Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 246
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by whydoesmydremelsuck Terrible
Bits keep flying out and dropping down when using the plunge router attachment ruining projects -and now there's a hole in our subfloor. Thought it couldn't get worse -now it's stuck in the plunge router - plastic threading must be stripped.
April 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy The Best Dremel Yet
The new Dremel 4200 with EZ change is without a doubt the best moto tool released by them yet and is hands down the best moto tool for any homecraftsman or hobbiest. I've been using Dremels for 25 years, and still use my trusty model 395 to this day.
The build quality of the 4200 is as quality as ever. I can see this tool lasting just as long as my old model, of not longer. It has a nice heavy feel in the hand and the new style body is thick and robust.
First on the list of great features, the new EZ Change system. No more tools to change the bits! Slide the lever back, swap bits and go. That's it. A few seconds. It's as simple as that. No finger chucks, no wrenched collets.
Second best feature is what I can describe as torque control. You set the tool for 10,000rpm, and even under load it holds 10,000rpm. No other rotary tool does that. It equates to controlled work in any conditions. Keeping the bit at a consistent speed makes quick work of any task and also means no more having to back off and let the tool gain speed before cutting, grinding or buffing anymore.
This kit comes with numerous attachments (see product specs list) that bought seperate will cost you quite a bit. All included in the durable and attractive included carrying case. The case has room for all the included attachments, bits and has room for extra flex shaft, and other attachments you can buy later. All the attachments easily screw on and off in moments.
The inluded pistol grip and mower blade sharpener are my favorite included attachments. Both come in very handy around the house and garage. The circle cutter will be handy for hanging drywall or cutting shapes.
If you own any old Dremel add-on equipment like the drill press, this model will still fit into it as well.
Are you looking for a new rotary tool? Get the new Dremel 4200 with EZ Change. You won't be disappointed. In fact, get two, because once your friend borrows it, you may never get it back!
January 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcmikez Great upgrade to the Dremel tool
This is the 2nd Dremel tool I've owned and I have to say wow. The addition of the quick change was long overdue. I never understood why there wasn't a key-less chuck system for the Dremel tools, and there still isn't. ha.
The quick change is handled by pulling back two levers on the front near the collet. This is such a great improvement and greatly increases the utility of this device.
The kit itself comes with more attachments than I'm ever likely to use, but I'm excited about the circle cutter as I'm doing a bathroom project later this month and it will come in handy.
The tool itself has 5k-35k rpm and is very versatile. Comes in a great hard case too. If you have an older Dremel that you use a lot or if you were ever thinking of getting one, this is the piece to upgrade to or to get for your first kit.
The only suggestion I would make is to get a pair of safety glasses if you don't already have one. For the price you'd expect them to throw a pair in the box since it seems to have everything else in it already.
January 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PJCC The Golden Compass of Tools: Is that all? +5 STARS
Invented to show all that was hidden, this is the Golden Compass (a movie & book reference) of tools for a storyteller/craftsperson and DIYER. A tool particularly for a storyteller with RA.
Several years ago, knowing nothing about this tool but the fact it was being used to do Case Mods for computer cases, I asked a store manager giving a Women's Seminar at my Home Depot to see the tool. He ripped
open a new box with a Dremel in it and had it demonstrated. That's my Home Depot.
I acquired a cordless dremel 2nd hand, the battery did'nt hold a charge. I continued to acquire accessories, stockpiling them and reading about their uses. With no experience using a Dremel but years of experience with
accessories, I took delivery of my 4200 EZ change. .
Endless uses, limited only by your imagination, for DIY homeowner projects and for storytellers. It comes with well written manuals and flyers describing specific attachments. Sign up at the Dremel website for their
Weekender project newsletter, the page referenced in the literature has changed. Received my first project demo within a week, it demos how to cut the guts out of a book. Created a great staging prop for filmmakers and detective story buffs.
A person with flaring RA in their hands but arm strength can press down on the lever system and change accessories. The EZ drum mandrel had to be attached to the Rotary tool and pulled up to attach the sanding band.
That's different than the accessory I tested for my earlier non-working tool, the collett made changing tools slow.
It's powerful. The sanding band slipped down on the EZ drum while using it, but I was using it with hard pressure to test a tall wood project where I want to simulate the texture of animal hair. I'm new to sculpting wood. The variable speeds, I tried all of them, ripped off the top layer of bad wood quickly. My electric sander could not do that. Although I've dozens of sanding bands, I might glue sand paper on them as they wear out for this larger project.
The Rotary tool is easy to grip, with rubber grips. The off/on button moves up and down without added pain to arthritic hands. When sanding the tool doesn't appear too hot. The electrical cord is sturdy and has a 2" sliding protector to keep it from twisting. The tool comes in a case with accessories and several attachments. The attachments are priced somewhat high individually.
The Dremel rotary tool has been around for decades and many DIY sites online have information on using this for home repair as well as filmmaker's miniatures.
December 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mixmox Dremel still top quality
I have used a Dremel (395) tool for about 18 years and this newer model is a nice
upgrade to an established brand.
The tool itself is a couple of inches longer than my old 395 and bit heftier too. I
like the fact that the switch and the speed control are now separate, I can leave
the speed setting and switch on and off as needed.
The big change is of course the EZ Change feature that allows different accessories
to be changed out very quickly, by pulling two levers back, the collet is opened.
The levers do not get in the way when using the tool. The 4200 kit comes with a
1/8" collet and three smaller collets are available.
In addition to various attachments such as a circle cutter, cutting guide, tool
sharpener, a shield and a grinding guide a good selection of cutting wheels,
sanding drums and bits are included. The cutting wheels are the newer type EZ Lock
and EZ Drum design which allow the cutting disks and sanding drums to be changed
very quickly. It all feels solid and looks well engineered.
My first jobs were sharpening an old blade bit (see picture) and also cutting a
hole in the ceiling to make provide access to the attic. The tools performed
perfectly and I had no issues at all.
I don't care much for the plastic cases that these types of tool come in, Most of
the accessories never seem to stay in place and I find it easier to keep the bigger
items in a box and the cutters in smaller drawers which are easier to manage.
January 1, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ramman Confidence is shaken
Pulled it out of the case to use it for the second time, did a few cuts, went to measure for fit then went back to make more cuts and the thing is dead. Wont start at all. Tried different outlets, blew it out with air tried different attachments, nothing.... Dead. TWO uses and it is now an overpriced paperweight !!
February 12, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Gbh Died within 1 year!
My husband has really loved this, he has used it a good bit over the last year. But the part that locks the head in broke then the motor went out, all happened right around the 1 year mark. He called dremel and they were very friendly and told him to send it back.. I sent it back right before Christmas and received a brand new one the Monday following Christmas, so literally within a week they had us a new tool...and an accessory was sent in the box as an apology for the troubles... So product may not be wonderful, but the manufacturers customer service is great!
December 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom This thing is a BEAST!
The engineers at Dremel have really outdone themselves this time! The new EZ-Change chuck takes all the hassle out of swapping out accessories, and the feedback-loop speed control keeps the tool running at the desired speed even under heavy loads. The kit comes with loads of attachments, including a cutting depth guide, a circle cutter, an edge guide, a garden tool sharpener, a detailing grip, a right-angle/45° grinding/sanding guide, and a clear shield attachment.
- The EZ-Change chuck makes it SO EASY to swap out accessories! No more wrenches to loose, and no more stuck accessories from over-tightening. With my older Dremel, I had to remove the cowling once and use pliers to hold the shaft still because the shaft-lock button wouldn't hold. So far, this new design seems to be far superior in every way.
- The Dremel is adjustable from 5k to 35k RPM. The speed control dial lists the approximate speed settings from 5-35k RPM in 5k increments. This is nicer than my older cordless Dremel that only list speeds as 1-10.
- The feedback-loop speed control keeps the tool's speed constant even under heavy loads.
- The motor brushes can be changed out easily without taking the whole tool apart.
-There's a separate on/off switch that is independent from the speed control dial. Also a nice feature that my old Dremel doesn't have.
- An included instruction manual lists all recommended operating speeds for any accessory imaginable.
- Separate instruction manuals for each attachment are also included.
- The case it comes in is really nice. There are snap-on tool holders for all the included accessories, as well as space for some extras that weren't included in the set, like the flexible shaft attachment .
To test it out, I started by cutting a 3/8" diameter steel rod. The cutting shield attachment came in handy, since cutting metal generally throws a lot of sparks. To install the shield, just twist off the housing cap and screw on the attachment. (I'd recommend using safety glasses as well, since a few pieces of debris still got past the shield if I angled the tool wrong.) It was even easier installing the mandrel in the collet. Just pull back on the chuck lock release levers and slide the mandrel in. No more wrenches! I installed the metal cutoff wheel with the EZ-Lock mandrel and cranked the Dremel up to 20k RPM. I cut through the rod in no time at all, and I didn't notice the Dremel bogging down at all even with the 1.5" diameter cutoff wheel pressed hard against the steel rod. To square up the edge, I installed the grinding guide (after uninstalling the shield - unfortunately they can't be used together) and switched out the cutoff mandrel for a grinding wheel. It was super easy to get a square edge and 45° chamfer with the grinding guide.
I can't say enough good things about this Dremel. I'm looking forward to using it on lots of projects in the future.
- The EZ-Change chuck, EZ-Lock mandrel, and EZ-Drum are great new innovations that really save a lot of time.
- I'm not coordinated enough to use one of these in each hand simultaneously.
December 30, 2012