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Thinking of turning a crappy rotary tool into a useful device, any ideas? Answered

So I just bought a nice Dremel, meaning my crappy 15 dollar Harbor Freight rotary is worthless. Since I won't be using it for rotary projects anymore, any advice on what I can use it for? I'm thinking something along the lines of the drill to lathe conversions I've seen, but I doubt it has enough power for something like that..?

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katala (author)2012-07-05

Use it for low speed tasks, like polishing or cleaning. Save wear and tear on the dremel.

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klee27x (author)2010-01-23

What's wrong with it? If the bearings are loose, there's a good Instructable for tightening things up, somewhere.

A mini, lap-top routing table can be quite useful.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b103/klee27x/random009.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b103/klee27x/random008-3.jpg

Or you could make a small drill press.

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lemonie (author)2010-01-21

No it doesn't have much power. But how do you like the idea of "fleecing" ladies for a nail-job?

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RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-01-21

Yup, the Dremel is a high-revs, low torque tool. A lathe (or a hand drill) is a low-revs, high torque application. It would make an excellent "turbo" cooling fan for a computer, though.

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Yeah, I figured that would be a problem. Any ideas for something that might take advantage of the high-rev aspect? I just don't like throwing out tools, but this one's too crappy for me to even feel moral giving to somebody.

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I can't think of anything off the top of my head other than high-speed drilling, engraving, and other standard Dremel-type stuff. I did once use a Dremel to repair another Dremel, so maybe you could keep it around for that....

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stephenniall (author)2010-01-22

Like raving mad studios said High rev low torque Id say to use it as something such as a Pcb drilling Set OR High speed kitchen mixer

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