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Old 02-22-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a new dremel for some computer mods I'm planning on making. I know computer mods aren't really home improvement talk but I know dremels are tool talk. I have a black and decker one right now, its pretty solid but I'm looking for something with some more power and more attachments. Any help would be appreciated.

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What do you need to do, it would be much easier to purchase the parts you need instead of buying a whole new tool. If you describe the mods you need to make to the case / computer we could help more with what to purchase.

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Ayuh,... Depending on just How Much more power you're lookin' for,..
You might want to step up to a 1/4" corded rotary tool... Dewalt makes a nice 1... or Roto-zip...
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Its really just for cutting computer cases and such. I probably won't be using it for any construction work. The problem is the dremel I have now has a very hard time cutting through aluminum, don't know if there are any out there that can handle it or if I need to upgrade to a more powerful tool all together. So, I guess that answers the power question as well.
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Ayuh,... Aluminum is a bytch to cut, because it melts,+ loads up the cutting tool....

Rub the cutting edge of the tool on some beeswax before,+ during your cut...
Keeping the base metal Cold also helps... Keeping it damp/ wet helps with cooling it...
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.....but I know dremels are tool talk......
wiz,You came to the right place

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.......I'm looking for something with some more power and more attachments......
I bought a Dremel 4000 (the 400 series had a lot of problems) it has more power and convenience than in my still working 300 series motor. I bought it with the optional keyless chuck so I don't have to fiddle with that little wrench. I also prefer the corded tool versus the Li-Ion Dremels because of the corded tools higher power
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-4000-2-...6872430&sr=1-3


There are a lot of trick new accessories:
I like the new tool less EZ Lock cutting wheels.
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ406-C...6872008&sr=8-1

I used it on a old Abus hardened steel padlock (I lost the key)
It took 40 seconds to cut through with NO visible wear on the cutting wheel.

There is also a special wheel for cutting Plastic
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ476-2...6874404&sr=8-1


For faster cutting in plastic and also enable straight line cuts with the aid of an external guide rail, here is a Mini Saw Attachment:

http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-670-Min...6874661&sr=1-3


Used with the Mini Saw Blade, but NOT for metal:

http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-546-01-...6874791&sr=1-4


For making circular holes in plastic cases regular hole saws can't be beat, but for irregular shaped holes, High Speed Cutters work good in plastic:

http://www.dremel-direct.com/acatalo...d_Cutters.html


I used two of the cutters to make the irregular hole for the epoxied in Test Plug on the attached pic.
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Dremels are a handy little tool, but they are still more a hobby tool than "work" tool. As suggested, sounds like you really need to go with a true rotary tool also known as a "die grinder", from their design purpose of being a detail working tool for the die and tool making industry.
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Oh, I dont know about "hobby" tool. I think each has it's own place. I find that I use a dremel more than my die grinder. If I need to cut a bolt or grind something small down I reach for a dremel. If I need to sharpen my shovel or clean up some rust, I grab a die grinder. Could each do the job of the other in a pinch, yeah.

For cutting a hole in a computer case, I would go with the dremel.
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Oh, I don't know about "hobby" tool.....
I lost the key for this Lock. It took exactly 40 seconds for a EZ Lock cutter wheel to cut through the shank using a 20 year old Dremel model 395.
After the cut there was no apparent wear on the EZ-Lock cutting wheel.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=B00004UDI9

The new 4000 series Dremels have a more powerful motor.

http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-4000-2-...8179027&sr=1-1
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