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Old 09-30-2012, 11:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Most useful thing: Dremel a slot in stripped screws to use a flathead screwdriver to remove them.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Most useful thing: Dremel a slot in stripped screws to use a flathead screwdriver to remove them.
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I second the flex attachment. Much much easier to control, and of course it fits into many more places.

Here's an obvious tip for using the flex attachment that might not appear so obvious when you begin to use it. Take advantage of the "loop" on the Dremel and hang it up above your work surface when using the flex attachment. It's easy to get the flexable shaft to bind if it is sitting on a horizontal surface. Not to mention; if you get the bit into a bind, the Dremel tool will start walking on you, knocking over all kinds of stuff.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Dremel is a handyman's secret weapon.

Few hints:

1- Follow everyone's advice with limitations of machine; you can't machine a paintball gun with it, and you can't strip a car.

2- Unless you want to constantly recharge your dremel, or only use it for 15 min at a time, make sure you get the corded dremel. I have a battery powered one which is great, but you can't use it to grind metal for longer than a few minutes before it needs recharging.

3- The strongest material you can cut/grind with a dremel is soft aluminum/VERY THIN steel.

Otherwise, it's probably the most handy tool I own. Basically, I have the dremel for detail work, and the angle grinder for large scale stuff. By far the two best tools I have, (dremel is generally best for paintball related mods).
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I have two (corded) Dremels, and a drawerful of others I've worn out.

The Dremel is just a tool, nothing more. In the right hands, it can do good work, even things that would be difficult for most any other tool. But it can't do everything, and there's many things it can do, but shouldn't- like, as noted already, trying to grind the anodizing off a marker body.

I wouldn't try to use a Dremel to, say, halfblock a 'Cocker. But I would use it to shape the newly-cut edges to blend the body and block together.

I wouldn't use a Dremel to mill a trigger from scratch, but I would use it to shape the finger portion to a more comfortable, rounded shape.

I wouldn't use a Dremel to try and polish an entire marker, but I would use it to polish the hard-to-reach spots, like the inside of the trigger guard.

Understand it's limitations- and your own- and it's a great tool. Don't be afraid of it.

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^ I'm with CJ on that one- I never knew how valuable a good set of files, and particularly small needle files and the 1-sided files (so that they only cut on one surface, the other surfaces are for guidance only) can be. I could never have gotten the wood and brass work done on my DSG without them:



The dremel got used quite a bit for hogging out the stock for the tank as well.

Another important thing to remember with the dremel is that MAXIMUM RPM IS NOT IDEAL FOR ALL (or even many) ATTACHMENTS. A lot of people like to just crank the thing up and don't understand why they're burning through consumables every 5 minutes and can't control the tool because it's grabbing and going in a direction they don't want.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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a dremel is prety much a catch all, i've used mine to open packages when i didnt have a knife lol. stripped screw heads, buffing parts, grinding down small burrs, sharpening tools, shining up brass guns. Just dont expect to do anything "precision" or expect to sand something down perfectly flat that's more than 1/2 an inch long and you'll be fine. I think i paid 40 for my cordless one with a few extra tips and it's been worth every penny.
Oh and do yourself a favor, skip buying those cheapy little cut off wheels and buy one of the "twist lock" cutting disk holders with a pack of 5 blades, i've had those for a year now and still on the first one, well worth the 8 dollars it cost.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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3- The strongest material you can cut/grind with a dremel is soft aluminum/VERY THIN steel.
I actually cut through a 1/2inch hardened steel bike lock when I lost the key. It took 15 minutes and half a cutting disc, but it was a breeze.
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I actually cut through a 1/2inch hardened steel bike lock when I lost the key. It took 15 minutes and half a cutting disc, but it was a breeze.
The little thin disks are decent and sometimes necessary, but the fiber reinforced ones are a favorite of mine (if a little wide). Also, you can find nicer cutting bits on McMaster-Carr and such; not just sharp, but durable too.

Some of the stock (and aftermarket) bits don't hold up or cut well at any speed. If you're going to use a dremel on something more than once or twice, it's worth looking for the better bit. Picking the right one in the first place may take a few tries anyway.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I actually cut through a 1/2inch hardened steel bike lock when I lost the key. It took 15 minutes and half a cutting disc, but it was a breeze.
Hit a stump with my riding lawnmower, bent the steel blade guard up and back so far it wouldn't allow the blades to spin anymore. When I looked at it, I thought for sure it was toasted (It was made in like the 90s, but it was free.) Ended up heading to lowes and buying a pack of the twist lock cutting wheels and grinding disks. Cutting wheel was a no go. The angle was too awkward, and it just wouldn't work. Plus, I had no idea how to take off the deck of the mower. But I put on a grinding disk and it gave me a good response. Two hours and two grinding disk later, presto! 4 inches of steel no longer in the way. Like others have said, don't buy a cordless one, you'll find yourself much more irrated by it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Dremels are commonly used to devalue and ruin paintball guns.

They're pretty useful. Probably not much good for milling but nice to have for small tasks. With some patience, planning and a steady hand you can do a lot with them.
I have gotten and done this myself to a few markers

Can anyone tell me what a Dremel cant do with time and paitience?
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