Dremel 568 Grout Removal Kit
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2010
I tried one pass on one row of tiles, and made a beautiful straight groove through the edge of the tile. Unfortunately, it was the grout--not the tile--that I was trying to cut.

First of all, it's difficult to align the cutting bit in the grout/groove, because the guide housing obstructs your view, and because the little plastic alignment nubs on the housing don't fit into the groove until after the bit has already started cutting. Secondly, the alignment nubs don't align the cutting bit properly; after taking great pains to align the nubs and keep them on track for my first pass, I was shocked to find that I had neatly grooved two tiles, but missed most of the grouting. I didn't give it a second chance, but completed the job (shower/bath walls) by just using the Dremel freehand, and I had no problem whatsoever. It's faster and easier to freehand, but the attachment would have been helpful in keeping the cut at a consistent depth.

The Dremel cutting bit is excellent and a great time-saver, but the guide housing is a serious failure. I gave it a one-star because I had to replace the tiles I ruined--the tool actually made more work for me instead of less.

Buy the bit, but don't buy the attachment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2002
I tried the grout removal without the tool using the abrasive discs; then purchased the grout removal tool....IT WORKS GREAT, saves a lot of time and aggravation. Just set the depth that you want and keep the guides in the grout slot and you are on the road to a quick job. I sweep up the grout removed; or you can use your shop vac. Wear a mask and use googles to be safe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2008
I purchased this tool thinking that it would be faster than removing grout by hand. But it is not. It is extremely slow even with a full 1/8 inch carbide tip bit - not supplied. The included bit is even smaller. By hand, with a double bladed hand-held small grout saw I was able to remove 1/4 inch grout at a 3 feet per minute pace. With this tool, it takes ten times that.

In addition, the plastic base has two notches to guide the tool in the grout joint. But the grout grinds away these notches after about 10 minutes of work.

A completely ineffective tool! Sounds like a cool idea but a complete waste of money. Do yourself a favour and don't buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2009
I would recommend this attachment for anyone planning to remove grout. Some people have complained about its usefulness and the tendency for the bits to break. I think this complain is about the 1/16 inch bit. Any bit this small can break if too much pressure is used. In any case, these problems are mostly avoidable.

The first key point is to be slow and gentle, particularly with the 1/16 bit, which is the one I had to use since I was de-grouting mosaic tiles. Grinding up grout takes time and nothing Dremel makes is suitable for brute force. Start very slowly and gradually see how you can speed up without having to force the tool.

The second is to remember to NOT go back and forth. The abrading surface is the side of the bit and when you go forward you are pushing the point into the grout, which can snap the bit. Pull, lift, pull, lift. This takes a bit of concentration, since we are so used to back and forth motions.

The attachment is better than the bit alone, although you have to do corners without it. I suggest you leave them for last when you are familiar with the tool. There is a tendency without the attachment to bear down too hard with a naked bit and the guide tabs help keep you in the grout and off the tiles.

And buy an extra bit. This is a good SOP with any tool that has a small part, bulb, cutting edge etc. that can either break or wear out easily. (I didn't need mine.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2007
The Dremel Grout Removal Accessory and included 1/16" blade worked with my 400XPR without any problem on my shower project. Following the enclosed directions allowed me to complete the job quickly without breaking the blade and giving me professional results. I did stop frequently to give the tool a chance to cool and to wipe excess grout dust off it. Perhaps its a little overkill, but I wore a mask, safety glasses,and gloves. Frequent vacuuming helped keep dust from spreading through the house.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
As mentioned in other reviews, the guide is worthless. With a steady hand and an angled approach, you can do better than with the guide. The bits are close to the same: I have 2 x 2 tiles in my shower. The bits do remove the grout, but they only last for about 6 [2 x 2]tiles each! At $10 each, it would cost less to sledge hammer my floor and put in new tile! I am yet to find a good grout removal tool...next is to look at a product called "The Grout Grabber."
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2008
I purchased this in order to regrout a tiled tub surround. Since the regrouting was to be primarily cosmetic, I planned to only skim the surface of this soft grout, so figured I wouldn't encounter some of the problems I'd previously read in the reviews here. Wrong.

While the collar did keep the bit in place, that didn't keep the bit from breaking less than 2 minutes into the job...

Total waste of $20.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
I tried to use this on my grout, but it wouldn't stay centered without trying to use the bit too deeply (and if you try to use deep cuts, your bit won't last long at all).

I ended up ditching the guide and just freehanding the bit, which worked much better. I managed to get through a 3' by 4' section of 4" tile before the bit gave up the ghost. It didn't really work that well, and my unsteady hand dinged up some tiles with it, but nothing else really works that well for removing grout either.

If you really do want to use this (or anything) to remove grout for any reason other than repairing a broken tile, first ask yourself: do I really want to lose 4-200 hours of my life to this crappy old grout? Or is this a great time to consider paying someone to just put in new tile while I take a vacation? Or just ripping out the wall/floor/countertop for the DIY types. Think about it. There's a reason a tile company charges so much to remove grout.

If you actually do end up removing your grout, consider re-grouting with epoxy. At least that way you won't have to do it again unless you become a vampire and live an unnaturally long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
the product is a dark grey (almost black) piece of plastic, designed to hold the cutting tool and keep it from straying off the desired cut line. since it goes over the work area and covers about 70% of the hemisphere, it takes away a lot of the available diffuse natural light, making it difficult to see where one is cutting. as this tool is intented to be an accessory when cutting grout from in-between tiles, there are black-on-black marks to aid the alignement. painting those markers while (for example with an office whiteout pencil) allows a much more precise control of the tool. It is a small change and easy to implement; why doesn't Dremel consider adding two white markings as a feature?
use of this accessory makes it very difficult to work in small areas and corners (e.g. where a countertop joins a splashwall).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
I bought this to regrout my shower and after 10 frustrating minutes I am sitting in front of my computer frantically looking for something else since I've already started the job. The cheap plastic "guide" is awkward and did little to guide. The bit won't stay centered and popped out. It made the job very slow (I know it's a slow job anyway but this made it worse). I would not recommend this product.
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