Dremel has come out with a new oscillating tool that they say is the Ultimate Remodeling Tool. The new Dremel Velocity VC60 oscillating multi-tool is indeed different from any other OMT currently on the market. (But is that good?)
Dremel says that their new VC60 Velocity oscillating tool is intended to bridge the gap between other oscillating tools, and beefier cutting tools, such as circular and reciprocating saws that are more frequently used for rough cutting applications.
The Dremel Velocity oscillating tool has a larger 5° oscillating angle, which should translate to a faster cutting speed. It also has a 7A motor.
Dremel also describes the Velocity oscillating tool as a 2-position tool, since it is meant to be used in one orientation for some applications, and on its side for others.
The blade holding mechanism is certainly different than those on other tools, fixing blades and attachments to the tool’s side.
Thanks to the new control foot and the side-mounted blade, the Dremel Velocity can make longer cuts than would normally be made with an oscillating multi-tool.
It looks like the Dremel Velocity’s control foot can only be set in 2 positions: open and closed.
The vertical grip looks a little awkward to me, but I think that’s more about how the photo was staged.
The Dremel Velocity can be used for other applications as well. It looks like it can do anything than other oscillating multi-tools can do.
With its new HYPER SPEED setting, the new Dremel Velocity oscillating multi-tool cuts pine 9X faster than their most entry-level least powerful oscillating tool can.
Why else should you buy a Dremel Velocity? The brand also says that the VC60 offers great accuracy and is easier to use than reciprocating saws in tougher materials like plywood, oak and Hardibacker.
It’s a little heavy, or at least heavier than lesser oscillating multi-tools, weighing in at 4.45 lbs.
- 5° oscillating angle
- 10,000 – 16,000 OPM
- 7ft power cord
- Weighs 4.45 lbs
The VC60-01 kit comes with:
- Tool Bag
- VC490 Panel Blade
- VC494 Pipe & 2×4 Blade
- MM450 Wood & Drywall Blade
- MM14 Hook & Loop Pad
- MM70W Wood Sanding Paper (3)
- MM70P Paint Sanding Paper (3)
The VC490 panel blade was specially designed to make use of the Dremel Velocity’s control foot feature, for making straight rip cuts in plywood, cement board, and drywall.
The VC494 pipe and 2×4 blade is designed for cutting pipes and thicker materials, such as a 2×4 in a single pass.
Price: $180 for the kit
The product page mentions Hyper and precision speed modes for bigger jobs and traditional oscillating tool applications, but it seems to me that the Hyper speed mode is just another way of saying “maximum speed.”
The new Dremel Velocity oscillating multi-tool design, with its control foot and side-mounted blade, look interesting. The blade holder is tool-free, quick-change, and is said to “fit most major accessory brands.”
There are potential downsides, such as the higher weight, as the Dremel Velocity weighs considerably more than their previous models, and ergonomics. Will an oscillating tool designed for use in 2 positions be comfortable to use in either one?
Do you think the Dremel Velocity could be the “Ultimate Remodeling Tool?”