I've had many Foredom hammer hand pieces over the years. The first
one that I purchased lasted forever. When I bought a second-- for
traveling and teaching- the quality had plunged. Internal mechanics
were faulty and the flat, anvil tips were hardened but not tempered
correctly. By the time that I discovered this, two of these tips had
broken off leaving the threaded portions inside the nose piece.
I have long since purchased the Badeco. I have had no problems with
it. It is more adjustable than the Foredom and made of sterner
stuff. I would only recommend the heavy duty version.
While all of my hammer hps have the duplex spring, which breaks the
handpiece and takes the weight of the shaft away from the hand, I
wouldn't buy it this way again. My first one did not have the spring
and it actually was more pleasant to use. The spring is also the
weak link and does not like being bent in a "u" shape, which is often
hard to avoid. It also acts like an Epilady hair removal tool,
allowing arm hairs, head hairs and really long nose hairs to enter
the open spring and then, upon flexing, clamping down on these hairs
in the spring coils and yanking them out by the roots.
I've spoken to many other jewelers who also express their dislike of
The best price that I've found by far is Sassounian inc. 1 800 544
4419. I think that I actually found the name through Orchid years
ago. They are fine to deal with. I should say that I bought mine 4
years ago or so and I'm unsure of current pricing. Since it is Swiss
it may be spendy now due to the weak US dollar.