Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Post by TB » Tue, 01 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Has anyone used Dremel tools during construction?. I am thinking of getting
one and I am wondering if it has many used for rocketry ?.  Such as cutting
tubes? .

Thanks
TB

 
 
 

Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Post by nojun » Tue, 01 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Has anyone used Dremel tools during construction?. I am thinking of getting
> one and I am wondering if it has many used for rocketry ?.  Such as cutting
> tubes? .

I use it for everything...shaping fin edges, cutting slots in body
tubes, grinding motor clips, and much more.

Get a rotary tool of some type; you won't regret it, and you'll keep
finding more uses for it as you go along.

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Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Post by Denis R. Boudreau Jr » Wed, 02 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Never used mine to cut my body tubes but I do use it for EVERYTHING else.
Yes get one!!!
Quote:

>Has anyone used Dremel tools during construction?. I am thinking of getting
>one and I am wondering if it has many used for rocketry ?.  Such as cutting
>tubes? .

>Thanks
>TB

 
 
 

Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Post by The Silent Observe » Wed, 02 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Has anyone used Dremel tools during construction?. I am thinking of getting
> one and I am wondering if it has many used for rocketry ?.  Such as cutting
> tubes? .

I'm afraid I'm going to have to buck the current on this one -- the only
thing I've yet used my Dremel for in rocketry is shaping the edges of
plywood fins.  That 30,000 rpm just cuts WAY too fast for anything else
I've tried.  I suspect I'd have a lot more use for it if I had a speed
control, but that $60 keeps going to other things...  B(

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Has anyone used Dremel tools? , Good uses?

Post by Bob Kapl » Thu, 03 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> I'm afraid I'm going to have to buck the current on this one -- the only
> thing I've yet used my Dremel for in rocketry is shaping the edges of
> plywood fins.  That 30,000 rpm just cuts WAY too fast for anything else
> I've tried.  I suspect I'd have a lot more use for it if I had a speed
> control, but that $60 keeps going to other things...  B(

I've found the speed of the dremel, combined with the small diameter of the
cutters or sanding drum makes them quite unsuitable for airfoiling fins. A
belt sander, palm sander, razor plane, or even a sanding block is a better
choice.

Still, the dremel or equivalent tool has far too many uses to be without.
It's clearly one of the oldest power tools in my shop, along with the now
retired 1963 vintage dremel jig saw.

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Post by The Silent Observe » Thu, 03 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


> > I'm afraid I'm going to have to buck the current on this one -- the only
> > thing I've yet used my Dremel for in rocketry is shaping the edges of
> > plywood fins.  That 30,000 rpm just cuts WAY too fast for anything else
> > I've tried.  I suspect I'd have a lot more use for it if I had a speed
> > control, but that $60 keeps going to other things...  B(

> I've found the speed of the dremel, combined with the small diameter of the
> cutters or sanding drum makes them quite unsuitable for airfoiling fins. A
> belt sander, palm sander, razor plane, or even a sanding block is a better
> choice.

I agree, those would be better choices -- and I only use the Dremel for
plywood fins, never on balsa (like I said, it just cuts too fast).  BUT:
I have a Dremel, and I don't have any of those other products -- though
I may get a sanding drum for my drill, once I get the drill press stand
out of the box and set up.  It' still not as good as a belt sander (say,
does anyone make a belt sander powered by a drill?), or even a disk, but
at least I have the table to steady against.

Quote:
> Still, the dremel or equivalent tool has far too many uses to be without.
> It's clearly one of the oldest power tools in my shop, along with the now
> retired 1963 vintage dremel jig saw.

No argument -- I use the dremel for lots of stuff, including sharpening
mower blades without removing them from the mower, cutting steel tube,
very light duty freehand shaping of steel and aluminum (hand made a
safety toggle for one of my pistols with it), once I even recut the
locking bolt shoulder on a tripod, hand cutting a relief in cast
aluminum with a mill-cutter-style bit, to accept a ground down bolt head
with a knob soldered up from two sizes of copper pipe caps (had tools
and time, but little money, and knew a photographer who wanted/needed a
tripod for her birthday -- total outlay, $10).

I don't don't find much use for the tool in modroc building.  If I built
more HPR, I'd probably have a different story.

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Post by Jeanne & Alan Rognl » Fri, 04 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>(say, does anyone make a belt sander powered by a drill?)

Yes, B&D *used* to make a drill powered belt sander - about 10-15 years ago?
Anyway, I got one as a father's day gift 'back when' and have it mounted on a
chunk of 1x...  It's sure handy for plywood.  i haven't tried it on G-10 yet.


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Post by Bob Kapl » Fri, 04 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> out of the box and set up.  It' still not as good as a belt sander (say,
> does anyone make a belt sander powered by a drill?), or even a disk, but

Well, at least they used to. I've got an old (B&D?) 3x21 belt sander that
uses a 1/4" drill for power. It's been pretty much replaced by my 4x36
Delta. You can also get a 5-6" disk for your drill and clamp it to a bench
and use that to airfoil plywood fins.

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Post by Ken Mizo » Fri, 04 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Don Wrote:

Quote:
>I don't don't find much use for the tool in modroc building.  If I built
>more HPR, I'd probably have a different story.

For me, the Dremel makes all the nose cones out of balsa up to BT-55.  When
I competed, everyone at NARAM would just listen for the Dremel tool buzz and
that was where you could find me.  A Dremel in Bulgaria blew out the hotel
room's circuit for a couple of days until a new fuse could be located.  But
I digress...

Ken Mizoi