This Dremel Model 370 Moto-Tool is one of my longest-owned
tools. It was bought sometime around 1976. After 40 years of use, it began exhibiting
erratic behavior due to the motor brushes finally having worn down to where they were
not making good contact with the commutator. You can see in the photos how the original
brushes did not wear evenly, although the contact surfaces were clean and not pitted at
all. I decided that given the Moto-Tool's age, it might be a good idea to disassemble
it and do a good cleaning and inspection.
Overall, the Dremel was in very good condition. It has always been well cared for and
kept clean and dry. A toothbrush and some isopropyl alcohol did a great job of cleaning
all the balsa and plywood dust off the case and internal parts. Even though it wasn't
really necessary, I let the magnet assembly soak overnight in a jar of
Evapo-Rust. As you can see from the "after" photo, everything looks
A light burnishing of the commutators was done with 1200 grit wet/dry sandpaper, followed
by a good alcohol cleaning to make sure there were no residual metal or carbon particles.
Reassembly went easily. The new brushes had to be purchased from an aftermarket manufacturer
in China because Dremel no longer supplies them for the Model 370. These brushes do not
appear to be as high a quality at the originals, so time will tell if they can last four
After breaking in the brushes with a series of slow-to-fast-to-slow cycles, and allowing
time to cool down in between, the Moto-Tool runs very smoothly and with good torque. The
reconditioning was a total success. I have used the Dremel Moto-Tool few times since,
and it works very nicely.
Posted June 17, 2017