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Dremel made easy
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 20, 2004 1:51 PM
For those of you who use a Dremel or similar rotory tool here's a great tip. I'm sure you've seen the foot pedal potentiometer you can buy as an accessory that are extremely handy but a little pricey. With some basic electrical knowledge you can make this yourself with an old sewing machine pedal. I just spliced a short extension cord through the pedal and plugged the Dremel into it. They are both rated for the same output and the pedal combined with my flex-shaft Dremel extention are what I consider a "super-tool".

Hope this is usefull,

Mahoney
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 20, 2004 2:35 PM
mahoney,

Thanks for the tip. All I have to do is get the foot pedal when the wife isn't looking. LOL I do want to try it as I cut a lot of plastic with a saw blade and this will prevent it from getting too hot.

Richard
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  • From: west of houston
Posted by drodrig on Thursday, July 29, 2004 2:47 PM
Thanks for the good idea. I'll have to look for one at garage sales since I dont think I can snag the wifes since she quilts and sews quite a bit. Very cool idea, I was wondering do you set it at the fastest speed and the pot in pedal regulates the speed? Or do you set the speed you want and go.

David
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  • From: Minnetonka, MN
Posted by ewc2003 on Thursday, July 29, 2004 3:52 PM
I also saw a thread about using a type of fan motor controller (for a ceiling fan) to vary the speed of the Dremel. I can't remember who posted though...

Matt ------------------------------------------------- "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 31, 2004 6:16 AM
Bow [bow]how can ya not just love this forum..........
Bow [bow]GREAT idea mahoney....
Bow [bow]thanks......Big Smile [:D]
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  • From: Iowa
Posted by chevit2001 on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 4:25 PM
I've used a dimmer(light) switch with my dremels for several years now to use various speeds. Used an extra extension cord and wired the dimmer switch into the cord. Also made a small outlet box with a dimmer switch to plug various power tools into.
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  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by jdavidb on Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:23 AM
There is such a foot pedal available from micro-mark. It costs around $22 less than the official Dremel one. I don't know if it's really safe for the Dremel though. I might give it a shot. There are two pedals at micro-mark. One is the variable speed that we're talking about. The other is an on/off pedal.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, August 15, 2004 2:47 PM
I believe Dremel use to make a variable speed controller way back when. My old man has/had one (haven't seen it around, so it could of busted on him).

Anyways, it was simply a box that you plugged your Dremel into and had a speed-control knob. I used to snag it from the old man when i was younger and it came in very handy.

You 'may' (i use that term cautiously) be able to find one still if you look hard enough.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, August 15, 2004 7:07 PM
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 11:23 PM
All: Be careful doing this if you have a variable-speed Dremel. Word is you can burn the motor of the Dremel out using any foot-feeds, even Dremel's own. Evil [}:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:03 PM
how about getting both pedals? theres an idea for you guys but, its just a thought
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 28, 2004 8:38 AM
how could you burn the motor out ? its not like you are running more current through it .... or have i missed something ? personally i use a flexi shaft and a normal bosh drill for all my dremelling needs. just clamp the drill to the bench, set the speed, press th button and go. free and variable speed
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