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    Hello,

    I use rotary tools frequently at work and at home. I first bought a Dremel when I was about 11 and it lasted over 30 years before it finally died with a large puff of smoke. I bought a Dremel 4000 replace it a couple of years ago and in addition to vibration, it's starting to have some issues - it may be the brushes but either way I don't see it lasting nearly as long as my original.

    At work, we have gone through a bunch of Dremels and I'm now starting to think about getting something higher end like a Foredom

    For those of you who use tools like this, what are your experiences? The Foredom is very well built, but are there limitations to using a flex shaft tool vs. a tool like a Dremel where it's all in one part? One factor for me is that I don't always work just at a bench. I take the tool to the work which is sometimes one of the steel cabinets for our machines etc. For the Foredom, I would probably need some type of portable hanger or mount but I can fabricate that.

    Anyway, I'm interested to hear opinions, experiences etc.

    Thanks,

    Kyle
    Kyle Joiner
    IPA LLC
    www.thinkipa.com
    Duluth, GA
    CAMaster Stinger 1 23
    FTC, Laser Cross Hair
    Vectric V Carve Pro
    Remote Handheld Keypad
    Solid Edge 2021
  • #2

    i have both styles ... my shaft style is homemade
    Panther PT-404 (aluminum)
    6 position ATC w/5hpHSD, Aspire 11/WinCNC, Recoil, Laser, Hurricane
    near bottom of the learning curve!!

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    • #3

      Dremel for little tiny stuff.
      Metabo GE 710 compact die grinder for bigger jobs.

      Pete
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      Performance Pkg w/Gantry Lift, FTC
      Phenolic Top, Storm Vac, JTech Laser
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      • #4

        The Foredom is by far the better choice.
        Stinger II SR44 with servos
        Recoil Prep
        3KW spindle
        7 Watt Laser
        Pro Option Pack
        Hand Held Keypad
        T-Slot Table with Hurricane Vacuum.
        Aspire 10.5
        WinCnc

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        • #5

          Hello,

          Thanks for the responses. I'll probably end up with a Foredom and a couple of handpieces for it.

          Kyle
          Kyle Joiner
          IPA LLC
          www.thinkipa.com
          Duluth, GA
          CAMaster Stinger 1 23
          FTC, Laser Cross Hair
          Vectric V Carve Pro
          Remote Handheld Keypad
          Solid Edge 2021

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          • #6

            Hello,

            I opened up my Dremel 4000 over the weekend to see if I could figure out where the vibration and noise was coming from. It looked clean inside, the brushes still have a lot of material left and the bearings spin smoothly. I put it back together and the vibration was still there. I opened it up again then put it back together. "Magically" it's now running fine with no vibrations. I always hate when that happens because I have no root cause. Of course, it will probably start vibrating again in he future but for now it's useable.

            I'm still looking at Foredoms though. I think the SR motor with the H44 handpiece (collet type) will be the best option. The H30 with the chuck might be handy as well. The H30 is bulkier than the H44.

            The other factor is portability. I can take the Dremel to the work pretty easily as long as I have enough cord. With the Foredom, I need to figure out how to support the motor If I take it somewhere that I don't have a hanger or bench mount.

            Kyle
            Kyle Joiner
            IPA LLC
            www.thinkipa.com
            Duluth, GA
            CAMaster Stinger 1 23
            FTC, Laser Cross Hair
            Vectric V Carve Pro
            Remote Handheld Keypad
            Solid Edge 2021

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            • #7

              Hello,

              I got my Dremel 4000 out again last week and it returned to vibrating. Yesterday, I ordered a Foredom 5200 deluxe carving set. I picked it because it has two handpieces in the kit - the H30 with the Jacobs check and the H44 with a collet. As far as portability, I figure I can hang it from a hook or whatever is required to get it close to the work. The yoke base looks nice, but for $95 I can probably fabricate my own version. This one comes with a pedal for speed control but I may also look at the dial speed control at some point in the future.

              Kyle
              Kyle Joiner
              IPA LLC
              www.thinkipa.com
              Duluth, GA
              CAMaster Stinger 1 23
              FTC, Laser Cross Hair
              Vectric V Carve Pro
              Remote Handheld Keypad
              Solid Edge 2021

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              • #8

                Hello,

                My Foredom arrived yesterday. I'll try it out over the holidays and see how it does. I'll need to fabricate a hanger for it.

                On a side note, apparently, the instructions "leave on porch" to UPS means leave it at the gate by the road 200 feet from my house. I know they're busy, but this time of year that's ripe for "porch pirates" since they don't even have to go to my porch.
                Kyle Joiner
                IPA LLC
                www.thinkipa.com
                Duluth, GA
                CAMaster Stinger 1 23
                FTC, Laser Cross Hair
                Vectric V Carve Pro
                Remote Handheld Keypad
                Solid Edge 2021

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