Three best Dremel rotary tool kits
A rotary tool spins very quickly. At top speeds, it's whirling 20 to 30 times faster than a handheld drill (depending on the specs of the drill, of course). At that speed, the Dremel becomes a nearly miraculous tool that can do almost anything: grind metal, shape wood, drill holes, and sharpen tools. Additionally, you can use it to engrave, buff, and polish. If you're a crafter, this is the single most important item to have in your arsenal.
Dremel has a number of rotary tool options. Deciding which one is best for you will ultimately come down to knowing what you want to accomplish. The following guide provides some insight into this cyclonic marvel.
Considerations when choosing Dremel rotary tool kits
A corded Dremel won't run out of power, but it's less mobile. A cordless Dremel can be taken anywhere, but it will only run while the battery has a charge.
You can purchase a Dremel that only has two speed options: high and low. Although this is workable, there will be many times when the ideal speed is something in between those two settings. The best tool is a variable-speed Dremel.
The difference between two and three pounds might not seem like much, but when you're doing detail work for extended periods of time, the hand fatigue caused by a heavier unit could cost you some precision.
Most Dremel rotary tools come with a collet and a nut to hold the bit in place when it's whirling at high speeds. Some have an EZ Twist Nose Cap; others require a little more effort. If you need to use bits that have shanks of different sizes, you will need multiple collets.
There is a phenomenal assortment of bits available for your Dremel rotary tool, and each performs a specific task. Different kits offer different assortments. Choose a kit that has the best set of bits for your needs. As you become more adept at using the tool, you can always add to your collection.
Dremel rotary tool kit prices: You can purchase a basic, entry-level Dremel rotary tool kit for as low as $25. A more durable tool with a considerable number of bits runs about $60 to $80. Once you pass the $100 mark, you're looking at a kit that has bells and whistles that make the Dremel more appealing to the professional user.
Q. Should I buy a corded or cordless unit?
A. That depends on how often you plan on using your Dremel rotary tool. A light-duty, rechargeable Dremel is great for occasional use. If you plan on using your Dremel on a somewhat regular basis, you'll probably want to consider a corded model. You'll lose flexibility, but a corded Dremel is always ready to perform.
Q. I'm still on the fence, which Dremel should I get?
A. Typically, for a first purchase, it's smarter to start with only what you need. However, since most people end up using their Dremel far more than they initially anticipated, if it's within your budget, getting the higher-end model is the way to go.
Dremel rotary tool kits we recommend
Best of the best: Dremel 8220 1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
Our take: A slightly larger, high-performance, variable speed, cordless rotary tool with a wide variety of uses.
What we like: The 8220 series has an EZ Twist Nose Cap that enables you to change bits quickly. The unit comes with a diverse assortment of bits that let you cut, grind, polish, and sand. The durable 12V lithium-ion battery can be recharged in about an hour.
What we dislike: It's a little bulkier than Dremel's other models.
Best bang for your buck: Dremel 3000 1/25 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
Our take: A reasonably priced, corded, variable-speed rotary tool that's useful in many situations.
What we like: Corded means there are no worries about running out of power in the middle of a task, while the variable speeds let you accomplish a wide range of work. The EZ Twist Nose Cap allows for a quick change of bits.
What we dislike: The tool can be hard to control at higher speeds. Depending on the bits you use, you might need to purchase an adapter.
Our take: A corded, high-speed rotary tool that comes with a case and a keyless chuck.
What we like: The Dremel 4000 has a wide assortment of accessories that enable the user to accomplish an impressive number of tasks. The keyless chuck is a welcome accessory, making the unit extremely adaptable to bits with various shank sizes.
What we dislike: Be sure to read the instructions carefully. Improperly attaching bits and accessories can lead to premature breakage.
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