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I'm going to build an acrylic case in the near future that will require cutting a lot of 1/4" acrylic. I want to use a dremel rotary tool for this because it seems to be the most cost effective option for what i'll be doing doing, but i don't know which model to get. I might also use the router attachment and the dremel chamfer bit if that might affect the coice
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I just bought the 4000 about a month ago. I am absolutely in love with it. I'm a big fan of the variable speed control which helped me a ton to cut up my acrylic sheets. Also, the attachments for the 400 will work on the 4000. I picked up the jigsaw attachment which works really well. I guess that's my 2 cents. Good luck with what ever you go with
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Don't buy the Dremel 4000, you will most likely marry it.
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post #4 of 22
200 was mediocre at best. I returned it.
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The XP 400/4000 would be your best bet. They have a more powerful motor then the 200/300, so it won't bog down on cutting heavy metal and such (at least in my experience).

Definitely invest in the 4000. My father has 3 dremel tools from the 1980's or earlier, and they are still running strong right up till the day I got a 400, and bought my father a 400 as well.

You should also compare prices on E-bay for dremel "kits". I bought the 90 piece kit that contains a ton of attachments, a sawz-all, planer, flexi-shaft, dry wall cutter, roouter, and a few other things for ~$120-$130. Not a single item was used, and every box in the tool kit I received was in brand new plastic wrapped packaging.

Here is my must have list for the dremel:
Flexi-shaft: Extremely useful for tight work

EZ Lock- Heavy duty cutting wheel. Very well built, and while a little pricy, I have found them to last longer then the equivalent number of #420 Heavy cutoff wheels. In addition they are more forgiving then the #420's, because if you slip and twist the disk at all they won't really explode everywhere like a #420 disk will.

9902 Tungsten Carbide Cutter : This tool has been used on at least half a dozen projects to deburr a metal surface I cut. It last longer and seems to work better then the sanding disks for deburing metal and taking sharp edges off metal.

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The circle -cutting thingy may also prove quite useful:

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post #7 of 22
I had the dremel xpr 400 which was great and lasted me about 2 years, until the motor died. Since I already had a bunch of attachments (flexshaft, ezlock, circle cutter, router, etc etc etc) I replaced the 400 with the 4000 so i can still use all of my attachments. Having said that, had I not had all that stuff I may have went for the black and decker rtx6-b which seems to have a beefier motor than the 4000, and is about half the price. All of the bits etc are interchangeable between the two tools but I dont think the attachments are.

And like mentioned above, the flexshaft and ezlock system, and reinforced disks are absolute musts for the dremel. I'd say 4000 > 300 in dremel dremel comparison

As for routing, the dremel works ok. I built a whole acrylic case for my daughter using it. Recently I did a test on the same material using a real router and round over bit, and there was no comparison. the real router blew away the dremel router. I barely had to sand and rouge to make the edge look like glass. Theres pics of it somewhere in my current log (linked in sig)
The worklog for the acrylic case I did using dremel cutting and routing is here: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...x-acrylic.html
the large sheet cuts were done with a circular saw (standard 7.25") using a 140 tooth blade for plastics, plywood, veneers. All other cuts were done using dremel ezlock reinforced disks for Plastics
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post #8 of 22
I just got a 4000.

It's a beast. It absolutely SCREAMS at full powa! I had an older black and decker dremel that I was using before it. It just can't even compare to the 4000 series.
 
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post #9 of 22
Very informative thread! I am in the market for a dremel, and looking up the 4000, it's less than 85 bucks on Amazon! That really makes me happy! Come next month, this thread will have given me enough info on what attachments and such to get that I'll be the proud owner and user of a new dremel.

chicks dig it.
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Thanks for all of the helpful responses! It seems that the dremel 4000 is the way to go. I'll probably go for a lot of attachments you guys mentioned but I'm not sure about the flex shaft. What is it used for?
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