You might be looking at getting a Dremel rotary tool, or you’ve just bought one and pulled it out the box…
You’re probably wondering – “What the heck are all these little bits, how do I know which ones to get, and what do they do?”!
This Dremel accessories guide & list is designed to give you the answers to those questions.
We list and explain:
The different types of Dremel accessories & bits
What each type of accessory or bit is used for
Where you can find the best bits for doing specific tasks – you can read this guide about the best individual accessories and bits
If you would rather know more about the kits Dremel & non-Dremel brands offer as opposed to individual bits – you can read more about some of the best accessory kits here.
Dremel Accessories Guide & List: Everything You Need To Know
One of the common accessory kits available from Dremel is:
Note though that there are also kits offered from alternate companies – always do your due diligence when buying these kits.
A few notes before we start:
Before jumping into it, we should point out that Dremel accessories are different to Dremel attachments. You can read about Dremel attachments here.
We also want to make note that different Dremel models have different collet and chuck systems (read guide) for securing the bits to the rotary tool – which you’ll want to understand before making a decision on the model you want or purchasing new bits.
Some Dremel bits like the EZ bits require their own EZ collets. And, some bits like a flap wheel for example, need mandrels to be secured to, and secured into the chuck or collet.
Always check the Dremel website, filter bits by tool – and select the rotary tool (important as other bits could be for the saw or oscillating tool range), and check bit compatibility (with different models) and other specs. before purchasing
1. Different Types Of Dremel Accessories & Bits, And What They’re Used For
Dremel accessories and bits:
Come in different shapes and categories to perform different tasks
Are made of different materials to work on softer or harder surfaces
The different categories and materials of Dremel Accessories, and what they’re used for are:
– Sanding drums (holds the sanding bands),
– Sanding bands (used for shaping and smoothing),
– Sanding discs (rough smooth and shape wood or fibreglass, or remove paint from metal),
– Flap wheels (use as a finishing sander after heavy sanding),
Sanding accessories have different grits – 60 is coarse, 120 is fine and 240 is coarse.
Cut Off Wheels
– Cut off wheels and shaping wheels (cut and shape metal, wood, plastic),
– Fibreglass reinforced cut off wheels (increased durability – for cutting metal, wood plastics and ceramics),
– Premium metal cutting wheels (for metal), EZ cut off wheels (range of uses),
– Diamond wheel (cutting, sawing, carving, sharpening and filing hard materials-including marble concrete, brick, porcelain, ceramics, epoxy and hard woods)
There are many variations of cutting wheels – but these are some of the main ones.
– High speed carbide cutters (shaping, hollowing, grooving, slotting, inlaying, and making tapered holes in soft metals, plastic and wood),
– Drywall cutter (for drywall),
– Multi purpose bit (cut wood, plastic, fiberglass, drywall, laminate, and aluminum and vinyl siding),
– Tile cutter (for cutting tile surfaces), grout removal cutter (for grout removal),
– Diamond points (For fine detail work, cutting, engraving, carving, touch-up and finishing. Use on wood, jade, ceramic, glass, hardened steel, semi-precious stones and other hard materials),
– High speed tungsten carbide cutters (for shaping, smoothing or removing material from especially hard substances, like cast iron, nonferrous metals, and hard woods),
– Structured tooth tungsten carbide cutters (for fast cutting and material removal of fiberglass, wood, plastic, epoxy, rubber, laminates, particleboard and ceramic tile)
– Different shaped router bits (for routing, inlaying and mortising in wood and other soft materials)
Carving, Engraving & Etching Accessories
– Carbide engraving cutters (for engraving, carving and routing on wood, fiberglass, ceramics, jewelry, soft metals & more)
– Diamond wheel points (fine detail work, cutting, engraving, carving, touch-up and finishing. Use on wood, jade, ceramic, glass, hardened steel, semi-precious stones and other hard materials)
Drill bits (drilling wood, plastic, soft metals & other soft materials)
Glass Drill bit (for drilling glass)
Use drill bits with a drill bit lubricating/cutting oil.
Grinding & Sharpening Accessories
Aluminium oxide grinding stones (for general-purpose grinding, sharpening & de-burring on metals, stainless steel, castings, welded joints, rivets and rust)
Silicon carbide grinding stones (grind and etch stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, gemstones and non-ferrous metals)
Dressing stone (for restoring grinding stones)
Surface prep wheels (removing surface applications like paint, and removing rust and burrs)
Grinding wheels and EZ Grinding Wheels (for shaping, smoothing, sharpening, deburring, rust removal and general purpose grinding on most materials – including stainless steel )
Sharpening stone (for sharpening blades – particularly lawn mover and outdoor tool blades)
Cleaning & Polishing Accessories
– Polishing wheels & cones (general polishing of most ferrous metals, stones, glass and ceramics)
– Nylon Bristle brushes (light deburring, cleaning and polishing of silverware, jewelry and other precious metals)
– Stainless steel brushes (Ideal for cleaning, deburring and surface-finishing items made from stainless steel, aluminum, silver, pewter or other white metals)
– Carbon steel brushes (Ideal for cleaning and removing rust and corrosion from items made of brass, copper or other soft ferrous metals-such as tools, door knobs, automobile parts and electrical contacts. You can also use wire brushes to create an artistic effect on coarse-grained wood)
– Brass brushes (for cleaning and surface-finishing items made from gold, bronze, copper or brass)
– Abrasive brushes (cleaning and light sanding on metal, glass, wood, aluminum and plastics – and can easily remove tarnish from brass)
– Detail abrasive brushes (for detail cleaning and light sanding. Use on metal, wood, glass, aluminum and plastics)
– Rubber polishing points (for removing rough areas, small burrs and scratch marks from ferrous metals)
Use some of the cleaning and polishing bits with a polishing compound.
2. What Are The Best Bits For The Task I Want To Perform
We’ve put together guide of the best Dremel and non-Dremel brand bits for the following tasks if you want to read more: