March 2, 2010

Dremel 8200 Cordless Rotary Tool - Review

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It's funny, but each time Dremel releases a new rotary tool, we think to ourselves, "man, this is the best Dremel evah!" Then they release another one and we think, "Whoa, now this is the best Dremel the world has ever seen!" And on and on. Last year they released their new corded 4000 series tool and we loved it for it's strength and all around 'Dremely vibe.' Well, now they've released the cordless 8200 which seems to be a companion to the 4000. We were happy that they let us check out a pre-release sample. Oddly enough, we got it in our hands, played around with it for a bit and thought, "Hot damn! Now this might be the greatest Dremel we've ever used!"

dremel_8200_battery.jpgThe 8200 operates in a range of 5,000 to 30,000 rpm with the adjustment made with a slider on the back of the tool. Above the slider is a battery fuel gauge so you can keep an eye on how much juice you've got left. It's a feature that we think should be standard in li-Ion tools and it's nice to see Dremel getting on board with it.

Because we're carpenters and not hobbyists, we would have liked to see this tool come with two batteries instead of just one. Were that the case, the 8200 would be fully jobsite ready, but the extra battery would also tack on at least $50 to the price and it would be something that isn't used by a lot of the people who buy Dremels and use them sporadically in the garage workspace and won't mind the 1-hour charger.

(Update: We're dopes. Dremel does indeed offer an 8200 with two batteries. It's the 8200 2/28 and it will be retailing for $140. It also includes a cutting guide, a right angle attachment and 28 accessories. Sounds ideal to us. A thank you to Dremel for pointing out our error.)

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In general, the cordless aspect of this tool is fantastic. It makes the use and set-up of it that much easier. And it's powerful too. According to Dremel, the 8200 has a speed of cut that is twice as fast as the leading cordless rotary tool. We didn't verify this, but we did use the tool to cut metal, plastic, and stone and thought it was right up there with the 4000.

dremel_8200_case.jpgThe one thing we're not fond of with the tool is the case. Because the tool we got was an advance copy, the case we got may or may not be the one that is being sold with the tool. We have no reason to think that the production case will be different, but you never know. As our friends at Milwaukee are aware, we can get really hung up on tool cases. The blow-molded jobbies that some companies use drive us crazy, and while the Dremel case does have plenty of room for accessories, there is also this panel piece that creates an odd space for loose accessories to hide behind. And getting them out is like getting a pick out of a guitar. Dremel accessories are very tiny and some of them break down into even tinier pieces, so why make a case like this? No comprende.

But that's just our hangup and all of you who read that last paragraph with glazed over eyes can just walk away knowing that Dremel has made yet another great rotary tool.

it's also worth noting the we received a marketing sample, so the 100% finished "in the store" product may (or may not) have a look that is slightly more polished.

The 8200 isn't available until April, but when it is, it will sell for $100 to $140 depending on the accessory package that comes with it. It's not there now, but it will likely be at Amazon.com

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Recent Comments

Very disappointed with this tool. Battery life is much too short (maybe 5 minutes of grinding) for many jobs and takes about an hour to fully recharge. Its very bulky compared to corded dremels and occasionally doesn't fit into places where the other models would. After about 6 months of occasional use, I was using the cutter on a piece of steel when sparks flew out of the motor cooling ports. Now it only runs at full speed and the battery charge indicator no longer works. If you really need the mobility of a cordless Dremel I recommend buying the old reliable corded model and a long extension cord.


Posted by: Pete at December 6, 2011 1:46 AM

thanks for detailing the difference between the 1/28 and 2/28. Even Dremel's website doesn't, which I see as a terrible oversight. They make it appear that the right angle attachment is the ONLY difference the packages (unless you read carefully _above_ the "includes" area on the 2 pages).

Still not sure the 2/28 is a better deal at almost $100 more... help deciding?


Posted by: jay at November 17, 2010 4:23 PM

You need to have at least 1 extra battery. I used the 8200 to remove grout in between the tiles and it only lasted around an hour.


Posted by: Ed Cubillan at July 4, 2010 7:21 PM

Ahhh, but it is compatible with the Li-Ion dremel they already have that, apparently to annoy everyone, is NOT compatible with the Bosch stuff.


Posted by: Ken at March 13, 2010 8:39 PM

Hmm, that battery pak and charger look almost identical to the little Bosch 12V Max Litheon tools, the pak looks a little shorter though. Would be nice for those of us who already have a Bosch tool. Dremel is a Bosch company so maybe there's hope but knowing how these places work they've probably changed it just a little so they don't interchange.


Posted by: Clinton at March 2, 2010 1:38 PM
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