Rotary tools

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Rotary tools

Post by eagle125 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:59 am

No 1 in the hit parade is Dremel ????
is there any other a wee bit cheaper, and that lovely Banggood site has some on but is that too risky (the multimeter I got for 2.99 still works ok )

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Re: Rotery tools

Post by eagle125 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:01 am

0/10 for spelling rotary wrong ;)

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Re: Rotery tools

Post by teedoubleudee » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:27 am

eagle125 wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:59 am
No 1 in the hit parade is Dremel ????
is there any other a wee bit cheaper, and that lovely Banggood site has some on but is that too risky (the multimeter I got for 2.99 still works ok )

Cheers Tony :D
Most of the stuff I've bought from Banggood has been fine - even bought my new oneplus5 smart phone from them as they were cheapest. Alternates include those that come up on offer from time to time at places like Aldi and Lidl like this https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-170w-ro ... 9148737100 one.

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Re: Rotery tools

Post by Mountain Goat » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:40 am

I have always used my trusty Minicraft drill which is around 30+ years old and though I've occasionally tried others they dont really compare. My Minicraft MB1012 drill runs from 12v and has a power rating of 100W. (12,000 RPM Max.) I can use 0.3 to 6mm drill bits and I've drilled through things one would normally use a much larger drill. It is the best investment along with the Minicraft sander that I've ever had. (Though my grandad had bought the minidrill and I was given it in an almost unused condition after he died. I didn't know he had one!).

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Post by yelrow » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:48 pm

I have a minicraft, 12 volt, too, but its a tad limited. Also, have 2 dremels, and an Aldi copy. I think as my dad used to say (you only need to buy it once, if you buy the best). You can pick up the basic dremel, now , fairly cheaply. You dont need all the singing/ dancing, flexible shafts, no spanner collets. Folkestone tool co, do very cut price stuff, as do Axminster tool. Dont buy a cordless one, they are terrible. Taint the machine, tis the battery

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Re: Rotary tools

Post by Mountain Goat » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:27 pm

Minicraft did do more then one drill. All I know is I've been really impressed with mine. I've even run it from my car on occasions in the past. (Actually a car I used to have).
Something of note is that someone once made a comment that the Minicraft transformers stopped working with them and they needed to buy new ones. This puzzled me as I have never had any issues with mine. However it has since occurred to me that not everyone will know about the overload cutout which very rarely ever cuts in, but when it does, it needs manually resetting before the power is restored. It is easy to reset, but if someone doesn't know this they may think the transformer has stopped working.
As even in regular use one may only trip the cut out every other month if one is using the drill on a very demanding job, so as it is a rare event it may be that the user who mentioned this didn't know it had a resettable overload cut out built in. Was just a thought.

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Post by Hugha » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:47 am

I brought a cordless version from EBAY, great at first good battery life then just died, wouldn’t charge or do anything. Need to replace it and again looking at cordless for convenience ( just a better quality one) but concerned at the comment that corded are better. Anybody else find this or are there any recommendations re cordless.

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Post by dynax » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:04 am

Hugha wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:47 am
I brought a cordless version from EBAY, great at first good battery life then just died, wouldn’t charge or do anything. Need to replace it and again looking at cordless for convenience ( just a better quality one) but concerned at the comment that corded are better. Anybody else find this or are there any recommendations re cordless.
I have a 12v drill that the batteries packed up on, and rather than spend on a new one, i removed the cells from the battery casing, soldered some cables on the contacts inside, making sure they were right ones, and put a cigarette style plug on the other end to use in my portable power pack, i have a lidl brand rotary tool and if/when the battery goes, i will do the same to that,
Mike.

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Re: Rotary tools

Post by Bandit Mick » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:48 pm

I bought the basic Dremel which is good - accessories can be added later as you need them.

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Re: Rotary tools

Post by Tricky Dicky » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:37 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:27 pm
Minicraft did do more then one drill. All I know is I've been really impressed with mine. I've even run it from my car on occasions in the past. (Actually a car I used to have).
Something of note is that someone once made a comment that the Minicraft transformers stopped working with them and they needed to buy new ones. This puzzled me as I have never had any issues with mine. However it has since occurred to me that not everyone will know about the overload cutout which very rarely ever cuts in, but when it does, it needs manually resetting before the power is restored. It is easy to reset, but if someone doesn't know this they may think the transformer has stopped working.
As even in regular use one may only trip the cut out every other month if one is using the drill on a very demanding job, so as it is a rare event it may be that the user who mentioned this didn't know it had a resettable overload cut out built in. Was just a thought.
It was me who reported the issues with the Minicraft PSUs. Without going into details the ones we had were being used virtually every day and not always carefully. This resulted in various components varying from diodes, capacitors and thyristors releasing the magic smoke. Our technician revived them several times but they all eventually ended up beyond repair and of course could no longer be replaced.

Richard

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