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Old 01-28-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default dremel/rotary tool

looking to get a dremel rotary tool. what should i look for? i see there is proxxon, do they take dremel bits?
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: dremel/rotary tool

What do you plan to use it for?

I'd look for one that has variable speed (5k rpm and up). Also, I have stuck with the Dremel brand... so I can't speak for any other brands.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Try a Dremel first, then get a Proxxon. Without trying anything else you won't be blown away by the quality and lack of noise.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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"Dremel bits" are just 1/8" shank attachments so they'll work in anything with a 1/8" collet and a suitable speed range.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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dremel's usually can be purchase in large kits with all the attachments a guy could want.

variable speed if possible.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:24 PM   #6
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Proxxons come with an assortment of collets.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:45 PM   #8
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #9
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The type of work you use it for will help you determine which you need. IIRC the Dremel has a higher max rpm than the Proxxon (at least the longeck I looked at).

I use a Dremel variable speed and a Cman single speed rotary - alot. The Cman serves the role of 4" angle grinder. The Dremel is up in my other workshop.

Anyway, figure out which works for you. Also consider parts ad attachment availability.
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Dremel has at least twice the RPM but Proxxon does great at lower speeds.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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Default Re: dremel/rotary tool

i've had a multispeed CM for 20 years or so.

it makes a little noise, and more than once has gotten hot enough to not be able to handle without gloves.

i dont know how or why it still works.


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When my old dremel copy died I got the proxxon IB/E. I thought about getting a somewhat cheaper dremel instead, but every time I use the proxxon I'm glad I didn't. The proxxon is great! Strong and stable speed, even with heavy load. Plus a solid quality.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #13
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I killed the Dremel I owned.

My Dad killed his Dremel.

My Grandpa killed 5 or 6 Dremels.

I bought a cheapie "Tool Shop" rotary tool from Menards. Problem solved for $9.99 (on sale). Haven't looked back since.
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I have been looking at dremels lately also, my last one the pin to hold the shaft lock got worn and won't hold bits anymore so it's junk. Still works good but would have to replace the whole shaft which is almost as much as a new one.

Never heard of proxxon before. Any details about them? Which model should I look at? Any reasons in particular that they are better than a dremel?
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:19 PM   #15
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Any reasons in particular that they are better than a dremel?
Steel chuck instead of a aluminium chuck, Made in EU, more ergonomic (imho), professional quality w/ metal gear housing (see pic above), some Proxxon models are used (rebadged/recolored) in the professional "Xenox" tool lineup for dentists, manicure, laboratory, technicians etc: Xenox tools
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the accessories are usually of good quality too


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Monte, I am requesting you start your own thread called: "Tools with Monte, a tour of excellences!" I swear you have every cool tool or any tool out there. I think it would be as popular as "so your tool box" thread. If you don't, I may have to start a thread that will try to convience you to do it!
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Monte, I am requesting you start your own thread called: "Tools with Monte, a tour of excellences!" I swear you have every cool tool or any tool out there. I think it would be as popular as "so your tool box" thread. If you don't, I may have to start a thread that will try to convience you to do it!
What if we had a thread where you show all your tools from Europe and other places.
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