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Who uses flex shaft grinders, Dremels or other power rotary tools for carving? I haven't tried it yet, but am strongly considering it and wonder what tools and burrs you favor.
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I have used one for many years. They are very good for shaping and detail clean up. I have a Foredom. I went though a number of dremal tools they just did not hold up.
What are the "must have" bits and burrs?
Randy, thanks for your detailed post. That took a lot of effort. I have been studying this for awhile and finally decided to order a Grizzly flex shaft grinder and a variety of double and single cut carbide burrs with 1/8" and 3mm shafts. The Grizzly motor will turn 15000rpm and comes with a hand piece that has a 5/32" chuck. I would eventually like to order the Foredom 44T hand piece too which comes with 1/8" and 1/4" collets and has an optional 3mm collet available. I have also been admiring the Saburrtooth burrs. Maybe Santa will remember me this year.

Thanks for all this great info! I purchased a Dremel with a flex attachment and I never got it to work well for me. I've been thinking about this subject for well over a year, but didn't want to fork out the cash unless I was confident the purchase would be smart.

I'll move ahead soon. Like Rodnogdog, maybe a birthday or Christmas purchase.

Then, on to learning more about woodburning.
The Grizzly flex shaft unit is very economically priced and has mostly good reviews and a 1 year warranty. You can by 3 or 4 of them for the price of a Foredom. Check them out here: http://www.grizzly.com/products/Flex-Shaft-Grinder/G9928 It's the unit I just ordered - it will be here tomorrow! I am looking forward to playing with it.
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Got my new toy today - don't have a clue what I'm doing with it yet but I can tell you can screw up a bunch of wood in a hurry with it.
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