I mentioned in a previous post that a package has arrived with a bunch of Dremel stuff. I was a happy man! So, here are the juicy details, together with some initial impressions:
- Blister packs suck!!! I can only assume that Dremel is sticking to this infuriating packaging system because they are secretly working on a blister-pack-opening accessory for their rotary tools.
- Despite being quite familiar with my Dremel by now, I was still at first surprised at how small its attachments are, especially when picking up a rather small package at the post office.
- The nine pieces in this shipment were made in the US, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and China. Talk about your global companies!
And now, top-to-bottom, left-to-right:
- 678-01 Circle Cutter and Straight Edge Guide. Comes with one 561 multipurpose cutting bit.
- 565 Multipurpose Cutting Kit. Comes with one 561 multipurpose bit and two 560 drywall cutting bits.
- 576 Sanding / Grinding Guide. Comes with one 407 sanding drum mandrel and 60-grit sanding band, and one 932 aluminum oxide grinding stone.
The inclusion of the cutting bits in the 678-01 and 565 kits is welcome. On the other hand, sanding drums and bands and the 932 grinding stone come in all Dremel 4000 kits, so their usefulness here is marginal. That said, a second sanding drum is handy for keeping two different grits of sanding bands loaded at all times.
All of #1-3 have adjustable depth. All of them suffer from the fact that the metal retention screw that controls the depth adjustment quite readily digs into the sliding plastic, making me wonder about the attachments’ longevity. Additionally, the sliding part fits a little too loosely into its housing, so that when the screw is tightened, the tension skews the alignment. The end result is that the rotary tool won’t be 100% perpendicular to the surface being cut. This defect is particularly pronounced in the 565 cutting guide. All the attachments have imprinted depth measurements in inches and centimeters. These are pretty useless to begin with, and also begin to rub off immediately.
- 430 1/4″ Sanding Drum with a 60-grit sanding band. Simply a smaller-diameter version of the standard 407 1/2″ sanding drum, which I find is needed when shaping tight curves.
- 431 1/4″ 60-grit Sanding Bands to fit the 430 drum.
- 9903 Tungsten Carbide Cutter. I bought this partly to replace my destroyed 191 high-speed cutter, partly for carving external and internal surfaces of my wooden projects. Tungsten carbide is the hardest material next to diamonds, says Dremel. It better be!, says I: I still want to exact some payback on that clay pot.
- 4485 Quick Change Collet Nut Set. I got this to use with #9, the drill bit set. With the package already en route, I realized that for this purpose, the 4486 chuck would have been a smarter purchase. It also would have allowed me to easily use non-Dremel-sized bits. On the plus side, as I wrote earlier, collets are better than chucks at gripping things other than drill bits, so this is by no means a bad buy. The set comes with the 1/8″ collet and the collet nut, which are superfluous as they come standard on every Dremel 4000.
- EZ544 EZ Lock 1-1/2″ Carbide Cutting Wheel. After using the EZ456 metal cut-off wheels that came with my Dremel to cut wood, it was clear that a dedicated accessory was needed. This is it.
- 628-01 Drill Bit Set. Dremel calls these “multipurpose”, but on the case, which looks different than the one on their site, it is written “For metal”. Go figure. The smallest 0.8mm and 1.2mm bits went through pine just fine.