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  • DiLeon
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    A lot of people been asking ....most micro motors come from the same place and they let people put whatever name they want on it to sell it. If you look at them, they are the very same item that often can cost up to 4 times more.....always do research. I have one of these cheap motors looks just like the one I paid 300 for and I am not happy I lost that money.

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  • Gypsy31
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    By chance and surfing the internet, I discovered 'AliXpress' a South Korean
    vendor of Micro Motors, I ordered two hand pieces from them for $60.00,they
    arrived seven days after I placed my order. Both are identical to the one that I
    purchased from a US Vendor at the cost of $200.00. The units arrived ten days
    after my purchase I am not affiliated with this with company at all, just passing
    down a money saving vendor!
    Oscar

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  • stevens
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    I don't usually opt for micromotors very much either, but I tried the Kelvin brand and they gave me very good results.
    I'll check your options, too.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by stevens; 05-18-2018, 03:59 AM. Reason: more information about Kelvin

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  • Gypsy31
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    P.S. Check out Alibaba, South Korean Micro Mothers, these prices will really stun you.
    Oscar

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  • Gypsy31
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    I just completed my Micro Motor research and discovered what, companies
    manufactures Micro Motors that are originally manufactured for Dental Supply
    Companies and are still doing so for Countries that can't afford to purchase the
    'Modern Day Dental Pneumatic' dental drills. All Micro Motors are manufactured
    in South Korea. Check out South Korean Dental Supplies Companies. The one
    that really caught my attention was; Fuzhow Li, Electronic Tech! They Privately
    manufacture Micro Motors for all Carving Suppliers sold in the USA! I almost fell
    off my chair when I discovered their prices and my research stopped there! I'm still
    'stunned' by their prices! That's when my research stopped as I have one to many
    micro motors of my own.
    Oscar

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  • Donsexton
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    The thing about power carving is mostly the "bits & burrs" that actually do the work. I think you will be fine with most any brand of motor and all the one mentioned here are fine. Make sure to post pictures of your work we love that.

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  • jjmg
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    Lynxlady, I searched for them also and found that they are permanently closed.

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  • Lynxlady
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    I tried finding Canyon State Dental Supplies, but no luck searching online. Does anybody know if they are still in business?

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  • Gypsy31
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    I would highly recommend you check out 'Canyon State Dental Supplies,although this is a dental supplier,
    they sell micro motors made by the same company that manufactures Foredom Micro Motors but go by
    the name of Marathon. I purchased on of these units over seven years ago and it is still going strong,
    this company is great to deal with. BIG PLUS, their prices are much less expensive and no I don't
    work for them, I just can't afford to pay high prices when I can get the same thing for less.
    Oscar

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  • Donna_T
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    I use the Foredom with a flex shaft for heavy work of roughing out carvings. I use the ram for detailing And cleanup work. Both are great for what they do. I like having a foot pedal for the Foredom, but not the Ram.
    Donna_T
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  • aaronc
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    I've got the foredom,...it's a champ.

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  • DiLeon
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    I am not a fan of micro motors, as they are what I call a light weight machine and easy to break. Like Mike said,,,,, great for finish work of details but not for large works. Great for beginning but not for long term work in my opinion. A lot of 2 by 10 foot work? will not be able to handle the work load, and you will have to invest into a air compressor engraver which is big money investment. An engraver will do lots of work and at a professional level, a flex shaft can not do this kind of fine line work although it is good to have a flex shaft also.......The worst thing about power equipment each tool has its can dos and can not dos....and not one of those it can do all things. Each tool is specialized for different kinds of work. I have two Ram micro motors and a few Chinese ones, I also have the air compressor engravers which can engrave and four flex shafts and when I am doing engraved work, I use all three. But just beginning I would start with a cheap micro motor and see if I like the work before any kind of investment is made. And noted I would not cry when the sucker breaks. I have lost lots of money thinking I would use one tool for all things....just did not happen. Just one person opinion.

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  • mpounders
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    I have a Ram 45 that I use primarily for finishing work and finer details. I like the hand piece and the ease of changing bits, but I find it too delicate for bigger work. It is great for what I use it for, but larger pieces and larger bits are used in one of my hanging flex-shaft tools. The flex-shafts have plenty of power and durability but you have to work around the constraints of the shaft. The Ram is more my finishing tool, after I have used the bigger tools to do most of the work. Hope this helps!

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  • dogcatcher
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    Found it. https://8b4dcd02a778-002780.vbulleti...ex-shaft-tools

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  • dogcatcher
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    I have the Wecheer brand of the micro motor. https://www.amazon.com/WeCheer-High-.../dp/B0039ZGL92 They also make the big units like Foredom does. I don't use it enough to say if it will hold up to daily use. I know I cannot hog out wood like I do with the big Wecheer https://www.amazon.com/Wecheer-Flexi...ywords=Wecheer


    About a year or so ago someone did a review of 3 models of the hanging down power head units. The off the wall brands. You might search that and see if you can find his recommendations.

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