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I am restricted by the 1/8" collet on the Dremel and it was suggested that there is a Foredom model for similar general purpose use BUT able to ALSO accept 1/4" shank/collet?
Would anyone know what a suitable model number/name might be from Foredom?.. or web page link.
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Hi Millipee,
Is this the sort of thing your after Foredom Power Carving Complete Kit (5240) - Buy online from Rutlands.co.uk
It's a lot more expensive than a Dremel but maybe more versatile?
I've watched a couple of videos of this in use and it looks very nice?

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Hi Steven
Was wanting to use for routing. Dremel 1/8 router bits not long enough and thought Foredom did a 1/4 router collet.. This seems more a shape tool and expensive as you suggest
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Hi Steven
Was wanting to use for routing. Dremel 1/8 router bits not long enough and thought Foredom did a 1/4 router collet.. This seems more a shape tool and expensive as you suggest
Then why not a 1/4" colleted palm router?

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I am restricted by the 1/8" collet on the Dremel and it was suggested that there is a Foredom model for similar general purpose use BUT able to ALSO accept 1/4" shank/collet?
Would anyone know what a suitable model number/name might be from Foredom?.. or web page link.
Thanks
While I understand Foredom has a large range of products I don't think you will find a Foredom as I understand them to be, any good at routing. It is, relative to a dremal tool, very low rpm ( lots of power but low rpm ) As in the photo attached I picked up a used one ( 25 years ago ) from a jeweler who was cleaning up his shop and with the exception of getting a replacement flex shaft 10 years ago it is fantastically handy for many things but I doubt it would be much good at routing. They come with all kinds of styles of chucks for different work and mine is a simple chuck that will hold a 1/4" drill bit but generally I keep a selection of cutting wheels and shaping bits with 1/8" shanks. I have a couple of times used it to drive 1/4" drill bit in weird spots but it doesn't have the power of a typical 1/4" drill and certainly not the RPM you would want for routing.

Mine is controlled by a foot peddle speed controller so I can make it go very slow which is handy on occasion but it's top speed is no where near a router or dremel tool.
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Howdy Millipee, my suggestion would be to go to eBay and look for a Rotozip with !/4" capability. I have purchased 3 of them with router bases and 1 with edge guide. All of them were new in plastic cases. All were purchased at auction, and I never paid over $30 US. They are a durable little tool. I keep one set up with 1/4 roundover bit and one with a chamfer bit at all times.
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I am restricted by the 1/8" collet on the Dremel and it was suggested that there is a Foredom model for similar general purpose use BUT able to ALSO accept 1/4" shank/collet?
Would anyone know what a suitable model number/name might be from Foredom?.. or web page link.
Thanks
Foredom Electric Co. - Collet Adapters, Micro Chucks
Foredom 1/8" Collet MH-170 Micromotor Handpiece
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There's one on the Flea bay too

I read the title and thought this was about comparing the two. I couldn't think of a really good way to compare the Dremel with the Foredom: Yugo vs Maserati? RC toy vs Abrams tank? My Little Pony Soap Bubble Gun vs MG42?


Well anyway, they make collets for 1/8" and 1/4" shafts
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Depending on what you are talking about, to my knowledge, any of the Foredoms will accept both a 1/8" and a 1/4" collet. Qualifying that statement, I should add that ability is entirely dependent on which handle you install.

My Foredom will accept any of several handles offered for sale by Foredom and other companies. I have two. One accepts only carving blades and the other takes 1/8" and 1/4" bits.

While the Foredom dances circles around the Dremel, I still have a Dremel and reach for it for light things, such as when using the little grinding wheels, or when I need total portability.

The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.

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Actually, they have the speed for routing, if you buy a higher speed handle, but you probably couldn't get fine control you might want. Too, there is the matter of power.

Trend sells a variable speed, plunge router, which doubles as a die grinder for around a hundred bucks. I bought one and sold my die grinder. It saw little use and when it did, I usually needed the ability to slow down the grind.

If you want to just use some straight bits for some ruthless, perhaps wild carving, the Foredom or the Trend will do the job.

The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.

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