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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Treacodactyl wrote:
So, only Tahir has actually used one? I'm not after a tool that can do what other tools do best but something that can do what other tools can't. E.g. flush cutting. I've tried an angle grinder for chasing, once and never again. The spinning disk just chucks out too much dust and I can see an oscillating head would be much better.

When I bought my Dremel, many years ago, I wasn't sure how much I'd use it but over the years it's more than paid for itself and often avoids bodging something.


Mr Shan has a Dremel and he loves it. Flush cutting works a treat. Shortening bolts (don't ask) also works well. He has the flexible arm attachment - very good for getting into awkward spots (used both on the car and the tractor). He even has a chainsaw sharpening attachment. Brilliant.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Dremels are useful for lots of things. Husband uses one fairly frequently for odd jobs. No good as a hammer though. (Old advert)

Gervase



Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 8655

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've had a Fein, which was nicked, and have replaced it with a Makita. It's the most-used tool in my kit. The sanding is very efficient and ideal for prepping window frames and detailed areas for painting and for making good filled areas, the grout rake is very handy and the flush-cutting saw is a godsend for lifting floorboards and trimming.
Yes, there are stand-along tools that will do most of these things, but the multi-tool is just there when I need it, and copes with much of what I chuck at it. Other than a decent drill/driver, I can't think of any other power tool I'd rather be without.

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
Posts: 440
Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have the Erbauer one from Screwfix. It was bought as I had dozens of sockets to cut holes for in Celotex. For the purpose, it worked fine and I've since used it for flush cutting some doorframes and fine trimming skirting. I have the Grout removing disc but haven't got around to using it yet

Not a tool I'll use every day but well worth having in the shed IMHO.

BTW, have a look at Saxton Blades: https://www.saxtonblades.co.uk/ They're excellent quality and stupidly cheap

IF I was buying again, I'd look at a better make purely because you have to get an adaptor to fit Bosch blades on the Erbauer. It's lumpy and doesn't work that well if the blade is being pushed hard.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you both for your comments. I'd forgotten about the troubles I've had lifting floorboards in the past, probably worth one just for that.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34284
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 15 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=20624&ar=4

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The Lidl offer was why I asked. If I find it very useful I might buy a Fein, if not it isn't a huge loss.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34284
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Then you should know it's far less costly to spunk thirty notes at Lidl and play than to ask this lot. You'll never get a simple answer.

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Let us know if you find it useful and then I can get one next time they do them.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44635
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I just keep getting the urge to edit the title to prefix it with Holy and suffix with Batman, good job I ain't a mod anymore

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
You'll never get a sensible answer.

Hairyloon



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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=20624&ar=10

Gervase



Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 8655

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 15 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Saxton truly are amazing value. For the price of one Bosch, Makita or Fein blade you can get a whole box of top-class blades. Any power tool is only as good as the blade or bit you fit onto it, and Saxton are as good as or better than OEM in every case. Yes, they really are jolly good - and, no, I have no connection with the company (other than giving them my money)
As for the oscillating tool itself, for floorboards there is simply no better piece of kit.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38530
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 15 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

floor boards run away from me

holes /chisel

drill screw

bash,lever and hack

other tools are available and i have a large selection some of which will survive me but the ones above are proper kit and are replacements for stuff that has broken over 55 yrs

i recon i should register bash lever and hack as a ltd name with companies house

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38530
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 15 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

my palm sander is a generic top end kit and cost about £70 it does the job and does not trash my hand unless i attach a vac tube which ruins the balance and makes it growly

a tool used for a few minutes is easy forgotten , a good tool should become be part of your body (not in an a and e way )

erbaur stuff is rough but functional and surprisingly long lived

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