January 25, 2008

Dremel 220-01 Workstation

Dremel_workstation.jpgIt really is impressive how much mileage Dremel has gotten out of, essentially, one tool. This is because of two things; first, their rotary tool is just about the best out there, and second, because the company does little else, they are able to devote a boatload of resources to making new attachments and accessories. Since each of these attachments alters the use of the tool, Dremel is constantly reinventing their rotary tool and finding new things that it can do. The latest and most involved of these is the Dremel Workstation. Part drill press, part tool stand, and part bench grinder.

Once your Dremel is fit into the drill press, it can bore holes up to two inches at angles between 0 and 90, in 15 degree increments. Like a full-sized drill press there is a depth stop as well as four clamping points to keep the unit stable while you work.

With the tool attached and completely horizontal, the stand also functions as a rotary tool holder, turning it into something of a bench grinder. This stabilizes the tool and frees up both of your hands for the really delicate work.

In addition to all of this, your rotary tool can simply be hooked onto the telescoping stand, making it easier to use the flex shaft attachment.

The work station has a few other handy features, in keeping with Dremel's general attention to detail. It has a little 'crow's nest' on the main shaft that allows for bit storage. There are also clips to keep the cord out of the way of your work, as well as measurement marks on the base to ensure accuracy.

The workstation costs about $40 and fits all of the most popular Dremel tools (275, 285, 300, 395, 398, 400 XPR, 780, 800). The price actually sounds sort of low to us, figuring the amount of functionality that the workstation has.

One criticism that we've read about this is that there is a lot of play in the drill press action. We've also read a response to this saying that a Dremel isn't that powerful of a tool and if you just go slowly, there is little to no play.

We've been impressed with every Dremel tool that we've ever used, so we'd be surprised if their Workstation wasn't up to snuff.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 25, 2008 5:52 AM
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