Summary: A real user reviews the performance of the Dremel Oscillating Tool Kit. It can sand, scrape and cut. Use it to remove residue from brick, cut shims, and more. Changing heads is quick and easy. To get more great tool reviews, visit toolselect.com.
JEREMY: It's got the Velcro for the sandpaper, to me that's the best system. You can plug it in with it on, if you're not aware of that it'll jump all over the place. You then can damage what you're working with.
BARNABY: Hey what's up Barnaby here. So you want to know more about the Dremel Multi Tool. Well I can tell you that it has a 2.5 amp motor capable of generating between 10,000 and 21,000 oscillations per minute but you can kind of manipulate that through the range with the 10 speed variable wheel. What we like to do with a tool like this is put them in the hands of real folks like Jeremy and have you take it on out to the job site and put it through paces. I want you to think back in the course of our conversation about your perceptions of its performance, its design, its quality, and its value. But first tell me what do you do in life?
JEREMY: I own a construction business. We do a lot of remodeling: kitchens, baths, historical renovations. We used this tool on a job we were sub contracting for a company named [Pazelfore 00:0102]. We used it for a variety of purposes. It was an old industrial building. We were scraping a lot of glue and adhesive off of old brick and steel to get ready for paint. We used it to cut counter tops to lay sinks in, cut shims and door jambs.
BARNABY: Yeah, so you went through a bunch of different materials, right?
BARNABY: Did it perform as you would expect it to perform? Tell me about your impressions.
JEREMY: It did. We liked it a lot, you just got to make sure you have the right attachment for what you're cutting and once you find that then it works beautifully.
BARNABY: That's interesting. First time I used the multi tool I was trying to cut some door shims and it just wasn't doing it. I'm thinking, "This is just really thin wood. What's up with that?" And then somebody told me vibration can be your enemy.
JEREMY: Yeah. It vibrates quickly so if the material vibrates and it's not securely attached, you'll just move the material and you won't cut it.
BARNABY: Yeah, see? It's just a fun little tip, right?
BARNABY: Okay. You were impressed with the performance?
JEREMY: Yeah, it had all the power we needed to do anything we wanted it to. It had a long enough cord for what we wanted, it was great.
BARNABY: Okay let's move on into the design. Let's talk about what maybe you like and don't like about it.
JEREMY: Sure, the thing that I like the most is how you attached and detached the attachments for it. It’s got no more chalk with an Allen wrench.
BARNABY: Does that lock it down nice and tight?
JEREMY: Yeah, you can’t ...
BARNABY: Did you ever find it just kind of twisted off? No?
JEREMY: No. Nope. It’s got these little pegs that it secures right in. I do think you got to buy dremels, attachments for it but it's not a big deal, I guess.
BARNABY: Yeah. Okay and what about the way that it just feels in your hand? Are the controls where you want them to be? Is it shaped where your hands don’t feel fatigued?
JEREMY: Yeah it has got a nice rubber pad on the bottom and on top. This is good because the placement of the speed is good because we can see it when working. You got to move your hand to alter it, I guess. One thing I didn't like, but all the multi tools have is it's not like a saw or circular saw when you plug it in, you still got to pull the trigger. Well these for some reason you can plug it in with it on, if you're not aware of that it'll jump all over the place on you. It can damage what you're working with but ...
BARNABY: I'm guessing that happened to you.
JEREMY: A little bit yeah.
BARNABY: Because once it does then you’re like why did they design it that way?
JEREMY: You're only doing it once but if they made it some sort of an on switch that kind of like other plug in tools where you couldn’t automatically have it go on on you without you winding it, that'd be a great idea.
BARNABY: Alright. It says it comes with 20 attachments. I see ... well a few here then I see a stocks so ...
JEREMY: Yeah, it’s got a lot of sand paper. Comes with various grits. I love this how it’s got the Velcro for the sand paper to me that's the best system from what I've used in the past.
BARNABY: Let's talk about your perception of the quality of this tool. What do you think?
JEREMY: Sure. It’s got a nice amount of heftiness to it. It's got a nice weight to it. My dad owned a Dremel 20 years ago and I inherited that. I've got a good [crosstalk 00:04:13] ...
BARNABY: It's still cranking?
JEREMY: It still works just like new. They still make all the attachments for it. I use it all the time. The companies got a history of making things that last and I would buy it.
BARNABY: Excellent. That's the next question for you. Value, it's a tool that comes at a price. There's a lot of multi tools out there. Is this the one you would buy?
JEREMY: Yeah, it's very fairly priceD for what you get.
BARNABY: Alright. And you got that history thing.
BARNABY: Okay. It's always good to talk to people like Jeremy and find out how it worked for him. That’s all anybody ever wants when they're thinking about buying a tool, right? Is it the right tool for the job? And that's the sort of information you're always going to get right here at ToolSelect.com.