Review of Top Slow speed Motors and Attachments

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Slow speed motors are an everyday thing needed in your practice; if not for the dentist, then for the RDH as they use them as prophy’s. Just like any other handpieces out there, there is an abundant amount of slow speed motors. However, it is rather difficult to review them as they all are so similar and they all work so well. So what I did was put attachments, motors, and low speed heads into the reviews as well.

Once again, these reviews are my personal opinion, and I am not here to persuade you into buying one thing or another.

 

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NSK & Lares- NSK has a great, long lasting, reliable, and consistent low speed motor.  They are very similar to the Lares Low Speeds with some minor things that set them apart. What really sets these two things apart is their attachments. Lares created a straight 1:1 and 4:1 attachment with an easy collet open and close that allows you to slide burs in an out very simply. These are sold at a rather inexpensive cost. NSK had good, long lasting attachments as well. Their heads work great and are very similar to Star low speed heads. 

 

 

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Star- Star seems to be one of the only companies that have created a low speed swivel/quick connect motor.  This makes it easy to rotate the motor, and you can just pop it on and off the Star coupler. One thing about Star is they have a different attachment head, therefore you have to buy all star attachments with their low speed set ups as other traditional stuff won’t fit. However, they make good quality products all across the realm of low speeds. So if you do buy all new attachments, they are great quality products that are ensured to last a long time.

 

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Midwest- I would say Midwest is the leader in handpiece choices, but what do you expect from the most popular and oldest brand out there? They are the creator of the world renown Shorty, and TruTorq (pictured here) and these handpieces are still being used today. Great long lasting handpieces, just a bit bulky, but they have the option of having two gears, which is a great thing. They also have other types of low speed motors and created the Midwest RDH which is a swivel prophy handpiece that is the most common handpiece among hygienists. All of midwest attachments and heads, whether new or old are high quality and great products.

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KaVo- Like many other things, KaVo thinks outside the box and creates all kinds of different options. They created the INTRAflex which is a low speed motor and attachment in one. Honestly, it lasts a long time, but when it breaks, it can be rather expensive to fix. The nice thing is that they don’t break often. All of their other low speed handpieces and attachments are high quality stuff. Their motors are a lot like the NSK’s and the Lares’, but their attachments set them apart. They make some of the best low speed attachments around.

Nason’s pick:

Midwest, Star, KaVo, NSK, Lares

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Also, visit my other two blogs to find other reviews. One on high speeds, and one on electrics.

Review of Top High speed Electric Handpieces

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It seems like to be “New and in the times” now days you have to be owning an electric handpiece set up. They are the latest and greatest in the handpiece industry, and have really changed the game… well kind of. I know many people who have switched to electrics, and then switched back. I also know many people who will never own a Pneumatic drill ever again. It seems like with mostly everything, there is mixed reviews about the products. Whether you like them or not, or whether you just want to know what is good and bad, I am here to tell you.

Before I dive into the good stuff, please note that these are my personal opinions. I am not here to persuade you are coerce you into buying and not buying anything. Really, I could care less what you buy as everything will break eventually. It won’t be a problem, as long as you send them to me;)

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NSK- NSK and their Ti-Max Models have been great handpieces from what I have seen. Like any electric handpiece, you really need to lube and maintain them. There are gears in there that are spinning at 100,000 RPM’s and really need to be lubed to prevent heat, damage, and other nasty things that go on inside. The Torque, as with any electric handpiece is ridiculous.They seem to all be a bit noisier than others, and break a bit more frequently. I can’t really say this about all NSK’s, it really depends on the Dr. I’ve done repairs that lasted almost 3 years, and I have had repairs consistently last 6 months. It depends on how much you use it, and how well you take care of it.

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W&H- The Synea model handpiece from W&H are exceptional handpieces. They have a problem like NSK with their water lines, but like I said, take care of them and you won’t. These handpieces seem to be very quiet and smooth. The bur is more likely to wiggle a bit more than other handpieces, but if you can handle that, then it shouldn’t be a problem for you. Great handpieces with minimal problems.

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KaVo- KaVo has many different options available for purchase. They seem to be researching and developing new things, some work, some don’t. They recently released a “COMFORTdrive” which is an electric motor and attachment all in 1. I have to say, I have only worked with one client on these, and he did not like them. You can draw you own conclusion, but there were definitely problems that he had. The other KaVo’s that I have worked on have been exceptional. They run forever, they’re quiet and smooth. Their water never seems to leak, and they don’t get hot. It is a shame that the comfortdrive was problematic, they would have really had something there. Maybe it was just the maintenance routine being used? could be. One thing about the comfortdrive is that they are extremely quiet.

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Bien Air- Bien Air electrics, are top notch. Their design seems to be perfected, and the handpieces rarely breaking down. They always work, and work for a long time. They aren’t the most quiet, but they are the most durable. I have had repairs just for a routine maintenance check up where I found destroyed bearings. The dentist wasn’t even complaining, and didn’t even know there was a problem.

Some aftermarket handpieces like Forza and Apollo seem to replicate NSK and other handpieces exactly. They are cheaper and aftermarket so you do get what you pay for. This is a good way to do it if you are looking for something a little bit cheaper and aren’t concerned about name brands.

Nason’s Picks:

1. Bien Air 2. W&H 3. KaVo 4. NSK

What do you think? agree or disagree? comment below, I would love to chat.

Looking for any other handpiece reviews? stay updated with my blog. My recent post reviews the pneumatic highspeeds.

 

Review of Top Highspeed Dental Handpieces, From Repair Tech’s Perspective

Dentists use their handpieces every day, why not have a reliable, capable handpiece that is always consistently running? You don’t want to waste your time being uncomfortable, and you especially don’t want to waste your time trying to get a malfunctioning handpiece to work right. Well, I am the person in charge of making sure many dentists are happy with the handpiece they are using and, to be honest, there is stuff out there that is never going to work as well as others will. The reason I know this, is because I can see the insides, and you only see what’s happening on the outsides. Now, these are just my personal opinions so don’t get to fired up or offended if I believe the handpiece you are using is junk.

Highspeed Pneumatic Handpieces:

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Star-Star makes a great, high quality handpiece. Star makes a good amount of very reliable handpieces, which all have a bit different design and specifications. However, every star handpiece will run just like the next; They are extremely consistent handpieces. The lubefree model, 430SWL, is a great handpiece if you are looking for something that lasts a long time, and runs quiet. One Con of Star handpiece is some struggle with having enough torque. This recently has been fixed by star as they released a torque model that can be used for any procedure. Best part of all… Made in the U.S.A. Baby!

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KaVo- KaVo is a german brand who makes a plethora of highspeed handpieces, they really cover all spectrums, and there seems to be something new every year. Some of the best are the Lux 3 635B handpieces. They have a small head, and don’t seem to lose much torque; however, they can be a bit noisy, and break a little more often. If you are looking for something with more torque, they have options for that too. SUPERtorque runs with high torque and quietly. Really, the only down fall with KaVo is they are a bit pricy, but you get what you pay for.

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Lares- Lares handpieces run on the same couplers as KaVo, but are a fraction of the cost. The main thing different with these, is it seems that they are lighter, but still as durable. There are two problems that I see recur with Lares handpieces. The first is the chuck seems to break. They have a removable chuck system that allows you to replace just the chuck when the bur starts slipping, rather than the entire turbine. Another problem is they tend to be a bit noisy after time and the bur has a lot of movement in it. Some people don’t mind this, and if you don’t this is a great bang for your buck.

NSK/Brasseler- Great handpieces, high quality handpieces. One major problem with NSK’s is that their turbine runs perfectly smooth, but is balanced with the bearings. This makes it so when other bearings are placed on it, it will never seem to run as quiet as it once did unless the entire turbine is replaced again. Nonetheless, one of the most quiet handpieces I’ve ever rebuilt has been NSK, great for sleep dentistry.

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W&H/Adec- Some of the longest lasting repairs I have ever done. I overhauled bearings on a Synea years ago, and it is still running great. The way the handpiece is preloaded, and the turbine is supported is really the best, and this creates one of the longest lasting handpieces out there. Yes, you might lack a little bit with torque and sound, but that really isn’t far off from what others are. One problem I constantly hear with W&H is they have been trying to implement an LED system in their handpieces instead of fiber optic’s. Great idea, but the LED’s don’t last long at all. This isn’t much of a problem nowadays as most dentists usually wear lights anyways.

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Midwest- “They don’t make things how they used to” is really not the case here. These are the longest, and best selling handpieces on the market for years. They’ve kept the same designs (for the most part) on some of their best selling handpieces. The stuff like their tradition and quiet-air is really unbeatable. The only thing they lack is design, it’s like using a hot rod (because it’s vintage looking). They’ve done some stuff over the years and introduced new handpieces like the stylus, and it is all great stuff.

How I Rank them-

  1. Midwest, 2. Star 3. KaVo 4. W&h 5. NSK 6. Lares

Agree? Disagree? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

How to Save Money on your Dental Handpiece Repairs

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Dental handpieces may be one of the smallest things you use in your everyday practice; however, they are sometimes the most expensive, critical, and frustrating equipment that you use. If you are having problems keeping your handpiece up and running for a time longer than 6 months, you need to first go back and read about maintenance. More than likely, you are doing something wrong, and there is a reason that it keeps breaking. Maintaining everything right? Now double check that there is no moisture in your airlines, and that your air pressure is no more than factory recommended air pressures. These 3 things will greatly increase the life of your handpieces.

Coming from dental handpiece repair, and repairing tens of thousands of different

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handpieces, I can tell you that proper maintenance and lube really goes a long way. When it comes to a repair, properly maintained handpieces are much easier to clean, and replace, and are much less likely to cost an arm and a leg. It is the handpieces that are definitely not taken care of that are rusted, corroded, and sometimes, unrepairable. Proper maintenance of your handpiece will almost certainly save you money in the long run. They break far less, and when they do break, the parts put into them are much less than parts needed to fix rusted and corroded handpieces.

Finally, make sure your repair technician puts high quality parts inside the handpieces. If they put cheap bearings in them, well:

1) they are making more profit off of you and

2) You will not be getting the long lasting repairs that you should be.

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Ask them to put shielded ceramic bearings in all of their repairs. This will make your handpiece last 30% longer.  I even have dentists that request new turbines every time. These can be warrantied for a full year, and is seriously something to consider. When asking for ceramic bearings, Be careful, some repair companies charge extra.

Have anything else you want to add or discuss? Or looking for a repair company that puts ceramic bearings in all repairs and doesn’t charge extra? Visit my site and shoot me a call or email.

Replacing Handpiece Turbines Yourself- What you Need to Know

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Want to save a little bit on your repair costs? Replacing your own turbines is a great way in achieving this. However, before you fully dive in, make sure you listen closely. Many people jump into thinking doing their own turbine replacement is easy, but there is actually a lot more to in than one may think.

Does it Really Save me Money? The main reason that dentist replace their own turbines is to save money. I have had people tell me before, “I just do it for fun”; That is hard to believe that you would want to fit this into your tight schedule, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Anyways, replacing your own turbines does not necessarily save you money. The most common repair in high speed dental handpieces is that their bearings break. Replacing an entire turbine when a bearing breaks can be a little extreme, and a little more expensive. If you can get your turbines for less than $100, then yes; most companies charge $100 to replace the bearings on the handpiece. If you pay more than $100 for a turbine you will actually be losing money. You’re paying more to replace the turbine than it costs to fix the bearings. One way to check if the turbine needs replaced is if it will not hold a bur. If your bur is slipping out, it may be time to change your turbine.

 

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Things to Watch out for- Changing handpiece turbines can actually be much more complicated than it seems. It may be a pain to successfully remove the o-rings from the head and back cap; also, make sure you know all the accessories the turbine uses, as some handpieces require washers, press plates, shims, and other things to make them work right. O-Rings need replaced every time you replace the turbine, and unless you have a Star or a Impact Air, They can be very hard to get out.

When you finally remove and install new o-rings, make sure the washers and shims (if required) are set into place inside the head and back cap. If they aren’t you can bend them and ruin them, and your handpiece will not run right without them.

Don’t use Bare Hands- This may sound strange, but it is true. The oils on your skin can cause the handpiece turbine (mainly the bearings) to fail much sooner than they actually should. Make sure to put gloves on, and work very slowly with the new turbine.

Personally, I think that replacing turbines yourself can be much harder than you have time for. What do you think?

Comment below and tell me your thoughts!

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Get the Most Life out of Your Handpieces

_MG_1630.jpgSomething that can be such a small part of daily routine, can sometimes be the most costly, and even the most annoying. Dental handpieces are some of the most precisely engineered, and most commonly used tool in the dental industry. There are 4-5 huge players in the Dental field who all manufacture and create the new, and different designs; lately, all geared towards “long lasting”. Well, I hate to break it to you, but the biggest influence on how long your handpieces last is how they are maintained.  After many years of training and experience, I have found several tricks to help you keep your handpieces up and running.

 

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Lube, baby, lube! “Too much lube has never hurt anyone. Seriously, you can never use too much lube. Focus!” This conversation has been repeated many times with customers, but it is very true. You can always under-lube a handpiece, but the only thing that is going to hurt from over-lube, is your wallet. Try to find that happy medium, which is usually once a day. If you use a handpiece once a day, then lube it after every time you are done. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your handpiece running for as long as they can. I know dentists that will lube a handpiece every time they use it, sometimes 3-4 a day (not good). First of all, it is being way overused, and secondly, they will be spending extra cash on constantly buying lube. Just once a day if you have to; it will have great affects on the handpiece.

Clean! Every time you lube your handpiece, clean it all up. Nobody likes a piece of rusted metal in their mouth.  Get some rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush, rub that sucker nice and clean every time you are about to lube it up. It will keep it nice, shiny, and looking new.

Don’t forget the Chuck. The chuck is definitely the most common failure in the handpiece, but it is usually the most expensive. About once a week, put a drop of lube down the hole in the chuck, right where the bur goes in. Now, grab a bur, and pretend like you are going to put it in for use; instead, go back and forth like a plunger. This will clean it up, and ensure that is is lubed for proper operation.

The More the Better! The more handpieces you have, the better. Just imagine having one handpiece, being used every day. Now compare that to a handpiece you use once a week. What will last longer? (I really hope you know the answer). Really, the less you use it, the longer they last. The problem with handpieces and the reason they break is directly linked to sterilizing; nothing likes to be held in steam at 200~ degrees. The less you sterilize, the better. In other words, the less you take the handpiece out of the sterilization packs, the longer they last.

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Now I hate to break it to you, but they always break, and there will never be a sure-fire solution to never stop them from breaking. Make sure when you use dental handpiece repair, they are using high quality replacement parts. A lot of people charge extra, but some people don’t. Just find who you like. Also, find someone who is fast. The longer your handpiece is broken, the more stress the other handpieces are having put onto them. Finally, if you find your handpieces constantly breaking you are doing something wrong; usually, not having enough, or not lubing enough. Try lubing extra, if that doesn’t work, buy more. I know they are very expensive; look at buying a used one. Now days, the replacement parts that they can put into them will make them run like new, but at half the price. Just hope you can handle a little scratches on the side.

Need someone to help with Dental Handpiece Repair? Contact me and visit my website, I would love to talk more about your specific situation.

Have your Customers Find you

 

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As anyone who owns any type of business will know, the key to making it successful is by having customers. No customers = no money = no business. Many people say, “customers make the world go round” which is absolutely true. In dentistry, it is a bit harder to find customers. With a lot of competition, and many people and their desire to stay with the dentist who “they have had for years” it becomes very hard to find new customers.

One of the keys to finding new customers, isn’t really finding new ones at all. Create relationships with families and friends. If you create strong enough relationships, you have found yourself a lifelong customer; if they are young, they will have their children come to you as well. Walaah! You have a new lifelong customer that you have done minimal work to acquire.

Another way in finding new customers can be through referrals from other dentists. This is one of the best ways of acquiring new clients.  Another way, which is also very easy, is making yourself found on Google, and social media platforms. With the internet getting larger and larger, and becoming a huge part of someone’s everyday life, let yourself be found. when they type in “dentist” on google, make sure your name will be there. Create a strong website, and start asking customers to review your practice. This way, when they find you, they can look at your reviews, and see just how awesome you are.

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Social media is also a huge part of getting new customers. Create a social media page on every popular site: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. Start posting, and sharing posts related to yours. Have customer check-in on facebook; the more activity your page receives, the more people will see it. Also, start posting and sharing blogs. It is a great way to speak to many potential customers, and attract them to your website.

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