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Power drills?

Post by ianjgow » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:47 pm

Can anyone recommend a reasonable power drill (do I need vari-speed?) that will take small drillbits ~ 0.5 01 1mm suitable for simple conversion work like drilling out weapons to replace with wire & changing arms/heads etc?

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i (too many blisters from my hand drill)

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Re: Power drills?

Post by Norm » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:20 pm

Dremel seems to be the 'best', as i understand it, it has a low speed setting of 300 rpm, which is meant to be the modellers friend.

I use the cheaper Draper 140w multi-tool but the lowest speed is 10000 rpm or 15000 rpm (the information with the machine conflicts on the point) and while I like it, I think it probably runs too fast and therefore the bit gets too hot and I end up with molten metal clogging the bit.

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Re: Power drills?

Post by curlerman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 pm

Norm wrote:Dremel seems to be the 'best', as i understand it, it has a low speed setting of 300 rpm, which is meant to be the modellers friend.

I use the cheaper Draper 140w multi-tool but the lowest speed is 10000 rpm or 15000 rpm (the information with the machine conflicts on the point) and while I like it, I think it probably runs too fast and therefore the bit gets too hot and I end up with molten metal clogging the bit.
I second this suggestion Dremel is the way to go. I would be lost without mine. Be careful however there are two low speed versions . The cheaper one is not a good option. theres a slightly more expensive one with 5 or 6 speed sttings both slower and faster than the other. that's my choice.
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Post by Paul K » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:40 pm

At the moment for the smaller drill sizes of 2mm or less I use a 'pin chuck' which then fits into the normal chuck of my small power drill. It makes for a cheap yet very effective small drill tool compared to some of the Dremels, which although good, are quite expensive.
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Re: Power drills?

Post by Nick Huge » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:01 pm

All round the dremel is the pick of the bunch.
Pin chuck drills can be perfect for the most delicate work and when i need to make a hole quickly I go for my 12 volt cordless battery drill and then tidy up with a dremel.
Dremels are pricey but awesome.

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Post by von Klinkerhoffen » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:09 pm

I would not recommend using a power drill for such small models, mainly because of the torque and because if you slip the drill will not stop? Also, the drill bit can 'stick' and with a small drill bit it will snap off leaving the drill bit embedded in the model!

I am with Paul on this one and would recommend a 'pin vice' with which you will have more control.

You can buy an "Archimedes Small Hand Drill" for £3.99 each at:
http://www.tickintimeworldofwatchtools. ... s-33-p.asp

I find these useful and try and avoid using my Dremmel on small models.

Apologies if this breaches any forum rules?
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Re: Power drills?

Post by curlerman » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:47 am

von Klinkerhoffen wrote:I would not recommend using a power drill for such small models, mainly because of the torque and because if you slip the drill will not stop? Also, the drill bit can 'stick' and with a small drill bit it will snap off leaving the drill bit embedded in the model!
You are right in saying this is a possibility BUT it's a matter of practice I not only use my dremel on ten mil figures but I drill down to 0.35mm bits with it. It's a question of speed and steadiness. For instance I replace ALL the spears on my figures and can easily drill a 0.4mm hole in a hand to receive a 0.33mm brass spear. You can see the results in the dark age section of my blog. My advice is be brave, stock up on drill bits and give it a try. drilling the hands of 50 or 60 figure with a pin chuck is painfully slow! :D :) ;)
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Post by von Klinkerhoffen » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:31 am

If you get on with using a Dremel - well done.

I presume you have the Dremel held in a drill stand or bench vice? Just the weight of the drill would snap a 0.35mm drill bit.
I mention this out of curiosity and to advise any beginner to be careful.

I would also STRONGLY advise the wearing of protective eye wear if anyone does this.

Any way, thanks for the update curlerman I think I will stick with using a pin vice ;)
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Re: Power drills?

Post by curlerman » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:19 pm

von Klinkerhoffen wrote:
I presume you have the Dremel held in a drill stand or bench vice? Just the weight of the drill would snap a 0.35mm drill bit.
I mention this out of curiosity and to advise any beginner to be careful.


No I wing it free style. I hold the model on the table with pliers and then lay my right hand on the table with a book or whatever to get it supported on the table with the drill in it at the right height. Yes I broke quite a number of drills in the early days but with practice I haven't broken a drill in months. Also freestyle lets you "feel" the stresses on the drill bit.
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