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Old January 25, 2009, 08:28 PM
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This probably isn't really the rite category to be posting this in, but I couldn't find anything closer... And I guess this kind of falls under the 'case modding' category.

Anyway, I just realized I have about 100 canadian tire bucks on my CT MasterCard.
Didn't know it was a MC when I signed up for it, thought it was a membership only

Anyway, I've been getting into case modding a lot recently and I've been wanting to get a dremel/rotary tool for a while now so I can do some cutting...

However I'm stuck on what specs I should be looking at. I want something that can cut as well as drill metal. Don't know much about dremels and what the best kind/best blade is to get...
Suggestions? Comments?

One of you modders is bound to have a dremel...
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Old January 25, 2009, 08:41 PM
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If you've got $100 to spend you should be able to get yourself a pretty snazzy kit. :)

Most kits come with all of the cutting & grinding wheels you'll need to get started. After you've used it a while you'll know which wheels you'll need to buy in bulk. Just make sure it's variable speed which will help when cutting through different types of materials.

I've just got a cheap kit which does fine for most things, but I wish I had one of the ones with the "remote" tool (looks kinda like those snake lights, but you'll know it when you see it). This set (at sears) is a little pricey CRAFTSMANŽ/MD Rotary Tool Kit with 65 Accessories and 4 Attachments : Sears Canada but what I'm talking about is the extension tool second from the bottom. It'll be a lot easier getting one of those into tight spaces than trying to manhandle the normal full sized tool.

Chances are CT will have a jobmate kit with everything you need for under $100, if not, you might want to wait for a sale (they're on fairly regularly).
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Old January 25, 2009, 08:43 PM
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I've got a Dremel 400XPR that I got from Home Depot. Came with a nice kit and carrying case. I've used it to cut through fairly thick Aluminum with no issues (at least Cooler Master says its aluminum).
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alright, thanks for the input...
Someone was telling me it's better to get a corded one instead of cordless. The cordless ones run out of battery too quickly?
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alright, thanks for the input...
Someone was telling me it's better to get a corded one instead of cordless. The cordless ones run out of battery too quickly?
You won't have the juice you need to cut through metal for long periods of time with a battery.
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Old January 26, 2009, 03:20 AM
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Canadian Tire Jobmate Cut-out Tool Customer Ratings & Reviews - Top & Best Rated Products

I think the high speed cutout tools are much better- I have two dremel tools and one of these cheap cutouts that I got on sale for 25 bucks- I never use the dremels- they just don't have near the power- and they're more expensive.
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Old February 14, 2009, 11:39 AM
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This is an older thread, but just in case anybody surfs in here from a seach, Costco has a pretty decent deal on a set.

It's not listed on their website but they've got a 200 pc Kawasaki set similar to this one Kawasaki Power Tools - Kawasaki 233 Piece Rotary Tool and Accessory Set selling for $49.99.

Not only does it have the "snake" attachments, it also has one of the diamond cutting wheels which is something I haven't seen included in a set. Throw in what look like a couple of mini-vices and it looks like a pretty decent set. (It's on my short list of things to pick up :) ).
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be sure to try the sausage sample, mmm!

I like the snake extension thing in my kit, having said that I dont actually use it that much, lol.

I would just go for whatever kit gives you the most stuff for the $$, mastercraft is a good bet cause most of it has a 3 year warranty, if it breaks you get a new one.
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be sure to try the sausage sample, mmm!

I like the snake extension thing in my kit, having said that I dont actually use it that much, lol.

I would just go for whatever kit gives you the most stuff for the $$, mastercraft is a good bet cause most of it has a 3 year warranty, if it breaks you get a new one.
Heh.... and follow it up with some desert.... :)

Nothing like the free Costco lunch. :)
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This is an older thread, but just in case anybody surfs in here from a seach, Costco has a pretty decent deal on a set.

It's not listed on their website but they've got a 200 pc Kawasaki set similar to this one Kawasaki Power Tools - Kawasaki 233 Piece Rotary Tool and Accessory Set selling for $49.99.

Not only does it have the "snake" attachments, it also has one of the diamond cutting wheels which is something I haven't seen included in a set. Throw in what look like a couple of mini-vices and it looks like a pretty decent set. (It's on my short list of things to pick up :) ).

Got the 200 piece set from Costco in PoCo last week for $40, works great, snake sucks.
Remember to wear safety goggles when using one!
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