Which Dremel tool to buy? This is a very common dilemma faced by thousands of buyers interested in buying a rotary tool. They know that Dremel tools are the best when it comes to rotary tools. But, they are also often confused about which particular Dremel will best suit their needs. Below, we have tried to break down just that confusing question, so you have the best chance to pick up a tool that is just right for your needs.
Cordless or corded tools?
Your first method to shortlist should be to decide whether you will need a cordless Dremel or one that comes with a power cord. While battery operated Dremel tools give you the freedom of portability and unhinged artistry, they can be frustrating when they run out of battery juice. If you are buying a cordless Dremel, we highly recommend that you buy a spare battery. On the other hand, a corded Dremel tool gives you consistent performance, but with the slight disadvantage of a 6 or 7 foot cord always tethered to the tool.
If you choose corded Dremel tools, you can skip to about 2/3 of the way down where we introduce you to the corded Dremel tools. If cordless is what you are after, please read through the immediately following sections.
Which cordless Dremel tool to buy?
The cordless rotary tools in Dremel’s line up are the 8220 series, the 8100 series, the 8050 series, the 7700 series, the 7300 series and the 7000 series. We will quickly introduce you to each of the models and their main features, below.
The 8220 is the top of the line Dremel cordless rotary tool. To change accessories, you simply need to unscrew the nose cap on the tool, push it up against the collet and loosen it, change out the accessory, tighten the collet and return the nose cap by screwing it back onto the tool. The 8220 comes in two kit variations; with one attachment and 28 accessories and another with 2 attachments and 28 accessories.
Dremel 8100 Series
The 8100 shares a lot of features with the higher priced 8220, but at the cost of a having a weaker motor. But, even the 8 V motor puts out a great RPM range. The 8100 only comes in one kit variation, with 21 accessories and no attachments.
Dremel 8050 Series
The Dremel 8100 is a very sleek, compact yet powerful 8 V motor rotary tool that gives you fairly high-end RPM range. It usually ships in a kit with 18 accessories and no attachment. The slim design is its primary selling point, allowing for a pencil like hold, enabling intricate work.
Dremel 7700, 7300 and 7000
The Dremel 7000 series and below use Ni-Cd batteries that don’t hold charge as well as the Lithium Ion Dremel tools. Also, they take longer to charge than Lithium Ion tools. But, these shortcomings obviously come with the better price advantage. The 7700 features an RPM range of 10,000 to 20,000 while the 7300 features 6,500 to 14,000 RPM range and the 7000 featuring an RPM range between 7,000 and 14,000. All models in the 7000 series only have a two speed high/low speed setting and will need a wrench to change out accessories. They are not compatible with attachments and do not have an on/off button for speed control.
Which Corded Dremel Tool to Buy?
There’s 4 fantastic corded Dremel tools, as introduced below. Please note that you will see a feature called electronic feedback control listed for some of the tools. If this feature is present, it means that the Dremel tool has circuitry that will automatically increase the RPM of the tool, overriding your RPM setting, if the circuitry detects that the tool is struggling due to friction or feedback.
The Dremel Fortiflex is a favorite amongst jewelers as it allows for foot controlled speed variations. The freedom of using two hands and the pencil like tool design allows for fantastic intricate work, with great accuracy. The Dremel Fortiflex is usually sold in a 21 accessory kit with no attachments.
The Dremel 4300 is the most popular and latest rotary tool from the Dremel stables. Featuring a powerful 1.8 Amps motor, the 3-Jaw chuck system is a huge hit as it allows for easy changing of accessories, while being able to fit ALL accessories and drill bits from the Dremel line. The 4300 is available in two kit options, one with 5 attachments and 40 accessories while the other kit option is one with 9 attachments and 64 accessories.
The 4000 is lower priced than the 4300 and does not feature a 3 jaw chuck system like the 4300. But, with its EZ Twist nose cap, changing out an accessory is still very quick, requiring just 20 seconds at most. What makes the 4000 really popular is that it comes in 4 kit variations. They are as follows. 2 attachment and 30 accessories kit, 3 attachments and 34 accessories kit, 4 attachments and 34 accessories kit and a deluxe 6 attachments with 50 accessories kit.
The Dremel 3000 is one of the oldest products in the Dremel line up. But, that hasn’t stopped it from being popular. With a fantastic price point and 4 kit options, the 3000 is a solid performer without the bells and whistles like electronic feedback control or an on/off speed control button. It also doesn’t allow you to fine tune RPM and instead makes you choose between preset speeds. But, it still rings value for money for many buyers. Available in a 1 attachment and 24 accessory kit, a 1 attachment and 25 accessory kit and a 2 attachment and 28 accessories kit.
We hope these Dremel tool tips catered to help you buy the best rotary tool were useful. Remember, the best tool for your needs isn’t always the most expensive tool out there. Sometimes, even an older or basic version will do just fine for your purposes. The more you save, the more you can spend on accessories that can dramatically expand the horizons of what your Dremel tool can do.