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Proxxon 38472 FBS 115/E Precision Rotary Tool

by Proxxon
3.5 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
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  • Can be used with Proxxon 28405 angle adapter, number 28606 Proxxon drill stand, 28603 and 28610 Proxxon universal bench clamp holders
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  • variable-speed

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Product Description

38472 Features: -Rotary tool set. -For drilling, milling, grinding, polishing, brushing, de burring, rust removal, engraving, carving and cutting. -Lock the spindle and use the keyless chuck to switch out the accessories with ease. -Includes 43 accessories. Generic Dimensions: -5.31" H x 2.56" W x 10.43" D. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -5.31 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -2.56 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -10.43 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -2.07 Pounds.

From the Manufacturer

Proxxon Precision Rotary Tool FBS 115/E - Proxxon hand-held rotary tool with soft grip for comfortable control. 1,001 uses for drilling, milling, grinding, polishing, brushing, deburring, derusting, engraving, carving and cutting. A special motor technology (no replacing of brushes necessary) with full range electronic speed control allows for powerful operation with constant torque even at low speeds. This feature is especially important when micro-drilling, brushing and polishing on delicate materials. The extremely balanced motor makes the tool run vibration free with no overheating. The soft-grip ergonomic design allows for comfortable use with the optimal control. The spindle runs n a precision ball bearing and a button locks spindle for the easy changing of bits. The keyless precision chuck allows for the quick change of all accessories with shanks from 1/64-inch to 1/8-inch. Variable speed 5,000-20,000 rpm with 1/8-horsepower (100W) motor; volts 110-120VAC 60HZ; length 8-1/2-inches, weighs only 1.2-pounds.

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Part Number 38472
Item Weight 2.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.4 x 5.3 x 2.6 inches
Item model number 38472
Color Green
Power Source electric-powered
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features variable-speed
Included Components case
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description Limited Warranty of Proxxon Power Tools for home use. Prox-Tech, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser only that all Proxxon consumer power tools will be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase. Seller's sole obligation and your exclusive remedy under this limited warranty and, to the extent permitted by law, any warranty or condition implied by law, shall be the repair or replacement of parts, without charge, which are defective in material or workmanship and which have not been misused, carelessly handled, or misrepaired by persons other than Seller or Authorized Service Station. This limited warranty does not apply to accessory items such as circular saw blades, drill bits, router bits jigsaw blades, sanding belts, grinding wheels and other related items. Damage to the product resulting from tampering, accident, abuse, negligence, unauthorized repairs or alterations, unapproved attachments or other causes unrelated to problems with material or workmanship are not covered by this warranty. Any implied warranties shall be limited in duration to two years from date of purchase. Some states in the U.S. and some Canadian provinces do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no event shall seller be liable for any incidental or consequential damages (including but not limited to liability for loss of profits) arising from the sale or use of this product. Some states in the U.S. and some Canadian provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, sol the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

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ASIN B0017PWTX8
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3.5 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #55,305 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#5 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Grinders > Straight Grinders
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available April 1, 2004

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I personally own Proxxon 38481 IB/E Professional Rotary Tool. [That model is slightly more expensive--a bit more professional-looking--and it comes with collets instead of a keyless chuck.]

This model, the one I am reviewing, Proxxon 38472 FBS 115/E Precision Rotary Tool, was bought as a gift; however, I couldn't help but take it out and compare it to the Proxxon model that I already own. The two models use the identical motor with the identical analog variable control wheel and so performance is nearly identical. As far as I can tell, the only difference is aesthetics. That, and chucks get worn out over time, increasing play; also, collets are easier to change attachments if they're all the same size... Then again, you can get a new keyless chuck for $10, or you could buy MICROMOT collets for this model for $20.

In short, the hobbyist or tinkerer will notice little difference between this "precision" model and Proxxon's "professional" one.

PS
They are both far superior to anything Dremel makes--and the all-new Dremel 4000 is plastic crap.
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I bought this model about five years ago and I'm very happy with it. When I bought it I wasn't aware of the more expensive Proxxon. But if I had it to do over I would buy this model again for one very simple reason. This one comes with a three jaw drill chuck and accepts the Proxxon collet chuck as an accessory. The more expensive model comes with the collet chuck but will not accept the drill chuck. That's because the housing at the front end of the expensive model interferes with the larger diameter drill chuck, so it won't fit.

Why is this important to me? Because, among other things, I use this tool to spin very small diameter drill bits, e.g., sizes #61 to #80, and the collet chuck can't grip them. These small drills like to be spun fast, and this is the ideal tool to do it. It's true that very small drills can be purchased with oversize shanks but they're quite a bit more expensive than ordinary ones, and since they break easily it could become an expensive habit. Bottom line; for me this is the one to get.

Although the product description says the drill chuck only closes down to 1/64", in fact it's a true "zero chuck" and will grip a #80 drill, the smallest size available.
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I originally bought a Dremel at my local big box store. I opened it and noticed how the plastic and rubber grips were sloppily molded with surfaces that were not smooth where they should have been. I turned it on and found that it would not even begin to spin until I turned the speed control up to about halfway. When it did start spinning, it was not a smooth rotation until I turned it up even more. So I was disappointed with my purchase and decided to look around for alternative brands.

I am very impressed with this Proxxon tool. For only a few dollars more than the Dremel, this tool looks and feels like the parts were produced on a quality mold. Everything has a nice fit and finish. The drive spins smoothly throughout the entire speed range just as I would expect. I am very happy I decided to upgrade to this brand.
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After reading the reviews I decided to buy a Proxxon instead of a Dremel,and could not be happier.The price difference is minimal and you can use all of the same attachments.It runs very smooth,the difference was quite noticeable.
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This tool is great! It is very sturdy and reliable. I've used it on stainless steel, terracotta, polystyrene and wood and haven't had any problems. I actually use a Dremel grinding kit with my Proxxon tool and it works perfectly. A lot of dust and debris from materials I've used this on has gotten near or in the vents by the front grip, but it runs like the day I bought it.
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I was using an older Dremel 395 a few days ago to do some computer case modding (cutting and drilling 0.8mm steel) when the coupling died on me (didn't know it was a cheap fix at the time). I bought this, having heard the praise among modders that surrounds Proxxon rotary tools, and it was absolutely the best thing I've bought so far for this project. It is extremely powerful, and works much better than the Dremel (constant torque!).

The only downside is that after working with it for about 20 minutes, it got too hot to hold - however, it did NOT overheat and still functioned normally, with no effect to the torque or motor speeds. I'd recommend using gloves, but I don't see why this tool couldn't be used for an hour or two straight. It's downright awesome - don't waste $85+ on a Dremel 300 or Dremel 4000; buy this instead.

Here's some rough (but not exaggerated) time comparisons in my experience with it

Drilling a 1/8" diameter hole (same bit)
Dremel 395 - over 1 minute (kept getting stuck due to lack of torque)
Proxxon - about 5 seconds (could just push it all the way through - did not get stuck)

Cutting with a Dremel reinforced cutting wheel
Dremel 395 - ~1 cm in about 30 minutes
Proxxon - ~5 cm in 5 minutes
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* The motor is quiet even at 20,000 rpm. The sound reminds me of a small electric mixer - the ones that whir rather than scream.
* Little to no vibration when running idle - absolutely none when drilling. When cutting, it depends on the disk/burr.
* If you're using rpm rating for comparison, consider that that's *idle* speed - when Dremel says a tool goes to 35,000, it means nothing about its behavior under load.

BTW, my first test for my new toy was drilling a 1/8" hole in the metal bracket of a PC add-on card (3/64" thick), and it slid through as soon as I applied a bit of pressure.
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