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Whats the best dremel I can buy for the buck at Home Depot?

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Stay away from the Black and Decker dremel-wannabe... I've got one and it heats up alot and since there's alot of plastic inside, it smokes if there's any kind of strain on it. Next time I buy one, it'll be a true Dremel.
    
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I have a ryobi, and it has worked great for 6+yrs. I work in a car stereo bay, and I use it almost every day.
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I have a 5.0 amp craftsman rotary with dremel-like attachment - awesome but overkill if you're solely gonna mod with it. I highly recommend a rotozip. They are good quality and most dremel attachments fit - it is a little more expensive than a dremel. Find your price range and buy what you're comfortable with; you'll have fun regardless!
    
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This is a hard question to answer for me, as I used to be a Dremel Rep, years ago. Back when they were just coming our with the first Cordless Mini-Mite. These days, I ahve NO affilition with them, but i reaped the rewards, not so much in money, as much as product that I was given.

The quick answer is buy the one that feels right to you, without sacrificing quality, over money. There are some fine "wanna-be's out there, but I've got Dremel's that have been with me for over 20 years. some still in the boxes they came in, and not used yet. The quality is there in Dremel. But it seems everyone is making something that "competes" with them these days. The ultimate decision has to be yours, not ours. There's a reason why there are so many clones. it's because Dremels has a good product, and everyone else wants a piece of THAT pie.
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Anything but a cordless is the motive. The cordless tend to heat up faster than a corded Dremel. Also keep in mind that they may carry lithium-ion batteries but that's not always a good thing unless you have more than one. That alone... tends to become more of a pricey investment. I personally would rather spend that money on Dremel accessories.

As for the best Dremel. I wouldn't particularly say there is one. But from reviewers and experience I'd prefer the 400 Series XPR. I also saw an anniversary edition selling around for 60-80 at Home Depot the last time I went there to pickup my Dewalt combo kit. It's a good deal considering it's accessories "for it's price". Best of all it maintains it's old stylish look and and roughly by specs preforms just as well. I'm not sure if Home Depot in your area has it in stock but it wouldn't hurt to look.


75th Anniversary Edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-395-75-.../dp/B000P768JA

400 XPR Series:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...=8125&D=dremel
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...=8125&D=dremel

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Originally Posted by Polo224 View Post
I have a 5.0 amp craftsman rotary with dremel-like attachment - awesome but overkill if you're solely gonna mod with it. I highly recommend a rotozip. They are good quality and most dremel attachments fit - it is a little more expensive than a dremel. Find your price range and buy what you're comfortable with; you'll have fun regardless!
I also own a rotozip and I'd have to say it's pretty awesome as well.
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post #7 of 8
The 75th edition i saw at my home depot recently, had a gazillion pieces with it, as a bonus. There's accesories out the woodwork available form a number of companies, so if you need it on the cheap you can go that route, if you absolutely have to.

I agree, about the cordless ones. They are great for very small very quick things, but not meant to be a workhorse like the corded, or even the ones that hook to the jigsaws are.

I don't have the attachments for my rotozip to do metal yet, but it's on order. Now that I have one, I wonder how I went without it for so long.
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post #8 of 8
Make sure you get variable speed. A buddy of mine has a Dremel with only one speed. He has to borrow mine for jobs that don't need 30k RPM's.
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