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post #1 of 15
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I'm considering doing a case mod on my Antec 1200. I'd like to cut a nice hole in it's base so that I can have my PSU the right way up (sucking air from the bottom) So I'm wondering... Will a Dremmel 400 do the job properly? I'm always modding things so the expense wouldn't be a waste on the tool and accessories. I'd just like some opinions on the tools quality and ability to perform please?

Thanks guys

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post #2 of 15
It should be fine, it cut through my old 900 no problem, and the 400 model is newer than the one i used.

It has:

Variable speed control 5000-33000rpm for exact speed adjustment in 1000rpm increments

Obviously this should be no problem speed wise to cut through the metal, it also has a 140w motor which is plenty IMO

Hope this helps, even though i used it on a 900 and not a 1200, i wouldn't think it's any thicker metal though

Just remember measure twice cut once

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post #3 of 15
the 400 xpr series with 2 amp motor will do the job no problem.
I have the XPR400 6/90 kit (120$ Amazon) and I use it for everything. I even cut aluminum uchannel with it. Just get the 1 1/2" reinforced cutting disks for metal and youre good. And spring for the ezlock kit for cutting disks, thats all win
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Thanks for the relpy slim

Could I also ask...What the accessories are like (In terms of wear?) I understand that they WILL wear out, but are they made well enough to complete a few jobs or just like chocolate and need replacing every minute?

Thanks

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post #5 of 15
hi.

The cutting wheels can deteriorate pretty quickly, especially if used on steel.

I would recommend getting the larger diameter wheels as you will get more distance out of them: One of the issues is that as the diameter of the wheel shrinks, the angle of cut may increase. This makes cutting a little more tedious and difficult, but certainly not overly so.

Good luck with your mod.
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post #6 of 15
a way to counteract the ever shrinking discs, however, is to make sure to get the flexishaft attachment (is part of 6/90 kit) this way your never holding the dremel tool and dealing with its diameter, as opposed to the much friendlier and easy to deal with flexi shaft handle. the disk diameter is always wider than the tool unless you grind the disk to the center lol
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post #7 of 15
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Thanks CattleRustler I was actually looking at the flexishaft attachment as it comes in one of the kits here, It looks very useful as the Dremel could be quite cumbersome for quite detailed work I expect.

Thanks again for your help fellas.. +reps

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cheers, good luck
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post #9 of 15
if you want to make a hole then get a holesaw. but be carefull when using one. there are plenty of safety guides on the site for using a hole saw. last time i used one without taking safety procotions i almost cut my hand off. wasn't fun and scared the **** outa me. and not olny mention it messed up the project i was working on.
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I burned through a couple 1-1/4" fiberglass cut off wheels before I realized the cause, which was that i was letting the face of the wheel come into contact with the steel i was cutting (18ga sheet metal). If you hold the tool extremely steady you can cut with only the absolute outer edge of the cut-off wheel coming in contact with the material. Once I figured this out, i was able to cut several feet and only losing about half of the cutting wheel diameter.
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