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Dremel Tool use and accessories in Dive Center Service Department

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by BurhanMuntasser, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. seaseadee

    seaseadee Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    I sell both brands here in the US. The Proxxon quality here is a lot higher than the Dremel Stuff ( at least for the stuff we sell). Plus if you get it in Europe it will be 220/50
     
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  2. martincohn

    martincohn Solo Diver

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    Just be VERY carful around soft materials. Don't ask how I know...
     
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  3. spoolin01

    spoolin01 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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    The Dremel gets extensive use in cleaning poorly maintained regs after degreasing and vinegar treatment in the sonicator. I use a variety of brass bristle brushes - round, various cup styles - primarily, fiber bristle brushes for plastic parts, and stainless for the occasional intractable encrustation. I buy the bulk Chinese versions on eBay, as the brushes deform, wear down, and lose bristles pretty readily no matter which you use. That persistant itch on your stomach or side? A launched bristle in your T-shirt. Various bronze "bottle brush" style gun cleaning brushes also can be similarly employed.

    I use a corded model - can't recall which, a mainline model - typically on lowest speed.

    The Dremel is also good for polishing metal or plastic such as gauge/computer faces, in places hard to reach with a bigger polishing wheel, using the various felt wheels. The cutoff wheels - fiber or mineral - also find regular use in the workshop, though I can't recall many scuba-related needs for such. Ditto for the sanding drums. The abrasive-impregnated rubber polishing tools are a milder alternative to sanding drums, but still fairly aggressive on soft metal. I haven't found any of the grinding accessories - stone, steel, or diamond - to be much good for anything but plastic or non-ferrous metal. They just aren't good quality. I'd say the great disappointment of the Dremel is the generally poor quality of the bits.
     
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  4. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: same ocean as you
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    No holding!

    Must use extension shaft thing
     
  5. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: United States
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    Dremels suck. What you really want is a Foredom motor, either one of the Flexshaft series or the micromotors.

    See here: 230 Volt-Int'l Models | FOREDOM

    That's the international voltage version. They don't suck like Dremel tools do.
     
  6. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
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    :) Yes, big motor is better for long time work, beyond question, but for seldom usage is enough even Chineese tools :)

    If we will continue this idea, we can go to the air tools like Micro grinders
    https://aliexpress.com/item/33036604289.html
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    I think, for divers it could be more usefull, than electric :)

    BTW - is anybody had to try it? How is it good?
     
  7. spoolin01

    spoolin01 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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    Flexshaft tools are fine and smaller profile, but in some respects unwieldy and not as quick handling due to the long stiff flex drive.
     
  8. seaseadee

    seaseadee Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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    I also sell the Foredom and he's right. There is a significant quality difference over and above Proxxon and Dremel. I just didnt'r realise they sold a 220/50 version. If you can get that, you're golden.
     
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