Dremel Oscillating Tool Review: What Is It?
The dremel oscillating tool is a rotating blade which rotates at high speed. The purpose of this tool is to cut through materials such as wood, plastic or metal with ease. A common misconception is that it cuts through paper like butter! While this may be true for some types of material, it isn’t necessarily the case when using a dremel oscillating tool.
It’s not uncommon for people to use a dremel oscillating tool incorrectly. This can result in damage to the user’s hands, fingers or even worse, death. For example, if someone were to drop their dremel oscillating tool while trying to cut through paper, they could easily break their hand. If you’re going to buy one of these tools make sure that you are aware of all the risks involved before purchasing it!
What Are Some Common Uses Of Dremel Oscillating Tools?
Woodworking – Woodworkers often use dremel oscillating tools to cut through hardwoods such as oak, maple, birch and mahogany. These types of woods tend to have a higher grain structure than softwood trees. Because of this, cutting through them requires a bit more finesse and skill than cutting through softer woods. If you do not know what you are doing you could end up ruining your dremel oscillating tool.
Metalworking – A lot of people aren’t aware of this, but you can use a dremel oscillating tool to cut through thin metal. While it’s not ideal for metalworking, it can be done. It’s important to note that the tool will more than likely wear out a lot faster when cutting through metal.
Cutting Tile or Masonry – A dremel oscillating tool can easily grind through softer types of tile and masonry. It shouldn’t be used on harsh materials such as concrete.
Cutting Through Existing Materials – Sometimes you may want to cut through something which already exists, such as a metal bracket or steel beam. Using a dremel oscillating tool for this purpose can save you a lot of time and effort. Keep in mind that the tool will wear down a lot faster when cutting through existing material.
These are just some of the common uses of a dremel oscillating tool. As you can see, this is by far the most versatile tool on the market today.
Dremel Oscillating Tool vs. Other Types of Tools
A dremel oscillating tool differs from other types of tools because it offers a “pistol grip” type of handle. This allows you to have more control over the tool when using it. Other types of tools such as grinders, saws, chisels and so on do not offer this feature. Because of this, you may find yourself getting tired more easily when using these other tools.
You should also be aware that the dremel oscillating tool is probably the noisiest tool on the market. This shouldn’t be much of a problem for most people but it’s still something to keep in mind.
How to Find the Best Oscillating Tool
When it comes to finding the best dremel oscillating tool, there are a few things you should look out for. Not all of these features are going to be necessary for everyone but they’re still nice to have:
Budget – Dremel oscillating tools don’t cost a lot of money in general. There are more expensive models, but even the cheapest ones can get the job done.
Warranty – A warranty is always a good thing to have when buying any type of tool. It shows that the company has faith in their product and that it is high quality. Just be sure to read the warranty information so you know exactly what is covered.
LED Light – An LED light tends to come in handy when working in dimly lit areas. An LED light will use less battery power and will also last longer.
Variable Speed Settings – Having variable speed settings is a must when working with delicate materials. You’ll need to go slower so you don’t damage the material.
Replaceable Carbon Brushes – After some time, the carbon brushes in your dremel oscillating tool will wear down and will need to be replaced. It’s good if the tool has an easy way to replace these.
Accessories – Last but not least, you’re going to want a dremel oscillating tool that comes with all the basic accessories such as cut-off wheels, sanding bands, etc.
All of these features are just suggestions. If you have your own preferences, then go ahead and choose a model that has those features. As long as it’s a quality tool, then it should work great for what you need it to do.
Dremel Oscillating Tool vs. Other Tools
There are a lot of tools that are similar to the dremel oscillating tool. Depending on what you plan to do with it, one of these other tools may be better than the dremel.
Router – The router is a popular tool for woodworkers. It can also be used on metal and linoleum. This tool uses a circular blade that spins at high speeds to cut through materials.
Grinder – A grinder is a great tool to use for grinding, sanding, cutting and more. It’s the same concept as a dremel but it uses a wheel instead of a revolving brush.
Research these tools before you buy so you get the one that best fits your needs.
Should I Buy a Corded or Cordless Dremel?
The main advantage of a cordless dremel is the convenience. You’re not tethered to an extension cord or a power source so you have much more freedom.
Of course, there’s a catch.
Cordless dremels typically don’t have as much power or torque as corded models do so keep that in mind when looking at various models.
Do I Need an Extra Attachment?
The short answer to this question is no. You can accomplish most tasks with just the standard accessories that come with your dremel.
However, there are times where having an attachment is more convenient. For example, if you’re using your dremel to cut through drywall, it would be a lot easier to have a drywall cutting attachment than to make one yourself.
Take a look at the various attachments that are available and see if there is any way they could benefit you in your projects.
What Do I Do With All the Prepared Cords?
After you’ve cut through a bunch of drywall with your dremel, you’re going to have a lot of little prepared cords (threads) left over.
What should you do with them?
The first thing that comes to mind is saving them for future projects. This is definitely a good idea so you don’t have to take the time (and endure the hassle) of cutting new ones when you need them again.
Another option is to throw them away. This is also a good idea if you’ve decided to use a dremel with a cordless battery. No point in saving threads for a tool that doesn’t have one.
Think of all the space you’ll save by throwing them away!
What is a Dremel?
If you’ve somehow come to this page without an understanding of what a dremel is, then you’ve got some serious homework to do. Put the dremel down, step away, and go do some research on what it is before coming back here.
Okay, let’s continue.
What Are the Different Kinds of Dremel?
There are a few different kinds of dremel but for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to break them down into just two types: corded and cordless.
Corded – As you might have guessed, these are the ones that are plugged into a power outlet. They tend to have more power and are better for heavier duty jobs. However, this power comes at a price which we’ll get into later.
Cordless – As the name suggests, these ones run off batteries. They’re a lot more convenient in that you’re not tied down to an outlet but they tend to be weaker and have a shorter operating time.
Think of it this way, you wouldn’t use a cordless sander to refinish a floor would you?
It doesn’t make sense because it just doesn’t have the power. However, it would be fine for smaller detailed areas.
For the sake of convenience, we’re only going to be talking about cordless dremels on this page.
Are All Dremel Created Equal?
Not at all.
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