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I like to think of myself as a person who has the right tool for what ever job is asked of me. Stop right there!! Not that sort of tool..!!!, I mean tools as in something like a saw, or a hammer, or even a screwdriver.
In order for me to have the right tool for the job in hand I have bought, been given, borrowed or somehow comes across a rather large collection of tools, some good one which cost me more than my wife would like, (if she knew), and some that were low cost yet still managed to stand the test of time. But each tool is there for a purpose, although not all for the purpose that they are intended for.
Anyway, one lovely tool I have acquired, although to be honest, I can't for the life of me think how I came across it but I think it may have been a gift from some kind, is a rather useful little tool which does more than one job.
That tool I am talking about, or more writing about, is a lovely useful tool from Dremel, a company that I like and trust as I have used many of there tools and found them to be quite good indeed. This tool is in fact called the Dremel 4000 rotary tool kit, which means that it is more than just a tool, it is a kit.
Before I go into the tool itself, (this doesn't mean that I intend to strip down the body work and physically go into the tool, if means me explaining more about the tool). Anyway, before this I want to tell you why this is called a tool 'KIT' and not just a tool.
The reason is that apart from the tool itself there are several little bits that come in the case, those bits being used for sanding, grinding, polishing, sharpening and drilling.
The pieces being...
* Flez shaft attachment
* 45 accessories, which consist of such things as sanding rings, grinding discs, buffing pads, drill bits, etching points, stones buffers, wire wool discs, stone discs buffer points, polishing heads and others, with all of these accessories attachable to the main unit using the rods and wrench provided.
And to keep it all in one place you get a rather fetching little carry case.
You also get a few bits of information about the kit, which are quite useful in a way, but obviously not as useful as the tools themselves...
* Instruction manual
* Poster and sheet of all the bits and pieces and what they do and where they fit, (if you want to put this up on your wall, although the wife complained when I put this up in the bedroom).
Does it look the part..?
Yes it does really
At the rear, where the cable connects to the unit, there is a speed adjustment dial which is easily turned with one finger, making speeding and slowing of the motor so simple.
As you come forwards along the top, there is the on off slider that switches the motor on or off, hence the on/off name. then, right at the front, almost, near the shaft, there's a locking button that, when pushed, releases the shaft so that you can get to the housing cap and the collet, then change the adaptors on the front.
And to keep the engine cool when it is spinning away with the speed of a thousand gazelles there are a couple of vents along the bodywork which seem to fit nice and snuggly making the unit look quite nice indeed.
I nearly forgot to mention that there is a rather handy hanging hook which turns out on the back end so that you can hang this up on a hook in your workshop, as I do.
What type of things can I use this on..?
Many things really.
If you want to engrave a name or something onto metal or even glass then this will do the job, (all you have to supply is a steady hand). Or if you want to shine up that dull looking piece of silver, then buff it up with this. Maybe you want to smooth out that rough piece of metal to clear off the burr so that you don't catch your fingers on it? This will do that for you. Then there's all those kitchen knives, lawn mower cutting blades, scissors and more that have lost there sharp edge? Well, there's an accessory that will bring all those edges back to the sharp state they need to be, and will take away any of the rust that is there too.
In fact, there's very little that this lovely little tool won't do when it comes to those small jobs such as sanding, polishing, drilling, buffing, sharpening and more.
Is it easy to use..?
Well, to be honest, it can be a little 'fiddly' when changing the bits, especially when it comes to using some certain attachments, such as the grinding discs which need the locking arm put into place and pushed down in order to grip the disc properly.
But once you've used each bit you soon realise that it gets easier the more you do it, (which is like most things in life... unless you've reached a certain age and it's all starting to fail, with things not obeying simple suggestions and flopping about like sock in a wind tunnel).
Once used to it changing the pieces is a simple matter of loosening the collet nut, which is what covers the collet itself. This is done by one hand pressing the shaft lock button whilst the other one, with wrench in hand, turns the collet nut one way, (depending on which way you're holding the machine).
You can then take off the collet nut if you need to change the collet itself, depending on which piece you want to use as some collets are designed for certain pieces.
Once the collet is in place, you then put the collet nut over the collet and twist it onto the thread, then, when the piece is in position, you simply tighten the collet by turning it the other way, and away you go.
More importantly, is it any good..?
It is one of the best little multi tool gadgets that I have come across for quite some time and it has many many uses that other, shall we say 'larger' tools are more... (posh word alert)... cumbersome.
The motor kicks a fair bit of power, giving up to 35000 rpm with variable speeds from 5000 rpm
It's nice and light, being less than 20 oz which means that it can be used with one hand, either in a vice grip or, as I tend to like to do, as if you're holding a pen. A rather thick pen but a pen nether the less.
It has a cable length of about 6 metres which means that you're not restricted to a plug socket that is miles from where you need to actually be.
All the accessories are very useful indeed and I have used every one of them for one reason or another, with some still managing to do a great job even after being used over and over again. I have had to replace a few of them due to normal wear and tear, such as the sand paper rings and the wire wool which really took a battering as it trounced away at metal, getting it as smooth as possible. But replacing the worn accessories is dirt cheap and can be found in most hardware shops.
One particular accessory is the flex shaft which has come in pretty useful quite a few times, especially when it come to getting into places that the main unit just can't get into. This shaft simply locks onto the end of the main unit and, with the help of the long flexible piping, it extends the capabilities of this rotary tools remarkable role.
Is it safe..?
Hmmm, this is a tricky one as the actual cutting/sanding/etching heads do not have any form of covering so, if you're not careful, you could do some damage to fingers or the like. But if you use this tool responsibly then this is as safe as any other tool.
In all, as I think I've already said, this is a very useful little tool indeed and offers those that like to do more 'delicate' work a chance to do it without having to worry about dragging out several different tools to do the job in hand.
It is easy to hold in one hand, leaving the other hand free to hold what ever you're working on, although if you're not using some form of clamp to hold this work then do be careful that you don't catch your hand with the accessories on this tool.
So what would one expect to pay for this tool then..?
As I said earlier, I can't actually remember how or when I came across this tool, ( I only hope that I Haven't borrowed it off some one who is going to ask for it back one day... ow dear), so I don't know how much I paid for it. But I do know that, after a quick uncle doogle search I found this selling for a range of prices, from £70 to over a hundred pounds, (for example, Amazon are selling it for about £75 at the moment, which is not bad value for money at all.
Is it worth buying..?
Yes, without a doubt, it is well worth paying £75 for, even going as for as paying £85 as it is one of those tools that, once used, realising the capabilities of this tool and knowing what jobs you can do with it, you'll wonder why you never bought this before.