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Old 16-11-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
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I am in need of a new "Dremel"-like tool. Right now, I am looking at a Dremel Stylus. Do any Alphans on this forum have any experience with this tool? Pros and Cons? Thank you. Ron
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Old 16-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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I have a Dremel and have been using her for the past 25 years.
No problems; as long as you don't run her for longer than 20 mins at a time without a break.
I only ever use the sanding drums, drill and a selection of Tungsten carbine tipped cutting bits (needle type) and I also have a router bit, all three collets and a stand to turn it into a Pilar drill.
I did but the top of the range version though and it cost a lot of money back then.

Top stuff! I know that of late the cheaper Dremels have been a bit shoddy quality wise and I know several people who have burnt out the cordless types. But as long as you treat it for what it as (a small motor tool for small job and not a professional 3 phase piece of kit), it will last a life time.
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Old 16-11-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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The only problem I can see is that its shape makes it incompatible with existing accessories like the Dremel drill press. Other than that - It looks pretty nifty and I'm glad they finally got the rechargeable battery memory thing solved. I have a couple of items around the house that have been rendered useless because the batteries think they're fully charged after 10 minutes of charging.
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Old 17-11-2011, 09:10 AM   #4
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Thanks Hectors House and TerraForm1. Both of you mentioned some good points. I will using it only for model work and not for rebuilding the house...;-) so it probably will never be overloaded... hmm, ok, I see, my model projects got bigger and bigger in the last few months...

Because I don't have a drill press or such things, there shouldn't be a problem with incompatible older accessories and the existing heads will certainly fit.

So I guess I will go for it. Right now, it is here available for around 105 $ (normally 135 $). Should be a good X-Mas present for me

Thanks again for your input, I will write about my experiences with it somewhen next year.

Cheers, Ron
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Old 17-11-2011, 09:16 PM   #5
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All Dremel's come with a 3.2mm collet as std.
So old and new will fit - no problem.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Did you purchase one Ron ?

I had one of these "stylus" a few years ago.

But not for long... returned the same week to the store ( axle off centered...).

Strange, seems new Dremel products are not really what they used to be......

I finally changed my mind for a Proxxon, just like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.fr/Proxxon-38472-FBS...item2ebb860ecc

Somewhat larger and heavier ( I'm used with that now...), but good tool and reliable.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:39 PM   #7
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Yes, I did buy one, and up to now I am very happy with it. And the one before was no Dremel neither but a Proxxon too (not the one with the changeable speed though).
I think the Stylus gives you a lot of freedom and is ideal for small details. After buying some different sized collets, all of the old heads fit.
I think it is like I said before, it is not really made for building a house, but for my model work it is perfect.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by EagleNut View Post
Strange, seems new Dremel products are not really what they used to be......

I finally changed my mind for a Proxxon, just like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.fr/Proxxon-38472-FBS...item2ebb860ecc

Somewhat larger and heavier ( I'm used with that now...), but good tool and reliable.
Proxxon seem to be the tool of choice in Germany - Dremel stuff is shoved up in a tiny corner next to the big Proxxon displays in the DIY centres.

I imagine the quality issues with Dremel are due to relocation of the manufacturing facility.. ->cough<- ->China<- ->cough<-
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:59 PM   #9
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Glad to know your's is not a "monday morning" one and works finely.
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Old 24-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #10
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Dremel tools are great, but don't forget the old hand tools too such as files and saws.
I always cringe when I see people using a Dremel for something that would be easier, cheaper, safer, and probably faster with hand tools...
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