Mini Rotary Tool (Dremmel like)

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I want to share one of the neatest tools I have ever owned with everyone.  It's called a 'Rotary Tool' and I found it at Harbor Freight Tools for just $9.99.  I expected it to break quickly but it wasn't that expensive and I thought I'd give it a try.  Its like a Dremmel Tool.  But its small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  The Rotary Tool comes with some drill bits, a few sanding wheels and a few different sized 'colets' for changing if you're using regular drill bits.  I don't know what half of the things are for but I DO know a drill bit and sanding wheel.  They also sell a set of 'Precision Drill Bits' that drill really tiny holes.  A set of about 16 cost me an extra $12 I think.  They're so tiny that they can break and over the past 3 months that I've owned the Rotary Tool I think I've broken about 3 of the bits.  But I've still got lots to use before I need to buy another set.  I even went back last week and bought an extra Rotary Tool because I figure for my $9.99 investment it has been more than worth that price.  If it breaks it was still a great deal.  You can find it online at Harbor Freight Tools (we have one just down the street though).  It is light as a feather too.  I absolutely LOVE this thing and I wish I'd known about it back when I was building my first dollhouse last year! 

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Hi Patricia - I'm glad you found such a great tool for yourself! Good tools are THE key to making better and better minis! I am not sure if you know about MicroMark, but they carry tools specifically designed with small creators in mind. Some of their products are quite expensive, but if you take some time to look through their catagories and learn about options, you can generally find them at Amazon much more affordably.

http://www.micromark.com/

Have fun! It's so great to learn about the possibilities!

Jodi

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I saw those at our Harbor Freight and wondered about them. I have a Dremel that I bought years ago. I need to buy smaller bits/attachments and didn't know if that brand would fit

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I love Micro-Mark!  I also love Harbor Freight.

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    The 'precision bits' all come with the same bottom that slips into the colet.  So I think those would work fine in your normal Dremmel  tool.

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On 7/24/2016, 10:43:05, havanaholly said:

I love Micro-Mark!  I also love Harbor Freight.

Me too.  

I love my dremel too. I got all my kids a dremel even if they said they didnt need one (so silly of them)!

I also have a few extra "rotary tools" hanging around the house also.

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Between us, Lloyd and I have a several Dremel rotary tools. My go-to, like Holly, is the cordless pistol grip Dremel Stylus. 

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On 7/24/2016, 10:43:05, havanaholly said:
16 hours ago, KathieB said:

Between us, Lloyd and I have a several Dremel rotary tools. My go-to, like Holly, is the cordless pistol grip Dremel Stylus. 

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I never got around to buying one of these and now that I am looking to get one - they have been discontinued!!!  Guess I wont be getting one....

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1 hour ago, jbresr said:

I never got around to buying one of these and now that I am looking to get one - they have been discontinued!!!  Guess I wont be getting one....

There is a similar item, a Genesis 7.2V Lithium ion Hobby Tool  GLHT72-65 currently available on eBay for $29.95, and it includes 65 accessories. I don't recall what I paid for my Dremel, but this looks to be a good deal.   

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I want to buy a dremel but unsure what one to get for dollhouse sanding. I don't want to spend  a lot,  yet i don't want to waste on a cheap version. Not wanting to get online, since i want it this weekend.  I looked some at Lowe's but it was overwhelming. What do you all recommend? 

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You might want to check online just to see if any of the local retailers have one in stock - like Walmart will tell us if they have something available in our store...  I'm still using my cheap $10 tool from Harbor Freight Tools but I have an extra one on 'stand by' since I figure the first one isn't going to last forever.  Plus it doesn't have the power than a normal dremmel tool would have.  I still love it because its light as a feather!

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In addition to the little sanding drums I use my Dremels (I have more than one) for drilling, cutting and shaping.

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