If you look at some of the new Dremel tools we’ve been talking about, you’ll notice a trend.
Their MM30 oscillating tool has a dockable blade-change wrench and the MM40 is tool-free. The 3000-series rotary tool has a collet wrench built into the nose cap, and the new 4200 heavy duty rotary tool doesn’t even need a collet wrench. Then of course are all of the new EZ-Change accessories Dremel has come out with.
Tool-free, or at least quick-change is the way things are going. The downside is that EZ-Change accessories sometimes cost a little bit more than standard ones, but there are substantial savings when it comes to time, effort, and convenience of blade and accessory changes.
The EZ Drum sanding band and mandrel doesn’t require you to tighten a screw just right to lock a sanding drum in place. You simply attach it to your rotary tool, pull on the drum, slide a sanding sleeve on, push the drum back in place, and you’re good to go. Not only is it tool-free*, it’s quick, and easy to use.
By tool-free, I mean that you don’t have to loosen or tighten any screws to change sanding drums. You still need to use a collet wrench to insert the accessory into your rotary tool, unless of course you own one of the super-sweet 4200’s.
If you use rotary tool sanding drums once or twice a year, then you probably won’t want to spend the $7-$7.50 for the EZ Drum starter pack. But if this is something you use frequently, then you will definitely want to consider the EZ Drum as an upgrade to your screw-tightened sanding mandrel.
My only disappointment is that, in the nearly two years that this has been on the market, Dremel has yet to come out with a smaller version that fits their smaller diameter sanding drums. Come to think of it, I’ve also been wishing for some finer-grit abrasive sleeves. “Coarse” and “fine” don’t do it for me anymore – I want some “ultra-fine” sanding sleeves.
These drum sanders have 1/8″ shanks and work with 1/2″ diameter sanding sleeves.
Thank you to Dremel for providing the review samples unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.