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Offline OldNoob

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Slowing down the old Dremel.
« on: 17 Apr , 2013, 21:32 »
I need to slow dow my Dremel. Even at it's slowest speed it melts plastic more than it cuts or files.
Was thinking of getting this product. What do you think?
http://www.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html



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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #1 on: 19 Apr , 2013, 18:27 »
For $20 I'd definitely go for it - post a review of results! BUT...really, you're getting melt at lowest setting? I usually am safe in the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the range. Do you have a SUPER dremel? Tell us more!
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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #2 on: 27 Apr , 2013, 09:16 »
Did not work. It just made the Dremel sputter. Guess ill stick with a drill for clean holes.


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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #3 on: 28 Apr , 2013, 02:14 »
Hmmm, too bad!
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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #4 on: 28 Apr , 2013, 09:05 »
  I don't know if this is still viable, but, awhile back, my wife got rid of her old sewing machine. I stole the foot-peddle speed controller and wired my old dremel into it. It worked great , for a long time.
   Right up until the dog mistook it for a tree.
I haven't found a replacement for it yet. And I have no idea what happened to the old dremel tool.
 
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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #5 on: 28 Apr , 2013, 10:42 »
I think the problem was that my Dremel already has a built in speed control of 5000 to 35000 rpm. (Dremel 400XPR)
  So the variable resister or potentiometer or whatever it's called could not function properly with the lower voltage from the router speed control adapter.
It's possible if the the Dremel tool had been a wide open fixed speed kind, the router speed control may have worked.

* Ive read that one can actually knock up to a 1000 rpm off just by adding the flex cable attachment, but that the dremel heats up more.
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Re: Slowing down the old Dremel.
« Reply #6 on: 28 Apr , 2013, 10:51 »
  I don't know if this is still viable, but, awhile back, my wife got rid of her old sewing machine. I stole the foot-peddle speed controller and wired my old dremel into it. It worked great , for a long time.
   Right up until the dog mistook it for a tree.
I haven't found a replacement for it yet. And I have no idea what happened to the old dremel tool.
 
Mike K.
Thanks Mike.  I'll have keep my eye open at the local thrift stores for one.