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Best dremel for holes?

Postby cauthomas » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:23 am

Anyone can tell me what is the best dremel available for making holes in glass? Thank you!
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Re: Best dremel for holes?

Postby marykaynitchie » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:19 am

Hi,

For very small holes, we recommend the Tripple Ripple bit
http://shop.bullseyeglass.com/tripple-r ... -3-pk.html

and you can smooth the transition from the hole to the surface with this countersink bit:
http://shop.bullseyeglass.com/sintered- ... k-bit.html

It's nice to fire polish after drilling the holes, if you want a uniform glossy surface.

If you need bigger holes, you might want to think about getting a drill press. Tell us more about what kinds of holes you need.

Our subscription video series includes a lesson on drilling small holes:
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... -in-glass/

We also have a free article with similar instructions:
http://www.bullseyeglass.com/methods-id ... ments.html

I hope this helps!

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Re: Best dremel for holes?

Postby cauthomas » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:31 am

Mary Kay,
I watched the video and you the bits were listed, but it just mentioned Dremel 3000, no model, no link. Since now there is the Dremel 4000, I guess 2 versions of it, I was trying to figure out if it would be better to buy the newer version or not.

I will do like the video showed, put in the kiln for smoother holes.

Thanks again and if you have a preference on which Dremel to buy, please let me know. I appreciate your help!!

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Re: Best dremel for holes?

Postby marykaynitchie » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:44 am

Hi Claudia,

I am not informed about the differences between the Dremel tools.

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Re: Best dremel for holes?

Postby jestersbaubles » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:42 pm

The model is relatively insignificant... it's features you want to think about.

You probably want something with variable speed. Also, keep in mind that the cord-free rechargeable dremels are great for etching, cut-offs, and other chores, but are not the best for drilling holes because of the torque. They can be used for drilling holes, but they are just not as efficient as the higher-torque corded dremels.

The trade-off comes in weight and balance. I have a cordless dremel and it's a lovely tool -- very well balanced in your hand and easy to hold (that's important if you have arthritis, carpel tunnel, or other hand issues). I also have a corded one, and it's more "unwieldy". By itself, it's heavier/bulkier than the cordless. If you do get a corded one, I would HIGHLY recommend getting a Flex-shaft with it. A Flex-shaft is a little easier to hold/control with same amount of torque for drilling. However, you still have a "tail" (the cable from the Flex-shaft back to the dremel tool) that weights down the back end of the tool which... again... can be hard on your hands. A downside to the Flex-shaft is that the inside is made with nylon/plastic parts which will eventually strip out, requiring you to buy a new Flex-Shaft (you can find some do-it-yourself repair hacks on the internet). Anyway, I have an aversion to power tools and water -- the Flex-shaft moves the A/C power source away from the water you're working in (and so does the cordless drill).

So... it's a matter of trade-offs. If you are young with strong hands, go for a variable-speed, corded Dremel, preferably with a Flex-Shaft. If you have hand issues you may want to look at a cordless model and know you are compromising a little on the efficiency of drilling the hole.

Well.... that's my 4 cents anyway :mrgreen:
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Re: Best dremel for holes?

Postby cauthomas » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:35 am

Thanks again Mary Kay and thank you very much Dana!!

We are buying the 4000 with the station because for now my intention is for drilling only and Dana I am not so young anymore ;0, but worst than the age is a busted shoulder, so I am going to go for the station to avoid the weight on my shoulder. I will keep the flex-shaft on mind though.
Thank you very much both for your help! :)
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