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The Dremel

Well, I don't know if anyone remembers, but a while back I responded to a post regarding Dremels and I basically said that they were garbage. Well, today, minutes before my launch, I was in need of a tool that would ream a hole in a stainless plate. Guess what saved the day....yup, the mighty Dremel.

In short, I'm an ass and full of crap.....long live the Dremel!

Anyway....I'm In the water!! First cruise tomorrow down to the boats summer home in Salem, MA. 10 - 15 knots with gusts to 20 forecasted and mostly sunny. My Dremel and I cant wait

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That is pure dialetics man!
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Very funny and I agree, my Rotozip sucks and I never use it. Except for tomorrow, when I will be using it with the flex shaft to clean the keel boats, then it goes back on the shelf and sucks again.
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Hey, Alden -- eat crow enough and it starts to taste pretty good!!! (Don't ask how I know this.)

Personally, I didn't own a Dremel until about 3 years ago. Now I wonder how I got along without it.
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The dremel is a very useful tool as long as you understand it's limitations. I use mine on a regular basis for tight quarters, but break out a real grinder or router when space allows.
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I had to replace some chainplates that had been glassed in ( IMHO actually not a bad design decision on the boat maker given the parameters btw ). The flex shaft and cutting wheel made short work of it. I can't imagine another tool that would have done that job better. You just can't expect it to replace every tool in your toolchest.
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Yup...it is worth having...even covered in dust for 5 years for that 1 time you can't live without it.

But BF you're right...it is back on the shelf, but I can't say that it still sucks because I gave it the star of the week. Maybe next week I'll dress it down a little
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I remember that thread and I too shared the notion that compared to my arsenal of testosterone pumped tools, the Dremel was overrated, underpowered, used ridiculously tiny, overpriced bits and is basically a POS.

Last weekend when detailing the boat though, I was trying to remove some surface crud and corrosion on aluminum, bronze and stainless fittings - Dremel was able to get into all the tight little crevices Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt and Porter Cable couldn't even get close to.

It's moved to a forward position in my garage power tool cabinet . . . until the big boys jockey for front position again.
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