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About the Issue
This month, the Dremel brand is encouraging you to get outside, whether you’re working in your yard, relaxing with a game of golf or jumping in a plane, train or car to vacation.

Table of Contents 1   Feature Story
Working on the Railroad with Dremel Tools
  Table of Contents 4   Featured Project
Cleaning Golf Clubs
Table of Contents 2 What’s New at Dremel
A679–02 Sharpener Attachment Kit
Table of Contents 5 Giveaways/Promotions
A679–02 Sharpening Attachment Kit Giveaway
Table of Contents 3  Getting to Know Your Tools
Scraping with the Dremel Multi–Max

Feature Story
Working on the Railroad with Dremel Tools

Railroad with Dremel Jerry Hyde, owner of Hyde–Out Mountain Live Steam, has been making noise in the small, rural town of Jewett, Ohio, with his large locomotive models – complete with authentic steam whistles and diesel engines – and the Dremel brand for years.

Hyde first fell in love with steam trains as a child and as he grew, so did his affection for model trains. He began creating his own models in 1985 and has never looked back. To date, he has created 37 large scale model trains that he sells both privately and through another distributor for an average price of $3,000 to $5,000 each. What makes Hyde’s trains unique is not their size, though they are some of the largest models built for exhibition today measuring 30 inches long, 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Instead, what makes his trains so different is that they run on actual diesel fuel — just like the ones commuters take to work.

Building his locomotives in batches, Hyde starts with anywhere from 12 to 24 large scale, electric train models and begins to convert them. He then builds mini–diesel engine systems separately and modifies the existing model to accommodate the new engine. The end result is a steam locomotive that operates like a real train.

The modification process isn’t easy and takes a great deal of time. Hyde has been using Dremel products from the very beginning to make the modification process possible. He knew he needed a rotary tool to do all the cutting (sometimes at very odd angles) and believed Dremel tools were the best available for reshaping an existing structure. Hyde uses a variety of cutting bits for applications such as cutting parts off of the original engine floor to make room for the diesel drive system.

Twenty–five years later, Hyde still uses Dremel tools for every train he builds. “I always buy the best of any kind of tool made,” said Hyde. “It is well known that when it comes to the rotary category, Dremel is the best and in order to make the best possible products for customers, I have to stick with Dremel.”

Hyde’s next big project involves installing complete and fully functioning radio controls in each train. He promises Dremel will be there for every ride down the tracks. For more information, visit Hyde’s website.


What’s New at Dremel
A679–02 Sharpener Attachment Kit

Sharpener Attachment The Dremel brand is debuting a new sharpening attachment kit this month, just in time for summer yard work. The A679–02 Sharpener Attachment Kit retails for a suggested retail price of $14.99 at home improvement and hardware centers nationwide and includes three attachments:
  • A lawn mower guide that provides an optimal angle for sharpening lawn mower blades. For the first time, it can also be used to sharpen mulch blades – the No. 1 requested upgrade to the previous lawn mower guide
  • A garden tool guide that helps restore edges on tools such as shears, hoes and shovels
  • A chainsaw sharpener that enables users to easily sharpen dull, slow-cutting chain saw blades


Getting to Know Your Tools
Scraping with the Dremel Multi–Max

Scraper Blades One of the most unique applications of the Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool system – and one that sets it apart from the rotary category – is its ability to power scrape. Dremel currently offers two different scraper blades to make tedious jobs such as removing old window caulk or prying up old laminate flooring, quick and simple:
  • MM610 Flexible Scraper Blade: Use the flexible scraper in hard–to–reach areas and to remove soft materials, such as caulk. Tips for use:
    • Make sure the blade is flexed during the scraping process. We recommend a 30– to 45–degree pitch
    • Make sure the screw head of the Multi-Max tool does not make contact with the surface being scraped. If you are removing caulk from a delicate surface such as a bath tub or wall tile, we recommend taping or protecting the surface that the blade will rest on and screw could bump
  • MM600 Rigid Scraper Blade: Use the rigid blade for large area removal for harder materials such as vinyl flooring, bonded carpeting and tile adhesives. It’s also helpful for scraping off old coats of paint, varnish or adhesives. Tips for use:
    • When removing strong, tacky adhesives, grease the scraper blade with petroleum jelly or silicone grease to reduce gumming up
    • Carpet and vinyl flooring can remove more easily if you score it first so the scraper blade can move underneath the flooring material
Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437–3635 Monday through Friday between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CT, or send us an e–mail.


Featured Project
Cleaning Golf Clubs

Clean Golf Clubs A clean set of golf clubs is par for a great game of golf. Use your favorite rotary tool at home, or invest in the 760–04 Cordless Golf Cleaning Kit to carry with you for on–the–course cleaning.

First, set your rotary tool to 15,000 rpm. Using the 535 Brass Brush, work the tool over the face of the golf club using the edge of the brush to get into crevices. To clean larger, flatter surfaces, switch to a 512E Abrasive Brush with either the 402 Mandrel or EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel.

Remember to not force the tool and let the brush do the cleaning for best results and a longer brush life. View a video demonstration.


A679–02 Sharpening Attachment Kit Giveaway

Are your yard tools in need of some TLC? If your kids’ plastic beach shovel is performing as well as your metal shovel, tell us – what tool in your garage needs sharpening? Send us your one–sentence answer along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of an e–mail and “Sharpening” in the subject line. We’ll pick five responses at random to win a new A679–02 Sharpening Attachment Kit and announce the winners next month.

Dremel Glass Drilling Bits Winners
Thanks to everyone who submitted their creative glass drilling ideas following the last issue, and congratulations to five lucky winners who received a set of Dremel Glass Drilling Bits for their feedback: Frank Crowe, Indianapolis, IN; Daniel Ruiz, Huston, TX; Tisha Glacken, Dittmer, MO; Bill Palmer, Shorewood, IL; and Mike Wilkins, Long Beach, CA.

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