Do you find a Dremel useful in the shop?

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12-03-2012 09:25 PM

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I’m thinking of picking up a Dremel 4000 (corded) for a few specific tasks, but wondering if the tool has a long-term place in my shop.

One of the main “inabilities” I have in my shop is not being able to cut/grind/shape metal (other than aluminum), and also not really being able to carve/shape/detail wood (other than the usual router/saw/chisel/sanding) methods.

Do you think the Dremel might be useful to me? Or is it one of those tools that you think you would but then don’t find a lot of uses for?

Any attachments or accessories you have found really useful?


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#1 posted 12-03-2012 09:38 PM

I have thick toe-nails…it works great for that! And if you want to save some $$$ and do dentistry on the family, then I say go for it.

On the rare occasion where I need to cut a screw head or something, it is the tool of choice. But for the most part it is a dust collector in my shop. The bits are too flimsy to do any serious work IMHO (I avoid 1/4” router bits and they want me to use a 1/8”???)

Now if I ever got into fine carving like I intend to, I’ll change my opinion. Then I will be a fan.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 09:42 PM

I agree with teejk, mine just sits and collects dust most of the time. I’ve used it once or twice to repair some field hockey equipment for my wife’s team, and maybe one or twice to slot a stripped screw. It was one of those tools I thought I’d get a lot of use out of at the time, and that didn’t pan out. If you don’t have a rotozip, it’s good for cutting out details in drywall.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 09:42 PM

Haha…I’ve always wondered how people do pets’ nails with these things. Seems the loudness of the tool would freak out most pets, especially cats.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 09:57 PM

BinghamtonEd…I do a lot of machinery work on old tractors and stuff and it comes in handy there from time to time but I can’t recall ever trying it on the wood side of my hobbies where I didn’t put it away and do something else. Like I said, when I get into fine carving (I got a nice set of tools, a carving vise and a few books a few years ago for Xmas) it will be useful.

and live4ever (you won’t btw)...we can’t even cut the pet nails with “silent” tools before they need therapy.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 09:58 PM

i have a dremel in my shop. based on what you’re doing tells you how much you’re going to use it. Its good for cutting hardware/screws etc for certain projects but if you enjoy carving then by all means take it. its also good for engraving your name in all your tools/woodwork. I never used it that often before but now that I’m challenging myself to doing carving, I use it all the time. good tool to have.

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 10:01 PM

I use mine to sharpen mower blades and to do minor metal work like enlarging holes and cleaning minor rust. My mower uses the fancy mulch blades which are a pain to sharpen around the contours. It serves a purpose and gets used a couple of times a month. If you like to tinker with things they can come in handy. Only downside is they are slow and the bits are pricey for what you get.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 10:04 PM

Funny you should ask, I was using mine last night. It doesn’t see a lot of action, but I needed to drill an elongated pocket hole to repair a breadboard end on my table. I used a Kreg pocket hole jig to drill two overlapping holes. Then I used the dremel with a 1/8” bit to connect the two clearance holes. Worked great.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 10:06 PM

I have a dirt cheap BORG Dremel clone that only gets occasional use. It may only come down from its special shelf once or twice a year, but when it does get used, it is an absolute God-send.
Never cut my toe nails with it though.
It has probably paid for itself 5 times over by now, taking into account time saved from modifying something to fit, rather than driving into town for new parts, and the cost of diesel and the inevitable impulse purchases at the hardware store.

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 10:12 PM

I have one and don’t use it much. I file the dog’s nails with it and he sits there and doesn’t mind. I’ve tried using some of the carving bits for various things and I don’t have a steady enough hand. The main thing I will use it for, is I have a CNC machine that does do detailed carvings. I use the Dremel with sanding mop type tiny bits to clean up the carvings.

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 10:12 PM

I actually use mine quit a bit. I have small wire wheels for cleaning tight places. When repairing the very top of a plane tote, I use it open the hole, little things like that, but its almost always sitting on my bench.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 10:33 PM

I guess I’m the odd one out as I use my dremel(s) all the time and wouldn’t want to be without one. I use it a lot for polishing and cleaning little metal bits during machine restorations and repairs, cutting, grinding, sharpening, doing detail relief and carving work on wood, ceramic tile grout removal and even use it as a drill every now and then.. I highly recommend getting the flex-shaft accessory as it makes it super easy to use and to get into tight spaces. Homemade bases are also easy to fabricate for doing stuff like template work, routing and cleaning up routed patterns (like tight corners). I have one permanently setup with the flex shaft at my workbench and find myself constantly grabbing for it.

My first one was one of the original vari-speeds when they first came out. It was my father-in-laws and got rained on. He was going to throw it away as the bearings got rusted up, so I took it apart, cleaned it up and it’s been working great for me ever since. I’ve also been through a few of the non-dremel rotary tools.. some have continued to work for me, and some others lasted about 3 months before frying.

My only complaint is that the individual bits can get expensive, particularly if you need it right then and your only option is the borg. I try to find bulk deals on the bits I use the most, mainly the brass wire wheels and grinding stones/cutting bits, which can get that cost down considerably.


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#12 posted 12-03-2012 10:37 PM

I use mine on a daily basis.

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#13 posted 12-03-2012 11:45 PM

I don’t use mine too often, but I’m glad I own it. A few days ago, the latch on my back gate stopped working properly. Apparently the wooden gate had swelled and the latch would not seat properly on the catch. I could have removed the latch and removed some of the metal with my grinder, but I decided to leave the latch in place and shave it down with a file. The metal turned out to be REALLY hard, and I was getting no where. Then I remembered the good ole dremel that spends months at a time on a shelf in my workshop. I installed a grinding stone bit, and five minutes later, the latch worked perfectly again.
It’s one of those tools that gets little use, but always comes through when I do need it.
I bought one of those accessory assortments. It was like $20, and included every bit I’ve ever needed.

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#14 posted 12-03-2012 11:49 PM

I have owned a Dremel for maybe 20yr. Used it for modeling, long before I got into WW. Now, the only thing I get the Dremel out for is for broken bolts and other “mechanical issues, and not so much WW.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 12-03-2012 11:52 PM

I’m glad some folks get use out of theirs but I have only used mine on a couple times since I bought it 10 years ago.
There are so many tools out there that do a better job than what Dremel’s are advertised to do.


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