I am considering buying one of these Dremel tools... Any suggestions about
which one could be the best to work with plasticard and resin.... I think
could be useful for some extremely elaborated projects in which sanding and
cutting have to be made extensively... I guess the variable speed is
Thanks in advance,
I have 2 of them, a regular 110AC variable speed unit and a look-alike
from WalMart for $24 thats battery operated (2 spd), comes with charger,
Mini-Mite I think its called. I use the former for bigger jobs and the
latter or smaller stuff where a cord just gets in the way. Excellent
tools for model ship building.
Whichever Dremel you get make sure to get the drill press a swell. Great for
the occasional shaky hand.
I guess the new ones all have a chuck. The older model that I have has the
different cotlets, a pain in the ass!
Definately variable speed and practice away with it. Powerful tool, be careful.
In general, even the variable speed model is too fast for polystyrene, and
tends to melt the plastic. Some folks buy a constant speed version and a
Dremel rheostat to back down the speed as low as 100-200 RPM. Note- this will
not work with the variable speed version.
Tom Dougherty ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dremel makes a slower-speed, cordless version that I've found perfect for
working on plastic, resin, and metal. I think it's called the
micro-something or other. It's lightweight, easy to use, and I haven't run
across a job that it couldn't handle. The only downside might be that I
don't think it fits into the Dremel drill press apparatus.
personally i find the batt operated mighty mite to be the exact thing
needed: you really have to work to get it to melt plastic even on high
speed. its very forgiving and easy to use and will get into tight corners
fairly easily. i dont know how i got along without it to tell the
truth...nothing can help to make last minute, in situ corrections that i
often find necessary.
I'm going to be really boring and warn against the dangers of using a Dremel
on resin. OK do it, but make sure you wear a dust mask! Resin dust produced
by sanding with a high speed tool like the Dremel is nasty stuff.
It probably depends on whether you have uses for the tool outside of the
hobby. My experience is limited to the Mini-Mite, which I've found to be
extremely effective with all forms of material. I haven't missed the
larger corded variation at all, as far as I can tell. Given the clutter
on my bench, it's just as well. Nor have I missed variable speed
control--the 5000 rpm setting works just fine with a little practice and
a steady hand. My use might not be representative, as I work on a lot of
vacuforms, conversions and limited run kits, all of which tend to
require a lot of fairly gross prep work at the start. I do use the
Mini-Mite for a fair amount of intermediate and finish work as well.
Don't overlook the equally competent, and often cheaper, Ryobi. While
I liked my Dremel Mini-Mite, I *love* my Ryobi variable speed corded
w/flex shaft! All bits are interchangeable.
(Been there, rotated that)
Just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions. Here in Italy they have
two types of Dremel tools only. One goes as low 5000 rpm and the other only
as low as 10.000 (!).
I will try to find a different similar tool which has a slower speed as
recommended... Otherwise the one with 5000 will be fine. But now at least I
know It will be a useful buy!