What Size Dremel Do I Need?

Dremels come in a number if different sizes. What size you need will depend on what tasks you are using it for. This is not a difficult process if you know how you will be using the tool. This post will help guide you.

Dremel Sizes

Determining which sized dremel you need is not difficult if you know what tasks you will use it for.

Dremel sizes include small, medium, and large. Each size also corresponds to its power source, either corded, or battery. Corded dremels are mostly used for jobs that don’t require portability, however, the cordless variety is convenient for taking on the go.

Here is a list of Dremel rotary tools you can choose from:

  • 4300 high performance variable speed rotary tool.
  • 200 two speed rotary tool.
  • 4000 high performance variable speed rotary tool.
  • 100 single speed rotary tool.
  • 2050 stylo+ versatile craft tool.
  • 8220 12v max high-performance cordless.
  • 7700 7.2v rotary tool.
  • 7760 cordless rotary tool.

Dremel Battery Sizes

Cordless dremels use different battery sizes, including:

  • 12 volt 3.5Ah B812-03 B812-01 B812-02 – Dremel 12v battery lithium for 8200, 8220, 8300 cordless versions
  • 3.5Ah 12v B812-02 battery li-Ion for Dremel 12v B812-02 B812-03 B812-01 – fits Dremel 8200 8220 and 8300 cordless versions

Dremel Motor Sizes

Dremel rotary tools come with various sized motors, that fall within a small range of power output. One example is:

Dremel 4300

  • Voltage: 120V
  • Amperage: 1.8
  • Speed Range: 5,000 – 35,000 RPM

Dremel Dimensions

Different sized dremels have a range of dimensions. For example:

8220 12v max high-performance cordless

  • Width: 3 “
  • Length: 9 “
  • Weight 1.6 pounds

Dremel Bit Sizes

Dremels fit similar sized bits that are interchangeable amongst them.

Smaller dremel bits are very useful for intricate work, while larger bits are used to accomplish large projects. There are also a number of speciality bits that can be used to perform odd tasks. The following table shows the range of items available for use in each size dremel tool.??

The most common are listed below.

  • Sanding bits
  • Cutting bits
  • Polishing bits
  • Grinding bits
  • Routing bits
  • Curving bits
  • Drill bits
Dremel And Bits

Dremel Corded Sizes

Corded size dremels depend on what you will be using it for. The higher the volt / wattage, the more power the Dremel has.

One example of a corded dremel that produces a good amount of power is:

Dremel 4300-5/40 high performance rotary tool kit

Amps – 1.8
Weight – 25 oz.
Speed range – 5,000-35,000

The other Dremel sizes available are can be found at a local hardware store, online marketplace, or at the Dremel website.

Dremel Cutting Tool Attachment

Dremels have a variety of attachments they can use. These enhance the ability for the dremel to accomplish other tasks. Some attachments include:

  • Dremel 575 right angle attachment for rotary tool for drilling.
  • Dremel 335-01 rotary tool plunge router attachment for wood.
  • Dremel 670 mini saw attachment.
  • Dremel A550 shield rotary attachment for shielded protection.

Small Dremel

Small dremels are ideal for cutting in small spaces and doing detailed projects. They are great for hobbyists and crafstmen. Many small dremels use battery power due to their lower energy and power output requirements.

An example of a small dremel is:

Dremel 100-N/7 single speed mini rotary tool kit 

  • Voltage 120 Volts
  • Speed – 35,000
  • Weight – ‎1.68 pounds
  • Dimensions – ‎9.1 x 4.6 x 2.9 inches
  • Power source – corded electric

Large Dremel

Larger dremels have more power output than smaller dremels. They are good for doing more rugged jobs on harder materials. Carpenters, home builders, auto mechanics, and electricians can all use large dremels to complete tasks that large hand tools cannot. Large dremels can be either battery or cord powered.

An example of a large dremel is:

Dremel 4000-4/34 variable speed rotary tool kit

  • Dimensions – 15.25 x 10.15 x 3.75 inches
  • Weight – 1.3 pounds
  • Speed – 5,000 – 35,000 RPM
  • Amps – 1.8

Dremel Case

Dremels can be purchased with plastic cases. However, many dremels do not include a case and one must be obtained elsewhere.

A wood dremel case can be bought or made using DIY. Plastic cases can be found online and fit the model of dremel the user has.

Dremel Carry Case

Dremel carry cases make storing and accessing a dremel easier. Most regular dremel cases double as carry cases and have extra a space for bits, power cord, usb plug, and wrenches. They are often made of either plastic or Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA).

EVA is made of ethylene and vinyl acetate if the form of a copolymer. EVA is a soft, flexible, and durable materials. Dremel carry cases are also usually waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof.

Dremel carry cases have a top handle and optional stray to carry over the shoulder.

In Closing

Knowing which tasks you will be using the dremel for will help you determine which size to buy. Regardless, always keep safety in mind while using one to prevent any injuries to yourself or damage the material.

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Nick Klamecki is a certified Fire and Workplace Safety expert with 15 years experience in product research and testing. He has a degree from U.C. Davis, is an active outdoorsman and spent years ensuring the safety of special needs children. Nick researches and tests workplace, industrial and safety products and provides advice on their safe use. Learn more about Nick here or connect with him on LinkedIn | Medium