Foredom SR Flex Shaft
I have started to working at wax carving and decided I wanted a top rated rotary tool. I am taking a formal class and have done a lot of study on what professionals consider the best. I don't know if the Foredom brand is the "best" and I am sure there are detractors. But the inescapable fact is the Foredom is by far the most popular.
I have several Dremel tools and also several Proxxon tools. Now that I have used the Foredom (preliminary) I understand why it has such a large following. The rotating mass of the motor rotor makes a big difference in feel. The flex shaft is far more flexible than I imagined and is no issue. It is far better than several Dremel shafts I have used in the past.
The hand piece does get slightly warm with use (maybe because my bearings are new) it is a very far cry form the HOT I have experienced with every motor in the hand piece tool I have owned. My 300,000 rpm air tool handpiece is the only tool that runs cooler. (No motor, just a very small turbine.)
With all the available accessories, the Foredom can only get better as a good investment.
I fretted some on which motor to purchase. After all I was looking for the BEST. My struggle was between the SR and the more powerful TX version. The SR is the best selection as is the #30 handpiece to get started. It is more powerful than anything I have used in the past. If I need the HD versions like the TX it can be the next purchase.
So far I think this is a great setup. Only a separate jewelry bench could be better. (A more permanent setup.)