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July is the perfect time of year to take Dremel® tools outside, so this month we’re sharing ideas and tips for summer projects you can tackle in your backyard or garage. Look for our monthly giveaway, as well as a special summer discount on Dremel gear exclusively for eNewsletter readers.

Visit Dremel.com for project ideas, expert advice, product information and to engage in the Dremel Message Board. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Message Board Enthusiast Shares Advice for All Ages

Video Dick Poirier of Hermitage, Tenn., retired from the insurance industry nearly ten years ago, and since then he has become one of the most active participants on the Dremel Message Board. In his free time, Poirier has picked up a number of hobbies, all involving his Dremel tools, and found that he enjoys working on crafts, home improvement projects and helping his grandkids build their pinewood derby cars.

“I joined the message board several years ago because there were users that posted good ideas and had answers to a lot of my questions when I was just starting,” said Poirier. “Now that I have more experience, I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with other Dremel users.”

Poirier has become a mini-authority on Dremel through years of practice. Whether using his Dremel tools to polish out dings from cars, sharpen shears or rehab an old park bench, Poirier knows how to do it all.

He particularly likes working on projects that he sells at his church’s craft sale. Poirier has become a skilled wood carver, making unique items such as football shoe-shaped pencil holders and bird feeders with golf clubs for the perch. He also puts his Dremel tools to use for projects around the house. For example, Poirier recently completed a quilt rack for his wife.

But some of Poirier’s favorite projects are those he works on with his grandkids. Their most recent task was to fix up an old wheelbarrow for a father’s day present. Before letting the kids loose on the project, Poirier used his Dremel rotary tool to cut several rusty nuts and bolts from the wheelbarrow. He also helps his grandkids build pinewood derby cars every year and always uses a Dremel rotary tool.

“My grandkids now ask me what Dremel tool we can use for any project we’re working on,” said Poirier.

Poirier values the versatility of Dremel tools. “I know they will get the job done,” he said. “I always have an easy time finding the accessories I need for the project at hand, and if I ever need advice, I know just where to turn!”

Join Poirier (username: sandy) on the Dremel Message Board by signing up here.

Featured Product – Dremel Cordless Golf Cleaning Kit

Keeping golf clubs clean not only enhances ball control and accuracy, it is essential to improving a player’s golf game. The Dremel Cordless Golf Cleaning Kit allows players to quickly and easily clean clubs anywhere, anytime. Use it to clean club faces, grooves and golf shoe soft spikes.

The kit’s rotary tool runs at two speeds – 7,000rpm and 14,000rpm – to match the proper speed required. It runs on AA alkaline batteries, eliminating the need for a battery charger. A 535 Brass Brush is included for use on stainless steel club heads, and a 403 Nylon Bristle Brush is included for use on graphite clubs, wood clubs and soles of shoes and bags. The kit comes complete with a Dremel carry bag that conveniently attaches to golf bags so players can take the kit with them on the golf course for immediate cleaning needs.

The Dremel Cordless Golf Cleaning Kit is available at hardware and home improvement centers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $36.
Expert Advice – Working with Metal

Metal is a versatile material that can manipulated in many ways using Dremel rotary tools and accessories, such as by carving, engraving, cutting, grinding, sanding or polishing. But the wide variety of metals available means it is important for Dremel users to choose the right accessories to produce their desired results.

For the most part, we classify metal as either non-ferrous (without iron) or ferrous (with iron). For non-ferrous metals, we recommend using high-speed cutters, engraving cutters, aluminum oxide grinding stones and sanding drums to engrave, grind and sand the metal. Keep in mind that non-ferrous metals can cause buildup of material on grinding stones and sanding drums faster than ferrous metals. To restore the accessory, use either a 415 Dressing Stone or stiff brush to remove the buildup. Ferrous metals will require a tougher accessory to grind, shape or engrave. We recommend silicon carbide grinding stones, aluminum oxide grinding stones or tungsten carbide cutters.

Dremel also has a wide range of cut-off wheels for cutting metal that can be secured to rotary tools in two different ways. The first option is by using a mandrel with a small screw in the end. The second option is the EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel, which facilitates faster accessory changes. No matter what option you choose, use a high speed with light pressure. If the tool runs too slow, it will not cut properly, and if too much pressure is used, it will only wear the wheel down more quickly. Wheels also come in varying levels of thickness and material makeup. Use thicker wheels reinforced with fiberglass, such as the 456 or EZ456, for cutting more ferrous metals, and use thinner wheels, such as the 409 or EZ409, for non-ferrous metals.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e-mail or 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

Dremel News

DremelGear.com Helps Dremel Fans Show Their Pride

DremelGear.com is a Web site geared toward the most devoted Dremel fans who just can’t get enough of the Dremel brand. This site sells apparel, such as t-shirts, and various other merchandise items, such as pens and aprons, that are branded with the Dremel logo, but the options for customized orders are limitless. If you can put a logo on it, DremelGear.com will make it for you.

“Sporting logos is a valuable form of expression,” said Andrea Morgan, an account manager for the company. “While people might tuck away a piece of paper, a branded piece of clothing is visible to everyone.”

Of course t-shirts are a popular item, but laptop bags and fleece jackets are a few of the company’s other best sellers. Now through August 10, eNewsletter readers will receive 20 percent off of all Dremel-branded orders by entering the promotional code “DREMEL” during checkout. Visit www.dremelgear.com to start shopping or place a custom order.

Dremel Rotary Tool Attachment Survey
If you own a Dremel rotary tool attachment or are just interested – take this survey for a chance to win a Dremel Multi-Max!

The Dremel brand wants to continually update and improve our rotary tool attachment to reflect our users’ wants and needs. So tell us what you think! Please visit this link to complete the survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. As a thank-you, we’ll enter the names of all respondents into a prize drawing. Seven winners, chosen at random, will win a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool System.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the five winners of the June eNewsletter giveaway. The winners, picked at random from all complete entries, each received a set of the brand’s new Detail Abrasive Brushes. The winners were Sasha Cannon, Reston, VA; Sam Bullard, Mount Vernon, WA; Carl Klamut, East Patchogue, NY; Bill Day, Broken Arrow, OK; and Mordechai Rosner, Postville, IA.

Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!

Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.