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.
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 dremel.com.
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