Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you simply don’t have a clue how to do something?
Been there, done that!
That’s why I want to help you to do bit changes fast and easy.
Imagine this: you finally purchased your new Dremel tool, with different attachments, for different applications… Now what? You know which bit is for what purpose, but how to change it?
I totally know what you are talking about…
These instruction/tips are made to make your life easier.
First, let`s go through the Dremel tool and its usage shortly.
What is a Dremel tool and what it is used for?
You can use the Dremel tool at home or in the workshop. It is a versatile tool, plus cordless version and there are no limits for its usage. The Dremel is a must-have tool. You definitely need to have it in your toolbox.
The main parts of the Dremel are the collet, the shaft controlling button, the tightening cap and the rubber collar.
You can use a Dremel tool for many different applications:
What you will mostly use for cutting with Dremel tool is a straight bit or wheel attachment. If you want to cut metal or plastic you will use wheel attachments. If you are going to cut wood or even drywall the best choice is a multipurpose straight bit. For cutting hard materials, such as steel, aluminum or ceramic use a diamond cutting blade and a disc.
For woodcarving, you have a lot of different bits you can use. It all depends on what you will do. For engraving metal use metal bits. If you are planning to try your engraving skills on the glass, then you should use a diamond engraving bit and a silicon carbide grinding bit.
For cleaning and polishing use polishing or buffing bits. For better results, you can apply wax or polish to the bit. For polishing put your Dremel at medium speed. With Dremel tool attachments for polishing, you can also polish your silver jewelry. There are also some attachments which include rubber silicon polishers and there are different shapes like a knife-edge, wheel, bullet, and cylinder. It is always annoying when you see rust on the metal. The best way to clean rust from metal is with wire wheel attachment on the tool, at high speed.
Oh yes, you can use your Dremel tool for sanding as well. You will need a sanding drum and medium speed for the best results. You can even sand corners with the triangular bits. You can also trim dog’s nails with sanding drum! Imagine that! That’s why we say this tool has no limits!
- Grinding and Sharpening
You can use the grinding attachment on the tool if you need to sharpen the knives or anything that needs to be sharpened. If you see sharp spots on metal, you can also feel free to use your tool to fix them.
Dremel tool tips and tricks
- Always choose a bit appropriate for the material that you are planning to work with.
- We recommend choosing the tool with two or more speeds.
- Because this tool works at extremely high speed, it is essential to wear eye protection all the time when using a rotary tool.
- The speed of the rotating tool should do the work – not the force! Always use light pressure and make multiple passes if needed. This way, you will have more control and you will save your bits from wearing out quickly, or worse, breaking.
You can sand with the Dremel tool. What you need for this job are the drum and the sanding band. The sanding procedure is simple. What to do if your sanding band is no longer good? You can simply make on yourself. Just take a regular sending paper and stick it on the sanding band and glue it. You are ready!
Tips for Carving Wood
Because this job is loud, messy and you need a lot of light, we advise you to prepare your working space outside. Select the appropriate bit and prepare your wooden piece, the design and the protective mask, because you’ll face a lot of dust.
The best choice for carving wood is flexible shaft attachment.
Start cutting around the image. To avoid imperfect cuts when carving, keep the speed setting on a higher speed. It’s also a good idea to start with a small cutting head first and work your way up.
For bringing a carving to shape after cutting it out, you can use sanding drum accessories which are great for this job. We advise you to start with a large, rough grit drum and move to a smaller drum with a finer grit of sandpaper as your carving becomes more detailed.
Make sure to clean away any sawdust often to see what you have carved because the sawdust looks like areas that you need to cut and of course you might make mistake. I am sure that you don’t want to end up cutting something you didn’t want to cut!
Tips for Cutting Metal
When cutting metal, we advise you to use high speed but low pressure and try to avoid sideways (flat way on the disk) movement or twisting in the cut. If the motor bogs down, reduce pressure. Always wear protection glasses and gloves because it can happen to break cutting wheels and hurt yourself. Also, it will be good to hold the tool with both hands.
Tips for Engraving
You can use the Dremel tool for engraving as well. You can engrave wood, plastic, metal and even glass. You need different tips for different tasks.
Three main accessories for engraving are:
High-Speed Cutters are perfect for soft materials like wood and leather.
Engraving Cutters are a perfect choice for material which isn’t so hard. You can use it on wood and plastic as well as on softer metals like brass.
Diamond Wheel Points are designed for fine-detail work. The bits are covered in diamond particles, which make them perfect for engraving harder materials, like glass.
As we already mentioned the Flexible Shaft attachment is an excellent choice when engraving because with 127mm cable you can be more flexible while engraving. This attachment is perfect when doing detailed work.
There is one more great attachment, Detailer’s Grip, which fits any rotary tool. The detailer’s grip keeps the weight of the Dremel over your hand and helps you use the tool for longer periods of time. It is particularly useful for work such as engraving, carving, etching and polishing. It is a perfect addition when you are working on a fixed object with tiny bits.
For the beginning, choose soft materials (brass, copper, leather, plastics and wood) because it will be much easier to control your work. Also, choose flat shape because it will be much easier to practice when you don’t have to worry about angles.
Always prepare pattern
Well, you can always engrave free-hand but having a pattern to trace over is a great way to start. To transfer a pattern onto a metal surface, use carbon paper or simply draw the design with a pencil or a marker. Engraving glass is even easier; pop the pattern underneath the glass, and you’ll be able to see straight through and use it as your guide. Just be sure to stick it to the glass so it doesn’t move around halfway through your engraving.
What we found as a very handy and perfect addition for your Dremel tool is Dremel Workstation. You just need to attach the tool to the workstation and enjoy your tasks.
How to Change Dremel Bit
Step 1: Make sure to unplug your tool if it is a corded version.
Step 2: First thing to do is to press the shaft lock switch which is on the frontal edge of the tool and hold it. Be careful when doing this because you might hurt yourself. Be sure that your hands are dry.
Step 3: Once you have unlocked the shaft lock control, the collet metal nut will become loose. You can feel it when you try touching it using your fingers. The moment the collet metal loses, unscrew it on the shaft at the endpoint by turning it into an anticlockwise direction. Continue turning it into the same direction gradually until the moment it is detached from the tool.
Step 4: On the front side of the Dremel tool there is a plastic housing cap attached. You can easily remove the plastic housing cap by unbolting it. Turn the housing cap in the anticlockwise direction just as you did with collet metal nut. Be careful and don’t force it because you might destroy the threads which will cause problems when screwing it back.
Step 5: You should remove the collet out of the shaft. This is a tiny silver metal tube. It is thinner on the back and wider on the front. You are inserting the thinner side into the driveshaft. In this step, you need to remove it from the motor shaft again gently to avert any possibility of hurting you during the process.
Step 6: Once you have removed it, make sure to you place Dremel bit inside the metal collet nut. It is important to make sure this is done well in the metallic nut that holds the collet because if it isn’t, it won’t function properly.
Step 7: After inserting the nut into the metal collet nut, you should insert the Dremel bit inside the collet through the collet nut. What is important to understand when doing this is that the Dremel device typically has four different collet sizes. We advise you to use the larger Colt. Make sure to place the bit so it fits tightly in the nut to avoid room for moving or wiggling.
Step 8: Screw the plastic cup housing back to the tool. When doing this, make sure that you do it gently and never use the force when doing this because you can easily damage the threads. Don’t tighten it as you thread it back to the tool.
Step 9: Return the collet inside the motor driving shaft when the bit is already secured inside the nut holding the collet in addition to the collet inserted above the assembled components.
At this moment, all of the components should be at its place and they should be tightly inserted, and they should not shake.
Step 10: Return the nut of the collet by tightening it using your hands. After that, you can key the fastening switch to make sure that the Dremel bit and the collet are locked.
When you hear the clicking sound you can be absolutely sure that it has been locked.
Step 11: Put the plastic housing nut back and tighten it. And finally, when all these are set, you can use the Dremel tool in carrying out various tasks.
Now when you know everything about the Dremel tool, and how to change Dremel bit, you can enjoy using your tool continuously. There are really plenty of applications that can you can do with the Dremel tool. We will let you discover all Dremel possibilities.
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