It was really just a matter of time, wasn’t it?
I’ve written about my terrible experience with the LIDL rotary tool in a previous Tool Troubles post. For those of you who need a recap: it died on its first real use and LIDL took two full months to get a replacement to me. Bad product, horrible service. And the replacement worked, but had some of the same odd heating issues, and I assumed from the moment I noticed it that the replacement wouldn’t last either.
And today it died. It held together for about… 30 minutes of total usage, if even that. Probably not even that. I was using it today and it just stopped rotating while I was in the middle of sanding. I’d used it for less than a minute. It wasn’t even being used strenuously… I was just carving away some foam, which takes very little.
And now, of course, I’m stuck on at least one project, possibly two. I don’t think I’m even going to bother trying to contact LIDL for yet another replacement. It’s probably under warranty but I don’t want to wait another two months to get another replacement that’ll probably also have the exact same issues. It just isn’t worth it.
This is certainly putting a delay on my projects and a damper on my spirits… I’ve looked around and my father might be able to lend me a temporary replacement, as I believe he owns an old FERM rotary tool that he’s never used… I’ll have to look further into that. And in the meantime, I’ll start looking for a better rotary tool, perhaps an actual Dremel.
Maybe I’ll get lucky and get something that can last more than 30 minutes.
(- sigh -)