Dremel teased me earlier today with a promo video for their upcoming Fortiflex flex shaft tool. While we actually posted about the Fortiflex a few years ago, but this will be the first time the Fortiflex will be available in the USA.
Needless to say, I’m extremely eager to get my hands on one. While the Fortiflex looks to be the same model that’s already available overseas, my curiosity has been building for quite a while.
Nearly a year and a half ago, I gave up waiting for the Fortiflex and ordered myself a Foredom 5240 flex shaft starter kit ($265 via Amazon). The Foredom is an amazing tool, and I definitely plan on comparing the Fortiflex to it if test samples become available. I would scream out flex shaft deathmatch, but that seems a bit extreme.
If I were in the market for a flex shaft tool now, the Dremel would receive strong consideration. One thing I like is that it looks to be compatible with Foredom handpieces and accessories.
Now, if you’re wondering whether you should be interested in this tool or not, ask yourself these three questions:
1) Do I use my rotary tool and flex shaft a lot?
2) Do I wish I had more control over my rotary tool and flex shaft?
3) Do I wish my rotary tool and flex shaft had more power?
If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, and you don’t already have a flex shaft tool, now might be a good time to consider getting one.
- 2.5A motor (1/5 HP)
- Precision handpiece with 3-jaw chuck (up to 5/32″)
- 0-23,000 RPM
- Variable speed foot pedal
- Heavy duty flex shaft
- Interchangeable handpiece
MSRP is $239
The 9100-21 Fortiflex flex shaft kit comes with a 21-piece accessory set. You can of course use the Fortiflex with other Dremel and other brands’ rotary tool and flex shaft tool accessories. It can be used for all kinds of high precision cutting, grinding, sanding, polishing, and engraving applications.
For those of you not quite familiar with flex shaft tools, they’re akin to rotary tools with flex shaft attachments, but are more powerful, more precise, and more controllable.