Product Reviews

Dremel Micro

web-dremel-micro-productreviewDremel’s new Micro combines a powerful 8-volt lithium-ion battery that you can vary between 5,000 and 28,000 rpm. New with this tool is a built-in LED light at the tip to illuminate the exact area you are working on.

Off the bat, I found the tool comfortable to hold and surprisingly light. I installed the high-speed steel cutter that came with the kit and tried it out on a piece of scrap at high speed. Surprisingly, it removed more wood in a short period of time than I would have expected. I had to press harder than I expected to bog the motor down. It also did well with a sanding drum. It didn’t do so well with a carbide point bit; it bogged down and the motor shut off with just a little pressure. But I don’t think the tool is intended to remove large amounts of wood quickly.

The addition of a ring of LED lights at the tip really does add light exactly where you need it. The push-button power button is in a good location, and the push-button speed control is easier to adjust than the dial-style control on the larger Dremel tools.

I see this tool useful for quick clean ups and sanding, especially where you can take the project outside to keep the fine dust out of your lungs. It will never replace bigger rotary tools, but the ability to grab it from its charging dock, smooth a few areas, and return it to the dock makes it a useful tool for any shop. It can carve, sand, polish, grind, and cut like any other rotary tool without fussing with a cord. I think it’s a handy addition to any shop.

The MSRP for the Dremel Micro is $87.99. Visit to find a retailer.

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