In the process of writing a post about Dremel’s 4000-series rotary tool update, I dug around to see if there had been any official announcements, news, or additional details about the change. While I didn’t find any info about the 4000 tool, I did discover that Dremel is adding two new cordless rotary tools to their lineup.
Dremel 8220 12V Max High-Performance Rotary Tool
I reviewed the 8200 cordless Dremel nearly two years ago, and have kept it in the test kit to help evaluate new attachments and accessories. The 8200 is a great tool, but it suffers from an issue common to continuous-load cordless tools – poor battery life. For example, Makita’s new cordless oscillating tool has a runtime of “up to 15-minutes.”
It looks like Dremel is quite aware of the 8200’s runtime issues, as their new 8220 is said to have 33% longer runtime, at least when cutting screws. Dremel mentions the inclusion of a next generation high-capacity 12V Max lithium ion battery, so we’re not sure if the tool itself has been changed or just the battery.
The new model will also feature Dremel’s recent EZ Twist nose cap design. This means no more fumbling in a kit box for the easy-to-misplace collet wrench.
Pricing information and ETA are not yet available, but I do know that there will be three different kit configurations.
This of course brings up a good question – if Dremel did develop a new higher-performing battery, what other cordless tools are currently in the works? Maybe a new oscillating tool?
Dremel 8100 8V Max Rotary Tool
The new 8100 is a compact 8V li-ion rotary tool with variable speed control. While 8V Max sounds a bit puny, smaller cordless rotary tools are actually quite user-friendly and handy for more intricate projects. I have a 7.2V Stylus, and although it doesn’t see a lot of use, there are times when it is absolutely indispensable.
As with the 8220, pricing information and ETA are not yet available.