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Posted 1/26/2007 1:25:13 AM
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I am in desperate need of some info on using Dremels for Acrylic & Gel nails in a professional salon. My sister in law has asked me to find her a "electric nail file" for a course she is taking to learn how to apply gel & acrylic nails. After spending hours looking at these very expencive electric nail machines I have come to the conclusion that a Dremel would seem like it could do the same job if not better and it is even cheaper.

My question is, what kind of Dremel would be best? I have heard/seen of a "Dremel Nail Tool" but it seems that they do not make it anymore, do they? if so I cannot find one anywhere? Would a regular Dremel do the same job as the Nail Tool? Would a single speed or vairable be better? and what sort of attachments/bits would you need for a professional acrylic & gel nail tech? I know nothing about this stuff at all. Thanks in advance for any help that is provided for me as I am confused!

Sincerely, searching for the best "electric nail file"

Kimberly

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Posted 1/26/2007 6:53:33 AM
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I believe the "nail tool" was a cordless tool, battery powered, and is similar to what is called the minimite, #750-02. This has a rechargeable battery but there is a tool, #760, that comes in different colors for different kits and it would work as well but takes AA batteries. The new Stylus, #1100, would be good for doing nails. Any of these are your best bet as far as cordless go.
For corded, you could get a kit that has a flex shaft with it (all the 400 series kits appear to have a flex shaft) but the draw back is that if you need to change the speed you have to reach up to do so as it is best to have the tool hanging on a stand or hook. That said, what I have been told manicurists like to have is the foot control attachment (which you have to get somewhere else than directly from Dremel as they don't appear to offer it anymore) which allows variable speed control with your foot while you have the SINGLE speed, #275, tool with the flex shaft, #225, attached to the it. The diamond bits seem to be what manicurists prefer for doing acrylic nails.

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Posted 1/26/2007 6:59:26 AM
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Also, a variable speed is better for corded varieties. But if you get the foot control, which is variable speed, you are supposed to only use the single speed Dremel with it.
This is not something you need to do at full speed, only "low" speeds (20,000 - 15,000 and under) are needed.
Hope this helps.

TDL
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Posted 1/26/2007 9:22:06 AM


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It would seem to me that the Dremel Stylus which is cordless would be a good choice. It runs from 5000 to 25000 rpm control is at the end it has a docking station so its always recharged when you need it. It also fits the hand real well.

Doug


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