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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:07 pm 
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The one power tool I have just about totally destroyed is my Dremel, first it was brushes, then bearings and now the speed controller is shot. Parts are available, but they are a bit pricey, may as well save and get a new one.

And there you touch on why society, these days, is more consumerist and "throw away". Because even for those so inclined to repair and re-use, it can be expensive to try and do so. Apart from doing things like that for interest or education, it's just become uneconomic, as the price for consumer goods is driven down, due to the ever increasing opportuinties to buy new.


Being fair to the trade, they carry so many power tools now that carrying a full range of spares would be a logistical nightmare.

I remember the days when we would drive over to the farm stores on the tractor and they would have a cure all for all ills, fetched from round the back by a pipe smoking chap with a winning smile and a pencil behind his ear.

This kind of store is still found in parts of Eastern Europe, Asia and other places they still know how to fix things.

Mind you, getting a part over the net is easy and often less costly than visiting several stores seeking.

The speed controller in a Dremel would likely be a simple fix, you should be able to source parts easily. Once you have it open you may find it just needs a clean.


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So this isnt a thread about some laminate flooring with a flick-knife?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:22 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
So this isnt a thread about some laminate flooring with a flick-knife?


Why flick-knife?.I'd have thought something a bit on the extreme side.Chainsaw maybe :?



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:32 pm 
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highlandsflyer wrote:
Neil wrote:
silverclaws wrote:
The one power tool I have just about totally destroyed is my Dremel, first it was brushes, then bearings and now the speed controller is shot. Parts are available, but they are a bit pricey, may as well save and get a new one.

And there you touch on why society, these days, is more consumerist and "throw away". Because even for those so inclined to repair and re-use, it can be expensive to try and do so. Apart from doing things like that for interest or education, it's just become uneconomic, as the price for consumer goods is driven down, due to the ever increasing opportuinties to buy new.


Being fair to the trade, they carry so many power tools now that carrying a full range of spares would be a logistical nightmare.

I remember the days when we would drive over to the farm stores on the tractor and they would have a cure all for all ills, fetched from round the back by a pipe smoking chap with a winning smile and a pencil behind his ear.

This kind of store is still found in parts of Eastern Europe, Asia and other places they still know how to fix things.

Mind you, getting a part over the net is easy and often less costly than visiting several stores seeking.

The speed controller in a Dremel would likely be a simple fix, you should be able to source parts easily. Once you have it open you may find it just needs a clean.


Nah. it's gone past the stage of just needing a clean, the copper tracks that the slide switch/speed control run on are worn through, as this machine has been apart a fair few times. My only option to avoid replacement of the machine and buying a new switch, is to bypass the speed controller and if I want speed control which is likely, it will have to be an external control, I do have quite a collection of switches and speed controllers from various machines I have stripped over the last few years.

But parts for machines if they are available which they most often are, they can all be got, as most power tool repair outfits buy in as required from other businesses that specialise in parts and consumables. Failing that, direct to the manufacturer, a couple of days and the required parts are on the work bench. However power tool sales and repair often carry a small quantity of commonly asked for parts, carbon brushes being a particular favourite as these get sold at a good mark up, often 200 %, they are that cheap bought in quantity at the discounts the supplier is awarded.

Other than that most power tool parts factors will carry or source parts for machines ten years beyond obsolescence but when factors or customer suppliers say parts aren't available, often it is the case that minimum orders have to be satisfied and low demand or once in a blue moon items tend to go that way unless the customer is prepared to pay extra to satisfy the minimum order penalty.


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