I'm looking to purchase a nice used Foredom system (motor, foot
pedal, hand piece). Is anyone selling one? I have looked on eBay and
Craigslist in my area and nothing is really coming up that isn't
selling for the price of a brand new system. Thanks in advance!
Sometimes the jewelry tool suppliers, like Rio or Otto Frei, etc.,
have re-conditioned tools available. Maybe check them out.
I have a 1/4 horsepower Foredom unit with foot pedal, heavy duty
shaft and hand piece (Jacob's chuck). The heavy duty shaft and hand
piece are required for the 1/4HP motor. I bought the unit several
years ago but never used used it. You can see a picture of the unit
I am asking $185.00 plus postage. Write off list for additional
check out your local rock shops, bead stores, bulletin boards at
community colleges or wherever classes might be held. Call Santa Fe
Jewelers 1-800-659-3835 to ask about their used tool bulletin board,
call Rio Grande and ask the same, call Foredom to see if they have
second-hand machines or know of a resource. (I got my Trimline tent
at a significant markdown as a customer return for a pinhole it took
me 3 weeks to find and 4 minutes to repair.) Also put a "wanted" post
on eBay and Craigslist, as it may push someone who's forgotten their
extra machine gathering dust. SearchTempest is a site which will
search ALL Craigslists at once - you just have to convince the seller
to ship it to you.
(One last thing - I had the knock-off, "recommended for beginners"
flex shaft from a well-known tool company, and when it started to
degrade it cost me more in assoc. tools than I had saved by not
purchasing the Foredom brand in the first place. Hold out for the
I have used Fordom Equipment (or tools) for 42 years and the only
thing I have ever replaced is the flex shaft cables. If you plan on
being a life-time Jeweller - Buy the best tools, they make you money
and saves time.
Stephen Wyrick, CMBJ