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 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 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 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 AZHawg Great addition to any shop!
This Dremel tool has LOTS of great features, including a circle cutter, grinding/sanding base, detail handle, and 3 other attachments. The on/off switch is separate from the variable speed, which I found to be a nice change from my other Dremel tools. The EZ Change collet, where you no longer need to unscrew the collet nut is GREAT! Another great feature is that all your older Dremel bits will fit this new tool!
One problem I had was the EZ Lock System, with the quick-change cutting wheel . I had some brass toilet bolts that had to be cut short after replacing a toilet, plus another set that I had put off for awhile. The EZ Lock cutter cut right through the first two bolts, but broke on the third. Now, I have been using Dremel tools to cut toilet bolts for a long time and broken cutter wheels are a part of using this tool. The problem I found is to replace the cut-off wheels for the EZ Lock system cost around $11 for 5 wheels. Compare this to the cost of $6 for 20 of the old-style wheels. Sure, I had to unscrew the screw on the older-style grinding collet every time I needed to replace the wheel, but at the extra cost of the EZ Lock system, the extra time needed to unscrew the old-style grinding collet seemed OK. I will use the EZ Lock cutters for soft materials from now on.
Anyone who has sanded with the Dremel tool will really appreciate their new EZ Drum attachment. When the sanding wheel gets worn, just pull the sanding wheel up to unlock the keeper and then slide the new sanding wheel right down. No more little screws to worry about and real efficient, too. The Dremel 4200 even has a sanding attachment that easily fits over the end of the tool to allow a set distance for sanding, or a platform for sanding smaller stock.
The circle-cutter attachment is a nice addition, but be aware that when the instructions say to "Insert the shank of the bit so that at least 1/8" of the smooth part of the shank is visible above the collet. When I cut a circle in 3/4" plywood the cutter bit slipped out of the collet, resulting in an oblong circle and the bit exiting through the wood. (See the attached pictures.) So, now, when I use this tool to cut circles, I will limit the thickness of the material I cut to under ½”.
I found the detailer's grip to be one of the more innovative features of this set. The ease of precision carving with this attachment makes me want to go and find some soapstone to practice my artwork on! With the EZ Change system, this will be very versatile!
The blow-molded case is nice, but using a snap-close plastic case for all the bits is not as nice as having holes for the individual accessories. (See attached picture.) This limits the number of cutters that can be stored in the provided case.
Overall, this will be a great addition to my tool arsenal. The Dremel 4200 has LOTS of great options and tools for the money!
January 9, 2013