|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.4 x 5.3 x 2.6 inches|
|Item model number||38472|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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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.
They are both far superior to anything Dremel makes--and the all-new Dremel 4000 is plastic crap.
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.
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.
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
* 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful tool I mostly use it to grind the dogs nails because its smooth and quiet. The variable speeds allow you to find a perfect speed to do what ever you are working on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roger V. Johnson
Used about 5 times. It quit working. Could not figure out the warranty. Threw it away.Published 2 months ago by JG
Got it with lose screw or some part inside. Will update how second one looks like ...Published 2 months ago by danny_isr
DOA...failed out of the box with a puff of smoke. Since I didn't use it during the 30 day return window, I can't send it back. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. R. Gregory
Small, lightweight and powerful. This proxxon rotary tool works way better than the dremel tools. I have used for long periods of time and it doesn't get hot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benjamin Barrera
This thing is much better than a dremel- very well made, operation is flawless.Published 5 months ago by Walter B. Futch
Good product, i comment on the comparison of this with Dremel, as i haven't used a Dremel before, cutting wheel should have been provided in the accessoryPublished 7 months ago by Senthil
Its a good tool. But I did not receive the the "spring steel cut off blade" that the manual says should be included with the drill.Published 8 months ago by Mike Collins