The die grinder   2 comments

I use a core box router bit. I have them in 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ ans 7/8″. They are carbide tipped and cut like hell. They are super dangerous because they will grab a hold of the wood sometimes and you can take off a whole branch or finger and not even know it.

You can cut branches off like a pruner and cut a three inch tree in half in about 30 seconds. The bits can be found in any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes and sell for about $13.00 to $25.00.


The grinder is just a die grinder from Harbor Freight. One can spend 200.00 on a Makita if you want but I have used mine for over eleven years with no problems what so ever. It comes with a spare pair of brushes for the moter which I have not had to change. The Harbor Freight model….$35.00 on sale. 28,000 RPM’s and 1/2 horse at 10 amps. I have used the Makita and this is as good or better. I prefer it more than the Makita because the makita does not have a good handle at the nose like this has. This unit is also aluminum on the business end and has two ball bearings. I like it, good luck.


PS…Two hands on the die grinder at all times. This is not a dremel that you can hold a branch while you do a little carving. One of these bits would sever your hand right off!


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Posted January 27, 2013 by California Bonsai Art in Trident Techniques

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  1. Thanks for the heads up on the die grinder. I just almost dropped a few hundred on a Makita. This makes more sense. Nice blog.

  2. Ditto Al, I’m loving your blog. You have so many great stories, projects, advice, ect. Thanks!
    Mary B.

    Mary B. in Rio Linda

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