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Posted 6/17/2008 9:41:22 AM
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I make collectible miniature furniture with tolerances down to just a couple thousandths.  The only Dremel drill press that can meet this tight tolerance is the (much) older model 210.  This is because I can raise the table up/down with tight control - and a dial indicator set on the table top.  None of your newer drill presses even come close to both height and wobble tolerances as the 210.

I also teach "Magic of the Drill Press" workshops many times a year to miniaturists.  But what do I use and recommend in my workshops?  The model 210 of course, and with model 380 mototools.  What do I teach them?  Everything except drilling holes - circles, mortise/tenons, dados, rabbets, moulding, pin routing is a biggee (I can shape very small perfect cabriole legs using a drill press).  They come away from class in awe.  I even have one model 210 that's been modified with a pull-down handle.

However, getting their own hands on the old Dremel tools is getting harder and harder - even off of eBay.  There are thousands of miniaturists out there who would love a very accurate newer Dremel drill press that can even drill a hole in the same place everytime.  We were hoping the 220 would do that, but even that model just is not that accurate.  We all love Dremel for normal everyday crafts and such, but for precision work, your drill presses just are not there yet.  They need more accurate locking and depth features, and maybe even bring back the old "move the table up/down" feature too.  As such, I do not even use a Dremel for my "fine" furniture, but a Cameron drill press - but very few of my students can afford $750 for a drill press.  They want Dremel !

Thanks for listening,

MiniTom

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Posted 7/2/2009 6:24:22 AM
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I have say I feel exactly the same way. It seems that corporate America has taken the customer interest in finding the lowest price way too far now days.  Products are getting cheaper AND lower in quality.

I for one would like to suggest that Dremel come out with a "Pro" line of tools.  Just look at the success of the Fein multimaster through infomercials.  Obviously this thing is not cheap, but it is selling. Dremel should set a new standard for rotary tool quality lest it see it's market share slipping away to Proxxon and others that are willing to fill the void.

Regarding the drill press: I was at the point where I needed to drill small holes and thought my 395 plus the drill press (220-01) would be the answer.  But no! The rotary tool has bad runout and the drill press gets very mixed reviews.  It seems like there must be good production runs and bad production runs.  I think there are a lot of people like me that would be willing to pay around $100 for a really top quality accessory in this regard.  This is because the alternatives are micro drill presses that start around $150 and go up to $2000!

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Posted 9/11/2009 1:14:21 AM
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Hey Minitom-

I have a couple of the Dremel Drill Presses Model 210. If they work how much would you say they are worth? Thanks.

Flea Market Queen

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Posted 9/11/2009 10:23:32 PM
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I got EXTREMELY lucky myself. I found a 210 in it's original box that was dropped off at a local hobby shop I spend a lot of time in by a man that used to make model airplanes. He'd stopped his hobby and did not want to throw away such a useful bit of equipment. I paid 20 bucks for it.

It's in new condition and has obviously been loved and well cared for.

Too bad my 395 tool does not fit it
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Posted 11/11/2009 8:21:40 PM


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We all seem to be on the same page here.

Check out www.micromark.com.

"For almost every problem,
there is a DREMEL solution"

"When all else fails, read the instructions."

Jim

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Posted 11/14/2009 12:40:05 AM
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I wish I could find mine  !

I seen it about a ear ago but when I went to get it no luck!

robert wyant

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