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Old 06-02-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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I've owned Dremel tools for years. 4 of them so far. I've used others at work. But in the last year, I've burned up two GOOD dremel'*. I ask alot of them with my car projects.

I've got some throttle bodies to work over this weekend, and needed a replacement. The Black & Deckers are HALF the cost and all my accessories will work with it.

My gut tells me that Dremel makes them for B&D. Anyone ever owned both and can compare? Or anyone with the B&D care to share your thoughts?
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I've owned Dremel tools for years. 4 of them so far. I've used others at work. But in the last year, I've burned up two GOOD dremel'*. I ask alot of them with my car projects.

I've got some throttle bodies to work over this weekend, and needed a replacement. The Black & Deckers are HALF the cost and all my accessories will work with it.

My gut tells me that Dremel makes them for B&D. Anyone ever owned both and can compare? Or anyone with the B&D care to share your thoughts?
Bill owns a Black and Decker and I own a Dremel. I can bring up the Dremel and compare them tomorrow. Personally I've had alot of good luck with this dremel.
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I have had my dremel next to boostys.

all said. The black and decker boosty has (a search would provide the model number etc) is not a bad piece of equipment for the price.

I have seen that thing smoke enough to fill his basement and garage (they are connected) and it was still powering on.

If I were to buy a new one, I would have to seriously consider a B&D. or the new dremel with a 2amp motor (XPR or some combination of letters like that)

definately not a bad unit for the price.

Personally. I have put my dremel to hell and back, had it to the point where it wouldn't even spin on its own power. I replaced the brushes and cleaned up the motor and it works almost as good as new. It is currently employed in cutting drop ceiling tiles which makes a LOT of dusk and it is working strong.

Both are good brands (IMO) and both should provide long service in my eyes.
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Air or electirc? I have an air dremel(cheapy one at that) which I used ot port my exhaust manis whilest on the car, two pair of Ford modular heads, head intake ports whilst on the car, as well as the intak emanifold, a set of L36 heads, and two sets of exhaust mani'* for the L36. No hangups yet.....




*edit* remember, I'm a ford guy, our scales of longevity may differ from one another.
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Air dremel are the best, reliability side.

But you can last as long as your DREMEL with a B&D.

Dremel normaly offer more speed & speed selection and may be slightly more power , but both are good products.

I'd say dont be afraid to buy one , i work everyday with all that kind of tool.
Im a cabinet maker.
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I've killed two dremels of my own in the last year, and we killed driverjohn'* last year as well. I bought the B&D yesterday. We'll see how it holds up. All the dremel accessories work with it. ALL of them.

It gets it'* first test today.
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I am curious as to how you "killed them"

because completely killing an electric motor is actually fairly difficult
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We killed one at work as well that was only 2 years old.

Motors burn up, brush replacment doesn't do anything. I ask alot of my dremel'*. Some are probably bearing failures, but I had one fail where the stator was damaaged by debris that found it'* way between the stator and brush.

My dremel tools don't sit around and gather dust. The get nearly constant use usually in hard materials. They do wear out if you use the hell out of them.
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We killed one at work as well that was only 2 years old.
I've killed a few Dremel motor tools too. Speed controller on a variable one, bearings on the rest. They just don't last.

Solution: Bought a Foredom. Paid a bit more for it, but I haven't succeeded in killing it in three years. I use an air powered die grinder for the rough stuff, electric Foredom for the polishing and smaller work I once used the Dremel tools on. Damn thing just keeps on going, and going, and going.... To me, it'* worth every extra nickle spent on it.

(What do I do with them? I've ported and polished iron and aluminum cylinder heads, removed the casting flash from engine blocks, and misc rifle & shotgun work.)
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