The Dremel 200 is an electric rotary tool designed for light tasks. This compact tool is suitable for carving, routing, small DIY projects, arts and crafts. While the Dremel 200 is light, it’s still a versatile tool provided it’s handled the correct way.
General Steps for Preparing a Dremel Rotary Tool
- Wear safety gear: Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles. Keep your work environment clean.
- Insert the required bit: Choose the right bit and insert it at the end of the tool. Fasten the bit doesn’t move around.
To take out a bit, press the shaft lock button down and rotate the collet.
- If you’re new to Dremel tools, make sure the device is off when you practice inserting and removing bits.
- The bit changing system may vary with other Dremel tools.
- Ensure your Dremel is turned off before plugging it in: Once the right bit is in place, turn the Dremel on to the lowest setting. Adjust the speed as needed for the project you’re on.
- Clean the Dremel after every use: When you’re done, turn the Dremel off and remove the bit. Wipe the tool with a clean cloth.
How to Cut with a Dremel Rotary Tool
- Insert the cutting bit or attachment. The cutting bit is best suited for small cuts, not lengthy curves.
- Fasten the object. Use clamps or vise to secure it. Do not use your hands.
- Select the speed and start cutting. Refer to your owner’s manual for the right speed for the bit and material you’re cutting. Some tips:
- Make several passes if you’re cutting thick materials.
- Your speed is too fast if there’s discoloration or smoke.
- If the motor slows or drops, you’re applying too much pressure. Reduce the pressure and speed.
- If you’re cutting plastic use a flat saw blade or other bits proven to cut plastic.
- Draw cut outlines on the material you’re cutting as it may help with the cutting process.
- If you’re cutting metal be certain that it’s fixed securely.
- It’s normal to see sparks fly when you cut metal with a Dremel.
How to Polish, Sand and Grind with a Dremel 200
- To grind with your Dremel, secure grinding stones on the shaft or mandrel.
- Slide the stone in front of the Dremel and make sure it’s tight.
- Turn the rotary tool on.
- Choose a low setting and start grinding.
- Hold the stone against whatever you’re cutting. Increase the setting if you’re not getting the desired results.
- Carbide bits are the most effective for ceramic, porcelain and metal. Triangular and cylindrical bits are ideal for round grinds.
- Use a flat disc shape for interior corner grinding and notch grinding.
- Aside from grinding stones you can use abrasive wheels or chainsaw sharpening stones.
Sanding, Polishing and Sharpening:
- Choose a sandpaper bit. Secure it on the rotary tool.
- Secure the screw along the sandpaper bit end.
- Turn your Dremel tool on.
- Choose a low – or the lowest – setting if you’re polishing wood or plastic.
- Choose a high setting if you’re polishing metal.
- Secure the material and set the Dremel bit across the material. This ensures the sandpaper bit and material makes full contact.
- Ensure the sanding bits are in good condition, otherwise, it’s going to leave marks on the material. The bit needs to fit the Dremel.
- You can also use shaping wheels, flap wheels, sanding discs and sanding bands to add detail.
- If you’re working on a large project, commence with coarse bits before proceeding to other bits. The course to soft bits approach makes it easy to go over large areas. Do not start with soft bits as it’ll take longer.
How to Polish Plastics and Metals
The process is similar to using other Dremel bits:
- Insert a polishing felt tip or wheel on your Dremel.
- Apply a polishing compound over the object you want to polish.
- Start at low speed and work your way up only if necessary.
- You don’t need to use a compound to polish, but it does make the finished object look shiny.
- Always use the appropriate polishing brushes, felt polishing wheels, rubber polishing points and similar bits.
Tips and Warnings
- Dremel tools are compatible with other Dremel bits and accessories. This compatibility level allows you to extend your tool’s functionality.
- Practice before doing any actual work.
- Always wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Wear ear plugs if you’re using the Dremel at high settings.
- Don’t use Dremel bits for stuff it’s not intended for.
The information above is a general guide for Dremel rotary tools. Please read your owner’s manual for other details.
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