Originally Posted by bundee1 /img/forum/go_quote.gif Cordless or corded and what are the most popular accessories? I saw a 10volt one with a kit for $70. I want to cut metal cases knobs sand stuff etc.
Corded imho, and for cutting metal (hopefully aluminum), the fiberglass reinforced cutting wheels are the greatest thing ever - about a 1 to 5 ratio on wheels needed (after going through about 30 this weekend).
Originally Posted by pabbi1 /img/forum/go_quote.gif fiberglass reinforced cutting wheels are the greatest thing ever
+1 on that.
I own both cordless and corded Dremels. The cordless one is handy for quick jobs (cutting pot shafts). The corded one along with a flex shaft is great for heavier cutting jobs, like cutting square holes in a chassis. I also use the corded one as a drill press for drilling PCB holes.
All part of the rue - Dremel, drill press and cordless drill - I use all 3 on every casing project I ever do - each has their role. For extra flexibility, I also have a tabletop bandsaw, and even use my chopsaw occasionally to cut aluminum, especially bar, angle and channel.
Proxxon makes some really nice stuff. Their rotary tool has some nice attachments such as a drill press, milling table, router and they're sturdy. I have a Dremel with drill press and router attachment and they are kinda flimsy - not unusable, but flimsy. If I could do it again I would buy the Proxxon stuff instead.
Originally Posted by randytsuch /img/forum/go_quote.gif To make non round holes, a combination of drilling, nibbler and a file works well for me.
nibbler gets a vote from me. I use mostly hand tools (I don't have a proper shop, sadly) and the combo of using soft aluminum (avoid steel) and a hand nibbler lets me cut the square holes sometimes needed (power cord iec's for one).
if you luck out and find a greenlee chassis punch in the size and shape you need, get that, too. they are expensive though!