Which to Choose.. Pendant Motor vs Micromotor System?
It's a very common question, the choices can be dumbfounding.
The key features where they differ:
A pendant motor has a flexible shaft while the Micromotor has a thin wire cable connecting the motor to the control box.
The flexible shaft has to be hung to prevent damage, this is fine in a workshop but can be tricky in a home or learning setting. It can be cumbersome to move and whilst flexible there is some restriction to movement.
The micromotor cable however is very light and very flexible. It allows for greater accuracy of movement.
Pendant Motor vs Micromotor System on Noise
The first thing customers note when using a micromotor for the first time is the noise level, they are quiet! We have customers who have smart jewellery showrooms with studios at the rear, quiet micromotor systems are a must to keep the pleasant atmosphere in the shop. Equally in the home this can be a major plus.
A Pendant Motor is often higher torque than a Micromotor
Torque is the amount of force put into rotation. Not all applications need the highest torque available. For Jewellers or Dental Technicians for example a Micromotor system will often have adequate torque. Wheels and burrs tend to be small and therefore need less torque.
For engineers, fabricators, sculptors etc they may need a bit more grunt and higher torque to drive larger wheels and points.
Micromotors can offer higher speeds
Pendant Motors tend to be limited to 25,000 rpm (some more, some less), Micromotors however typically offer closer to 35,000 rpm. Some carbide burrs and cutters like to be run at higher speeds, small diameter burrs work well with the lower torque and high speeds.
This makes them a good option for delicate jobs like stone setting, precision engineering and dental technician work.
Are Pendant Drills Heavier Duty?
For fabrication, large sculpture, engine tuning, engineering etc the best choice is normally a pendant motor. They are really built for slightly rougher treatment.
Certainly our LY128 system has proven over the years to be a sturdy workhorse with little going wrong with it.
However in precision engineering environments our Eneska Micromotor system really holds it's own. They are very sturdy and can withstand long hours of use. For the user they are much more comfortable to use for prolonged periods.
Micromotors have noticeably less vibration. In a lot of industries now there are health and safety regulations on vibration. Micromotors tend to be the choice where this is a requirement. They are much more comfortable for operators to use for long shifts. For all users this is a plus point, the difference is very obvious.
Pendant Motor vs Micromotor System on Handpieces
Handpieces can often be the deciding factor, they are very much down to personal preference and application.
Generally speaking it simply depends on the brand and model of micromotor or pendant motor as to the extent of the handpieces available.
Below you can see examples; in white pendant motor handpieces and blue micromotor handpieces.
Our Foredom SR pendant motor comes with a choice of countless handpieces, the LY128 however is fixed and cannot be changed. A fixed handpiece often makes the price much more attractive and is a very useable option for most people.
Similarly our very popular Strong 209 Micromotor comes with a fixed handpiece, it is larger overall but actually has a small end to it which is easier to hold and is pretty light with the cable.
The beauty of micromotor handpieces is that they feature a quick release collet system in most cases making it quick to change between burrs. They normally have a collet system though which means drills and burrs need to be on a 2.35mm (or 1.6mm) minimum spindle where a chuck handpiece (such as on the LY128 pendant motor) can clasp very small drill bits and a range of spindle sizes.
One final point on Micromotors
Micromotors are a revelation to a lot of people as the feel is something entirely different if you are used to a pendant motor (flex shaft). Operators report better feeling, without the drag of the flex shaft and the minimal vibration. You have more control.
It is possible to maintain better control with the stop start controls on some systems (Eneska). Speed can be set on some models. The start is much more gradual and smooth. Flex shafts are frequently said to jump as they start, although not always a problem for high precision work it is less than ideal.
Micromotors work well at low speeds and run smoother.
Pendant Motor vs Micromotor System:
Its a good question, you may have found several points particularly important to you. The good news is that each option has a range of price points from entry level to industrial standard.
If you still have questions please get in touch!