New Dremel- Time to Frag!

Discussion in 'Frags' started by Astrick117, Jun 12, 2012.

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  1. Astrick117

    Astrick117 Stylophora

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    So after learning the hard way with trying to frag my hammer and cracking the skeleton with my hard coral cutters :cry: I bought a new Dremel 7700 with a diamond wheel.

    Now I am ready to slice up some frags! If you're having a hard time picturing what it will look like when I fire up my new Dremel, check out this link, skip to 1:10 and substitute a dremel 7700 for the metal rod: Star Wars Kid - YouTube

    Anyway, my main question is whether there is anything I should keep in mind when fragging with a cutting wheel.
     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    you need to have some form of eye protection
    I wear glasses and when I used the dremmel to cut frags of torch corals
    the glasses got covered in small bits of calcium etc

    so eye protection is smart

    Steve
     
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    Astrick117 Stylophora

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    Good idea. I always do it anyway because I am absolutely terrified of getting toxins and such in my eyes or on me. I don't try to discern between what is toxic and not- I just cover myself regardless.

    Is there a specific technique that works well? Do you hold the frag or place it on a table and hold it down? Should it be a slow or quick cut or does it not matter?
     
  5. Lungz

    Lungz Astrea Snail

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    +1 on eye protection. i now live with a problem eye due to being young and cool/knows everything. I used to have perfect vision, but now I have a scar across my right pupil. Been in the hospital a few times getting rust and metal ground off the surface of my eye with a dremel like instrument :S . kinda off topic but figured I'd share.
     
  6. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I held onto the base of the coral wearing a glove on that hand

    the dremmel needs to be at a speed that will not snag as it cuts through as that can also result in an accident
    I would test it a few times on bits of rock(that is what I did)

    holding the rock in my left hand, and dremmel in right hand, away from my body, and ensuring the wheel is spinning in a direction away from yourself and the hand holding the rock
    that way if it skips off the surface, it is going away from you and not towards you

    takes a couple of goes to get confident with it
    once you have the confidence in addition to safety principles in your technique, you will have no problems IME
     
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  7. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    +1

    Excellent advice for using a Dremel, regardless what you're cutting. :thumb_up:
     
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  9. SnooknRedz

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    Great point. I was going to add this but i dont have to. lol