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06-08-2005, 09:43 AM
Seems odd,but I don't recall ever hearing anybody mention a Foredom tool on any of the forums I have visited. The Foredom tool is a motor with a flexible shaft and you can get different bits and grinders for it. Much the same as a Dremel,except you are using a handpiece sorta like a Dentists drill and the motor hangs on the workbench. My nephew just bought one,and I had given thought to one for years,but never sucummed to letting loose of that much as they are pricey. My Dremel didn't last very long,but all I have heard about the Foredom's is that they do last. Anybody have experience with them?
Like You, I Always Thought Having A Foredom Would Be Nice Except For The Price.One Day I Came Accross One At A Yard Sale.What A Deal,I Got It For $35.In My Opinion,It's Not Nearly As Versitle As A Moto Tool.My Foredom Does 14000 Rpms,The Moto Tool Does 28000.The Flexable Shaft Limits Use To It's Length.I Do Like The 1/4" Collet.I Have A Round Carbide Bit Mounted On It That I Use For Stock Work.Great For Routing Out Bolt Handle Notches And Roughing Up Wood Prior To Glassing.If You Can Find One Cheap,They Are Nice To Have.The Price Of A New One Is Such That You Can By 4 Or 5 New Moto Tools For About The Same Money.
I've used the Fordom for the past 17 years and it is one of the most used tools in my shop. I especially like the handpiece as I get more control than I ever did with the Dremel. I have two handpieces a small and a medium. Dremel makes a copy of the Fordom that is just a little cheaper, but the motor is not wound as heavy. Think of the Fordom as a life time tool and the cost factor goes down quite a bit. Sort of like my lathe, when it was new in 1949 it cost $500, which was a TON of money, but now after all these years it still turns out good work. I have 17 actual years of use on my Fordom and I paid 149.00 for it. Thats eight bucks a year?
The Foredom is the electrical equivilent to an air "die grinder". It's about like comparing an electric impact wrench to an air impact wrench. If you have air, a die grinder is cheaper, faster and more durable. The air tool has a little thicker body, but the air hose can be much more flexible and as long as you want it to be. BD
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