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Steve,

 

Good idea. This should be Pinned and refined.

 

Jeweler's screwdriver set (cheap Chinese is OK as one is not working on buses!)

 

Allen Keys need to be small. If in a set largest is 3mm. Slot.it is 0.89mm

 

A head mounted magnifier. Also known as (I love this) Geezer Googles

 

..And eventually

Some small drills. 1mm, 1.5, 3/32, 2.5mm etc.

Pin vice to hold above drills (Cheap Chinese OK)

Soldering iron.

 

Amen to

A powered board with a slot to test/run in motors.

And to sand tires if no Tyre truer like me. Mine is made from a Scalextric box bottom with some solder wick stapled to it for rails.

 

Cheap wallwart switchable power supply for above. 1.5/3/4.5/6/7.5v etc.

 

People who use tools for a living cannot afford to buy cheap tools. For everyone else............

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Accurate set of scales - Balance if you have patience, digital if you don't. :nice:


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I picked up some digital verniers and digital scales from HK - pretty good price - not sure if they are accurate yet :) - will see if I can find some weights at work to test the scales on - handy to have some that can measure in 0.1 grams

 

The verniers seem fine - I checked them against a ruler - lol I am sure I will find them handy

 

I also have a small plastic tray with a bit of soft foam in the bottom - handy for when I take a car apart - I found I was loosing too many screws and other small parts..

cheers

DM

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The verniers seem fine - I checked them against a ruler - lol I am sure I will find them handy

DM,

 

You'll use the verniers more than you think.....I use them a lot to check the rim dimensions against the MJK tyre specs...they're perfect for measuring the two dimaterers and widths

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Hi folks,

 

I'd like to get a tool similar to a dremell, without paying the big bucks up front.

 

Is there another tool out there that is similar, but not as fancy?

 

I'm just looking for something basic. I'm only a beginner getting into some very very basic scratch building.

 

cheers!

 

tim

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Bunnings have an Ozito grinder which is similar.

I bought one about 18months ago, as a back up and for doing rough stuff. While it's got a bit more vibration than a Dremel, it does the job.

 

Mine was only about $35, but don't know what they cost now, if they still have them.

:)


Steve K.

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saw one similar to yours at Bunnings recently slotbaker- it even had a long flexible shaft - around the $40 mark and I am pretty sure it had a box of drills and cutters in with it as well

 

DM

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I picked one up at Sam`s warehouse for $25. Still runs great variable speed, came in a case with about 15 attachments.

Picked up a $10 set of 35-40 attachments sandinf discs, cutting wheels etc. at a mitre 10 sale- all bits fit fine.

 

Supercheap also used to have some, but haven`t been in there for awhile.


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Dick Smith Electronics sell one as well, but I doubt it's that much cheaper than a Dremel.

 

Personally, I recommend buying the best you can afford as it will last you well. And once you have it you'll find more and more uses for it.

 

Embs


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I've got to agree with Ember,

Save up if you have to, but don't skimp on something, for a couple of dollars, that may well last you a lifetime of enjoyment and destruction.

cheers,

John


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I have a Dremel knock-off $25 bought it in Indo. works well. My friend has a flexible shaft one with foot control. The major difference is that his has a proper three jaw chuck B) whereas mine has a collect type Dremel one. His is better for drilling the odd holes as mine won't accept drills. I have to use a pin vice. :D


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Must admit, the best thing I bought after my dremel was the chuck for my dremel. :D


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Ryobi sell an excellent high speed tool for less than a Dremel.

If you are in Sydney for the timber and woodworking show (next month?) there are usually some great deals to be had on the machine and consumables.

cheers

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cheers folks!

 

I found a couple of cheap knock offs on evilbay, but i don't think i trust them too well :nice:

 

going to bite the bullet and fork out the dough i think, but not straight away!!

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My old dremel has a chuck and when I wanted to upgrade the new dremel only had the collet.

I was doubtful at first but I needn't have worried.

The collet works fine.

 

My old dremel was a "handmedown" that had been used for lapidary work ( jade)

The thing still works but is noisey and not that accurate.

 

The replacement has a great slow speed control and a flexi drive which is great because the handpiece is a better size than actually holding the whole dremel body.

 

regards


John Warren

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Only had collet on mine for a start. Wasn't a major problem. But buying the chuck has made life simpler. And it's meant that I'm not limited to using dremel bits.

 

I've got a bunch of 1 1/2 shank dental drill diamond burrs that I use a lot. I used to work a lot with a flexidrive dental drill for glass engraving, so I thought I'd use the flexi drive on the dremel more than I do. But unless I'm working on something really fine and accurate I don't bother with the flexi. Still use it occasionally for glass engraving, but the next model up would've been better for that, I only bought the base model cos it was on special and I'm a tightwad. :nice:


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I know this isn't the thread for this question but I couldn't find a suitable one ........... I'm trying to make an attempt to make my own street lights but i can't find a scource for any 6mm tubing of any kind . I live in adelaide but any australian supplier would do .......... thanks

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I found suitable tube at the local party shop, Balloon Holders for kids parties. $2.00 for six. They are very thin wall so idea for getting the wire thru.

Some supermarkets and cheapy shops like Go Lo,etc also have them. Check out the craft or party section.


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I found suitable tube at the local party shop, Balloon Holders for kids parties. $2.00 for six. They are very thin wall so idea for getting the wire thru.

Some supermarkets and cheapy shops like Go Lo,etc also have them. Check out the craft or party section.

 

kalbfellp,

 

Yellow? This is also good for putting under Ninco front axles. :)


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Check out your local Bunnings.

 

The one near me (Hoxton Park, NSW) is having a clearance on Dremel stuff.

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Steve K.

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Went to Bunnings last night. Picked up the Ozito rotary tool, comes with the bench stand and flexi shaft and the box of extras like cutting disks drills etc, just like Slotbaker said!

 

It's actually a great piece of kit for the price!!

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There have been a few threads on this over the years, such as the following:

 

http://www.auslot.co...-and-materials/

 

http://www.auslot.co...ic/10581-tools/

 

http://www.auslot.co...-tools-to-have/

 

http://www.auslot.co...ic/11716-tools/

 

It seems worth starting up one thread where old threads can be linked and pinning it for reference. There are a lot of good suggestions on those threads that I would have appreciated finding in one place.

 

List your tools and their uses (if not obvious). There are probably things that other people have not thought of but would be useful. One I spotted in these threads was a set of feeler gages.

 

Here's my list:

 

Slot Car Corner 1/24 set up block (BMR suggested I get a set up block, great suggestion thanks!)

Paasche H airbrush set (I still need to try this one out, slowly acquiring air supply and paint materials)

Tamiya Handy Drill (two AA batteries, low speed, but very handy for drilling plastic)

Tamiya Handy Router (similar to drill, useful for some things like enlarging wheel arches, don't use it much)

Foredom SR flexshaft with AK21 (general app) and AK11 (jeweller) bit sets, H.30 and H.8 handpieces and a foot operated speed control (I use this one all the time, together with set up block and soldering iron in my top 3 needed tools)

Several sets of small files and drills (files are especially useful)

Pin vices of various sizes and types, including one of those twisty ones called an archimedes drill

Excel hobby knives with various blades, both standard and heavy duty types (for cutting styrene and scraping inner wheel arches etc)

Green self-healing cutting mat

Excel razor saw (for cutting styrene)

Excel mitre box (another very useful item combined with the saw, use it for cutting styrene rod and tube)

Jaycar soldering station (I don't like this very much, the tip is crap)

Weller woodburning kit (low powered soldering iron with many different tips, including hot knife attachment)

'Helping Hands' thingy to hold work being soldered (I don't use this much)

Various allen keys

Stanley screwdriver set

Slot Car Corner bushing alignment kit for Slot.It bushings (great tool!)

Magnetic wand from Jaycar (very useful for finding dropped screws etc!)

MB Slot pinion puller

MB Slot pinion press

 

There might be some others on there that I have forgotten. If there are some things that are not on my list but you cannot live without, please post them and I will look into getting one. I don't have an adjustable power supply, tyre truer, or speed checker. I'm pretty sure I will get a power supply. I am wondering if people have found the other two worth the money.

 

My most useful tool (besides phillips head screwdriver): Foredom SR

Best value for money tool: This would be a toss up between the set up block and the alignment kit

Biggest waste of money: that soldering station with the crummy tip that burns and is impossible to clean, or maybe the helping hands thing.

 

EDIT: I forgot the toolbox! I have some triple deck foldout tackle box that I bought at BCF for $30.

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