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relative to a drill press, dremels don't have much torque at all, they mostly get their power from speed. which, when cutting metal, is bad because you will start to heat up the work piece and your drillbit, a Dremel would probably work for small holes as long as you use oil as people above have said.
You know, I thought about that last night and was going to come add that.


High speed is no good for metal. Especially as you get larger. I punched a 1.5" hole through some 2" square, thick walled square tubing with a crappy bit and an old press. I ran that drill press at the lowest possible speed, it chattered, it made noise and I thought I was going to kill myself... But the hole was straight and clean.
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Maybe someone else mentioned this or maybe not but... what bit are you using to try to drill through something? Is it a drill bit designed for drilling through metal? Because if you are using any of the other things that came with your dremel then they won't be drilling through much at all.

Depending on which dremel you have you may have to switch out some pieces on the top to fit a drill bit into it and even then you will be fairly limited on what drill bits will go into it.

The thing should have enough power that if you use the correct type of tiny bit you should be able to put a hole through pretty much anything but it def isn't the right tool for the job. Make sure to use some lube!
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