What Is A Dremel Tool, And What Are They Good For?

If you’ve had to ask ‘what is a Dremel tool?’, you probably also want to know what they’re good for in terms of tasks around the house, or on-site.

In this quick guide, we list the ranges of popular products and tools offered by the Dremel brand, and what they are good for in terms of use and application.

Let’s have a look at the Dremel…

 

What Is A Dremel Tool, And What Are They Good For?

 

1. What Is A Dremel?

Dremel is an American company that makes a range of electric and battery operated tools.

However, they are best known for their popular and market leading rotary range electric and cordless tools.

When someone refers to a ‘Dremel’ or ‘Dremel tool’, the rotary range of tools made by the Dremel brand is most likely what they are referring to.

The tool Dremel makes is a finishing type rotary tool – best used for small, light and detail orientated tasks.

Even though Dremel is the most well known and established rotary tool brand, there are Dremel alternatives – like the WEN, Black & Decker & Proxxon models.

As of February 2017, some of the more common and popular models of corded and cordless Dremel range rotary tools are:

 

Corded/Electric:

  • Dremel 4300 (variable speed high performance 1.8 Amp tool)
  • Dremel 4200 (variable speed 1.6 Amp tool)
  • Dremel 4000 (variable speed 1.6 Amp tool)
  • Dremel 3000 (variable speed 1.2 Amp tool)
  • Dremel 200 (2 speed tool for precise activities)
  • Dremel 100 (1 speed tool for precise activities)
  • Dremel 9100 Forti-Flex (2.5 Amp tool with flex shaft for precise and detailed activities like wood carving). An alternative to this tool is the Foredom range of flex shaft tools

 

Cordless:

  • Dremel 8220 (high performance, 12 volt lithium ion battery, variable speed tool)
  • Dremel 8100 (8 volt lithium ion battery, variable speed tool)
  • Dremel 8050 (micro, 8 volt lithium ion battery, variable speed tool)
  • Dremel 7700 (mini, 7.2 volt nickel cadmium battery, two speed tool)
  • Dremel 7300 (mini, 4.8 volt, nickel cadmium, two speed tool)
  • Dremel 7300 PT (mini, popular dog nail grooming tool)
  • Dremel 7000 (6 volt AA battery, two speed tool)

 

2. What Are Dremel Rotary Tools Good For?

As mentioned above, Dremel rotary tools are finishing and small works tools.

They can be used in conjunction with a range of Dremel accessories and Dremel attachments for tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Cutting Off
  • Cutting Into
  • Carving
  • Engraving
  • Grinding
  • Sanding
  • Polishing/Cleaning
  • Drilling (freehand, or when used with a Dremel workstation)

These bits and accessories fit into the the Dremel rotary tool via either a collet or chuck system.

 

3. What Other Ranges Of Tools Does Dremel Make?

Dremel doesn’t just make rotary tools.

They make other tool ranges, with the Multi Purpose (Oscillating tools) and Saw ranges being two of the main ones.

There are also stand-alone tools Dremel makes like scroll saws (the Moto Saw), hot glue guns, contour sanders, versatip butane torches and powered screwdrivers, to name a few.

Uses of some of these tool ranges include:

  • Dremel Multi Max Range – oscillating tools used for sanding, cutting and cleaning/removal of materials.

The Dremel Velocity is included in the Multi Purpose tool range, and is a designed to contain functions of both an oscillating tool, and reciprocating  and circular saws. Dremel describes it as being able to tackle ‘larger jobs that oscillating tools can’t’.

Blades and attachments for this tool range are usually marked with an ‘MM’.

  • Dremel Saw Max and Ultra Saw Range – Saw Max is a handheld compact circular saw used for cutting. The Ultra saw is a 3 in 1 saw that can also prepares surfaces (remove paint, rust and mortar).

Blades and attachments for this tool range are usually marked with an ‘SM’ or ‘US’.

  • Dremel Moto Saw – a stationary scroll saw that can turn into a portable coping saw – used for cutting.
  • Dremel Trio – a router type tool used for cutting sanding and routing.
  • Dremel Versatip – butane torch used for soldering.

 

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