Dremel’s new Micro rotary tool is a super-compact cordless model designed for quick cutting, sanding, and grinding tasks. It is powered by a built-in 8V Max Li-ion battery and is charged using a convenient docking station.
- LED work light
- LED variable speed indicator
- LED battery fuel gauge
- Ergonomic 360° grip zone
- Quick collet lock
- 5,000 to 25,000 RPM
8050-N/18 kit comes with the rotary tool, charging dock, and 18 rotary tool accessories.
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The Dremel Micro looks to be a completely new fully-featured cordless rotary tool with compactness, portability, and user-friendly features in mind.
Dremel already makes a couple of replaceable-battery cordless tools, such as the newish 8100 and 8220 models. They also make a couple of 7.2V/8V Max tools with built-in batteries, such as the much-loved (but outdated and hard to find) Stylus.
The Micro has been available for preorder since before Father’s Day, and appears to have started shipping. We hadn’t posted about the Micro sooner because it’s not very exciting, and its small size and battery make it better suited for specialty applications than as a full-fledged cordless rotary tool.
Many of Dremel’s applications images show the Micro being used with engraving bits to mark different types of materials. You’re probably not going to hog away wood, plastic or metal with a small tool like this.
The charging dock means the Micro will always be fully charged and ready to go – as long as you return the Micro after every use – but the built-in battery means runtime cannot be extended by simply swapping in a fresh battery.
The Micro has its uses, and is definitely a welcome addition to the Dremel rotary tool lineup, but it is not destined to replace the use of Dremel’s flagship corded or cordless models. In my opinion, it looks to be better suited as a secondary tool, for quick touch-ups and precise cutting, engraving, and polishing tasks.