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Foredom vs. Dremel
crquack - Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 9:50pmDremel | flex shaft | Foredom
I have found only a couple of threads dealing with this subject.
The generally accepted wisdom is that Foredom flex shaft motors are superior to Dremel corded tools and this is reflected by the price differential.
There are other flex shafts on the market, notably one had come on sale locally for $70 so I bought it and played with it. I also have a Dremel 400XPR (now discontinued).
I fully realize that the Chinese knock off is not going to be of the same quality as the Foredom but a few things puzzled me about the Foredom vs. Dremel comparison:
1) Is Foredom supposed to be more powerful? The most common "SR" version is 1/6 HP which is appx. 125W. The Dremel has a 2 Amp motor which makes it 240W (the knock off is 150W BTW).
2) Is the revesibility of the Foredom a significant advantage (I can think of only one aplication where it would be)?
3) My main complaint about the Dremel is that it needs both hands to switch it on and off. Has anyone adapted their Dremel for use with a foot pedal? Just a simple on/off one?
4) The knock-off foot pedal is useless where speed regulation is necessary (I tried with the wood carving handpiece and found it pretty difficult to hold the speed down to 1000 rpm where it works best). Is the Foredom foot pedal any better?
At this point the knock off is going back. I have some other concerns about it (electrical grounding or lack of it for one). I plan to get a chuck and a foot pedal for the Dremel. I was just trying to clarify in my mind if I should be saving up for a proper Foredom, i.e. do the extra benefits justify the extra $150 or so.