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I don't have a dremel and not familiar with the attachments they come with. I will be replacing chain in a few days, and want to grind rivets on old chain before hitting it with my new chain breaker tool.

I assume I can jut get something for my regular hand drill. What do you suggest?

Thanks, Jason
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I don't have a dremel and not familiar with the attachments they come with. I will be replacing chain in a few days, and want to grind rivets on old chain before hitting it with my new chain breaker tool.

I assume I can jut get something for my regular hand drill. What do you suggest?

Thanks, Jason
$20 angle grinder from Harbor Freight works great. :) You can always just cut the old chain off with a hacksaw, but if you need to shorten the new chain you will need some way to grind the rivet heads.
 

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Your local hardware store will have 1/4" shank grinding stones to fit your drill for a few bucks.
 

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The harbor freight 4" angle grinder is a valuable tool for how cheap it is. I found it on sale for $16 with a 20% off coupon. I've been using it for several years, holding up great...and makes FAST work out of a chain rivet...sharpens mower blades, etc.
 

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And I thought that getting a Dremel tool was part of the rite of "Becoming a man." :biggrinjester: Guess I have been watching too much Home Improvement with Tim Allen.
 

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And I thought that getting a Dremel tool was part of the rite of "Becoming a man." :biggrinjester: Guess I have been watching too much Home Improvement with Tim Allen.
ya know, i had a dremel for a bit and never found much use for it. I wanted more power.

for the chain the angle grinder cuts through it like butter, and was pretty damn fun to use.
 

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The angle grinder will find many other uses, especially if you get one with sanding disks in addition to grinding wheels. And they're way cheaper than Dremel tools. The Dremel works well for fine work but does struggle on anything major. Far as that goes, you could probably do the job with a hand file. But it would take a while.
 
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