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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:44 pm

My dad recently gave me his Dremel-tool kit. Tonight at first use.... I found that I needed to use the wrench to remove the collet (which didn't have a tool installed).. I've had other non-Dremel rotary tool collets get stuck.. but usually there's a tool installed and I just press the tool's tip against a block of wood.. and the collet will loosen and the tool will slip out. I can't install a tool.. because the collet is too tight.

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I was wondering if the collet is removable.. and possibly got installed backwards?

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Post  WingingIt74 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:51 pm

Is that a square hole?  If so, that's for an adapter for the flex shaft attachment and not a collet.

http://www.dremel.com/en-us/tools/pages/ToolDetail.aspx?pid=225-01#.VLHzisaWRsY


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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:52 pm

...so you're saying if you remove collet the inside part stays stuck up inside the outer collar, if so grab a small bolt that you can tap it back out with a slight whack?

Or lock the collar, get'er warm and pull with gloves. I've had them stick as well but they always freed up.

Travis might be on to something, i don't see any threads on inside collet.
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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:10 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:I think this is what you have.
http://www.mytoolstore.com.au/products/Driver-Cap-Hex-Nut.html

Thanks Travis (and Mark).. you're exactly right.. what I am missing is a collet nut.. and also the collet that accepts a 1/8" shank tool.

I found this collet in a bag with the keyless-chuck.. but it's too small for the tool I want to use.



I guess I'm going to have to buy the 1/8" collet and collet-nut.. because I plan to use the router attachment which warns against using the keyless.
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Post  WingingIt74 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:13 pm

It's probably on the end of the flex shaft, if you can find it.

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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:30 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:It's probably on the end of the flex shaft, if you can find it.

BINGO!! Thanks again Travis.

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Post  WingingIt74 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:38 pm

That's where mine is if I can't find it Wink

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Post  balogh on Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:37 am

I have - politically incorrect - reasons to believe this was made in China..
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:20 am

Over on rimfirecentral a contributor has the tag line Dremel the most dangerous tool in your workshop. I use mine daily, both AC and DC versions but I always use some sort of eye protection when I do. Be careful out there.
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Post  roddie on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:50 am

rsv1cox wrote:Over on rimfirecentral a contributor has the tag line Dremel the most dangerous tool in your workshop.  I use mine daily, both AC and DC versions but I always use some sort of eye protection when I do.  Be careful out there.

It can be dangerous simply walking down a set of stairs without holding the handrail.. Using Common sense, not rushing and always paying attention to what's happening around you, can avoid most accidents.

Other than the above mentioned Dremel rotary tool that my dad gave me last Summer.. I have two other non-Dremel-brand sets that I use frequently.

This is a Black & Decker "Hobby Shop".. which I've had for almost 30 years. It's cumbersome.. but gets the job done. The integral tool-carousel is handy.. but the large diameter of the hand-piece on the flex-cable is such that; using a cut-off wheel (as I most frequently do..) limits the distance for a "square cut".. to the length of the tool's shank.. especially when the cut-off wheel diameter gets smaller.



The piece of pipe insulation is something I devised to protect a cut-off wheel between uses. If you're making multiple cuts and need to set the tool down.. it serves as a protective cradle. How many times have you had a fragile cut-off wheel break.. by something simply bumping into it on the bench?



Below is a set I got at Walmart a few years ago (haven't seen them since..) that cost only $10.00!! It's a single-speed tool.. and not very powerful.. but it came with a great selection of bits/tools, 4 different size collets and some very small drills. The case alone was worth the $$.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:14 am

I've got a couple cordless Dremels along with a 110v, I seem to use the battery powered ones the most for a quick use.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:15 pm

roddie wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:Over on rimfirecentral a contributor has the tag line Dremel the most dangerous tool in your workshop.  I use mine daily, both AC and DC versions but I always use some sort of eye protection when I do.  Be careful out there.

It can be dangerous simply walking down a set of stairs without holding the handrail.. Using Common sense, not rushing and always paying attention to what's happening around you, can avoid most accidents.


Funny that you would mention that off a safety quote of mine.

A week ago at a very dark 6 am I stepped out on my rear deck carrying my 25 pound dog in my arms as I do every morning.  Very cold, freezing rain was in the forecast.  The deck was just wet but when I hit that first step it was pure ice.  

Both feet went out from under me and I came down hard on the lip of the first step and bounced the rest of the way down the stairs on my back to the landing.  Your in trouble I thought.  Nobody home but me and I couldn't stand.  I crawled back up the stairs hands and knees.  Well, nothings broken, but my back is killing me.  

Thankfully Spike made it up the stairs.  I finally stood in great pain, stripped off my wet clothes and called my daughter.  Over icy roads they showed up about an hour later.  NO, I'm not going to the emergency room.  But three days later I did, X-ray's showed nothing as I knew they would, but the doctor noted my brused back and swollen right forearm (thanks Spike) and perscribed pain killers.  I don't take them, but aspirin and a heating pad are never far away.

Be careful out there......

PS - I have one of those $10 Walmart sets too (See last PT-19 picture).  Yes, the case and the attachments are worth that.
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