Dremel Drill Press


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blaisenguns
January 21, 2013, 12:25 PM
I just bought a new Dremel with the drill press kit for it. I wanted to know if anyone has used this tool to drill into steel. For instance can this drill into a receiver to mount a scope? I have reservations because this device is low torque.

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rcmodel
January 21, 2013, 12:40 PM
No it can't drill rifle receivers.

It is intended only for light duty craft work and modeling.

rc

ApacheCoTodd
January 21, 2013, 12:53 PM
My wife has one. Not a chance!

Her best uses for it seem to be in the stabilizing of the tool in the vertical and moving stock into it for fine polishing or grinding almost more like a mill than drill press.

Drail
January 21, 2013, 01:38 PM
It works fine for plastics and wood but not in hard steel. The motor makes a lot of RPMs but almost zero torque. On steel it will sand and grind (slowly) all day but will stop if you put a load on it. If you plan to work on hard steel just buy a cheap drill press and invest in some carbide bits.

GT1
January 21, 2013, 02:16 PM
I bought one of those once thinking I would do some light duty work, until I got home and put some square stock up to it and seen it wasn't close to vertical. Took it back and tried another, it was worse.
Love dremel tools, but not the drill press fixture.

Jim K
January 21, 2013, 02:48 PM
Those are really intended to hold the tool and free up the hands to hold the work. And they were never intended to replace a heavy drill press for work in hard steel. Even light drill presses are not sturdy and precise enough for such work.

Jim

Zeke/PA
January 21, 2013, 02:52 PM
For drilling and tapping rifle receivers, a REALLY substanial Drill Press is a must.
Drilling and Tapping?
This is NOT a venue for the average guy and you MUST research the thing .
Worst case scenario?
You drill into an existing chamber, you somehow drill off center. OR you break a 6x48 tap in your work object.
I don't know your particular skills but in fact MOST guys don't have the drilling and tapping expertise and when this comes to realization, it's almost too late.
Respectfulluy, Zeke

Jim K
January 21, 2013, 08:47 PM
And unless you have a milling machine and are very good with it, you need a jig to keep the holes from looking like the footprints of a drunk in the snow.

I strongly suggest having a gunsmith do the D&T work.

Jim

gotzero
January 21, 2013, 08:51 PM
I have the Dremel housing you are referencing, I would not go near anything I cared about with it.

I find it very useful as a third hand to hold the Dremel for some tasks, but it is not nearly solid enough for any kind of precision work. A drill press would be the minimum, a mill would make you happier. I would not trust the (plastic) Dremel housing to hold the Dremel anywhere near the original target.

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