170W Variable Speed (8,000 - 35,000rpm) Rotary Tool With LCD Display And 219-Piece Accessory Set, £29.99 Delivered @ Maplin
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170W Variable Speed (8,000 - 35,000rpm) Rotary Tool With LCD Display And 219-Piece Accessory Set, £29.99 Delivered @ Maplin

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Found 15th May 2016
Back down in price again! Highly recommended.

Comes with flexi-drive shaft and 219 accessories, removable handle, LCD display (variable, electronic speed control), "Dremel" knockoff. See Posts #5 and #7 for (aesthetic) comparisons to Dremel models.

I've seen comments on HUKD that you can get an extra 10% off* at the till with a voucher from a promo magazine in store - can't vouch for this, though. 10% off takes the price to £27.

• Drills, cuts, sharpens, cleans, polishes and engraves most surfaces
• Ideal hobby, craft and restoration tool
• Removable handle for additional support and control
• Digital speed selector via up/down buttons
• Speed is displayed on LCD display, in rpm
• Variable speed control: 8,000 - 35,000 rpm (in increments of 1,000)
• 1 mm - 3.2 mm collet size
• Spindle lock to easily change accessories
• Includes pen grip flexi-drive shaft – ideal for intricate work
• Includes 219 accessories for multipurpose use
• Supplied in handy storage case

Was £49.99.

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Original Poster
Pdf manual: maplin.co.uk/med…MTA (the manual is a bit rubbish, just an information sheet it seems)

How to set up a rotary tool/use the flexible shaft (this is a demonstration of a generic tool but the same instructions apply) youtube.com/wat…q7k

How to use mandrels & attachments youtube.com/wat…qxY

Maplin Video: youtube.com/wat…UQE

Here's some older discussions about this rotary tool on HUKD: hotukdeals.com/dea…350

hotukdeals.com/dea…453

Also on ebay ebay.co.uk/itm…226
https://cdn.globalauctionplatform.com/3c4f8b69-1355-4f1e-8b96-a42200fd8d3e/74dec2c0-ab06-47f7-c6ee-a7fbc29fcae5/540x360.jpg
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/8tgAAOSw3mpXLG0h/$_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/LZcAAOSwLs5XLG08/$_57.JPG

Model No: N17QN
Drills, cuts, sharpens, cleans, polishes and engraves most surfaces
Ideal hobby, craft and restoration tool
Removable handle for additional support and control

Technical specifications:
Collet size: 1mm - 3.2mm
Voltage: V 230 ac
Frequency: 50Hz
Power rating: 170W
Weight: 736g
Cordless: No
Variable Speed: Yes Type: Rotary Tool
Motor Voltage: 230V
Minimum to Maximum RPM 8,000 to 35,000rpm
Colour: Black and grey
Product Width: 45mm
Product Length: 250m
Product Height: 48mm
Product Weight: 650g

Contents:
1 x plastic storage box
1 x 170W rotary tool
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
Edited by: "louiselouise" 17th May 2016
Original Poster
This is back on HUKD again too at £11.99 hotukdeals.com/dea…464

Direct link from Maplin: maplin.co.uk/p/4…3bx

Amazon too amazon.co.uk/400…U58

[img]images.maplinmedia.co.uk/400…jpg?w=283&h=283&r=4&o=GDszTAewux0X5uAKwaony7MQkPYj&V=xHl7[/img]

2x aluminium oxide grinding wheel 15.8 x 9.5mm
2x aluminium oxide grinding wheel 9.5 x 12.7mm
2x aluminium oxide parabolic wheel 9.5 x 19mm
6x aluminium oxide grinding wheel 20 x 3.2mm
2x silicon carbide grinding wheel 20x4mm
2x silicon carbide grinding wheel 9.5x4mm
6x silicon carbide grinding wheel 2 x 3.2mm
4x sanding band 6.35 x 12.7mm
8x sanding band 12.7 x 12.7mm
flap wheel 32x9.5mm
sanding shank 12.7x12.7mm
sanding shank 6.35x12.7mm
diamond cutter cylindrical 2.4x9.5mm
diamond cutter spherical 4mm
diamond cutter spherical 2mm
diamond cutter taper 3.2mm
diamond cutter dripping 3.2x6.4mm
HSS cutter spherical 3.2x8.7mm
HSS Cutter taper 3.2mm
5 x Cut off wheel fibre glass 32x1.2mm
30x cut off wheel heavy duty 24x0.8mm
136 x cut off wheel regular 24x0.6mm
150 x sanding disc
2 x rubber emery wheel
brass brush radial
brash brush axial
Stainless brush axial 5x44.5mm & 12.7x44.5mm
stainless brush radial
nylon brush axial
nylon brush radial
5 felt wheel
felt wheel point
4 felt wheel
cloth wheel
9.5mm wrench
2 each polished HSS twist drills 2.4mm & 1.6mm
2 collet chrome plated 3.2mm
collet chrome plated 2.4mm & 1.6mm
mandrel for cut off wheel 1.6mm screw
2 mandrel from cloth wheel 2.4mm screw
dressing stone SI carbide

A couple of forum discussions of the N17QN rotary tool:
scalerchelis.com/php…450 (not sure about the comment querying whether it's made by Dremel - I can see TASP-branded clones of this on Aliexpress, etc, but who knows!)

300zx.co.uk/for…l=1

300zx.co.uk/for…l=1

Some say the collets in the 400 piece set above don't fit genuine Dremels but the tool shafts do ukworkshop.co.uk/for…tml
Edited by: "louiselouise" 15th May 2016
Original Poster
The Lidl Parkside rotary tool (also on HUKD) hotukdeals.com/dea…228 at £19.99 looks good too (always assumed Lidl did a less powerful version, shows you what I know :p)

lidl.co.uk/en/…ail

http://www.lidl.de/media/product/0/1/7/4/3/3/1/parkside-feinbohrschleifer-pfbs-160-a1--4.jpg

Versatile tool for drilling, milling, engraving, polishing, cleaning, cutting and grinding
Powerful motor with variable speed control
With a highly flexible shaft for extra precision and spindle-lock for swift and easy attachment change
Includes 42 attachments, stand with clamping device, and routing base
Adjustable no-load speed (rpm): 10,000 – 40,000
Collets Ø (mm): 2.4 / 3.2
Power cable length (m): 3

Think this is the same one (unboxing)? youtube.com/wat…Lnw
Edited by: "louiselouise" 17th May 2016
Original Poster
I did ask on the Maplin page (Q&A section) if the brushes in this are replaceable - to be honest, it is such a mine of misinformation I'm not sure I trust their reply - seems to be staff members who look up manufacturers' manuals rather than actual users with real world experience.

Any owners of this care to confirm for me, please?
Original Poster
The Maplin model looks similar to an older Dremel 400 XPR Digital's display below, or even a Professional Dremel
http://www.speedyzx.com/CFG/DSCF0019.jpg

The Maplin N17QN's digital display looks like this - Variable speed 8,000 - 35,000 rpm (like the aforementioned Dremel 400 XPR Digital/Professional models, displays in increments of 1,000). Also, wondering if the circular section just above the digital display allows you to change the carbon brushes (?).
http://i.imgur.com/012uoE6.jpg

You can buy a Dremel handle separately for £11.50! nearly half the price of this kit amazon.co.uk/Dre…03U
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41BuHwextcL._SX355_.jpg
Edited by: "louiselouise" 17th May 2016
Now that`s a post, nice find, heat
Original Poster
Here's a real Dremel (Dremel 4000 in this case) with the additional Detailer's Grip Attachment handle, for comparison's sake:
[img]i.imgur.com/fOP…jpg?1[/img]

and the Maplin tool:
[img]images.maplinmedia.co.uk/170…jpg?w=283&h=283&r=4&o=3zBbro@SThxynz8MXYqe1WNNP0Ij&V=f9jl[/img]

As for removing the brushes, here's how to do it with the Dremel 4000, assume the Maplin rotary tool will be similar?
http://www.quality-handtool-review.com/images/200xNxDremel-4000-brush-cap.jpg.pagespeed.ic.UsJomQ-_3O.jpg
1. Unscrew the brush cap (there are two) just below the variable speed control
2. Grabbing the small brass spring, pull the worn brush from the housing
3. Place the new brush in the housing
4. Replace brush cap
5. Repeat for other side
6. Run for 5-10 minutes with no load to wear them in
http://www.quality-handtool-review.com/images/Dremel-4000-brush-removed.jpg
Edited by: "louiselouise" 17th May 2016
Does anyone know of a cordless multi tool that's any good?
wonder if this, or maybe the lidl parkside with the maplin accessory kit?
4% Quidco if ordering online, too.
Original Poster
jsoap

wonder if this, or maybe the lidl parkside with the maplin accessory kit?

Can't comment on build quality between the two, not many videos of either on Youtube unfortunately.

The Parkside Lidl is 10,000 – 40,000 versus the Maplin 8,000 – 35,000 (tho it has electronic variable speed, if that matters to you)
Obviously the Maplin has more accessories - the Lidl has 42 versus Maplin's 219
Lidl's 3 year guarantee is always brilliant, assume Maplin's are 1 year - not sure what their aftersales is like
Both have the flexi-shaft tool
Lidl comes with the hanging cradle, Maplin doesn't (still has the metal catch to hang it somewhere, though)
The Maplin has the removable handle (which you have to buy for a real Dremel) - more useful for engraving, intricate work, keeping the tool steady

Can see the Parkside/Lidl gets good reviews on the current HUKD thread, the Maplin appears to, too. Depends what you're looking for!
Edited by: "louiselouise" 17th May 2016
Original Poster
nokmondoo

Does anyone know of a cordless multi tool that's any good?

The cordless models don't have as much grunt and tend not to be recommended, but you probably know that already

Cheapest I can see the Dremel 7700 is £41 delivered on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190497541635

Reviews: https://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B003BIFHJW/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=helpful

Maplin did do a cheapo rotary tool recently at £10, but it's out of stock on their site, might be worth a peek if you're passing, think this is quite old stock? maplin.co.uk/p/9…1fy
louiselouise

Can't comment on build quality between the two, not many videos of either … Can't comment on build quality between the two, not many videos of either on Youtube unfortunately.The Parkside Lidl is 10,000 – 40,000 versus the Maplin 8,000 – 35,000 (tho it has electronic variable speed, if that matters to you)Obviously the Maplin has more accessories - the Lidl had 40-odd (? I think? the page has been deleted on the Lidl site) versus Maplin's 219Lidl's 3 year guarantee is always brilliant, assume Maplin's are 1 year - not sure what their aftersales is likeBoth have the flexi-shaft toolLidl comes with the hanging cradle, Maplin doesn't (still has the metal catch to hang it, somewhere, though)Can see the Parkside/Lidl gets good reviews on the current HUKD thread, the Maplin appears to, too. Depends what you're looking for!



Thanks. Its on the German site PFBS 160 A1
I don't have a specific use, but I'm always hacking bits and pieces, and this is about the only tool I don't have. Going out this afternoon to a Lidl with Maplins next door, so I need to decide (or maybe I don't really need one!)
Original Poster
If you want to take a punt on ebay there's one listed "Like New" ebay.co.uk/itm…015 currently at £15 bid + £4 P&P

Another "box damaged" at £29.99 Buy It Now or Best Offer + £5 P&P - not sure how much they'd drop the price - worth a go ebay.co.uk/itm…617
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There's a free voucher promotion on Maplin at the moment, just noticed.

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Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st May 2016
Could this be used to remove paint from concrete slabs?
pressure washer instead?
I tried a pressure washer but it won't budge
Just whats I've been looking for,

Thanks


Bought one will pick up tomorrow
I don't normally like to knock anyones post or post negative reviews but on this occasion I felt the need.

I got this model a couple of years ago and at first was very happy with my purchase even though 95% of the stuff that comes with is is no use to anyone unless you like to keep your nails neat and smooth.

Used on and off for 4 months (about 10 hours use in total) only small jobs like cutting off nail heads, cutting plastic and a bit of sanding and worked fine what what I needed it for.
Then one day It just started to drop the speed to the lowest setting, no problem just turn it back up (at this point i thought it might of been myself knocking it down by accident or some sort of safety feature, remember not used it enough & who reads instructions right? ) anyway it got to the point where it got a lot more frequent until it would no longer rise above the minimum speed, so returned it and had no issues and was given a brand new one not a refurb or customer return. (no problems at all, not even a second question so Maplins good on customer returns in this instance)
All started out good and same again and maybe even less usage than the first, this one the LED readout started to fade in and out and went on like this over a couple of weeks, but I could live with it in the usage it got and wasn't much fussed about the readout as it only tells you the speed anyway. Then one day I was working on something in the shed as you do and smelt something burning like an electrical fire and it turned out to be this pile of poop. Quickly unplugged it from the mains and not much in the way of damage externally but it had burnt out the board inside. From what I could tell was the on/off switch on the drill doesnt isolate the main power coming in as you can adjust the speed setting before you start it so power is going through to the circuit board and think there lies the problem as it alway felt warm even when not using it if left plugged in (not talking about plugged in all the time just when working on things and plugged in ready to use).
Took that one back and this time they tried to fob me off with a customer return and the standard bull about how it's been tested and same guarantee as a new one but stood my ground and in the end gave me another one off the shelf.

Anyway as I come to the end of (my review, my opinion) upon using the 3rd and new one it stopped working after another couple of months and by this time just gave up on it and binned it and ended up buying a slightly more expensive well known make and been using it for almost a year without a single problem.

The moral of the story is you get what you pay for or as I still like to say buy Sh*te buy twice :P

I think I still have the box/case and most of the accessories if anyone in the Manchester area who could use them for Free if willing to collect? Sorry cannot be faffed with postage.

Edited by: "dcpk" 25th May 2016
Original Poster
Strange how I posted this about 10 days ago and it's suddenly got busy on here again

dcpk, I'm sorry you've had a bad time with this model. It's hard to say whether you're merely very unlucky or whether there's more serious build quality problems - but I added all the online reviews I could find at the time (I originally bought one for me, one for boyf a few months ago and posted on here) and I've had no issues. I always try to balance my posts with positives and negatives but couldn't see anyone banging a drum about this.

Of course there's a few HUKD threads on this too - people tend to moan more than praise on the internet but glad you found a model that works for you now
Edited by: "louiselouise" 25th May 2016
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