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Which FOREDOM® is Right for Me?  Answer: 80% of our customers should get an SR.
If you are looking for guidance, our best advice is to go with a model within the Series SR. Series SR flex shaft motors are 1/6 HP, run in forward and reverse at speeds up to 18,000 RPM, and offer all of the power and speed needed to accomplish most every job. Keep in mind that our motors are rated at continuous duty or maximum efficiency and NOT maximum output. If we adopted the max output rating used by other manufacturers, it would qualify as 1/5 or 1/4HP.

What's a Motor Series? Three styles of motors make up a Series: 1. Hang-Up, 2. Bench, 3. Bench with Built-in Control.
Speed controls also come in three styles: 1. Foot operated in plastic housing, 2. Foot operated in metal housing, 3. Table-top dial operated in plastic housing. All motor-speed control combinations have a Two Year Limited Warranty. Note: A complete flexible shaft machine requires a handpiece, which comes separately.
 
Series SR motors come in 115 Volt and 230 Volt (for use where 115V is not available). Series LX models also come in both voltages, Series TX come only in 115V.
 
New to Foredom? The easiest and most economical way to get started is with a Flex Shaft Tool Kit that includes everything you need to get to work- motor, speed control, handpiece and accessories. Our newest kits even come with motor hangers! Flex Shaft Tool Sets are similar to kits but do not come with accessories.
 
Specialized Motors- Some of our customers have specialized needs/jobs and Foredom makes motors that meet their requirements. Series TX motors are 1/3HP and their extra power/torque at speeds up to 15,000 RPM make them great for more demanding work like hogging out large quantities of wood or porting engines. Series LX motors have extra torque from 500 RPM to max speed of to 5,000 RPM and are designed for drilling, wax modeling, and other slow speed applications. The PowerGraver is a dedicated system for engraving, stone setting and other hammering work.

Heavy Duty Models-
All Foredom motors can be outfitted with square drive shafting (in place of standard key tip). We call these models 'Heavy Duty' and use the letter 'H' in their part number. Most people do NOT need a heavy duty model. A common mistake made by customers who are upgrading from hand-held grinders to a Foredom is to select a 'heavy duty' rather than standard model. Fact is, Foredom motors are built to industrial specifications and meet or exceed most performance expectations. Our standard models are a major step up from Dremel® and other consumer driven brands. Heavy Duty versions of Foredom motors (M.SRH, M.TXH, etc.) are exactly the same as the standard models, but come equipped with square drive inner shafts and longer outer sheaths in place of the standard key tip versions. Heavy duty shafting is stiffer and connects only with our 4 square drive style handpieces. Select a heavy duty model ONLY if you expect to work on over-sized projects involving very hard to work with and challenging materials.

SR Series 1/6 HP
Best for general use. Forward and reverse up to 18,000 RPM. Domestic (115V) and overseas (230V) models.
TX Series 1/3HP
Best for jobs requiring extra power at speeds up to 15,000 RPM. Models in 115V ONLY.
LX Series  Low Speed
Best for low speeds jobs up to 5,000 RPM needing extra power. Domestic (115V) and overseas (230V) models.
PowerGraver
Dedicated System provides power assist to stone setting and engraving operations. 115 and 230 Volt Models.