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Neil6706/08/2019 14:16:54
188 forum posts
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Looking to replace a VonHaus rotary tool, purchased from Amazon but died after six months after very little use. It replaced an Aldi cordless which suffered the same fate, again after little use, and proved a nightmare to return and obtain a refund under guarantee. Any suggestions?

LHR Dave06/08/2019 14:47:31
104 forum posts
29 photos

Buy a Genuine Dremel.

Martin Harris06/08/2019 14:51:35
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Maybe Dremel are effectively less expensive than at first sight?

My first one lasted about 8 years of fairly heavy work with only brush replacement before the motor windings failed. I bought a base model replacement for thirty odd quid from B&Q which failed earlier this year - the switch wore out mechanically but fortunately I'd squirrelled away the old one "just in case" and was able to repair it with the older switch.

I'm not sure if you're only interested in cordless ones though - I've never had great results with such things as cordless screwdrivers so have foregone the slight advantages of not dragging the cord around for the lower current per watt and consistent availability from a mains version.

wingcoax06/08/2019 15:07:29
50 forum posts

I have to say that the ALDI mains powered unit i have has survived for over ten years with quite a bit of industrial use in that time.

Paul Marsh06/08/2019 15:38:49
3727 forum posts
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I bought 2 a few months ago, on special offer for £12 each.

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malcolm woodcock 106/08/2019 16:27:27
396 forum posts

I bought a clone from Lidl a few years back when My Dremel packed in. It wasn't long before I had to buy a new Dremel. I still have the Lidl Purchase but it just didn't have the torque I was used to.

Neil6706/08/2019 17:03:44
188 forum posts
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Thanks for the feedback, I think I will go for a corded Dremel, clones seem a bit of a hit and miss.

Cheers Neil

Cuban806/08/2019 17:14:16
2769 forum posts
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I paid forty quid for a corded Dremel a couple of years ago from B&Q. Worth every penny, I've thrown away so much on clones over the years - a waste of money.

Foxfan06/08/2019 17:19:15
841 forum posts
6 photos

I have a Proxxon bought on a deal (I'd never pay full prices). Its electronic speed controller packed in in 3 weeks light use, so I wired it straight through. Screams, but does the job. I will rant out 1/16th" brass when I do brass masters for white metal kits and whip round three mm thick windows on slot car bodies, so the bearings must be good. Powered off the Proxxon transformer that it came with. I've had it maybe 20 years now. I also got excellent use from Minicraft/Maxicraft tools, many of which I still have (circular saw, grinder, orbital sander, sanding disc). I have never had a Dremel and won't pay that for one, but I did once buy a Dremel cutter and it lasted very well indeed and people do seem to like them. I've just managed to be a professional modelmaker for decades without one!



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john stones 106/08/2019 17:22:09
10711 forum posts
1480 photos

Never owned a clone one so can't comment, had my Dremel over 15 years, done work on car with it (seized nuts), cheap as chips. yes

Braddock, VC06/08/2019 18:05:36
1633 forum posts
82 photos

I bought my corded dremel about 20 years or so ago, shortly after I forked out for an adjustable chuck. Best thing I ever did. 4 or 5 clones had come and gone by then but I've had absolutely no problems with the dremel since and it gets used for multiple trades.

Jon Laughton07/08/2019 00:26:34
1177 forum posts
105 photos

I bought a Maplins clone about three years ago to replace an old Dremmel that had died but at higher speeds the vibrations the clone created were quite unpleasant so I reverted back to a new corded Dremmel and then bought a cordless one too!

Tom Sharp 207/08/2019 00:49:27
3554 forum posts
18 photos

I thought clones were things that flew over airfields, not workshop tools. wink

Braddock, VC07/08/2019 08:39:34
1633 forum posts
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Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 07/08/2019 00:49:27:

I thought clones were things that flew over airfields, not workshop tools. wink

Should have gone to specsavers.....face 1

Martyn K07/08/2019 09:29:10
4985 forum posts
3624 photos

My mains powered Dremel is well over 20 years old, the best powered tool I have ever bought. Gets abused every day.

Mastercrashman07/08/2019 21:55:05
60 forum posts
5 photos

I have found my Dremel's accuracy to be quite poor.

It's good for many things but accurate drilling isn't one of them. It appears to be play in the bearings which causes the point of the drill to wander when trying to start a hole; even on centre popped marks or enlarging existing holes.

I've looked online and other users have commented about this.

Callsign Tarnish07/08/2019 22:44:54
81 forum posts
1 photos

Buy cheap, buy twice.

Get a Dremel, you've probably spent more on cheap copies, false economy.

Bob Cotsford08/08/2019 10:03:20
8033 forum posts
444 photos

I've got two Dremel 395 mains powered tools, both now need a strip down for maintenance of the front bearings. After only 20 and 25 years of use. Don't make them like they used to.

Who remembers the 12v brushed motor drills that we used to get palmed off with as 'modellers tools'? Anything currently available will be a 100 times better than one of those!

Martian08/08/2019 15:43:57
2235 forum posts
1091 photos

Aldi are selling a mini grinder and buffer with a flexible drive that has a chuck the same size as a dremel i have to say it,s my go to tool although I have a dremel clone too , it is much like using a dentist drill very versatile. Less than £30

Martin McIntosh08/08/2019 17:35:03
2954 forum posts
1086 photos

Bought a battery Dremel while I was in the US in 1998 for $50. The Nicad still holds full capacity and it gets lots of use, permanently fitted with a 1/16th drill. Left discharged for ages and the pack left on the 3hr charger for three weeks many times.

No use for many jobs since it is quite slow but great for 2mm self tapper holes, drilling out horns ready to be tapped m2 etc.

Got a Skil from B&Q many years ago, 35,000 rpm. The brushes wore out so it got chucked under the bench. Amazingly you can still get the spares so it has a new lease of life.

Also have an Aldi battery one which has been very good so far.

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