Dremel 4300 Review, & Comparison vs 4000, 4200 & More

Dremel released the Dremel 4300 in December 2016.

With this release, Dremel and rotary tool users could find a Dremel 4300 review, and comparison of the Dremel 4300 vs the earlier 4000 & 4200 models useful.

So you don’t have to spend time doing the research yourself, we’ve identified for you in this guide:

What Are The Main New Features & Design With The Dremel 4300?

Dremel 4300 Kit Options

Dremel 4300 User Experience

Why Get A Dremel 4300, And NOT A Dremel 4000 or 4200

Why Get A Dremel 4000 or 4200, And NOT a Dremel 4300

Summary of Dremel 4300 Tool & Kits

 

We’ve also provided a TL;DR on which Dremel model might be best for you, and why – in case you don’t want to read the whole comparison.

*We’ve also added comparisons recently to the 3000, 200 and 100 models.

 

Dremel 4300 vs 4200 vs 4000 TL;DR – Which Is Better For You?

It really comes down to a choice in our opinion between the Dremel 4000 or Dremel 4300 (because of the issues of the Dremel 4200 EZ Change bit changing system).

We would probably lean towards the Dremel 4000 as we feel it presents slightly better value – but that’s just our opinion.

 

You might choose the Dremel 4300 if …

You want to latest model electric Dremel rotary tool (as of May 31 2017)

The new pivot light is beneficial for you in lighting up the area you are working on

You prefer the 3 Jaw Chuck System of the Dremel 4300 for bits and attachments (compared to the EZ Twist Nose Cap)

The extra bit of amperage that a 1.8 Amp motor provides you is beneficial (compared to the 1.6 Amp of the 4000)

A premium tool and accessory storage case appeals to you

You want the option of all the extra accessories and attachments you get in the big Dremel 4300 kits

 

You might choose the Dremel 4000 if …

You want more of a value for money option- but, still want a very versatile Dremel rotary tool – the Dremel 4000 still has a 1.6 Amp motor, and accepts all Dremel accessories and attachments

You prefer the EZ Twist mechanism of the Dremel 4000 over the 3 Jaw Chuck system of the Dremel 4300. 

You don’t need all the extra accessories and attachments that come in the 4300 kit

You don’t need the slightly upgraded case

 

Dremel 4300 vs 4200 vs 4000 – Comparison Chart

 

 Dremel 4000 (on Amazon)Dremel 4200 (on Amazon)Dremel 4300 (on Amazon)
Tool TypeElectric/Corded DremelElectric/Corded DremelElectric/Corded Dremel
Amps & Volts1.6 Amps
120 Volts
1.6 Amps
120 Volts
1.8 Amps
120 Volts
Number & Range of Speeds (RPM)Variable Speed
5,000 to 35,000 RPM
Variable Speed
5,000 to 35,000 RPM
Variable Speed
5,000 to 35,000 RPM
Tool Weight2.86 lbs, OR 1.3 kg2.59 lbs, OR 1.175 kg2.59 lbs, OR 1.175 kg
Tool Length6 Inches9 inches9 Inches
Cord Length6 Feet7 Feet6 Feet
Accepts ALL Dremel Accessories/Bits & Attachments?YesYesCompatible with all Dremel rotary tool attachments and accessories (*some applications require the use of a collet system, included in kit)
Chuck SystemEZ Twist System - Quick collet lock for fast accessory changes - button release chuckintegrated pull lever system of the EZ Change™ mechanism replaces the standard collet nut and allows accessory change without the use of a wrenchUniversal 3-jaw chuck - allows tool-less and collet-less accessory changes
Warranty?Yes, limited warrantyYes, limited warrantyYes, limited warranty
Other FeaturesElectronic Feedback Circuitry, 360 degree Grip, Separate On/Off Switch & Speed Dial, Cool Running Ball Bearing Construction, Replaceable Motor BrushesElectronic Feedback Circuitry, 360 degree Grip, Separate On/Off Switch & Speed Dial, Cool Running Ball Bearing Construction, Replaceable Motor BrushesPivot light to illuminate projects, redesigned airflow system (quieter and cooler operation), electronic feedback circuitry, 360 degree Grip, Separate On/Off Switch & Speed Dial, Cool Running Ball Bearing Construction, Replaceable Motor Brushes
What Tasks Is The Tool For?Anything - as long as you have the bit or attachment for the taskAnything - as long as you have the bit or attachment for the taskAnything - as long as you have the bit or attachment for the task
Any Major Problems w/ The Tool?NoYes - the EZ Change Chuck system:
1) Easy to change bits, but not the collet
2) Bits get loose in the chuck
Effects quality and speed of work negatively
No
Any Major Good Points About The Tool?1) Great value for money as a kit
2) Very similar performance specs to the Dremel 4200
2) Button release chuck system is easy to use
1) Great value for money as a kit
2) Very similar performance specs to the Dremel 4000
1) Most powerful electric Dremel rotary tool
2) Good for projects with extra lighting required
3) 3 Jaw chuck system
4) Better airflow design (cooler and quieter operation) than any other electric Dremel rotary tool
Summary- Great Value For Money High Performance Dremel Rotary Tool & Kit

- No major drawbacks
- Good All Around High Performance Dremel Rotary Tool & Kit

- Poorly designed chuck system which detracts significantly

- Dremel 4300 has replaced the 4200 as the latest and top performance type corded Dremel rotary tool
- Highest Performance and Most Features Of The Electric Dremel Rotary Tool Range
Check Price USA (on Amazon)Check Dremel 4000 Price On AmazonCheck Dremel 4200 Price On AmazonCheck Dremel 4300 Price On Amazon

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Dremel 4300 Review

Dremel released the Dremel 4300 model in December 2016, and below is our review of this model, along with comparisons to both the 4000 and 4200 models.

 

  • What Are The Main New Features & Design With The Dremel 4300?

It’s fair to say the Dremel’s previous highest performance rotary tool, the 4200 model, was not received as well as it could have been by Dremel users

Although Dremel didn’t comment on the topic from what we could see, our opinion was that there were two main issues with the Dremel 4200.

There were issues firstly with the EZ Change™ mechanism for bit changing.

Not all, but some users were dissatisfied that either the Dremel bits came loose during operation, or the mechanism failed in different ways after single or repeated use.

And secondly, it also seems there were higher number than usual of defective units received by users early on when the tool was released.

Whether this was a design or manufacturing issue or another separate issue, is not clear, but the number of defective units issued at least looked like it declined after some time.

The issues with the EZ Change™ mechanism remained.

It looks like Dremel took this into account, knew something had to be done, and the Dremel 4300 is their redesigned highest performance rotary tool model.

The main features or design changes added by Dremel on the 4300 model are:

Pivot light to illuminate projects

3 Jaw chuck system – tool-less and collet free changing (chuck accepts all shank sizes) > replaces the EZ Change™ mechanism

More powerful Motor – 1.8 Amp > increase from the 1.6 Amp Dremel 4200 motor

Redesigned airflow system (quieter and cooler operation)

 

  • Dremel 4300 Kit Options

1) Dremel 4300-9/64 High Performance Rotary Tool Kit

This kit has 9 attachments and 64 accessories/bits.

 

Accessories/Bits Included:

Carving/Engraving bits, Cutting bits (cutoff wheels and cutting bits), Grinding/Sharpening bits (grinding stones), Cleaning/Polishing bits, Sanding bits.

 

Attachments Included:

Pivot Light, 225 Flex Shaft, A550 Shield, A577 Detailer’s Grip, 678 Circle Cutter and Straight Edge Guide, 575 Right Angle Attachment, A576 Sanding and Grinding Guide, 565 Cutting Guide, 679 Garden Tool Sharpener

 

Other Items Included:

EZ402 EZ – Lock Mandrel, 150 – 1/8″ Drill Bit, EZ407SA – Drum Sanding Band and Mandrel. Comes with premium aluminium carrying case.

 

Where to Check Price:

 

2) Dremel 4300-5/40 High Performance Rotary Tool Kit

This kit has 5 attachments and 40 accessories/bits.

 

Accessories/Bits Included:

Carving/Engraving bits, Cutting bits (cutoff wheels and cutting bits), Grinding/Sharpening bits (grinding stones), Cleaning/Polishing bits, Sanding bits.

 

Attachments Included:

Pivot Light, 675 Lawn Mower & Garden Tool Sharpener, A550 Shield Rotary Attachment, 565 Multipurpose Cutting Kit, A576 Sanding/Grinding Guide.

 

Other Items Included:

EZ402 EZ – Lock Mandrel, 150 – 1/8″ Drill Bit. Comes with standard Dremel storage case and mini accessories case.

 

Where to Check Price:

 

  • Dremel 4300 User Experience

Good Things:

Pivot light is great for darker settings like working in your garage or workshop

3 Jaw Chuck saves a lot of time – don’t need a tool/wrench, or to change the collet size, when inserting and removing different bits with different shank sizes

Extra power up to 1.8 Amps makes it the most versatile finishing type rotary tool on the market

Really good range of high quality Dremel bits included in both kits – allows user to perform a range of activities

Ventilation of the tool appears to work well

Aluminium premium carry case in the 4300-9/64 Kit has a drawer – good for storing all accessories and the Dremel tool

 

Potential Improvements:

Although the 3 Jaw Chuck is good, some users might prefer the Dremel 4000 EZ Twist system which requires you to change collet sizes for different bit shank sizes – some feel it gives you a better and more secure fit with the bits in the tool > but this is subjective as the 3 Jaw chuck does still appear to hold pieces securely

The case quality could be higher consider the price you pay for the kit. Some people find their case can bend or get dented, or the handle isn’t durable long term, or the drawer can become hard to slide in and out.

The return policy for the 4300 and kit could be communicated more clearly to the buyer, and extended to be longer, in case there is any issues with the tool, accessories or case over the first few months

 

  • Why Get A Dremel 4300, And NOT A Dremel 4000 or 4200?

You would consider getting a Dremel 4300 if you want:

A pivot light to illuminate projects

3 Jaw chuck system – tool-less and collet free changing (chuck accepts all shank sizes)

The most powerful electric rotary tool by Dremel

The most versatile of Dremel’s rotary tool range > highest performing tool means it is better for heavier duty applications, and appears to have the most well rounded range of accessories of any Dremel model kits so far.

A more comprehensive storage case for your tool and accessories

 

  • Why Get A Dremel 4000 (or 4200), And NOT a Dremel 4300?

There would be a few main reasons to consider getting the Dremel 4000, and not the Dremel 4300:

Price – the Dremel 4300 kits are not cheap

If you prefer the EZ Twist system of the Dremel 4000 over the 3 Jaw Chuck system of the Dremel 4300. NOTE: the Dremel 4300 requires you to change over to a collet system (included in the kits) to use some attachments or accessories – this might be an inconvenience or not a preference for some users.

You don’t need all the extra accessories

You don’t need the upgraded case

 

  • Summary of Dremel 4300 Tool & Kits

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It really does look like Dremel has been successful in redesigning and creating their newest high performance rotary tool model.

Although it is pricey, the Dremel 4300 tool itself and associated kits offer the most high end and all around capability of any Dremel rotary tool on the market.

The wide range of accessories and attachments included in the kit, and premium storage case (only available in the 9/64 kit) are other welcome additions and changes.

The 3 Jaw Chuck system provides the quickest bit changing system – no wrenches are required, and collet sizes don’t have to be changed over.

As we wrote in our Best Dremel Attachments Guide, Dremel offers 4 sizes of collets – 1/8, 3/32. 1/16, 1/32 inch for both the standard and EZ collet sizes (note: EZ change collets are NOT compatible with the 225 flex shaft attachment and the 575 right angle attachment).

To use some accessories and attachments with the Dremel 4300, you’ll have to switch over to this collet system, which is included in the kits, to use some Dremel attachments and accessories.

If you are OK with these factors, and you want the highest performance electric rotary tool offered by Dremel, the Dremel 4300 is worth your consideration.

 

Dremel 4000 & 4200 Review

We already compared the Dremel 4000 & Dremel 4200 models in Dremel 4000 vs 4200: Reviews, Comparison & Buyer’s Guide.

You can read about available kits and other features there. Otherwise, you can read individual reviews here:

Dremel 4000 Review

Dremel 4200 Review

 

Dremel 4300 vs Dremel 3000 Comparison

Dremel 4300 has 1.8 Amps, whereas the Dremel 3000 has 1.2 Amps

Both have a speed range of 5,000 to 35,000 RPM

Dremel 4300 has electronic feedback, whereas the Dremel 3000 doesn’t

Both are variable speed tools

Dremel 4300 has on/off speed control, whereas the Dremel 3000 doesn’t

Dremel 4300 has the 3 Jaw Chuck, whereas the Dremel 3000 has the EZ Twist Nose Cap

Both come with different available accessory kits

 

Dremel 4300 vs Dremel 200 Comparison

Dremel 4300 has 1.8 Amps, whereas the Dremel 200 has 1.15 Amps

Dremel 4300 has a speed range of 5,000 to 35,000 RPM, whereas the Dremel 200 has a speed range of 15,000 to 35,000 RPM

Dremel 4300 has electronic feedback, whereas the Dremel 200 doesn’t

Dremel 4300 is a variable speed tool, whereas the Dremel 200 is 2 speed

Dremel 4300 has on/off speed control, whereas the Dremel 200 doesn’t

Dremel 4300 has the 3 Jaw Chuck, whereas the Dremel 200 has the wrench changing system

Both come with different available accessory kits

 

Dremel 4300 vs Dremel 100

Dremel 4300 has 1.8 Amps, whereas the Dremel 100 has 1.15 Amps

Dremel 4300 has a speed range of 5,000 to 35,000 RPM, whereas the Dremel 100 has one speed of 35,000 RPM

Dremel 4300 has electronic feedback, whereas the Dremel 100 doesn’t

Dremel 4300 is a variable speed tool, whereas the Dremel 200 is a one speed tool

Dremel 4300 has on/off speed control, whereas the Dremel 100 doesn’t

Dremel 4300 has the 3 Jaw Chuck, whereas the Dremel 100 has the wrench changing system

 

Dremel 4300 Resources

1. https://www.dremel.com/en/

 

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  1. I’ve had three Dremel 4300 in the last fortnight and all have had trouble with the Variable Speed Dial Failing after less than one hour of light use!!!! Not Happy!!

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