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#1 Marine

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 07:36 PM

I'm sorry...but what's a dremel? I hear about it all the time and I know it must be some kind of drill...but that's all I know.

Can somebody provide a picture?

Where to find it?

How much it is?
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#2 The Infinite Shindig

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 07:45 PM

Dremel

Basically, the Dremel is a handheld power tool that is based on rotary motion. It has a wide variety of attachments for cutting, sanding, shaping, etc. They are invaluable for small precise work, which makes them perfect for mods. They don't come cheap, so most people salivate over them.

I'm sure you can find the Dremel tool on other Home Improvement sites, or at your local hardware store. It usually comes with a varying amount of accessories, and thus the price varies. I just picked out the first kit that came up after I searched the Lowe's site.

EDIT: Link was originally to Home Depot, but it redirected to another page. The above link should now work.
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#3 Marine

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 09:05 PM

Woowee!!! 40 squids!!! I might have to find another way to mod for right now!!!
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 10:01 PM

Well, technically a dremel doesn't HAVE to be handheld...in our school tech workshops we have these real nice stationary dremels that work beautifully. Unfortunately, they also cost a few hundred dollars. 40 dollars isn't that much, that's equivalent to maybe 6 hours of work as a high schooler, depending on your job.
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Posted 08 May 2005 - 10:25 PM

Alternatively you could also just use a plain old electric drill. They make various heads for them which you can find at most hardware stores. Chances are you should have a drill or at least know someone you could borrow one from.
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#6 cxwq

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 12:18 AM

I did my first half-dozen or so mods entirely with hand tools. I think they turned out just fine.

A coping saw and 4-in-hand file do 90% of the things that people use Dremels for and they do a better job because they work more slowly. You can get both for about $10 total at Harbor Freight, slightly more at Home Despot or the like.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 07:29 AM

Would an electric screwdriver do fine?
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 07:37 AM

At Walmart, they have a $19.99 Dremel.
A screwdriver doesnt spin fast enough, and doesnt come with cutting wheels and stuff.

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#9 Marine

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 04:19 PM

Cxwq...what kind of hand tools wouyld you use? And how...would you break through the plastic and reach all the way down a barrel...and a Scout barrel at that?!
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#10 cxwq

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 05:59 PM

I don't reach down barrels, I cut them off and replace them with more suitable materials.
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