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Mini-grinder Carving Tools

Post  RandiH on Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:43 pm

I'm considering adding a min-grinder to my tool collection and checking out similarities & differences between Arbortech's mini-grinder and King Arthur's Merlin (Proxxon.) While the Merlin looks to be a better fit for my hands, the smooth action of wood removal by Arbortech seems to be winning me over. I tried to locate comparisons - pros & cons - of the tools on the web but not having much luck.

For those of ya'll with experience with these tools I'm very interested in your thoughts.

Thanks,

Randi

New Kent
Va zone 7b

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Re: Mini-grinder Carving Tools

Post  Dale Cochoy on Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:48 pm

You are not really compairing apples to apples. The Proxon is a Dremel-like powered tool which is great for smaller jobs and shohin. The Arbortech mini-grinder has the power of a right-angle grinder behind it. Serious.
Kinda like compairing a Dremel to a Die Grinder.
BTW, You might want to look at the 'Samurai' attachment made especially for the mini-grinder

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Re: Mini-grinder Carving Tools

Post  gatesai on Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:58 pm

The Merlin is purpose built for a range of different carving. From large cutting (chainsaw) to smaller details. The dremel is certainly best for the tiniest details. Makita also makes a die grinder with attachements that is a close comparision to the Merlin.

Determine the type of work you want/need to do first. Then match to proper tool.

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Re: Mini-grinder Carving Tools

Post  Bruce Winter on Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:24 am

As per Dale's recommendation, the Samurai turns the Arbortech into a real charger, cutting through hard dead wood like butter. And yes, it's apples and oranges. 100 watts for the Proxxon and 710 for the Arbortech.

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mini grinder carving tools

Post  john5555leonard on Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:28 am

hi, i think you would be better buying a dremel and a makita die grinder because all the carving bits available will fit one of these units. including the samurai. check out kaizen bonsai. i,v had proxon and arbortec but never use now . regards john .

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Post  Guest on Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:53 am

I agree with John. I also have the Proxxon but don't use it very often at all. My main stay, are the Makita and Dremmel.

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Re: Mini-grinder Carving Tools

Post  Dale Cochoy on Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:27 pm

I agree with John also,( Except for the Kaizen part) BUT, that wasn't the question asked!! Very Happy

You just can't go wrong with a die grinder and a Dremel-type and a bunch of carvers to go with each.
If you start looking at Die Grinders I sell Both Makita and DeWalt and highly recommend the models with the 'Dead Man' switches. DeWalt and Makita each make one and the safety of them is preffered by me over the models with a simple sliding on/off switch.

I sell Everything mentioned here BTW.

Dale

P.S. I just realized....this must be Randi Sharp!!??

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