|Item Weight||5.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13 x 8.1 x 4.4 inches|
|Item model number||38481|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Proxxon 38481 Professional Rotary Tool IBS/E
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- Comes with 6 high concentrically steel collets, 1/32-, 1/16-, 5/64-, 3/3-2, 7/64-, 1/8-inch
- 34 industrial quality bit and cutters and blow-molded storage case
- Ideal for grinding, polishing, cleaning, cutting and engraving
- High-revving motor has full-wave electronic speed control
- 5,000-20,000 rpm,110-120 VAC, 60HZ, 1/8 horsepower, 9 inches long, 1.3 pounds
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The Proxxon Professional Grinder is the smoothest and most powerful hand held rotary tool we have ever tested. The quality of this tool is exceptional. This tool has features not found on other rotary tools
Featuring a variable-speed motor and a stabilizing, ball-bearing assembly, the Proxxon IB/E Professional Rotary Tool is ideal for a wide range of hobbies and professional projects. Lightweight, quiet, and capable of high torque even at low speeds, this well-balanced rotary tool includes 34 accessories that can be used for grinding, polishing, engraving, and more.
The Proxxon IB/E Professional Rotary Tool is lightweight, quiet, and capable of high torque even at low speeds. View larger.
With an electronic speed control and 34 industrial-quality bits and cutters--including six, triple-slit steel collets covering 1/32-inch to 1/8-inch (1.0 to 3.2 millimeters)--this versatile rotary tool is the ideal addition to any workshop. It can be used for a wide range of projects that require intricate detail work like carving, etching, or engraving.
Variable-Speed Motor for Multiple Uses
The IB/E features a variable-speed motor that operates from 5,000 to 20,000 RPM and performs with high torque even at low speeds. The IB/E can be used for extended periods of time at low speeds for projects that require brushing and cutting, or at high speeds for heavy-duty jobs that require grinding and milling.
Quiet, Vibration-Free Operation
The IB/E features a quiet 1/8-horsepower motor that is specially balanced for minimal vibration, allowing you to use it comfortably and with stability, even while working on intricate details at maximum speeds. The streamlined die-cast aluminum head supports the exact positioning of the ball-bearing assembly. With a slim form and weighing just 1.3 pounds, the tool is easy and comfortable to handle.
What's in the Box
Rotary tool, 34-piece accessory set, six triple-slit steel collets, and storage case.
1. Ball-bearing spindle of ground steel, with lock-button for rapid cutter changes.
2. Streamlined die-cast aluminum head for exact bearing seats and optimal stability.
3. Quiet 100-W motor with continuously variable speeds between 5,000 and 20,000 RPM.
4. Complete with six triple-slit steel collets covering 1/32'' to 1/8'' (1.0-3.2 mm).
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A small rotary tools is extremely versatile and you can do a lot of things with it like drilling, grinding, sanding, polishing, milling, cutting (sawing), engraving, or routing in many materials like ferrous metals, precious metals, stone, glass, plastic, or wood. There is a bit for every material and job. Most bit kits are useless as they include a lot of cheap tools such as sanding disks. Buy the right bit for the right application. You do not need many different bits. Cheap bits wear out immidiately and are a waste of money. You do not have to buy Proxxon bits - you can use any bits with fits the collier sizes and works with the rotation speed but Proxxon bits are reasonably priced and are of very high precision and quality.
Lessons learned after 2 1/2 years use:
The Proxxon is still very much alive and running. As other reviewers noted, it can get hot. This happens when you run it for a long time without a break, eg sharpening a lawn mower blade for 20 minutes straight, or drilling into oak for a long period of time with a 4mm drill. The trick is avoiding putting too much pressure onto the tool. When you set the tool to high RPM and the attachment slows down the motor still works as hard but does not get the fan cooling anymore. Often it works better when you drill holes more slowly or put on less pressure while grinding or brushing, or set the tool to lower RPM to start with.
The second thing I notice is, that the cooling slots are close where you would hold the Proxxon if you would hold it like a pen. If you wear cloves, you need to be particular careful not to cover the cooling slots for a long period of time. Give the tool a regular break and let it run free for a few seconds to help cool the motor.
Some reviewers said that the Proxxon vibrates and makes a lot of noise. I can assure you that it does neither. It runs so quiet that I usually hold it like a pen. There are various people on the Web which use it as a spindle to run homebrewed CNC machines. There is absolutely no wobbling of the attachment, precise to the fraction of a tens of a milimeter. There is very little vibration and the tool is so noise quiet that another person in the same room may not notice you working with it. Vibration can also come from bad attachments. If you experience such issues, request a warranty replacement.
Another thing one user said is that wheels fly off and grinders disintegrate. I never had a wheel detach because of the screw which holds it. However, those thin wheels do break and fly around. You absolutely need to wear safety classes. I found the attachments of quiet good quality. But if you use a little grinder pin which is for engraving or fine little repairs to sharpen a lawn mover blade, you should not be surprised that it wears off before you even can finish your job. Use the right attachment for the right job. Btw, you can use Dremel attachments but they are not any cheaper. I always order Proxxon attachments on Amazon. Attachments generally can add up and double easily your purchase price, independent of vendor. Those cheap attachment sets sold at home improvement stores mainly contain useless and cheap polishing and sanding disks. Carbide cutters are expensive.
Certainly, this tool is more expensive than Dremel's competing products, but it's almost unfair to compare this tool to anything Dremel makes. I have owned a lot of Dremel products, and I was considering purchasing the Dremel 4000 to use as a spindle for a homemade CNC PCB router. I had no previous experience with anything Proxxon makes, so it was a bit of a leap of faith. I'm more than happy I bought the Proxxon.
The Proxxon IB/E is 30% more expensive than the Dremel 4000, but you get about 200% more tool for your money. The tool is built with far better precision. The plastic parts of the body feel like a serious power tool, and the aluminum nose that supports the bearings makes the whole thing feel indestructible compared to other tools in its class.
You can run the Proxxon at its highest speed setting, and it's far quieter than the Dremel running at its lowest. A quieter tool isn't just beneficial to the operator's hearing. A quieter tool is also an indication of fewer wearing surfaces inside the tool (brushes, bearings, gears, etc). All Dremels I've used sound like they're actively trying to destroy themselves. The Proxxon sounds like other tools that are far more expensive.
From the perspective of a student of CNC machining, the Proxxon excels at my use as a milling spindle. Even if it wasn't a more precise tool (the most important aspect), the noise level and separate power switch puts this tool way ahead of the pack. The 20mm round mounting surface (used to attach the IB/E to any "Micromot" accessory), makes this tool far easier to integrate into a micro-sized milling machine than its competitors.
A lot of tool manufacturers are in a free-fall of decreasing quality right now (largely a result of dramatic cost-cutting and outsourcing of their facilities). The Proxxon tools will not disappoint you like most of the established brand names will.