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« on: September 14, 2003 05:22:21 PM »

I was thinking of buying one of those Dremel tool things and was wondering if others had purchased one (or something like it) and what they used it for, and if they thought it was worth the money.  
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2003 05:36:35 PM »

I purchased a foredom flex shaft - this is what metal artists use in their studios.

It runs about $300. And it is foot controlled like a sewing machine.

I use mine to buff onjects, cut off the backs of buttons I want to lay flat, texture metal, drill holes.

I did purchased a drill press for drilling holes - I got tired of crooked holes. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2003 07:34:50 PM »

I love my Dremel Multipro! (Got it as a gift). They usually run anywhere from $60 on up.
If I hadn't received it for Xmas, I would have bought it for myself.

It is a great tool for doing crafty stuff, but it isn't made for major household duties. I've used it for putting holes in various objects to hang them....and to make jewelry out of bottle caps, dominos and things made of resin.....I've sanded small objects with it...made bead holes bigger, cut off button shanks, etc.

If you are going to get one, don't go for a cordless model--they power out really quickly. I would also buy a Dremel "chuck" because it makes it a lot easier to change the accessories (drill bits, etc) on your Dremel.

Flex shaft attachments ($29)and foot speed control attachments ($??)are also available to add on to the Dremel. They probably aren't as nice as the type that Morgan (above) has, but they're cheaper! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2003 07:25:31 AM »

I recommend the Dremel Multi-Pro (corded) as well.  And I've also read that the cordless one is not as powerful.

I splurged for the Drill Press attachment which is only around $30 and is sooooo helpful for drilling straight holes.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2003 10:36:08 AM »

Oh yeah, and I 2nd the recommendation of the Dremel "chuck."  It makes it easy shmeasy to change the drill bits.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2003 06:19:21 AM »

I, too, recommend the Dremel Multipro.  Love it!  I also picked up an 'accessory set' from Costco, not sure if they have those where you are, but it came with drill bits, extras of everything, and only cost about $27.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2003 01:04:58 PM »

what kinds of things do you do with your dremel besides drilling holes to make jewelry?  How else can it come in handy?
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2003 05:31:09 PM »

One of the best things to do is go to their website or pick up a free catalog at some place like Lowes or Home Depot. Their website also features different projects that you can do.

www.dremel.com

I only use mine for crafty stuff, which so far has consisted of drilling, sanding, and/or cutting various objects... but they advertise it for household use as well...

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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2003 01:40:50 PM »

Some of the things I've done with my Dremel:

drill holes
sand
carve
buff
cut the antlers off a stuffed deer head
sharpen my lawnmower blade
put an edge on my hoe
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2003 06:02:17 PM »

Hey Subversive, what type of Dremel do you have? Do you have the multipro as well, or another model??
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