Although not a replacement... Funny about the timing of this thread.
20-30 years ago I had a dremel that I used for touchups and "detail" work. I had a variable speed when it first came out (does that date me?). Then, they had the router bits, but only a fixed base router base attachment. I did use it a lot. Besides that one, I had a 1/4" 1/4 hp flex shaft rotary with a foot control that I used for "carving." I gave those all to my father when I went into the service. He is still using them to this day.
Since- I have many styles of routers. I have straight and angled 1/4" air die grinders, an 1/8" die grinder, air cutoff tools... Many sanders and grinders. But no Dremel...
Yet, every time I go into HD, I seem to slow down at the Dremel section. Recapturing old memories? I don't know. But I've been looking... Especially in the last month. Sure is a few more attachments than 20 to 30 years ago. Never knew there was a plunge router attachment until today with Bob's post. When the router table attachment came out, I thought "micro finger joints." LOL.
So yes, while not a replacement, it does have it's use, it's attraction, it's niche.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 12-28-2012 at 02:05 PM.