170W Dremel type Rotary Tool with LCD, Flexi-tool and 219 Piece Accessory Set £34.99 @ Maplin
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170W Dremel type Rotary Tool with LCD, Flexi-tool and 219 Piece Accessory Set £34.99 @ Maplin

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Found 16th Oct 2013
Taking a bit of a punt on this one, cheaper ones are available but not (a) Mains with (b) flexible shaft, plus case and accessories. Oh and electronic speed control.

Seems a good price for what you get. I wanted a mains one having had a battery powered one which was, pretty useless.

Comes with a flexible shaft too as well as removable handle and box/accessories:

1 x 170W rotary tool
1 x plastic storage box
35 x regular cut-off wheels (24mm x 6mm)
30 x heavy duty cut-off wheels (24mm x 8mm)
36 x sanding discs (180 grit)
36 x sanding discs (320 grit)
1 x polishing compound
3 x brass brushes
3 x steel brushes
1 x pen nylon brush
1 x flap wheel (80 grit)
10 x grinding stones
1 x mandrel for sanding bands (12.7mm x 12.7mm)
1 x mandrel for sanding bands (6.35mm x 12.7mm)
6 x drill bits (2 each of 1.5mm, 3mm and 3.2mm)
1 x cloth wheel (?25.4 x 4.7mm)
1 x felt wheel (?25.4 x 6.7mm)
1 x rubber emery wheel (?22 x 4mm)
1 x felt wheel point (?9.5 x 19mm)
4 x felt wheel (?12.7 x 6mm)
6 x aluminium oxide grinding wheels (?20 x 3.2mm)
6 x silicon carbide grinding wheels (?20 x 3.2mm)
1 x whet stone (25 x 9 x 9mm)
5 x diamond grinders
3 x mandrels for cut-off wheels
1 x mandrel for felt wheels
1 x hss cutters
1 x spindle lock for flexible shaft
1 x spanner
4 x collets (1pc x 1.5mm, 2pcs x 2.3mm and 1pc x 3.2mm)
4 x sanding bands (12.7mm x 12.7mm)
8 x sanding bands (6.35mm x 12.7mm)
5 x cut-off wheel fibre glass (?32 x 1mm)
1 x flexible shaft
1 x removable handle

Use code AWINDIS10 for £3 off £30 spend.
2.5% Quidco also available for online only purchases when a voucher has been used.
- screamingninja

32 Comments

Anyone have this?

Original Poster

I think it's pretty new as I couldn't find any reviews, and the only result that came back from a reverse Google image search was an alibaba type page, the manufacturer looked well established though so thought it worth a try.

alibaba.com/pro…ml

Think Maplin do a 28 day return to store warranty though needs be.

Tempted for sure

Hi
I've been looking for a rotary tool for a while. Any opinions on this?
m.wickes.co.uk/Rot…746

Original Poster

boffin

HiI've been looking for a rotary tool for a while. Any opinions on this?



Looks similar to the "Parkside" or whatever they're called that Lidl and/or Aldi sell, they come with a 3 year guarantee so if it's the same it shouldn't be too bad.

Original Poster

Just in case anyone finds this and wants more details, mine came and must admit I'm very impressed, tried it out and it seems very good quality, and the grip is rubberised too so feels good to use. I took a risk but it paid off! The plastic storage box is of the high quality 'flexible'/ABS type you can actually put extra stuff in, not one of those crappy grey injection moulded things you usually get.

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Thanks for the update Roger.
Important bit for me is the flexi-shaft thing.
Is that any good?

Was tempted by the Lidl one, but been holding out for a Dremmel because of the flexi-shaft, but if this is any good will get this instead!
Need something that will act as an occasional engraver.

Original Poster

I tried it with the flexi shaft, what you have to do is remove the plastic collar on the bottom of the tool, and the metal shroud of the flexi shaft screws on to this (I'd be tempted to put lithium grease on the plastic thread of the tool so it doesn't wear out with regular changing)

The core of the flexi shaft is about 2-3mm in diameter, so it does "twist" a bit but it doesn't matter when it's running. To lock the spindle at the end of the shaft you insert a pin like object (I just used one of the bits).

What's good is you set the speed of the tool, then just forget about that just use the handle on the flexi shaft. If you need a bit more speed just hit the "+" button on the tool, goes up in 1000 rpm steps so display shows 08, 09, 10, ... 34, 35 to 35000 rpm. To be honest when I tried it I didn't need to go much above 1300-ish, but I'm guessing some stuff needs to be faster.

The detachable handle is useful too, again you remove the plastic collar to fit it, and means you can use it in more of a "gun" style, which is more comfortable than a "remote control" way of holding it.

Thanks very much for updating in so much detail and which pictures I have been looking at Dremels with the flexi shaft part, which makes them rather expensive. I really need the flexi shaft bit because I have small hands and size/weight might be an issue. Do you find it to be heavy? It sounds pretty good, I was wondering have you used a branded Dremel? If so, how does the quality compare? Also what kind of materials have you cut/ground with it so far? I am hoping to use it on metal.

Original Poster

It's about the right weight, not too light to it feels flimsy, not too heavy that it's hard to use. If you use the flexi shaft you just leave the tool itself on the bench. Only used the wire brush and polishing bits so far, I'll try it tonight with one of the steel cutting bits and report back.

Roger_Irrelevant

It's about the right weight, not too light to it feels flimsy, not too … It's about the right weight, not too light to it feels flimsy, not too heavy that it's hard to use. If you use the flexi shaft you just leave the tool itself on the bench. Only used the wire brush and polishing bits so far, I'll try it tonight with one of the steel cutting bits and report back.



Thanks very much

Original Poster

Quick update, tested it to clean an old cast iron sign using some of the metal grinding bits. Used it with the flexi tool and set it to 20,000 RPM and it made very light work of it. The flexi-tool itself is great to use and very accurate, there's no unwanted vibration or wobble etc. so I'd imagine it's good for most jobs. Reminded me of the drills that dentists use when drilling out your teeth.

Thanks Roger. I've been looking for a rotary tool for a while now and this looks like a bargain!

Ordered online with free delivery. Used code AWINDIS10 for £3 off. Also 2.5% Quidco

Original Poster

Nice one, out of interest how did you find the AWINDIS10 code?

Found it here:

hotukdeals.com/vou…538

Not sure why it was expired as the codes still work.

The same codes are also on the Maplin page at Quidco.
Edited by: "screamingninja" 28th Oct 2013

Thanks again for the update, it sounds ideal I think I might have to get one

Roger_Irrelevant - I've just got mine and testing it out at the moment.

With the flexishaft attached and everything secured, on the working end of the fkexishaft, there's the silver coloured locking nut that you tighten after sticking a pin into the locking hole. Does the silver locking nut on yours have any play whatsoever especially up and down?

Original Poster

OK just checked, I'd say there's negligible play side to side, and about 0.5mm up and down. Feels fairly tight, but I probably wouldn't use it to engrave someone's golden wedding anniversary jewellery.

Thanks Roger First time I've ever used any kind of flexi attachment so I thought I'd check with you. Mine has about the same amount of play and I can't see much in the way of lateral play. I'll try drilling something with and without the flexi and see how it behaves.

Original Poster

Yer it's good to use, but I got an achey hand after a while of using it.

Pro-tip: don't use the wire brush bit in a way that bends the bristles too much, they don't appreciate it and soon break off, leaving you with a bare bit and fine metal bristles all over your clothes and carpet.

Thanks for the tip. I don't want that! I use thin wire a lot and I'm always getting tiny fragments lodged in my foot!

Roger_Irrelevant

OK just checked, I'd say there's negligible play side to side, and about … OK just checked, I'd say there's negligible play side to side, and about 0.5mm up and down. Feels fairly tight, but I probably wouldn't use it to engrave someone's golden wedding anniversary jewellery.



So would you say the flexi tool isn't up to the job of fine-work/engraving?

Original Poster

Well to be honest I'd think to do fine work/engraving you'd need some specialist engraving bits, the finest ones you get are pointed to about the size of a ball point pen. I used it to clean the lettering on a small cast iron sign so it could get between the raised letters.

Then thought I'd try the wire brush to clean up, it was fine on the flat surfaces but I was a bit rough going between the letters and it self destructed.

I've not got a bit fine enough to test, but I wouldn't fancy the chances of being able to say, engrave a golf trophy or summat daft, it vibrates too much.

Flexible shaft, motorised tool with accessories and something to store it all in for only 35 sov's? Surprised the female members haven't voted this sizzling hot!

Post 7 "important bit for me is the flexi-shaft thing. " it's important to all men

This is one of those things that every man needs in his life. My manlyness didn't feel complete until I got one.

Original Poster

Quick update, came in handy this weekend as I needed to fit some reinforcing strip to the back of a dresser, which meant cutting some 1" x 1/8" galvanised steel bar into sections. Ordinarily I'd have used the angle grinder outside and made the cuts in a few seconds each but fancied putting the tool under some proper load.

Using the flexi tool so it would do a square cut, and one of the grinding discs, I set it to 20,000 RMP and let rip, setting it higher means the motor was working harder so didn't run out of steam when cutting. Taking it easy it took about 5 minutes per cut, but what was quite impressive was I caught the cutting bit a couple of times but the motor seemed to keep rotating a bit (rather than stop completely and burn out) so there seems to be some sort of clutch mechanism in it.

So it coped with that OK which way beyond what it's meant for, so very impressed. (Mrs. wasn't too impressed at the noise and sparks in the living room but hey ho).

I ended up taking mine back unfortunately. I found that when tightening the lock nut that fits over the collet, the plastic thread split a bit too much and putting the flexi tool on became difficult. It was still useable but I couldn't see the tool lasting with heavy use.

I'm going to replace it with a Dremel 4000 from Amazon when the price goes down a bit which it seems to do every few days. Main reason for choosing that Dremel was the electronic feedback which adjusts the speed automatically if cutting gets a little tough. I'm not comparing the two as that wouldn't be fair considering the difference in price.
Edited by: "screamingninja" 13th Nov 2013

Purchased. Many thanks.

Roger how does the maplin rotary tool compare with the dremel 3000 & lidl/aldi rotary tool? Any flaws? As i'm considering to purchase...

hello all, purchased this back in October got it out today to use it and instructions are useless. Can anyone explain how to attach a cutting disc? Am i missing something really simple as i can't work out how to attach it.

Regards

Arron

You need to use the collet. It's the rod shaped metal piece that's in the accessories box. Undo the screw, fit disc, put screw back on. Put assembled collet into rotary tool. Job done
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