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Pnuematic die grinder VS dremel?

Which do you guys think is better? A die grinder is cheaper, but dremel is brand name, everybody's got a dremel.
Lowes has a nice die grinder kit, for only $25. I'm sure dremel bits would work in that, and if not, I can make an adapter for it. They also have a nice dremel set, but that's for $90.

I don't intend on getting one immediately, but I've been meaning to get some sort of a rotary grinder, the 8 inch disk one is a little bit too big for some stuff.

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LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Why not just get a no name dremel? I got a tool shop (menards) one and it outlasted my dad's ryobi. Don't forget that when you want to use the die grinder you have to use a noisy compressor. If you like working until 3am then you probably don't want the die grinder if you like your neighbors and family. Just thought you might want to know that harbor freight tools usually has die grinders for only 7-10 dollars.
cvxdes (author)  LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
I have a no name cordless drill from ebay, it's surprisingly good. Only thing is, there are so many no-name ones, i dont know the good ones from the bad ones. Any no-name names you can suggest? :P I checked out that harbor freight tools place, closest one to me is a 2 hour drive from my house. Lowes is just up the street, it'll cost more in gas to go there than the extra it'll cost at lowes.
Mine is Tool Shop, and I got it from menards (local midwestern chain based out of Wisconsin) for only $5. I don't think they have them in Massachusetts. If you do get a brand name one try to find it for under $20 (returned, open box, etc) or you will be disappointed. My dad bought a kawasaki for around $20 and it had a full set of bits. I don't know. Just wait a while and eventually you will find something good.
tech-king9 years ago
you need around 35000 rpm. most dremels go from 10000 to 35000. and they have low torque. thats a dremel: high speed, low torque
Lextone9 years ago
Die grinders usually have more torque than a Dremel. Die grinders don't overheat and will last longer than a Dremel will in an industrial setting. That is the big differences in a nut shell. If you are looking for a rotary tool for small modeling projects and general use go with a Dremel. If you are doing detail work on big modeling projects requiring hours of grinding go with a die Grinder.
I have a no name dremel that's great ten quid from maplins and another that appeared in the crazy cheapo hardware shop which has great stuff, the one i use has interchangeable chucks, variable speed and good power. though the other one is much faster.
You might want to check the RPMs of the die grinder, just to make sure it's up to par.
cvxdes (author)  Weissensteinburg9 years ago
20,000 RPM.
Lowe's Kobalt brand, and Home depot's Husky brand are made by the same company, so all I did was look it up on home depots site. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100030126