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Hand vs. Electric Tools
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 07:04 PM UTC
I was thinking the other day about what tools I use - a hand file vs. a dremel bit, a peice of sandpaper vs an electric sander, a razor saw vs. an electric microsaw.
I find myself using more hand tools than electric tools. I like the control and precision I can get with the hand tools. I have a dremel, an electric micro saw, and sander so it doesn't come from availability.

So what is your preference - hand tools vs. electric?

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Aarhus, Denmark
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 07:13 PM UTC
Handtools, they are generally smaller, a lot cheeper and donīt carry the same risk of injuries ...

Most of my modeling tools fit in a rather small box, so i can bring it along on holidays, weekends etc... so space do matter.

And, most of the stuff I modify is quite small, so I too like the better control and feel of handtools

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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 07:38 PM UTC
If I can do it with more power, that's the way to go. Aaarrrgggg. Tim "the ToolMan" Taylor build models. I do use hand tools when I need to a light touch. Nothing like seeing some one building a model with a 12v cordless drill in his hands. :-)
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Wales, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 08:16 PM UTC
'Less power!' - no, that can't be right

Definitely prefer hand tools over the alternatives. I don't drill that many holes in one go that using power drill would be worth it. And you'll never take away my sanding sticks and sheets of wet or dry...

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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 08:32 PM UTC
I use a Dremel for heavy duty cleaning on metal figures, such as in llocator holes where there is excess material. I also keep a black & Decker cordless drill to make hole in bases (to accept Celluclay better) and to drill holes to accept brass rod to pin a figure to a base or to hve a better hnadle to paint a head. Everything else is human powered.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 09:32 PM UTC
Depends on what I'm doing, if I have a lot of material to remove, I'll dig out the old 5inch disc sander/belt sander combo, hook up the 1gal shop vac, and use that. During my vacuform aircraft days, I used a detail sander for sanding the parts, worked fine, and sure cut down time needed to sand the parts, just needed to learn to use light pressure. I also use a Dremel with hand piece if needed. For finer details and finishing, the old standards of needle files, razor saws, and wet and dry still work for me.
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 07:14 AM UTC
It depends on the anount of stock to be removed, Time and Accuracy required.... if I have a dremel w/ the flexishaft... so (And a milling maching at my disposal) but i do use hand files alot some are even "noramal" sized ones....
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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006 - 04:20 AM UTC
If you are speaking strictly of models then I prefer hand tools. Howeer if you expand into dios and bases then I cannot live without my tablesaw, miter saw and palmsander