Dremel is soon coming out with a new vacuum-powered rotary tool, model VRT1. That’s right – this is a new Dremel rotary tool that’s powered using a shop vacuum!
The new Dremel vacuum-powered rotary tool can be connected to any 1-1/4″ shop vacuum nozzle or adapter. Not only does the vacuum pressure (or negative pressure if you will) turn the tool’s motor, it sucks up dust and debris that’s created by the tool.
Dremel says that the new VRT1 rotary tool is ideal for users wanting to keep their workplace clean and airborne dust to a minimum. They recommend it for use with dusty projects, such as when working drywall, wood, glass, ceramic, Styrofoam, and other materials that can be messy to work with.
Dremel also emphasizes that this is designed for small projects. In other words, you probably shouldn’t expect it to be able to perform at its best if you’re hogging away so much material that there’s a cloud of dust.
The VRT1 can be used for cutting, sanding, polishing, carving, and engraving tasks.
There’s no mention about speed limits, although you do get variable speed control, and there is also an on/off switch that lets you stop the motor even when the vacuum is still attached and running.
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This seems like the PERFECT accessory for small sanding and engraving tasks. The fact that you get power and automatic cleanup of light dust and debris is a fantastic idea.
It’s also one of those tools with an obvious and never in a million years design. In hindsight, it almost seems silly that Dremel engineers and other rotary tool brands haven’t thought of this before.
$30 $10-20, a lot of Dremel rotary tool users might see this more as an accessory than a standalone tool.