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Old 09-15-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Dremel vs Craftsman Multi tool

Anybody have one of these? I can't decided which to get.

Gonna use it to trim fenders, and spare tire mounts to fit larger spare, and probably some other around the house projects but nothing serious
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:43 AM   #2
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i would get a hand held grinder and the thin cutting wheel. it will take forever
to trim the spare tire mounts with a dremel. i have one, they are great little tools,
but that is thick stuff. a grinder will blow thru it in no time.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:18 PM   #3
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Dremel ftw. I got the dremel 4000 kit from Home Depot. There is just about any attachment you can get for it too, tons of crazy accessories. My old man had one in his shop, think he's still using it. Not really sure if it's the right tool for your job, but Dremel makes a good product. Look into the angle grinder w/ cutting wheel idea. You can use the dremel to clean up the cut afterwards.
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i would get a hand held grinder and the thin cutting wheel. it will take forever
to trim the spare tire mounts with a dremel. i have one, they are great little tools,
but that is thick stuff. a grinder will blow thru it in no time.
x2 I have an electric 10amp grinder and with a cutting disk it would take longer to get set up to cut that stuff, than it would to actually cut it. I also have a pneumatic angle grinder that works good for that kind of stuff. Its alot smaller than my electric, so it fits in tighter areas, but it takes longer to cut stuff and you have to have an air compressor to run it.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:47 PM   #6
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Dremels have been around forever. Great products. That being said, the cutting wheels for Dremels are really for lightweight projects. They'll cut through plastic like butter, and are great for things like adding a screwdriver slot to stripped bolts or cutting them off. But as for things like spare tire mounts, no way. You'll just keep breaking them off and get frustrated fast.
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Ive had both. Craftsman broke, Dremel still running good after 3 years! Thats my experience anyway.
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Ive got a Dremmel and a harbor freight 7" grinder/cutoff wheel.

the dremel is great. TONS of attachments. they make a diamond cutting wheel that will tear through those spare tire mounts real quick. I used mine to cut off the child anchor points on my last truck and trim the fenders with.

The dremmel has been used a lot more than the cut off wheel though. used it for the grill craft install, fender trim, various household projects. I got it at wal mart for like 40 bucks, the one with 2 speeds.
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What about corded vs. cordless. How's the battery life and power for cordless? Are they about the same?
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I have the cordless dremel. Never failed me yet...

Had a few grinding wheels break and hit me in the eye before i smartened up and started wearing safety goggles when i use it...

Tip of the day....SAFETY GOGGLES with a dremel...
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I ended up getting the dremel 4000. The thing is sweet!

^x2 Saftey Glasses - I was trimming the fenders and the wheel was melting the plastic and shooting it at my face.
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Ive had both. Craftsman broke, Dremel still running good after 3 years! Thats my experience anyway.
My variable speed craftsman has been running good for 9 years. That's MY experience.
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Never tried the craftsman, but have had my dremel for about 4 years now.

Personally, corded is the way to go, as running out of juice in the middle of a project really sucks. Really depends though, as cordless has its advantages as well.

As others have said, not the right tool for the job for your spare tire mounts. Dremel is fantastic for small projects, but will take you hours to do the job with the dremel. (along the lines of filling a sink with a tablespoon)
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