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    I've been looking at buying the dremel flex shaft Dremel flex shaft but I wondered if I needed anything else? In the listing on Amazon they show buying it with the multipro keyless chuck. Is this something I would need in order to use it??? I could see this as a real help with sanding small hard to reach spots. Any thoughts on this??? Thanks so much!!!
    Cathy in NE

    "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Anonymous

  • #2
    Cathy, I am not familiar with the Dremel flex shaft, but, I have a Dremel "Stylus" rotary tool. It is a pistol grip rotary tool with variable speeds. That's what I use for small sanding or grinding. I do have a flex shaft on my Roto-zip, rotary tool, but, that is very high speed, and it has a wrench to tighten each bit that is used. You would not want to use it on very small items. I'm sure someone has one & will give you some good advice on that item. Good Luck
    PERK

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    • #3
      Cathy,

      I LOVE the Flex Shaft!!! The Keyless chuck makes it easy to change the sanding drums or whatever you need. You won't regret buying the flex shaft and will wonder why you didn't get one before now!

      Nancy in AZ
      A clean house is a sign of a broken scroll saw!

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      • #4
        I also have the Dremel 400 hanging from the rafters with a flex shaft and keyless chuck.
        I have mine connected to a foot switch to keep my hands free. The keyless chucks eliminates the collets when you go to different shank size bits.
        I call it my poorboy Fordham.
        Rolf
        RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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        • #5
          I'm always amazed at how many use the Dremel tool and flex shaft. I've never been able to wrestle the durned thing into submission. Both are collecting dust. I guess I'll have to do more practicing with them. I've sure created a pile of designer firewood trying.

          Jan

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          • #6
            Jan it takes a gentle touch.
            Rolf
            RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
            Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
            Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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            • #7
              I have a flex shaft also, and have used it extensively. It is wearing out though, the wire inside that does the actual spinning shifts in the wire and disenguages from the dremel. Probably just need to work on it some.
              Mark Abbett
              DW788

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              • #8
                You don't shall we say NEED the keyless chuck but boy is it sweeeeet to have. Go for it Cathy.
                Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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                • #9
                  Oh, by the way, I forgot to add that I, too, have my Dremel connected to a foot switch. It's ready to go all the time, just have to pick up the flex shaft and step on the pedal.

                  Nancy in AZ
                  A clean house is a sign of a broken scroll saw!

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                  • #10
                    Do any of you know if this will work with the Dremel Multimax. I can't seem to find the answer on-line. Thanks.
                    Mark
                    Proud new owner of an EX-21

                    WWW.MGMWOODWORKS.COM

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                    • #11
                      Cathy, I have a flex shaft rotary tool, but it's not the dremel. Mine is a Weecher (sp?). I got this one because it's thinner than most and I can hold it like a pencil with my stubby fingers. The other cool thing was it has a carving attachment - kind of like a mini jack hammer. I love having the flex shaft - much more control.
                      Janette
                      www.square-designs.com

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                      • #12
                        Mark

                        I may be wrong but I do not think the flex shaft would work on the Multimax, the reason I say this is because the flex shaft is for a rotary tool (spinning) and the Multimax is an oscillating tool.
                        Tim

                        In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

                        I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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                        • #13
                          I use my Dremel and flex shaft daily. One thing I recommend is keeping lubed.
                          I use "Speed Grease" a water resistant grease for the flexible prop shafts on my RC boats. Any quality non graphite would do. Take the shaft out of the housing, put a gob in the palm of your hand and pull the shaft through it while spinning and flexing a few times and wipe off all excess grease. It does flex but keep it as straight as possible while using it. I'll ease the motor drag and extend the life. Don't over do you don't want it leaking through the housing
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by evilbadger View Post
                            Mark

                            I may be wrong but I do not think the flex shaft would work on the Multimax, the reason I say this is because the flex shaft is for a rotary tool (spinning) and the Multimax is an oscillating tool.
                            With a little tinkering I've made them with motor cycle speedo cable
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                            • #15
                              Rob

                              String trimmers also make pretty good ones. I converted an electric blender to a gas powered blender for making frozen beverages so I had the cable left over from the conversion.
                              Tim

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