It could be that your Foredom just needs lubricating or new brushes.
There are a number of videos on Youtube of maintenance on Foredom
motors. The Foredom. net site lists maintenance kits. Brushes are $9
and maintenance kits about $18. You can also get bearings for the
handpieces from some people, but I couldn’t scare up any listings for
bearings for the actual motor itself. However, Foredom has a repair
service, and you can send in your unit for a quote for repair.
If you can trace what is wrong you may want to just buy a new
handpiece or flexible shaft assembly if that is what is wrong. I have
notice a knockoff of the Faro handpiece very cheap on ebay, so if
it’s parts, you might check there if you’re willing to deal with ebay
and the Chinese.
If your actual motor is the problem and it isn’t brushes, you might
want to send it for a quote, since it seems you can’t just buy a
motor without the flexshaft and controller that I could see at the
If you are a little adventurous and your motor needs work, there
ought to be a motor repair shop in any fairly large town which could
handle this and match the bearings even if they are not available
If you need something to tide you over while your Foredom is gone, I
find dremel tools for sale in the pawn shops for about $10 to $15. I
am guessing you can now buy a Chinese knock off of the Foredom pretty
cheap, but I guess a lot of jewelry types would not look at one of
Hope this is helpful. Do a little research and the old gal may run
another 40 years…