While working on a project yesterday, my Dremel tool failed. I’ve had the thing for, well, so long I can’t remember, so it doesn’t owe me anything. But I was upset nonetheless because it has provided such great service over the years.
Good news, though! I mentioned this to my friend Chris Abbott, and he remembered that he’d read about this issue. He shared some information with me, and when I took apart the Dremel this morning it confirmed that he was right. The flexible coupling that connects the motor to the shaft had failed:
I think it simply disintegrated from old age. (Who doesn’t, really?)
More good news: I called Dremel and replacement parts are on the way. Service was excellent – thanks Dremel! And thanks, Chris, for pointing me in the right direction.
UPDATE (February 3, 2014): My replacement parts arrived today and it was a quick and easy fix. Thanks, Dremel – the tool is back in service!