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#1 Pat Skeggs

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

What is a good cheap Dremel for slot racers? Not looking to build, just trim tires, body, frame.




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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:05 PM

Proxxon rotary tool. Variable speed built in. Best rotary tool I've ever used. Available from Amazon for like $77. Not exactly cheap, but you won't regret it once you have it. Read the reviews on Amazon.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:10 PM

Trimming a body is much different than anything to do with a frame. I know I have borrowed some battery-powered Dremel brand tools that seem pretty stout, and it's nice not to have a cord. 

For building, I have an older Ryobi that I have had for about ten years, and works great. I use Ryobi cordless tools at work and I can say that they hold up very well.  an't say that about DeWalt tools.
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:11 PM

Interesting... the Proxxon 38472 looks just like my Ryobi except for the color.
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

Black and Decker makes an inexpensive $30-35 rotary tool. I have one; it's fine, bought it based on Duffy"s recommendation.
 
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:39 PM

I use a Dremel Stylus cordless which I don't think they make anymore. They do have cordless ones available in 7.2v, 8v, and 12v models now. The cordless ones are nice for general purpose work at the track.

I think Home Depot has the 7.2v Multi Pro cordless kit for like $45. On full charge, they will operate a pretty long time between charges.
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:56 PM

Here's my plug, once again: I like THIS Black and Decker Three-Speed tool.
 
I prefer a tool with a power cord. I don't like having to worry whether I need to recharge the thing. That's just me.
 
Passing that, this tool is way more gutsy than my Dremels and with a better ball bearing spindle shaft than what Dremel's selling now. The "three speeds" is more like a gradient from low through medium, then a jump to hi - and a ton of torque anywhere on the curve.
 
Best thing, the power switch and spindle lock are linked, so that you can't accidentally push the lock while it's running (I do that all the time with the Dremel!).
 
A great tool for a comparatively-absurd price.
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:22 PM

I'm with Duffy on this...
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for the info. If it's good and little money, it's for me.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:13 PM

Does the Dremel 4486 keyless chuck also fit the Black & Decker rotary tool? The B&D tool only comes with a 1/8" collet. The 3/32" one isn't sold locally and to mailorder one is prohibitively expensive.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

This is what you need:

 

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

The Dremel stylus is great, I love mine. But no longer sold by Dremel!! :bad:
 
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:38 PM

Ohhhhh, you guys're gonna loathe this: the collet journal and the threaded collar on the B&D AND Dremel are interchangeable. All tooling for either will work on both.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:45 PM

I have two Dremel 7700 cordless tools. One in my racer chaser box and one at my workbench. This is addition to two corded Dremel variable tools.

I do a lot of grinding when I build controllers. The 7700 has as much power as my Stylus (dead) but they are not as handy.
 
I got both 7700 tools on eBay for less than $40 each.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:57 AM

Thanks for the info, Duffy. :)  I bought a B&D unit as a back-up years ago, but it's still in the box.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

I have the B&D tool and it works great! I liked it so much I bought a second one and hardly use my Dremels any more. For around $35 its a great deal and you can use Dremel accessories, too.
 
Bill - take it out of the box and use it. You'll probably put your Dremels back in their boxes!!
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Posted 14 July 2014 - 01:49 PM

I'll be all hard-assed and critical here: in the kinda heavy-duty grinding and polishing work in my jobs as well as in my hobby, I've used the BB variable Dremel for like decades and always paid the steep price for them when it came time to replace. In recent years, the front ends on even brand-new units felt "mushy" - they wouldn't give me a solid feel when I touched, then pressed into, the workpiece.
 
Something's changed in there.
 
The B&D was a complete surprise and joy to me. It's got a real solid feel to the spindle, and all that other stuff I said above. Never need another Dremel.
 
I'm not a fan of cordless tools, a conceit I inherited from my cabinetmaker father. They've got better, from what I hear, but I just never feel like you're gonna get the same power as a 120v motor, and you'll always be docking it to charge and worrying it. That's just my own neurosis.
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Posted 28 December 2014 - 07:14 PM

I have one from Harbor Freight, which is OK but will not take the Dremel keyless chuck... otherwise it uses all the Dremel accessories, and was 39.95. While it is multi-speed, I am not sure about the bearings, so I don't take it above 3, but it cuts .062' brass a lot quicker than my hacksaw.

Kinda wish I had got the B&D...
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Posted 28 December 2014 - 07:19 PM

The Harbor Freight cordless rotary tool is on sale now for $19.95. You don't get any cheaper than that.



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:51 AM

I'm buying one of THESE. The price is right, and most of the dogs seem to tolerate it. :wacko2:

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 10:19 AM

You get what you pay for!
 
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Posted 29 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

Still good to get something for practically nothing. It's the same tool as sold by Wen, Chicago Pneumatic, and Harbor Freight. Since it will be solely used in my travel kit, the biggest questions will be with the battery.

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