Trying a pro-grade cordless moto-tool
October 5, 2023 | 3:50 pm CDT
Dremel 8260 cordless moto-tool

The Dremel 8260 is a powerful and versatile moto-tool that doesn’t have a cord to get in the way of your work.

Hand-held moto-tools, often generically called Dremels for the company that invented them, frequently get a bad rap from professional craftsmen. Too often, hobbyists ruin projects thinking all they need to do detailed work is a moto-tool in their hand. Pretty soon they find out those tools easily can get out of hand. But in skilled hands, the Dremel tool can be the best solution to a variety of challenges.

Moto-tools drive small bits at high speed and can get into places that are just too small or confined for larger tools. I’ve used them for specialized detail work for years. I even have a router fixture that allows me to use them for fine inlay work such as in musical instrument fingerboards. Still, the problem has always been the darned cord.

With such a light, but powerful tool, the weight of the cord can really get in the way, over-balancing the tool right when you need a delicate or precise touch. When I previously tried Dremel’s consumer grade cordless version (Dremel 7350), I found it a big improvement, but I really wanted more power. Now, with the Dremel 8260, there is plenty of power, adjustable speeds and pro-grade features all in a compact cordless configuration.

Powerful specs
The Dremel 8260 is powered by a removable 12-volt 3.0 lithium-ion battery pack that charges to full power in about 95 minutes. LED lights on the tool let you know how much power you have left. If you drop below 20 percent, the LED flashes to warn you the tool will soon shut off without charging.

Variable speed ranges from 5,000 to 30,000 rpm with LED indicators to tell you the current speed range. You can adjust the speed with a dial on the handle or you can pair the unit with a Bluetooth device and make adjustments there. A red LED warning light tells if you have overloaded the tool or there is excessive tool or battery temperature.

The chuck takes standard Dremel tools and tightens easily with a collet lock and small wrench. Knurled facets on the collet make it fast to snug it up, but I always use the wrench to ensure it’s tight. There is a handy hanger in the back of the tool to hang it up between jobs. It all comes packed in a nice zippered nylon cloth case.

No cord for me
After using this tool in a variety of projects, I see no reason to go back to my old corded model. 
This one has plenty of power, is comfortable to use, and there is no cord to unbalance the tool at the worst possible moment. 

If you keep a Dremel in your kit for emergencies, or you do a lot of detail work in wood, metal, or other materials, this is the moto-tool to check out. Learn more at

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.