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Bonsai carving tool

Postby Dips » July 10th, 2018, 8:01 pm

Hi everyone
I am thinking to buy a bonsai wood carving power tool as a beginner to learn. Can you please suggest which one is good?
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby benbonsai » July 10th, 2018, 8:07 pm

I bought an ozito from bunnings for $50.
Works great and is a bargain.
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby Raging Bull » July 10th, 2018, 8:12 pm

I use a Dremel. It works well and there are various differently shaped bits available for it. The Dremels are not as cheap as the Ozito ones tho'. I inherited mine from my father who had it for many years, so they are a good quality tool.
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby robb63 » July 10th, 2018, 8:35 pm

Hi Dips
Kind of depends what you think you will be carving. Small trees and fine detail a dremel is enough.
If you like larger trunks with deep hollows etc. As I do, then maybe a die grinder is better.
$50 ozito or similar sounds like a good start
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby Dips » July 10th, 2018, 8:45 pm

Thank you ben bonsai , raging bull and robb63 for your quick information. Thinking to work on small trees. To start and learn ozito sounds a good deal. Dremel sounds good quality that I want to acquire in future for sure. Thank you all once again. :yes:
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby peterb » July 11th, 2018, 1:58 am

If you're looking for good price on burrs, try south east Queensland woodworking supplies, they sell sabre tooth burrs.
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby Dips » July 11th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Thanks Peterb.
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby Sammy D » July 11th, 2018, 7:27 pm

I use ozito and a die grinder. Have given the ozito crap for 3 years and going fine. Also they come with a flexible shaft which works great. For a carving bit the 2 bladed router bit removes a lot of wood. Even on the ozito. Be good enough for even medium sized trees. If you do go the die grinder I get carving bits from bonsai sensation. They have a fair range. They Also have a 3mm shaft carving bit for ozito works great about 40 bucks. Have fun mate. :)
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby shibui » July 11th, 2018, 9:59 pm

The Ozito I got died after just a couple of hours of use. Then I got a genuine Dremel which is still going.
Dremel/Ozito are small grinders which I find frustratingly slow to remove anything but the smallest amount of wood. If you have any plans to carve out larger amounts or work quicker consider a die grinder and larger cutters or a Arbotech cutter for the angle grinder.
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Re: Bonsai carving tool

Postby Rolf » July 11th, 2018, 11:13 pm

Hi Dips,

I do use Bonsai Nibblers with my Dremel, super sharp - excellent results. Powerful enough for most of my carvings.

I know they're not the cheapest ones, but will last for a long time!! Good investment :tu:

http://bonsainibbler.co.uk/shop/

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