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Hey there.

Well, through the course of my new case build, I've gone through two dremels. Sent the first one back for replacement, got the replacement a week ago, now the replacement is dead. I've been cutting an Aluminum side panel, so it's not like I've put the thing through torture. Really? This is the best a dremel 4000 can do? PFT. So much for their build quality. I remember back in 2000 using a dremel for my job and it worked perfectly every time.... now? Ha...

I need advice on a new hand held powertool (electical) that is heavy duty.

What is it they use on that American Chopper show to cut aluminum? I see them using it all the time....
post #2 of 19
Can't say I've ever had one issue with mine.

Guess you've just been unlucky.
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Best thing for cutting aluminium is a jigsaw with a metal bit. Finish it up with an edge-guided router if you can afford it.
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Best thing for cutting aluminium is a jigsaw with a metal bit. Finish it up with an edge-guided router if you can afford it.
Do you have a recommended brand? I'm looking at this one:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Will need to buy one today so your advice is appreciated. +Rep
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Do you have a recommended brand? I'm looking at this one:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Will need to buy one today so your advice is appreciated. +Rep
Skil
Milwaukee
Ryobi
Black & Decker

Those are just brand names I've seen that I know people who buy for jigsaw's and haven't had a issue.

Sorry to hear about your dremel problems. I've had mine for 2 years and used it for a fair amount of projects and still works great
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i would use an abrasive saw

http://www.travers.com/product.asp?R...571-85-191-719

then the dremel to clean up the edges.

oh they make cheaper ones, that was just the first electric one i could find.
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i would use an abrasive saw

http://www.travers.com/product.asp?R...571-85-191-719

then the dremel to clean up the edges.

oh they make cheaper ones, that was just the first electric one i could find.
Overkill.

A jigsaw would do nicely, depending on the thickness of the sheet one of the vibrating multifunction tools(I can't remember what they're called) works just as well if it isn't very thick.
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Overkill.

probably, but most of the things i do are


and im personally not a fan of saws (im a cnc machinist)
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Do you have a recommended brand? I'm looking at this one:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Will need to buy one today so your advice is appreciated. +Rep
I dont know about foreign brands I'm afraid, I'm UK based. Usually home depot stores are pretty good though so I would ask the staff there for reliable brands - unless they recommend their store brand.

I'd buy something in the middle of the price range, that's normally a pretty happy balance. Make sure you pick up metal cutting bits too - they're probably about $10 for a pack of 2 or 3 (they can sometimes break).

To neaten up the cut I would get some metal files if you dont have any (fine wood files will also do), if you dont want to go for a router.

Hope that helps.

EDIT: An abrasive saw is massive overkill and you'll never be able to cut anything detailed with it.
EDIT2: Black & Decker are respected over here, it's what I use for my aluminium modding.
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post #10 of 19
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Skil
Milwaukee
Ryobi
Black & Decker

Those are just brand names I've seen that I know people who buy for jigsaw's and haven't had a issue.

Sorry to hear about your dremel problems. I've had mine for 2 years and used it for a fair amount of projects and still works great
Yeah, I just don't get it. Like I said I've used a dremel before, years ago, to do lots of different things and it was a champ. I wonder if they're quality in parts has become less reliable recently?

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Originally Posted by Killhouse View Post
I dont know about foreign brands I'm afraid, I'm UK based. Usually home depot stores are pretty good though so I would ask the staff there for reliable brands - unless they recommend their store brand.

I'd buy something in the middle of the price range, that's normally a pretty happy balance. Make sure you pick up metal cutting bits too - they're probably about $10 for a pack of 2 or 3 (they can sometimes break).

To neaten up the cut I would get some metal files if you dont have any (fine wood files will also do), if you dont want to go for a router.

Hope that helps.

EDIT: An abrasive saw is massive overkill and you'll never be able to cut anything detailed with it.
EDIT2: Black & Decker are respected over here, it's what I use for my aluminium modding.
Sounds good. Yeah, I have some metal files and they're fun, but take a while if you don't have an even enough cut to begin with.

Looks like I'll go with a jigsaw then. Thanks everyone!
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