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Which Dremel does everyone use for nail grinding? Puppy coming home soon and making our last few purchases. I see some Dremels that look like they’re specifically for pets but are they good enough for a Doberman’s nails? Thanks!
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Typically those nail grinders that are made just for pets aren't particularly powerful--they're not really powerful enough to do a good job on dobe nails.

I just use a Dremel brand dremel with the coarse sandpaper grinding attachment.

Check out this thread for other folk's input:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberma...27-dremel.html
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We have the Dremel 8220, a rechargeable we bought at Lowes. It works great. Loki is scared sh===--- of it. He doesn't mind clipping, and I am trying to desensitize him to the Dremel on off, treats etc). Bee hates it, but we are persevering and doing it on her. It is very strong and has many attachments and other uses.
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My husband treated me super well at the holidays and bought me a Dremel Micro. It's SUPER nice, has multiple speeds, and a light at the rotating end to make it easy to do Rip's nails at all times of day.

Training takes time. There's a group on Facebook with tons of suggestions on conditioning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail...rning_content/

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More to add:

I recently just bought a Dremel Lite 7760--it actually looks like the same model is also marketed as a pet dremel (Pawcontrol), but it doesn't have the fancy little attachments to keep the dog nail in the right place (that attachment seems to have iffy reviews especially for bigger dogs.)

It is not as powerful as the dremel I've been using, but so far, at least, it seems to have enough power for nail-trimming for me (more than a lot of the off-brand pet dremels out there.) But I only have one dog and he is not a dobe. I like it because it has a USB charger, but haven't really used it that often yet. It is quieter at low settings and a little easier to use than the other heavier-duty dremel I have--that one is ancient though, a little clunky, and it has suffered and gone through a lot over the years--it doesn't even work on the low setting anymore.

I can't give you a recommendation for it yet because I haven't had it long enough or used it enough (I'm not quite as religious as some are here about nail-trimming--heresy) to say whether I like it. So far, so good, but I dunno about its durability. It's cheaper, but you usually get what you pay for.

It is marketed for light craft jobs though--my old dremel is very useful around the house and I don't know that this one is powerful enough to do some of the jobs I throw at the old one. So all around, you may do better to get a heavier dremel if you don't have another.

And to add again--I just pulled it out and trimmed Hairy's nails (he'd been needing it) paying a lot of attention to the power issue. I'm thinking it might not be powerful enough for a big dog/dobe nails.

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My husband treated me super well at the holidays and bought me a Dremel Micro. It's SUPER nice, has multiple speeds, and a light at the rotating end to make it easy to do Rip's nails at all times of day.

Training takes time. There's a group on Facebook with tons of suggestions on conditioning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail...rning_content/

Which speed do you use? I have that as well and have been using it with my pup on 5 but it seems to take time with that speed and she gets antsy. I know you have to be careful, just curious as to what your experience has been.
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I have the Dremel 7300 and use the 60 grit sandpaper round. Love it.
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I used a regular electric dremel that any handyman would have in his tool shop. I am super careful to not grind into the quick and to only keep it on the nail for a couple of seconds as it can get hot. I go back and forth between high speed and low speed paying attention not to touch anything but the nail. If you're not careful you can accidentally move the dremel and touch skin or pad. In addition I replace the little grinder circles after only a couple of uses since they get a little smooth and that will make it hot on the nail.
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I don't even know what mine is and I've had it for years (might be from sears) - it is not a cordless one.... with multiple dogs, the cordless one never lasted long enough to do everyone. I also use the 60 grit sandpaper rounds.

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Which speed do you use? I have that as well and have been using it with my pup on 5 but it seems to take time with that speed and she gets antsy. I know you have to be careful, just curious as to what your experience has been.
I'd have to look...I honestly can't recall. I set it and promptly forgot, lol.

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Which speed do you use? I have that as well and have been using it with my pup on 5 but it seems to take time with that speed and she gets antsy. I know you have to be careful, just curious as to what your experience has been.

Oh my, another Dremel thread on DT .... (sub forum needed)

On Dremel Micro (my fav model, BTW), I used 15K speed for 60 grit sanding drum and 10K speed for STC (Structured Tungsten Carbide) bits.

Here is my previous post about using the Dremel Micro on the Dobes:

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Oh my, another Dremel thread on DT .... (sub forum needed)

On Dremel Micro my fav model, BTW), I used 15K speed for 60 grit sanding drum and 10K speed for STC (Structured Tungsten Carbide) bits.

Here is my previous post about using the Dremel Micro on the Dobes:

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I purchased the diamagroove attachment and have used it 3 times on 5. I will try and bump it up to 10 and see how it goes.
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I use the 8220 with a standard diamagroove. It's really big compared to the micro but if you're trying to do 5 or 6 dogs at a time it's great. I like the micro since it has the light at the end.
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I have a really old one that's discontinued, but I've heard good things about the Micro.

I also use the Diamagroove head and really like it a lot.


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I use the Dremel Micro. I've not had a problem with the battery running low but its less than a year old and I only have two dogs. So, nail time is pretty fast around here (about 20 minutes max).



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Which Dremel does everyone use for nail grinding? Puppy coming home soon and making our last few purchases. I see some Dremels that look like they’re specifically for pets but are they good enough for a Doberman’s nails? Thanks!
I use a Dremel 3000--that comes as a kit for about $70 these days but when I got mine I think it was around $45. I got it around 9 or 10 years ago--had to look that up the last time this question came up.

It's heavy duty and corded--non of the battery operated ones held up through four or five Dobes which at times I was using it for.

Anything that looks like it's designed for pet use isn't tough enough for Dobe nails.

Just my opinion though.

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[B]I use the Dremel Micro. I've not had a problem with the battery running low but its less than a year old and I only have two dogs.[/B] So, nail time is pretty fast around here (about 20 minutes max).

Dremel Micro has 2-year warranty and it has internal Li-Ion, non removable battery. Make sure you keep purchase receipt info for warranty service!

Had to send (2) Micros into Dremel service for quick (10 days) and free replacement under warranty over last few years. I've suggested to Dremel that they upgrade this model with a swappable battery, which seems to be weak point of design- limited long term service life. Then, it would be the perfect model for Dobe nails!

FYI - Recently got the new 8220 12V Li-Ion battery Dremel (to replace my 8100 version, gave to son inlaw), much bigger than Micro, no LED light, but works with optional flexi shaft extension. I tried this rig on Dobes and it works, but still not as manueverable and quiet as the Micro model.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dremel-3...-01/100019434?

The Stylo, a very, very tiny and almost quiet corded version is great for Lanah's small nails and she's more freaked by Dremel than Dobes. But, no light and limited shaft power.


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I use a dremel micro 8050 got it on amazon.
This was the one recommended to me by a dog groomer after the dremel brand pet one I had died. I love it! It's about 120$ CAD on Amazon comes with all the bells and whistle attachments.
It is cordless (important) and has several intensity levels.
The battery is not the detachable kind just put the dremel down on its base to let it charge.
The absolute BEST part about it though? It's equipped with an LED light so even if I'm doing nails late at night or in a dark corner, I can see what I am doing and I can check on the progress.
I love it so much my grandmother got the same one for her standard poodle and she too is in love with it.
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