Rotary tools

Suggest or recommend suitable tools for use in constructing your model railway.
Mountain Goat
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Re: Rotary tools

Post by Mountain Goat » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:34 pm

I thought it was someone on here that mentioned it! :lol:
Is mine different as I've used mine for years and had no issues at all. I actually have a second one which I've never used as a back up as I'd bought one for the sander and when I inherited the drill it had one, so one has never had a plug fitted to it. The ones I have date from around the mid to late 1980's, possibly very early 1990's at the latest.
I did open the one I use up once as I fitted an extra socket to it as the plug part of my minidrill started to play up. (I still use the original plug and socket for the sander). I dont remember what was inside as it was over ten years ago. I believe most of it was the transformer with its coils.
Also, at the moment I am using my Minicraft transformer for powering my 12v Unimat 1 lathe as the modern electrical "Transformer" which doesn't use the traditional wire wound transformer but uses small electrical components instead... It stopped working a couple of weeks after I bought the lathe. I didn't want to send the thing back to the factory as I had work for the lathe to do! Hence I put a different plug on it to run it with the Minicraft transformer instead.
One of my brothers is going to have a look at the Unimat box of tricks. I'm fortunate he knows the ins and outs of the electrical side due to his past profefession (Though most of his work was with much larger electrical things).

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Re: Rotary tools

Post by Caiptean » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:55 am

Still have my Minicraft drills. However, by far the best was a rechargeable Riobi drill (not much difference in size to Minicraft apart from length)/ It was a well-made drill and absolutely superb to use.

Unfortunately it got stored when I moved house and the battery died. Tried to obtain a replacement battery or drill but these are no longer made; currently equivalents being nowhere near the same quality. :(
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