just doesnt fel the same.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:12 AM

Hi ;

    I have acquired a cheaper , Dremel type tool. This , with it being single speed is perfect . I plug it into my sewing Machine foot controller and have any speed I need .

 I have an older Dremel and a newer one , But as you say the slowest speed , to me , is still to fast for plastic or soft woods .  T.B.


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