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Useful, but not well built... a real disappointment.
on May 29, 2001
I purchased the Dremel contour sander at a local hardware store about 3 weeks ago, when working on a piece with a lot of curves that I had to sand. It did the job, but it lacked power and did it rather slowly, while sounding as though it could fall apart at any moment. I think it would have been better with a more powerful motor and more strokes per minute -- I really saw this on flat surfaces where I used the diamond-shaped H&L pad to get into the corners and switched to my PC 1/4 sheet palm sander for the larger flat areas. Where the Dremel would want to hold the pad still and vibrate me instead, the PC palm sander just purred along.
The crowning disappointment was when the Dremel totally and completely died in my third week of ownership while detail sanding a set of Plantation shutters. When I took it back to the store, the hardware guy refunded it without any argument. He said that he wasn't surprised at its failure, saying the Dremel sander is "less like a tool and more like a toy, good for people doing a few craft projects, but not for real work." He was right. The Dremel 6000 just didn't hold up under even moderate usage. If you're doing an occasional craft project, the Dremel contour sander may be just the ticket. If you're looking for a contour sanding TOOL, then keep looking.