When it comes to belt driven dental engines, I know a bit about
them. Foredom is considered just O.K. in the dental lab
business. The names to look for are Emesco, Buffalo, and Wells.
In my opinion, and I have used them all for 30 years, Emesco is
the top of the line. I’m not affiliated with any of them. I’ve
just used them. My choice, if you are looking, is to find an
Emesco engine with the 30,000 rpm pulley system, with a Wells
handpiece, and an electronic solid state foot control. DON’T
be seduced by the 45,000 rpm it is the same engine with larger
pulleys. They eat belts! Even though not run at anywhere near
45,000, belts last only 1/3 as long as on the 30,000 rpm machine
due to the configuration of the pulley system. There are also
18,000 rpm units out there that are just fine. The engine is
smaller hp but still has the power and torque. If you can stay
away from the short pulley system do it. You want the one that
takes the 9’6" or 9’8" belt. I’m not sure of the size.
Maintenance is easy. On the first work day of the new year put
2-3 drops of oil into the front and rear oil ports and forget
them. The pulleys need oil about quarterly. One drop in each
or the belt will get oily, decay, and fray. Belts are pretty
inexpensive but they always seem to go bad right after you
remembered that you forgot to order them last time you called
the supply house!
The Wells handpiece is expensive but the only one I have ever
seen repaired was one that some one had used with diamond bits
and the water he used as a coolant(dripped from a finger) was
not dried out before he went on a 3 week vacation. It rusted
shut, but Wells fixed it. Wells handpieces run very cool.
For this kind of set-up they are simply the best.
These set-ups were the standard of the industry for many, many
years. Micro motors and air turbine units seem to be the
standard today so there should be a ton of them out there. If
you are interested in finding one try calling dental labs out
there and asking if they have any for sale, or know of any for
If anyone wants any more info you can E-mail me.
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