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  • Which one - Electric or Manual Drills????

    Hi everyone

    This is my 1st visit to this site and I'm looking forward to visiting on a regular basis.

    My 1st question and one that keeps getting differing answers is:
    What is the best way to drill holes through tumblestones, gemstones -quartz and others types etc?

    I've been trying to find out for a while which is the best and most efficient way of doing this. I visited a local mineral outlet recently and the guy there advised against anything electrical because of the speed of the drill and to use a manual pillar drill, one for craft work, the problem is where do I find one?

    I see from some of the postings that electrical ones are mentioned but so far I haven't seen any reference to manual ones. Any ideas anyone?

    Thanks in anticipation!

  • #2
    I'm afraid I can't help but would be interested to know the answer.
    Best wishes
    Carole

    www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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    • #3
      how about this??
      http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...link:middle:uk

      I'm going to get one myself, this is a bit like the one what we use at uni, but the one there has a foot pedal to control the drill speed... although with some gemstones etc havent you got to drill/saw under water because of the dust causing cancer and such things?
      http://www.terrilowedesign.co.uk
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      • #4
        Hi and thanks for the reply.

        I have used one similar to the one you suggest but found that the speed of the drill was too fast for some items. If there was some way of regulating the speed of the drill it would probably be ideal. I'll keep trawling for info and post anything I find back on here.
        Again thanks for the info.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pendlewitch View Post
          Hi and thanks for the reply.

          I have used one similar to the one you suggest but found that the speed of the drill was too fast for some items. If there was some way of regulating the speed of the drill it would probably be ideal. I'll keep trawling for info and post anything I find back on here.
          Again thanks for the info.

          Off the top of my head, I think dichrofindings sells what you want on her website???

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          • #6
            The little Proxxon drill and stand (that we got cheap) has infintely controllable speed - I think there's others like this available, too...
            Cheers,
            Scorch

            Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
            Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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