When it comes to rotary tools for finishing type tasks, some people swear by Dremel, whilst others want some other alternatives.
As far as rotary tools go, there’s 3 main types of Dremel alternatives you’d want to look at.
- Cheap Dremel Alternatives
- Performance Dremel Alternatives
- Flex shaft Dremel Alternatives
Let’s look at them now …
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Dremel Alternatives: What Are Your Options?
1) Cheap Dremel Alternatives
The best cheap Dremel alternatives would probably be the WEN rotary tools, and Black and Decker rotary tools.
WEN Rotary Tools
We are talking about the WEN 2305 with flex shaft attachment, and WEN 2307 without flex shaft attachment.
These are both very cheap variable speed tools – comparable to the Dremel 3000 or 4000.
The WEN tool itself there is not a lot wrong with.
However, the Dremel 3000 and 4000 tools are both higher quality with better or increased performance specs than the WEN tools.
Also, the WEN bits and accessories you get with the WEN tools are very low quality.
As a summary – if you want a cheap tool that will get the basic tasks done – the WEN 2305 or 2307 will be OK for you.
If you want a more quality tool, with better performance, longevity and higher quality accessories in the kit, you’d get a Dremel.
Read a WEN vs Dremel rotary tool guide here.
Black & Decker
Very similar situation to the WEN.
The Black & Decker RTX-b and RTX-6 tools only have three speeds, so are even more limited than the WEN tool.
Get a Dremel if you want better features, increased performance and specs, and higher quality accessories in the kit.
The Black & Decker tools however provide you with a very cheap option.
Read a Black & Decker RTX-b, and RTX-6 guide here.
Since we first published this guide, GOXAWEE has come out with a popular cheap rotary tool option, which is the GOXAWEE Rotary Tool Kit, With Chuck, Flex Shaft & 140 Accessories (on Amazon). It presents very good value for money considering how much it costs and what you get in the kit, but some users have said the instructions for using the tool are lacking.
TACKLIFE also has several cheap Dremel alternatives available as well
2) Performance Dremel Alternatives
The Proxxon 38481 is a good performance level alternative to the Dremel 4000 or Dremel 3000 tools.
In terms of performance, both the Dremel 4000 and 3000 have more power, and greater speed ranges than the Proxxon.
On the other hand, the Proxxon feels like it is manufactured to a higher quality than the Dremel in terms of tighter ball bearings, more solid unit, and better machined front end where the bits sit.
It could be a better for fine and precision type tasks than the Dremel tools.
Read a Proxxon vs Dremel rotary tool guide here.
3) Flex Shaft Dremel Alternatives
Lastly, if you are in the market for a flex shaft tool, and you want options other than the Dremel 9100 Fortiflex, you’d want to look at the Foredom SR and TX series motor flex shaft tools.
The Foredom SR is most comparable to the Dremel Fortiflex. Both have similar performance specs, with the Foredom SR probably just coming out on top in terms of value for money.
The Foredom TX is almost twice as powerful as both the Fortiflex and Foredom SR, and is meant for power wood carving, car porting and similar tasks where you need a high torque rotary tool.
Read a Foredom vs Dremel Fortiflex guide here.