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  • Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

    Hi All,

    I am in the market for a flex shaft carver and am considering the Fordom 5240 and the new Master Carver with a 1/2 h.p. motor.

    The last thread I could find was from 2005. Any one have information that is more recent?

    I know the Wood Carvers Supply handles both units but the thread I saw had comments that were not very positive. Any comments on this supplier?

    Thanks,
    Gary

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    Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

    Gary,

    I have the MasterCarver and love it. Foredom seems to be the resident darling on this message board, largely due to positive customer support reports. I have only read one negative report on the service from WoodCarversSupply, and I think that may have been largely a two communication issue. Thus far (about 6 months) the MasterCarver has done absolutely everything I've put it to with great finesse, and for considerably less $$. Absolutely no complaints here!

    L.P.

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    • #3
      Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

      I have two Foredoms, and like them very much. IMHO it is not the tool that makes the carver, but how it is used. Either machine can do good work. Go with your gut feel.

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      • #4
        Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

        I have a Master Carver half horse power and like it a lot. Pretty quiet too. With a chuck hand piece you dont need collets. I dont have one of the new Fordoms but if I was given one I would not turn it down.
        Bruce

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        • #5
          Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

          Hey Gary, I answered your e-mail this morning...I hope you received it, if not let me know and I'll resend it....it was a sound endorsement for Mastercarver!!! I've had mine, three units in all, two flexshaft units, one with foot control and one with dial control and the Mastercarver Combo unit, woodburner and microcarver in one unit....I LOVE them all and can't recommend them highly enough!!! Deborah

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          • #6
            Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

            Thanks for everyone's thoughts. It only makes my decision that much harder LOL.

            The review drom Callynne is compelling however. Having used them for as long as she has and the fact that she makes an income from here work I am opting for Mastercarver at this point.

            Stan, I really appreciate your comments on Foredom and may purcahse one as a second unit if they need arises.

            Thanks again for everyone's imput. I just love this forum.

            Gary

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            • #7
              Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

              Sorry for the typo's.. Need to do more reviewing.

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              • #8
                Does anyone know where I can find replacement parts for the micro pro hand piece?

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                • #9
                  Hi Penny , You might try Treeline , The Woodcraft Specialist . Phone # 1 800 598 2743 . Very nice People . Merle

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                  • #10
                    If you go with either of these, I recommend getting several replacement cables. There is a learning curve, and you will break a couple of cables(flexshafts) starting out. I have a MasterCarver, have been using it for 3 years, and it is great. I have it hanging from an IV pole and use the foot control and sometimes the Table top control. Both are great. I have switched to the Foredom handpiece(I have 2) and 1 MasterCaver handpiece. All handpieces have been rebuilt - I get my bearings on Ebay (10 for the price of 1 from the dealer). The Foredom handpiece has less vibration. Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      I use Foredom only mainly because most often customer service with Black Stone Industries is a lot better. I have three hanging from the ceiling and today they are only used more often than not for just sanding. I do not want to argue with the customer service people, you help me and act nice, more often then not I will keep buying your product that is if you are fair to customers. With a flex shaft units is like the micro carvers picky little suckers and break easily, at cost maintenance level... I have gone either to professional power tools carpenters use that last or rotary unit that can be trash can when broken without stealing my money for this throw-away world. Micro tools the cheaper dental ones are the ones I purchase...just as good as the carving ones if not better. If the Foredom breaks I would buy another one....but finding after all these years they are not my go-to tools but only used as special hard to get areas. As time passes I can carve just as fast with a chisel as I can a power tool, in most cases. Plus the chisels do not break down. Although today I get all these power tools from masters craftsmen for free.... who thought they would be a great idea like me, but then put them on the sideline and gave them away. I have yet to see an awesome power carving tool that lasts comparing that to pro carpenter tools. Flex shafts although are awesome for basswood carving, and I do know a lot of people who work basswood have flex shafts. I use tropical exotics hardwoods of all kinds.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Inadv View Post
                        Re: Foredom vs Master Carver flex shaft machines

                        Gary,

                        I have the MasterCarver and love it. Foredom seems to be the resident darling on this message board, largely due to positive customer support reports. I have only read one negative report on the service from WoodCarversSupply, and I think that may have been largely a two communication issue. Thus far (about 6 months) the MasterCarver has done absolutely everything I've put it to with great finesse, and for considerably less $$. Absolutely no complaints here!

                        L.P.
                        Wood Carvers Supply has done many of us wrong, use caution!!

                        ( Just my HONEST opinion)

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