Reply To: Choice of rotary tools

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geodave
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Here are some links I have found on router options to use that other people might be interested in taking a look at. I am mostly going to cut wood to begin with, but eventually would like to be able to cut or drill 6061 T6 Aluminum in order to make a new build plate for my 3d printer.

http://reprap.org/wiki/Milling_and_Drilling_Head

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Spindle_Options

I like the idea of using the Dewalt DW660 ($52) which gives you a 1/4″ collet. It is single speed but can be used with a router speed control ($32 from Amazon, $20 from harbor Freight) with some success. It is a bit heavier (3.2lbs) than some of these other options. Is that too heavy for this design?
http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/DW660

How well do you think the Proxxon 28512 12-Volt Micromot 50 EF Rotary Tool would work with this design? It is $53 & you also have to buy the $30 power supply to run it.
http://www.amazon.com/Proxxon-28512-12-Volt-Micromot-Rotary/dp/B000S5KO3K

I already have one of these Mastergrip tools listed below, so I was thinking about trying this to start with since the only cost would be in designing a tool holder to fit it. This weighs 18.6oz.
http://www.amazon.com/Mastergrip-190pc-Rotary-Tool-Accessory/dp/B005HKMASS

Here is another inexpensive option that has a flex shaft for it. This is rated at 1amp, so it is probably about the same power rating as the Mastergrip I have.
http://www.amazon.com/WEN-2305-Rotary-Tool-Shaft/dp/B003BYRFH8/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1435618307&sr=1-1&keywords=wen+rotary+tool+kit+w+flexible+shaft

Speed Control options
http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9400-Standard-Router-Control/dp/B001JHQ3G8/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1435618666&sr=1-1&keywords=router+speed+control
http://www.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html