Don Cardiff wrote:
Due to the apparent overwhelming positive response, I thought it would
be nice to change the title of this thread :-) We have used them for
many, many years, have had some rebuilt by Dremel. Great for cutting
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Yep! One of my favorite tools. I have a corded Dremel and I purchased a
rechargeable Mini-Mite with my Father's Day money last year. I find that
the Mini-Mite is fine for light-duty use and close quarters.
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Do you use a special cutting disc you've found works well on the
Dremel for cutting rail? I've used the "standard" reddish/brown one
in the past but it seems to shatter way to easily. Was wondering if
there was a less "explosive" alternative.
Also, Micro-Mark has a snap on, clear plastic safety shield for the
Dremel which I picked up many months ago in one of my rare Micro-Mark
purchase frenzies. Haven't tried it out yet so can't comment either
BTW, where in Illinois is Kaneville? I'm in the LaSalle/Peru area
about 90 miles southwest of Chicago, 60 miles northeast of Peoria.
Paul - "The CB&Q Guy"
(Proto-lancing the Burlington's Illiniwek River Branch in HO)
I discovered their heavy duty cutting wheels (#420) many years ago, and
have used them every since. They are about twice as thick as the
thinner ones (#409) and last a lot longer. They will shatter too, so I
always wear safety glasses when using them.
Even better than the above is the fibre cutting wheel. It has several
advantages (although it is dearer).
I haven't shattered one yet even though I have worn it down to less than 1/2
Larger diameter so able to approach some jobs more square.
Can tolerate sideways pressure although this accellerates the wear rate.
I only use the carborundum disks for fine finishing now.
Larger kerf, too, more to fill if you're cutting gaps, but I do like the
fiberglass wheels also.
Regarding the problem of the motor getting in the way of making 90 degree
cuts with the smaller, thinner wheels: I don't have a flex shaft tool (not
sure they make one for my old model), so could anyone who has one and has
used the carborundum disks for gapping comment on the clearance for
achieving 90 degree cuts? How about the same with the cordless unit?
The head of the flex shaft is about 1/2" in diameter. The smallest cordless
unit, the Mini-Mite, is very slightly thinner than my corded Multi-Pro, but
not enough to make much difference while cutting track. The flex shaft is a
big help at getting a 90-degree cut, and it is much easier to keep the angle
consistent, so you break fewer disks.
Mark Alan Miller
I prefer the large saw blade (1.25") with fine teeth to the "cutoff
disks". The blade is thinner so I don't end up with wheels dropping into
the crevices as are created by the cut off disks. Also since it is
bigger diameter making a 90 degree cut to a large flush surface is much
easier. I have never shattered one like the cut off disks but worn
several of them out. I don't think Dremel makes them any more but
another company does (don't remember the name) and they can be found at
any ACE hardware store.
Paul , I've used the red cut off discs quite often , but they do break
VERY easy unless you use a very steady hand. I've been geting the
heavy duty ones and although they don't cut as fast they hold up much
better. They will do some pretty heavy work. A while back I was
changing shocks on my car and the bolts were seized to the mount. I
used the red cut off discs and to my surprise it made very short work
of cutting them off.....but like you said they shatter so easily.
Thanks for the tip on the guard from Micro Mark
On 6 Oct 2003 21:36:38 -0700, email@example.com (Paul K - The CB&Q
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