Oi, Manly men - Dremel or Proxxon?

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  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 16:00:43 23,706 posts
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    I already own a Dremel, but I've never really trusted it. I don't like the sliding power switch, or the way it feels 'wild' when its roaring away. Like it's just waiting for me to fuck up so it can take a finger off.

    I gather that Proxxon Micromot drill/grinder is both quieter and more stable in spin, any of you lot used one and do any of you have an opinion about the merits/shortfallings of either machines? Is it worth the expense of making the switch?

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 25 Oct 2012 16:01:36 12,046 posts
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    This thread is going one way.
  • billythekid 25 Oct 2012 16:01:38 10,808 posts
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    Which one is more powerful?
    That's the best one.
  • Load_2.0 25 Oct 2012 16:01:50 18,201 posts
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    Matron.
  • Deleted user 25 October 2012 16:01:50
    Manly men use hand-cranked. Or just tape a spike to their finger and drive it into the wall.
  • Razz 25 Oct 2012 16:02:13 60,000 posts
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    /awaits mal

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  • glaeken 25 Oct 2012 16:12:39 10,978 posts
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    I am thinking real men would not use a Dremel.

    Real men would use something like this.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81d0IrDqFRL._AA1500_.jpg

    It has the great advantage of also being able to be used as a pretend Star wars gun.
  • jellyhead 25 Oct 2012 16:12:59 24,350 posts
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    I'm a Dremel kind of guy. I've never heard of this heretical Proxxon device. Sounds a bit like Pox-On though as in "A Pox On all those who use one." which i never have.

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  • ronuds 25 Oct 2012 16:17:58 21,788 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    I am thinking real men would not use a Dremel.

    Real men would use something like this.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81d0IrDqFRL._AA1500_.jpg

    It has the great advantage of also being able to be used as a pretend Star wars gun.
    This is correct.
  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 16:23:41 23,706 posts
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    @jellyhead
    From what I've seen of the Proxxon guys they're more engineery and less 'black and decker', so I would have thought they'd appeal to the power tool users. I have been to some amazingly beardy places in my search for kit for the next sculpture project - places with rivets, guages and arguments about 0.30 millimetre measuring errors.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 25 Oct 2012 16:28:56 12,046 posts
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    Change your profile pic now please MetalDog
  • billythekid 25 Oct 2012 16:31:56 10,808 posts
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    A 0.30mm measuring error is massive!
  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 16:34:52 23,706 posts
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    Well, it's either massive or absolutely insignificant, depending on what you're doing. When it comes to matching up rods and tubes, it's make or break, yeah.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Br0ken_Engli5h 25 Oct 2012 16:40:54 1,170 posts
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    I don't rate Dremel, the motors in them seem to burn out really fast. I've had 2 pack-in quickly without much heavy use. I can't speak for the Proxxon, though.

    http://www-img.toolstation.com/images/library/stock/webbig/33383.jpg

    We use something like this now, which solves the problem with the motors burning out, but is probably useless to you unless you fancy buying a big compressor to go with it.
  • mad_caddy 25 Oct 2012 16:45:54 3,306 posts
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    Both, shave the left side of your face with one and the right side with the other.
  • Dirtbox 25 Oct 2012 16:48:47 76,341 posts
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    Proxxon I say. They've been in the business forever and know their nuts from their bolts, Dremels are a bit flakey by comparison. Dremels are also prone to burning out, but they do run faster.

    A proxxon will last a lot longer though and they're quieter too.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 16:50:21 25-10-2012

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  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 16:49:05 23,706 posts
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    @Br0ken_Engli5h If I had a workshop I would be tempted =) There would be arc welders and angle grinders - giant metal sculptures stalking about instead of tiny polymer, wood and wire projects.

    Whatever I get has to work in a small, overcrowded room with carpets, alas.

    @Dirtbox
    Cheers, it's certainly the way I'm leaning towards. I don't really need the power the Dremel has, what I need is accuracy and a slightly less frightening running state.

    Edited by MetalDog at 16:51:00 25-10-2012

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • glaeken 25 Oct 2012 16:51:28 10,978 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    A 0.30mm measuring error is massive!
    Indeed. Real men will talk about thou's.
  • billythekid 25 Oct 2012 16:54:22 10,808 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    A 0.30mm measuring error is massive!
    Indeed. Real men will talk about thou's.
    Only old ones. Younger men refer to microns.
  • glaeken 25 Oct 2012 16:55:38 10,978 posts
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    We used Thou's in my first job. Though we did use metric as well. Some of the machines I used to work on were actually made in the 1940's. These were lathes and milling machines. It's great fun making something in metric measurements on a machine with imperial scales.

    Edited by glaeken at 17:02:44 25-10-2012
  • Dirtbox 25 Oct 2012 17:09:41 76,341 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    @Dirtbox
    Cheers, it's certainly the way I'm leaning towards. I don't really need the power the Dremel has, what I need is accuracy and a slightly less frightening running state.
    Definitely the proxxon then. They're much easier to handle.

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  • MrTomFTW Moderator 25 Oct 2012 17:11:12 36,290 posts
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    A REAL MAN WOULD HEADBUTT THE WOOD INTO SHAPE.

    I totally called it.
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  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 17:11:43 23,706 posts
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    Excellent, cheers.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Dirtbox 25 Oct 2012 17:13:33 76,341 posts
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    There might be a better option though, depending on what it is you need it for.

    Dremel type things are aiming for an all-rounder aspect, but if you're only doing a couple of things with it, it's better to get something that's more suited to that.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 17:14:26 25-10-2012

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  • MetalDog 25 Oct 2012 17:19:53 23,706 posts
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    Needs vary, so sometimes polishing, drilling, sanding, cutting, engraving, etc.

    I discovered a few years back that no matter how long a skull has been left to air on a windowsill, it will still release the smell of death when you grind into it with a powertool =/

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Dirtbox 25 Oct 2012 17:25:42 76,341 posts
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    I'm not really up on the latest skull polishing apparatus, but there's some sort of acid solution you can get from the chemist that should do the trick.

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  • elstoof 25 Oct 2012 17:43:57 6,140 posts
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    I'll lend you
    my drill if you want maximum control.

    If you want to stick your power tools though, depending in the model of Dremel you should get the stylus attachment. Makes a real difference to your level of control over the bit.
  • guts 26 Oct 2012 00:39:31 1,690 posts
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    Dremmel is part of the Bosch company, which is a big name in power tools. I've never heard of Proxxon, but I deal mainly with construction/building machinery. Another good bit of all round kit is the Fein multi master. Check out our prices at www.lakedalepowertools.com

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  • guts 26 Oct 2012 00:45:26 1,690 posts
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    Or you can borrow my saw.

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  • Dirtbox 26 Oct 2012 00:45:38 76,341 posts
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    Proxxon is the German version of Bosch. To be fair, they haven't heard of our shitty, substandard engineering there either.

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