Customs: Dremel question

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  1. Jukebox Prime

    Jukebox Prime Musi-Con

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    Hey guys, I've been watching this board for months now and I've never done a kitbash or even a repaint, but you guys have inspired me to try to get up the nerve. I plan to buy some KOs and play around with painting and customizing but one "weapon of choice" I've noticed alot of you use is a Dremel tool. I know they have a lot of different types, my local Wal-Mart sells about 4 or 5 of them. So the question is this: What do ya'll use? Does anybody have the top of the line one, and feel you just can't live without it? Does anybody feel the lower cost one gets the job done fine? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Ravenxl7

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    I can't remember which specific one it is, or how much it costs, but mine is definetly one of the lower end one's, and it works just fine for kitbashing. Mine has a nice grey case for it, and a smaller white/opaque case for all the little accesories. Personally, as long as it's specifically a Dremel product (others are fine, but, this company is top-notch imo) you should be fine.
     
  3. plowking

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    If you are not really sure about it, do what I did about two years ago....

    I got an el cheapo dremel set from Harbor Freight...the whole kit cost a total $7, it came with the dremel tool and a ton of attachments plus the carrying/storage case....and I am still using it to this day....best $7 I have ever spent on a tool....

    Once you know that you like it, you can go out and get yourself a really nice one...

    :thumb 
     
  4. Prometheum5

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    The first and most important thing a Dremel needs is variable speed. If it has like one or two speeds, you don't want it. A Dremel is worthless unless it has a speed dial for fine control. Past that, they're probably all pretty much the same... most plug into the wall I think, and some are batt. ops. I've got a Dremel brand plug-in one and it works great... I've also got about a hundred different tips for it for all sorts of crazy silly stuff (I work with metal miniatures alot, so we need some specialized more rugged bits), but a good handful of cutting disks and grinding bits of different sizes will get you by no problem.
     
  5. Viagra Prime

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    What do you plan to do customizing wise? Frankly, for repaints and simple mods you don't need a dremel. I have the multipro model 395. Not sure if its top of the line or up there in price (bought it 2 years ago so don't remember how much I paid) but it works great. But the dremel bits and pieces are what makes a dremel tool useful so I don't think you need to buy the best out there.
     
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    I use a variable speed cordless. That way I'm not constricted to one area and the cord does not get in my way.
     
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    I just grabbed the cheapest thing with variable speed - I don't like the idea of being stuck with two speed settings.

    It does what it needs to.
     
  8. GogDog

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    Two things you need:

    Variable Speed

    Attachment Capability.

    The el cheapo version do not have the ability to add attachments, but you don't need the top o' the line ones for that either. You may never even use them, but having that option might prevent you from having to buy another one later on.
     
  9. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    I have two now that I use from time to time--one Dremel and one cheapo "Wal-Mart special" that was floating around just before Christmas--it was $10 and I figured I could always use an extra one if something ever happened to the Dremel--plus it came with extra bits which is always a plus).

    I have an older Dremel though--I believe it's a 2-speed (maybe 3--I haven't used it in a while, so I'm really not sure). I picked it up used (but fairly new) at a pawn shop for around $20 with TONS of bits and extras. I used it to modify my PS2 to play imports (cut my own "flip-top"). lol

    As stated above, it really depends on what you need it for. Follow the advice and start with a cheaper one--that way you'll know if it's a tool you'll enjoy using. If you drop big bucks on it and you end up hating it, you'll be kicking yourself later.
     
  10. Nemesis Predaking

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    I got mine for Xmas, I'm very thankful it has Variable Speed.
    I was eye-balling them for the longest time however.
    There are some good sets out there for good prices, but I guess it boils down to
    What is the most you can afford/willing to spend ???
     
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    I picked up one from Walmart, it only has the two speed settings, but it works great for me. I believe it was around 35 bucks.
     
  12. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Man, thats a good question lucky for me I got mine on my family's Christmas, in which it was late, but I got some attachment with it and adjustable speed settings, in which I have three, but I need to buy some more attachment for it, but it wouldn't be that hard at all. I do know that these are not toys and this is my first time having such a tool that my bro had to show me how to work it properly, since he worked with drills and this was kinda walk in the park, anyways which dremel you use just find the one that works to your needs.
     
  13. Jukebox Prime

    Jukebox Prime Musi-Con

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    Man, thanks for the advice guys! Lots of good info here. My main concern was possibly shelling out for one of the big guys, and then finding that I should have just gotten a basic one.

    It sounds like a lot of you agree that as long as it has variable speed I should be fine. Again, thanks everybody!
     
  14. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Your very welcome, hey someone has to say it, okay.
     
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    i must cut in and brag a second.
    i had a cordless dremel, with about 3-4 of the 'essential' bits.

    My fiance got this for me for X-mas...

    236 piece set...
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Nice equipment. :lol  Sorry frenzy_rumble I hope that didn't upset ya.
     
  17. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Nice equipment.
     
  18. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    I'm sorry for double posting. my bad i hope that doesn't happen again.
     
  19. hXcpunk23

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    That's awesome, bro. Any idea what price range that falls in? I'm tempted to upgrade after seeing that beauty.
     
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    no idea. I'd guess about 150ish. It has so many bits, I don't even know WTF half of them do. There's even a snake cord attachement, so that you can reach impossible positions. There are rubber bits, and about 200 cutting discs (those are my favorite, especially when they jam up and explode into tiny peice and fly all over the room)
     

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