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jlnel

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I'm looking to get a couple dremels and some accessories to go with them.

I'm thinking the 4000 kit w flex shaft, I think it's the 6/48 kit or something, and a cordless model too.

Anyone have some thoughts with cordless versions? ?

Also, I see they have a little drill press thing, a belt sander attachment, scroll saw and router attachments.

Not looking for stand alone tools but attachment's for the Drexel tool. I have full sized stuff, just want smaller nimble stuff.

I'm thinking for all parts of the build, airfoil fin edges, sanding fillets, fin slots, centering rings etc...

Thanks for your input.
 

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I have a basic inexpensive model. I use the plain cutting wheel and two sizes of sanding cylinders constantly.
 

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I have one of the diamond cutting wheels- I find this very useful.
 

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I have the router table attachment that I use to bevel my fins. That and the sanding drums and cut off wheels.
 

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I was at a RC airplane builder's yardsale. He had at least 6 of the rechargeable units with different attachments on all of them. This guy was hard core, his entire two-car garage was devoted to his hobby. The rechargers for the battery were lined up and all with spare batteries. I'll bet the sawdust flies when he's on a building binge ;)
 

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Dremel have a collet kit with four collets of different sizes I think. It is very handy when you want to hold anything other than 1/8" shafts. Should be compulsory purchase (or part of) any Dremel kit.

I made an attachment plate to fit the Dremel under a standard router table. Also made an angle jig for doing fin bevels. Works really well. Jack-screws were added later for achieving finer bevel angles.
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My corded variable speed Dremel is over 20 years old and still runs like the day I got it.

#543 is great for cutting and shaping wood or fiberglass.

#EZ406 gets used on metal. Great for all-thread or shaping custom stainless washers.

I use the Drum Sander most of all. It works on all types of material, even metal. Extra drums come in a variety of grits and are inexpensive on Amazon or ebay.

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I like the micro version. Small and easy to handle plus it's cordless. I forget the model # but I know Home Depot sells it.
 

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I like the power & variability of the larger ones. A flex neck let's you hold it more like a pencil when desired.

+1 for the collet set, works great for 3/64, #58 etc.

Next on my list is two of the chucks, drop one in the lathe and open it up to take larger bits & oddballs.
 

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I have a 7300 cordless and a 3000. The 7300 doesn't hold a charge for long under heavy use but does the job when needed for quick clean ups and cut offs.I've got about every accessory there is except the flex shaft.-H
 

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I don't know what model mine is, its over 10 years old and saw really heavy use grinding ifiberglass in hard to reach in paper mills. Still runs good though. It may be one of the first digital ones.

I have the drill press thingy too. It's not very user friendly.. You have to remove the collet and the threaded ring and thread the dremel into the press. When used as a press its got quite a bit of slop, but works pretty good for an extra set of hands to hold your dremel. I've only used it as a press a couple times as its easier to just drag my other press out. If you have a dremel dedicated to leave in the press, it'll probably be a lot better.

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I ordered the 4000 with all the attachments like the flex shaft. Ordered the press thing, and a bunch of little bits and polishing stuff, wife makes jewelry so she will probably take over the dremel anyway, then I buy another; -)

That cut off wheel looks great, I'll try the local store to get one to try.
 

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Watch out for the el-cheapo flex drive handles on eBay. The bearings were rubbish on mine :(

Incidentally, if you have a lathe, the flex handle can be clamped in the toolpost to make a neat toolpost grinder :)
 

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Like most everyone else, the sanding drums and the cutoff wheel. You can get a lot further into a motor mount with the flex shaft than you can with the main unit. I have a relatively cheap 2-speed version.
 

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I need an accessory with a longer shaft to remove or levelsome cured rocket poxy on the MMT .. the ones i have are all 1/2 inch too short

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The 1/8" tile cutter bit is really handy when you need to chew a notch into a fiberglass part...or almost anything else. It's become one of my most used bits. +1 on the chucks, I hate fiddling with collets and I think I have thrown most of the collets away.
 

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Amen on the chuck for a Dremel. The collets are a PITA, my setup has 4 different ones and they never seem to fit all that well. The chuck doesn't care what size the shank diameter is, it fits. It also makes you able to use those Number drill sizes that fall through a larger chuck. $15 well spent :)
 

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ive had my dremel9 don't know the model# offhand) for about 10 years. lots of use. the flex shaft hasn't ever been used.
the circle cutting attachment gets used for centering rings and bulkheads often.
cutoff wheels, and the sanding drums get used a LOT.

I did use the buffing wheels/drums on a pair of aluminum Harley engine cases.once. worked great for getting into all the little crevices.
 

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Flex shaft is nice, but does sometimes gets in the way, or is amore of a hassle than a help.
Cordless: don't bother, looses power as soon as you turn it on..
Cut-off wheels, sanding drums and grinding burrs.. Those I use most often.
Get safety glasses, them cutting wheels are fragile! And never stand over it when cutting!
Router table is a nice option, but I would spring for a proper drill press.. same with the belt sander.. Get the right tool for the right job!

I got a 144 pcs set, a Chinese knock off, and like it better than the Dremel brand dremel. (Waayyy cheaper too!!) It came with all the bits & pieces, except the flex shaft. Also came standard with the collet. But I must admit, I don't use it as much I would have thought..
 

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Have a 30+ year old corded one (Model 230, I think) which gets used a number of ways. I keep one of the two-speed AA-powered cordless ones (an older MiniMite) on my bench top for quick use of a cutoff wheel or drill. I also keep one of the later ones (760) in my field kit with a brass wire brush in it. My clip-cleaning tool of choice.

Sometimes you can find that AA-powered one sold as a golf club cleaning set (760-04) for cheap.
 

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The bearings in my old corded one finally bit the dust, and I bought one of the Proxxon units to replace it. Much less vibration and easier to control.

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The bearings in my old corded one finally bit the dust, and I bought one of the Proxxon units to replace it. Much less vibration and easier to control.

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Neat, I'll be doing some research. Do the accessories mix-n-match?
 

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Everything that's already been said, plus this one, #503 120grit 3/8” flap brush:
 
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