I have a Dremel MultiPro (Drill press) and while not my primary tool
any longer, it is still used and I would be reluctant to part with it
on a whim. Luckily when I got mine, there was no one around to tell
me it was useless.
If you have not taken yours out of the box yet, there are a couple
of things that I would suggest you do at the outset.
There are two screws on the column (the shaft that moves up and
down), these may need to be adjusted, but only 'lightly'. Check to
see if it is out of square first. You can do this by use of a square,
good light and watch the seams of the clamping brackets, they should
run parallel to the edge of the square when you raise and lower the
To square the Dremel in the chuck mount, I shimmed with paper and or
There is play in the head piece, but I turned the depth gauge so
that it angles in its setting to take that play out. If you assemble
it you will see what I mean, there is a little nut on the bottom of
the gauge, loosen this and turn the gauge slightly until it rubs just
a little on the guide. The teeth for the stop collar may rub, but I
did not find it detrimental to the press function or to the operation
of the stop.
The gear which runs the mounting shaft up and down is plastic, don't
put a lot of pressure on it, like when drilling 6 X 48 screw hole in
a rifle receiver for a scope mount. Its not that the gear is hard to
replace, the little spring that raises it back up is a finger slapper
when it slips out of your grip, matter of fact, you may want to use
needle nose when you do this, it is sharp as I recall and I took
several band aids to complete the repair on me and the press.
When used as an overhead router, with those little bits your can
buy, you may find when you feed to fast that the whole head wants to
rotate on the column (the round pipe at the back), sticky backed
sandpaper like that used on orbital sanders placed in the column
guides will stop that for you. I have had good luck with 220 grit
paper with the grit facing the metal post of course.
Those little tubes of silicon grease for fishing reels works well to
keep it working smoothly, I am not sure I would use regular oil or
grease as most of the housing is plastic.
If you put it in line with a knee for foot switch for the Dremel and
a drip with a pan, it also works pretty well for shaping stones
freehand when what you want to do is too small for your regular
Used for the purposes I have, I have not found it to be useless. The
press and the Dremel were my predecessors to the Foredom and is still
used when I have a lot of things lined up which require those types
of tools. There are times when you want to hold the work, not the