Yes, the addition of Dremel plunge router attachment #335-01 can really expand your wood working projects. This little attachment for the Dremel Moto-Tool series of tools like the Dremel 4000 will add a whole new dimension to the things you can create. You can:
These are just a few of the things that you can do with the Dremel plunge router. Now the question remains, will this router work for you?
If you already have one of Dremels’ rotary series of tools like the Dremel 4000, you can easily turn it into a handy plunge router for around $25 from Amazon.
For your $25 the Dremel Plunge Router kit comes with:
My kit did NOT come with any Dremel router bits.
When the attachment is assembled on the rotary tool, it looks and feels just like any other router, albeit a bit smaller and a lot easier to handle.
While the Dremel brand is considered a very robust collection of tools, they are not made to stand up to the abuse of being thrown into and tossed around in a tool box, unless of course it’s in a case of its own. But even then, if you have a lot of heavy duty tools bouncing around in there, a Dremel case could easily end up cracked and broken.
The body of the Dremel Plunge Router itself is made up of plastic with the depth stop and guide rods being steel. However, there is nothing flimsy about it. The plastic is a heavy duty high impact. So while it won’t be able to stand up to any real abuse, with just simple care like not over tightening pieces and maintenance like lubricating the guide rods with a light oil, it should last you forever.
Photo by Mark Hinkle
Dremel Tools is well known for innovative ideas for features on their tools and attachments and the Dremel Plunge Router is no different. Features like:
Photo by Mark Hinkle
All make for much more efficient work with better results.
I ran across some very cheap ($12 for 10 bits I believe) router bits that sounded good because they were even advertised as titanium coated. Sound too good to be true? As usual, it was. They look as if they were rough sand cast and then hand sharpened with a file. They burned the wood and were just over all very difficult to use and ultimately not worth the money.
I ended up getting the Dremel 692 6-Piece Router Bit Set for $28 (and $10 shipping… ouch, that’s why you buy them with the tool) from Amazon. Not the best, but if used with care, a good buy for the money.
The set came with…
These bits have a maximum RPM of 35,000 (The max of a rotary tool).
Now, what I will look into in the near future is getting the bigger 3/16 collet for my Dremel 4000. This will allow me to use the bigger shank Dremel brand TR770 router bits used with the Dremel Trio 6800. They are a quality carbide bit so they...
I am also looking into a new company that has a very interesting business concept. You can buy a bit, blade or hole saw, use it till it needs sharpening, then return it to the dealer for approximately 65% return credit for a new blade. For example; purchase a $16 dollar blade, use it and then exchange it for a new one and only pay about $6.
They have professional and they have industrial grade bits and blades made of tungsten carbide. You won’t get much better than that.
When I find out more, I’ll let you know here. The primary information I need to confirm is whether or not the shank size will fit the Dremel collet.
The conclusion here is; for $24, getting a solid, versatile, easy to use tool that a serious hobbyist all the way up to a small business can use, the Dremel Plunge Router attachment for the Dremel rotary series tools is an excellent buy for the money that will produce great results and last a long long time if cared for properly.
I can't stress enough, however that this tool set is directed towards lighter materials and light duty use. Having said that, it has been used regularly for making musical instruments, model rockets, RC cars and even dominoes.
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