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Microlux, maker of miniature tools, has come out with a filing machine. It won’t help with your taxes, but it’ll take the tedium out of filing metal, resin, plastic, or wood.

Though filing machines are usually heavy dudes, Microlux has made one for the serious hobbyist. The tool works like an inverted jigsaw, but with a file instead of a blade. The machine cuts only on the pull stroke and only on stock up to 3/8″ thick.   Just clamp it to the edge of your bench and begin filing.

By attaching a separate transformer, you can adjust the speed between 1,800 and 6,900 strokes per minute. That, combined with the choice between a coarse or fine file, gives you a lot of control over the level of finish and the speed of removal.

The Microlux filing machine is being sold exclusively through Micro-Mark, so there’s no street pricing. Micro-Mark is selling it for $80.

Microlux Filing Machine [Micro-Mark]


5 Responses to File Under Useful

  1. Simon says:

    This looks pretty good – does anyone have any experience with one of these?

  2. KG2V says:

    Hey, a Die filer! In the old days, full sized version of there were a machine shop staple. They even made special files for them. Of course, today, TRY and buy the files

  3. Julian Tracy says:

    That’s a heckuva idea. Makes you start thinking about making your own files with a jigsaw blade tang and inverting the spare saw.

    Be easy to do and would be used quite frequently.


  4. Brau says:

    Coulda used one today! However, I’d really like files made to fit my cordless jigsaw.

  5. MikeP says:

    You can get a file/abrasive stick to mount in a scroll saw from Rockler (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11341) among other places. I’ve never used them, but I’ve eyed them many a time…

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