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 Posted: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 03:42 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 995
I acquired the Foredom very second hand as a gift some 40+ years ago.
It is a very handy tool.  It was the only tool I had for many years,
because I simply could not afford a Dremel.

I have two hand pieces, but rarely use the collet hand piece. 
The one in the photo has a Jacobs chuck, and is far more useful.  

I now have a Dremel.
I find the two tools complement each other. 

My Dremel is the bottom of the line model, with no speed control. 
So it is useful when high speed is needed. 

When I need precise speed control, the Foredom is my choice. 
I find the slimmer profile of the Foredom handpiece,
to be an advantage over the Dremel, as well. 

The Dremel  is handier when working around the layout,
away from the work bench.

I typically don't use either one for drilling. 
I find the handiest attachment for either one is the cut off disk. 
I can do a lot of things with a cut off disk.  

For small drilling I use either a good old pin vise,
or my Unimat configured as a mill/drill.

The Unimat isn't in the photo.  It is still up in the machine shop. 
It will be down here in the model shop shortly. 

There is a drill bit in the Foredom in the photo. 
I had just got done destroying an SW-7 shell with it.  

Somewhere on Freerails,
I have some photos taken of the construction of the Howe truss bridge,
that show the use of the Unimat as a precise drill press. 

These old original Unimat's are an extremely handy tool in the model shop. 
Mine spends most of it's days as a very precise miniature drill press. 

It was also a gift quite a few years ago. 
It would take a considerable amount of cash to convince me to part with it.  

I note on eBay that good ones are going,
for as much as one of the small Chinese lathes.  

If I had to have only a Foredom, or only a Dremel,
I would go with the Foredom. 


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