Choosing the MultiTool that's best for your projects
Dremel have an impressive range of MultiTools, so many, in fact, that choosing the one that's right for you can be complicated.
While Dremel is not just about MultiTools, in 1932 Dremel introduced rotary MultiTools for hobby enthusiasts, and from there the business has grown to include a wide range of compact, powerful tools for more than just crafts and hobbies.
In 1967 my dad bought a Dremel rotary tool to use for model aircraft design. Today, almost 50 years later, he is still using that exact same tool. When Dremel was introduced to South Africa I was probably one of the first people to rush out and buy a Dremel Multitool, and I have continued to enjoy the versatility of these tools over the years.
With prices ranging from R549 up to R1749 for a top of the range MultiTool, Dremel has a model for everyone, from the occasional craft enthusiasts, to those who do full-on crafts and DIY for fun or profit. See the full range of Dremel MultiTools here or buy at your local Builders.
While the latest addition to the range has a compact, streamline design, I found it lacking in power. The variable speed of 5.000 to 28.000 RPM is slow when compared to other (more affordable) models in the range. What is nice about this particular MultiTool is the LED illumination, which comes in handy if you are working in a dimly lot space or need extra light for exact detailing.
This model is the most affordable in the range and offers 2 speed settings (15.000 and 35.000), and is compact and lightweight. This corded MultiTool is ideal for a wide range of DIY and hobby projects and a great buy if you are starting out and don't want to spend too much on the first go.
With a variable speed of 10.000 to 33.000 RPM, the Dremel 3000 range is comfortable to use and probably the best buy for most craft, DIY and hobby projects. It has the speed, it is comfortable to use, and it incorporates the EZ changing system. Plus you can use all the accessories in the MultiTool collection.
There are two models in the 4000 range; the 4000 and 4200. The 4000 tops out at 5.000 to 35.000 1/min while the 4200 at 5.000 to 33.000 1/min. Not sure why the 4200 drops in speed, but it does offer the latest EZ Change system that is keyless and doesn't require a wrench and allows for fast accessories changes.
I am intentionally leaving out the Dremel 8100 because it only has a 7,4V battery, whereas the 8200 has a 10,8V battery. It might only have a rating of 5.000 to 30.000 RPM but this is my personal favourite because it is cordless, comfortable to hold and use, and packs plenty of power for everything I have thrown at it to date. Priced middle of the range it's worth the investment