|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.4 x 5.3 x 2.6 inches|
|Item model number||38472|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|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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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.
However, I've now burned through two of these with little effort:
1) First one died within a month. I was cutting through a bit of metal and the thing just stopped at one point. Turned it off and back on: nothing. Turned the RPM up and got some slight movement for a few seconds before it stopped rotating and smoke started coming out of the back. Was still within the Amazon return period, so was able to get a replacement (chalked it up to being a lemon).
2) I've had this second one for about 7 months and have used it for light work on about five different occasions. Yesterday, I was using the drum sanding band and it conked out -- same scenario as it did with my first one.
For both of these, I was doing light work... running it for 30-60 seconds at a time. Really disappointed that this is so poorly engineered and am now going to try to go through Proxxon directly to see if this can be sorted under their 2-year warranty. We'll see.
Overall, nice li'l rotary tool... when it was working. Can't recommend it though.
UPDATE #1: Talked with a nice fellow from Proxxon and am sending it back today for repair under their two year warranty. Need to send the tool back with a letter explaining what happened, your sales receipt, your name/address for return and send to:
2555 Tate Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602
UPDATE #2: Received the repaired tool back. Pack list said it was a "circuit board". Total turnaround from day shipped to day received was 2.5 weeks (that also included both xmas and ny holidays).
Update #3: It's been about a year since the repair and it's still working great (occasional use).
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