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Old 03-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a dremel rotary tool. Anyone have any opinions on cordless vs. corded? Are the lower end models junk compared to higher end?

I am just looking for something to do minor weekend projects for now, but I will be buying a house soon and will probably find a million reasons to use it. Just looking for some input



 
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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go with corded, they have much more power than the cordless versions. Seriously, anything you're using a dremel on is probably going to be near an outlet anyway.

I find if you spend a little more and get the ones with variable speed, you have a lot of flexibility. The real low end ones are just on/off and that's it.


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Old 03-28-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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I have both and find myself using the corded version much more. The cordless is nice for small quick projects where you don't feel like plugging it in and situating the cord, but if you are holding it for intricate projects, it can tend to be a pain as it will wear the small hand muscles out. I also have the flex-shaft extension, found here, which is probably one of the best attachments I have bought for it. It allows me to get into tighter spaces and doesn't wear out your hand if you are working on something detailed.

Edit: I also agree that it's worth the extra bit to get variable speed.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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Definately Corded in my opinion. I bought this one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piec...kit-97626.html

One of my favorite tools. And only $10. I've cut through steel with it and used it heavily to create my pump in a toolbox build. It's held up fantastic so far.

It is not as powerful as the name brand dremel, so it takes a bit more patience than the real thing. If you are not in a rush then the super cheap HF model should do fine. However, if you have no patience and just want to get the job done asap...the Dremel is worth it. I've used both and this is the only difference I have noticed.

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys! I'm looking at this one right now. http://www.dremel.com/en-us/tools/Pa...id=3000-2%2f28

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys! I'm looking at this one right now. http://www.dremel.com/en-us/tools/Pa...id=3000-2%2f28
I had this one until it was stolen out of the garage but it was great. Just a tip:
Stock up on bits... they get lost really easy
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #7
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Buy the kit. You will find out really fast that the bits for them are expensive and get used up a lot. It is one of the most used tools I own. Buy the corded with the variable speed. When you are sanding something it makes a huge difference.

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:06 PM   #8
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I have the variable speed corded version, it's great. One thing that made the Dremel quicker and easier to use is a Dremel Chuck.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:08 PM   #9
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Definitely get a corded adjustable speed model.

 
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:08 PM   #10
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+1 to the chuck.

And those cutting wheels - when they wear out, they don't just stop. They shatter into a million pieces and they go everywhere, including in your face. (Personal experience) So safety glasses ...


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