Phil Poirier, Master Gem Cutter, Goldsmith, Teacher www.poirierstudio.com
“My life with the Foredom Flexshaft: I bought my first Foredom Flexshaft 43 years ago when I was first starting my jewelry business working out of my parent’s garage. Over the years I’ve acquired many more Foredoms but until just recently gave that first one away to a young artist. I realized at that point that it had lasted over 40 years with only the occasional brush and sheath replacements being necessary. I can’t think of any other tool that is so well-used on a jewelers bench which has that kind of longevity.
My parents were raised during depression of the 1930’s and instilled in me the philosophy of “Buy once, buy well”. This philosophy has always served me well, when I adhered to it! On occasion I’d try to get away with buying the low-cost alternative and always ended up with regrets!
Currently we have 11 Foredoms of varying models in use most days. I keep two on each of our 4 benches, one TX for high speed and one LX for high torque, and one TX on each of the 3 lathes. I love having the angle grinder handpiece for quick deburring on the lathe. The quick change handpiece is a big time saver and allows me to change between bits super-fast. The broad spectrum of available accessories makes it my first go-to tool for most tasks. I really can’t imagine life without a Foredom, or three!”