Frequently Asked Questions
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Top Frequently Asked Questions
What is the benefit of a single speed tool? Why would someone buy this?
The Series 100 is a constant speed tool – 35,000 RPM. The tool itself is an economical option that allows the use of accessories that require a high speed. A key application that generally requires high speed is a fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheel. Using that at a slow speed will make the accessory less effective. There are high speed rotary tool accessories in our line that we do not recommend using with the Series 100 because the accessories require a lower speed for safe operation. Always check the speed rating on an accessory before using it in the tool.
What is the purpose of the Cutting Guide Attachment?
The Cutting Guide Attachment is designed to help the user maintain depth while using Dremel spiral saw cutting accessories like the 560 (drywall), 561 ( Multipurpose), and 562 (ceramic wall tile).
What’s the difference between the Dremel the 7700, the 7300, and the 7000?
The key difference is that the 7700 (7.2 V) and 7300 (4.8 V) both come with rechargeable ni-cad battery packs. The 7000 works on alkaline batteries that you supply.
What is a Dremel 3D Idea Builder?
The Dremel Idea Builder Printer (3D20 & 3D40) are high quality 3D printer that goes above and beyond to mentor users through the 3D building process and introduce users to methods for turning their ideas into reality. The Dremel 3D Builder builds in 3D which means instead of putting ink onto a flat surface like in regular printing, it builds up material in three dimensions to create an object. It heats plastic filament and then draws it out in very fine layers.
What is the difference between the Dremel 8220, 8100, and 8050?
The 8220, 8100, ad 8050 all share some similarities, but the 8220 kicks control up a notch or two over the 8100 and 8050. They are all powered by lithium ion power, the 8220 is a 12V Max battery pack that is removable from the unit, the 8100 is an 8V Max removable battery pack and the 8050 is a tool contained 8V max battery. They all use the same collets, and can also work with our keyless chuck. The 8220 can work with our older high performance attachments. The 8220 features a speed slide that is separated from the on/off switch. The benefit for any user is that when you find that sweet spot for speed, they will be able to get back to that pretty quickly. The on/off switch on the 8220 also locks out the collet or shaft lock mechanism. That means when the tool is on, you cannot accidentally push or activate the collet locking mechanism and damage the tool.
What's the difference between the Dremel 4200 and the 4000?
The Dremel 4200 features a unique method of quickly changing the same shank size accessory – called EZ change. it is supported with a different nose on the tool and a different style collet. This feature allows the user to release or pull back on two small levers on the housing of the tool to loosen and remove or insert the accessory, and pull forward toward the nose of the tool to tighten the accessory and hold it in place. The feature is designed to save time and effort when users are switching from one accessory to the other with the same shank size. The model 4000 uses our standard collets held in place by a collet nut that threads onto the tool.
What is the difference between the 565 MultiPurpose Cutting Kit, 566 Tile Cutting Kit and the Circle Cutting Guide?
These attachment really work with the same basic accessories. The Circle Cutting Guide has a pivot point on it that will allow you to make a circle in your material or you can quickly convert the guide to be used to cut or channel a straight cut from the edge of the material. The Multipurpose Cutting Kit and Tile Cutting kit are not the same - while they help you manage the depth, cutting a circle with either of these two is done free-hand. The difference between the 565 and 566 are the accessory (bits) that come with the guide. The guide is the same in each of those.
What is the difference between the Grout Removal Attachment and 565 MultiPurpose Cutting Kit and the the 566 Tile Cutting Kit?
The Multipurpose Cutting Kit and Tile Cutting kit are not the same as the Grout Removal Attachment. The Multipurpose and Tile Cutting Guides are flat and manage depth at best when flat against the material. The Grout Removal Attachment is angled to accommodate smoother, more efficient removal of a fine grout line. You can also using the Cutting Guide or Tile Guide in different directions. For the greatest success with grout removal, we recommend only PULLING this attachment - never push it. Pushing this attachment in the material will damage and/or likely break the grout removal bit.
I am buying a rotary tool for the first time or for someone else and I am not sure this one is the right choice. How do I know what to get?
This is a great question. While we cannot really answer it for you, we may be able to help with the following question: Will the tool be used every day or for long periods of time? IF the answer to this is yes, we would recommend considering a higher end product and a tool with a cord, they are built for long term use and durability. Those include the 4000, 4200, 4300. They are also the most full featured of our high speed rotary tools. The 8050 is a lighter duty option, the battery/tool will need to be recharged. If you are a new user just starting out, consider where you may go with high speed rotary use. Our experience has taught us over the years that once people start to understand how to use their tool, their enjoyment for using it only gets bigger and better. We encourage you to think BIG!
What's the difference between the Dremel 3000 and the Series 200 and Series 100?
These tools all share some similarities, but the 3000 provides the user with a click-and-set variable speed control. The Series 100 is a single speed tool and the Series 200 is a two speed tool. They all use the same collets, and can also work with our keyless chuck. The 3000 will work with all current attachments and accessories. The variable speed option allows the user to take the speed down a little further when using accessories that have a speed limit – like a brush or a buff.
What is the difference between the Dremel 4000 and the 3000?
The 4000 and 3000 share some similarities, but the 4000 has greater control compared to the 3000. Both tools use the same collets, and work with our keyless chuck, and all current attachments. Additionally, the 4000 can work with our older high-performance attachments. The 4000 features a speed dial that is separated from the on/off switch and can dial up or down speed in approximately 1000 rpm increments. The benefit for any user is that when you find that "sweet-spot" for speed, they will be able to get back to that. The on/off switch on the 4000 also locks out the collet or shaft lock mechanism. That means when the tool is on, you cannot accidentally push or activate the collet locking mechanism and damage the tool.