Foredom Care (flexshaft maintenance)

Did you save up all your nickels & dimes for a glorious rotary tool that is the Foredom Flexshaft?

I know I did, & when you invest in such a beautiful tool, care must be taken to ensure it lives a long happy life. 

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Not much needs to be done to keep a Foredom Flexshaft happy! But it does need some care every 50 hours or so.

After about 50 hours of use, the inner coil needs to be lubricated
(there should be a small white tube of lubricant/grease that came with the flexshaft, if purchased new).

Luckily, we had access to a workshop to do this!

 

I found this helpful video on YouTube regarding how to go about this task.

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First, unplug from the power source. Make some room to lie the Flexshaft on its side, with newspaper or a towel underneath. Firmly yank on the hand piece to detach.

Find a tiny flathead screwdriver. This will be used to loosen the screw just below the 'engine'.

DO NOT take out the screw!

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Just loosen it a little to be able to slide the outer covering down towards the end, this will expose the inner coil.

 

Apply a thin layer of lubricant across this coil - stop about 6-8 inches before the tip!

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Slowly slide the outer covering back on, make sure the end with the groove is at the bottom, there's usually a yellow "use eye protection" sticker at this end.

You'll know something's up because the hand piece attaches to the groove of the covering.

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Before tightening the screw, measure the tip to make sure only 3/4" is exposed. Adjust the outer covering as needed.

Do not attach the hand piece yet!

Suspen the flexshaft vertically, place a bucket or garbage can underneath, & spin on high speed for approximately 15 minutes. This will make sure the grease is evenly distributed inside.

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I did about 7 minutes on the forward spin & 7 minutes in reverse spin. 

Attach the hand piece, & you're good to go for another 50 hours! 
Take care of it, & it'll take care of you. Well... your handmade jewelry :) 

Note: after 100 hours of use, the flexshaft should be thoroughly cleaned with acetone & re-lubricated. 

Hope this helps. Happy crafting!