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Modding Looking to buy my first Dremel, need help.

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Drachnem, 14 Jul 2007.

  1. Drachnem

    Drachnem Minimodder

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    So i've been looking into a dremel because as of late I have been giving thought to buying 20 dollar cases and cutting something cool in it, adding fan slots etc. I went to walmart and there were so many I didn't know what to get. There were corded ones and lithion cordless gun one, and others with various tools like the circle cutting tool. What should I be looking for or do you have a link to one I should pick up? Also other than PC modding what else could I use the dremel for?
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I have the dremel vario jobby, came with some of those cutting discs (and those are about the only thing I use), very useful to have adjustable speed imho - good for different materials.

    The imitation-dremels are usually pretty good too, they might not last as long, but they're a lot cheaper.

    One thing I've been meaning to invest in is a flexible shaft thingy, good for detailed work I would think. Another interesting one that I'd probably think about is the "workstation" that turns a dremel into a pillar drill, although both are pretty damned expensive...
     
  3. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    Dremel MultiPro somethignsomething here.
    1. Buy real Dremel. Knockoffs are a waste of money. A real Dremel is a solid investment.
    2. Pick up some extra cutting discs etc. while you're there. Nothing as frustrating as running out in the middle of a mod.
    3. Flex shaft? Definitely if you're engraving or have the cash to burn! If not, try without first, see if you feel you need it.
    4. Workstation thingy? Too expensive. You'll probably never use it. Easier to clamp the workpiece.
    5. Corded or cordless? Personal preference. I do not find a cord gets in the way and I hate having to charge batteries. I hate the battery running out in the middle of a job even more.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The cordless ones are a waste of money. -Underpowered and the batteries go bad after a year. I bought a rotozip with a speed controller after I killed my first dremel.
     
  5. CollinstheClown

    CollinstheClown Hi

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    I have a Black and Decker RTX, it's a great tool and works will all dremel bits. I've had it for a few years now using it for various things. Like case mods, repairs, tilegrout, etc... It has never let me down and runs like new still. I'f money is tight I say go for the RTX, I think they are like $30-40 at Home Depot.




    -CollinstheClown
     
  6. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    I got a Kawasaki brand one with 260 peice set for $35 at Sam's Club
     
  7. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    i have a mastercraft, it came with 150 accessories, flex shaft, workstation stand, spinsaw stand for $35CDN, and it is still running strong after almost four years of use. if you can find a deal go for it, getting dremel brand is not that important. if you are planning on doing anything intricate you need the flex shaft, and buy a whole bunch of reinforced cutting discs, you will need them. i would get a corded, running out of battery halfway through a cut is really annoying.
     
  8. Moondog

    Moondog What's a Dremel?

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    If you can find a variable speed model, it's worht the extra money. If you cut through alot of plastic or plexi, it's nice to have the lower speeds.
     
  9. Drachnem

    Drachnem Minimodder

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    yea, I was planning on buying a bunch of cheap cases then cutting cool stuff into the panels adding fan holes and dropin' in some plexi either windows or behind the cut out on the side panel with a light on the plex. Thought maybe if I got good I could make um for friends and sell um.
     
  10. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    I bought a cheap Fragram one too and it also came with 40 bits. My question is: what bits tdo you use for which metals / plastics? It did not come with a booklet explaining this to me. Does anyone have a website or something that can show me the different bits and what theyre used for.
     
  11. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    You might check out this article on one of those crappy mod sites:eyebrow:.
     
  12. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    Thank you Dacust.
     
  13. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    I have to admit, I didn't find it by searching on bit-tech, I found it through google. "dremel basic guide" and 3rd link down was a bit-tech article lol.
     
  14. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    LOL- I just saw that now too. (By entering you exact search string)

    I wish it was more in-depth though. I have all these little bits and things hat I have no clue what to do with. But, the article is sufficient for case modding, so, thanks bit-tech for the article.
     
  15. bumfluff

    bumfluff What's a Dremel?

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    You can't go far wrong with the Dremel 400, it is the top end Dremel and I love mine. I got mine for like £50 at B&Q at Christmas and that included the Flexishaft and it absolutely wonderful.
     
  16. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    i got a real dremel, the name brand one, and it can't cut crap. I hear good things about hte black and decker rtx and the dremel multi pro 400, don't get a cheap dremel...
     
  17. DSquareD

    DSquareD What's a Dremel?

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    ye man i have that same fragram knock off...it seems to do the job but im dying to buy a dremel but they cost sooooo much money where i live. its madness. and the bits for dremels are just as expensive. its not fair!!!:wallbash:

    the fragram one is aight but mine too didnt come with a book on anything. and the bits seem a bit crappy...like they not solid and im still trying to work out how 2 use some of them...and ive had my fragram for 2 years...if u get any ideas or any info on it please let me know. thanx
     
  18. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Good advice there. I would add a right-angle drill attachment for those tight spots, and select a Dremel that can do the lowest possible Rpm. It gives you a lot of control in certain jobs.
     
  19. Jedda

    Jedda What's a Dremel?

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    If you're cutting cases.
    Get the Dremel 400 and the accessory EZ-Lock mandrel and cut-off discs.
    They're bigger and solider than Dremel's smaller discs. They don't break like the usual ones and last longer.
    I've got to say, though, before getting a Dremel, get a drill, hole drills, jig-saw, angle grinder. Then add a Dremel when you can afford it. You'll pay as much for the Dremel as most of my other list.
     
  20. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    Hey there. I found this site with a catalogue of some sort that explains a bit what each bit is used for. Check it out:

    http://www.hobbyplace.com/tools/drebits.php

    I hope it helps!
     

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