Tool for cutting holes for point motors?

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Post by yelrow » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:04 am

I have the Fein, mains machine, that is the cats whisker, of these machines. Not cheap, but there aint nothing, it wont cut. Superb.

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Post by darkscot » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:01 am

Tricky Dicky wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:45 am
It will be interesting to see how you get on, I have a Dremel with similar accessories and I have to say it struggles with anything of thickness.

Richard
So far I have just used it for cutting holes and slots in the base board and cutting track, both of which it does with remarkable ease.

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Post by yelrow » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:13 am

It will be fine for DIY use. Blades wont last long, if you use on other than soft wood, but for the price, its excellent.

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Post by yelrow » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:15 am

Took me years to work out, what to use my dremel for, apart from track cutting. Then saw a right angle attachment, on offer. much more useful now.

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Post by darkscot » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:44 am

I have never heard of Fein before. I have just looked them up and they seem to be only sold via specialist dealers in the UK. For serious heavy duty work I have a Makita that cost over £300 about five years ago but worth every penny. For run of the mill drilling and screwing I have a Hitachi cordless drill which is about ten years old and still going strong. The Tacklife was a bit of a gamble as I was planning to splash out on a Dremel. However, I thought that once I have the layout 'finished' it is not going to get much use.

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Post by yelrow » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:55 pm

i live in france, ands bought my fein here. There have been many long posts on tools, as several of us have fully equipped, machine workshops. Drills are a personal choice. Just as a bit of interest, look up the Dual drill, which has 2 chucks. You have your drill bit in one, and can, swing chuck round to screw. Very popular in states.

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Post by darkscot » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:03 am

Tricky Dicky wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:45 am
It will be interesting to see how you get on, I have a Dremel with similar accessories and I have to say it struggles with anything of thickness.

Richard
Update on this. I used it last week to cut some rectangle for point motors and it wasn't up to the job. it started stalling and the motor got VERY hot! I will stick to track cutting, drilling and polishing.

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