Dremel is no stranger to the power tool market. Whether it’s for home improvements or your hobby you’ll find plenty of tools with the Dremel branding. Our Dremel 3000 review will be taking a look at one of their flagship rotary tools.
Now if you’re reading this you likely already have a good idea about what a rotary tool can do. They are very versatile and can be used in grinding, sanding, polishing, engraving, cutting, and more.
Dremel even describes the Dremel 3000 as a multi-tool. And it comes with 25 different attachments so you can carry out a wide range of tasks. But competition between manufacturers is certainly quite fierce.
When it comes to rotary tools you have a lot of different options to think about and Dremel themselves even have a few different options for you to consider. So, in our Dremel 3000 review, we’ll be looking at everything you need to know.
We’ll examine the main features, its performance, the pros, and cons, and finally, we’ll compare and contrast the Dremel 3000 with some of its competitors. Let’s start with a quick overview of its key specifications.
Key specifications of The Dremel 3000
Like always we’ll begin our review of the Dremel 3000 with a quick look at the all-important key specifications.
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Core Features of The Dremel 3000
A rotary tool has many different features and capabilities. They can be used to help you with so many different jobs. So, when it comes to judging the quality of the Dremel 3000 we’ll be looking at all the key/ core features.
With a variety of different speed levels, the Dremel 3000 can reach an impressive 35,000 RPM. This is likely going to be enough to keep the majority of people happy. But it isn’t the top speed that really impresses when it comes to this rotary tool.
What really impresses us is the fact that this tool offers various speed levels. While this isn’t especially rare it isn’t something you’ll find available on all rotary tools either. So, having the option to easily adjust the speed is certainly quite useful.
It helps make the Dremel 3000 a more versatile and flexible tool. Altering the speed is also quick and easy thanks to the simple knob-interface. Overall where speed is concerned the Dremel 3000 scores quite highly.
A rotary tool needs to offer smooth, easy movement. While the Dremel 3000 might not look overly impressive at first glance it does offer some subtle touches to help make movement more comfortable.
It has a simple ergonomic design with additional small grips around the sides. These offer some extra-protection against accidental injuries while also easing vibrations. Noise is also insulated on the Dremel 3000 as well.
All these little touches make this tool easy to move and use! We can confidently say that even beginners should have little trouble using the Dremel 3000 regardless of which accessory they have equipped.
The Dremel 3000 is powered by an impressive motor. The motor is 1.2 amps and 120 volts for the less tech-savvy readers these are certainly impressive specs. Even over extended periods, the Dremel 3000 continues to impress with a steady performance.
The motor while powerful is well ventilated which helps reduce heat as well. Now the Dremel is not cordless which could be a big issue for some people. However, where the overall power level is concerned the Dremel 3000 again impresses.
Ease of Use
The Dremel 3000 is quite an easy tool to use. As we touched upon earlier its smooth movement and smart design make it ideal for beginners. It also comes with 25 different attachments so can be used for a variety of different jobs.
Swapping attachments is also simple and easy. While it is very beginner-friendly, more experienced work/ craftsmen will also likely find the Dremel 3000 a useful addition to their toolbox as well.
However, because the Dremel 3000 is not cordless you will naturally be more limited in movement. You’ll need access to a plug socket/ power source to properly utilize it. This will limit its ease of use compared to a cordless rotary tool.
While few people buy a power tool and expect it to be quiet no one wants to work with an overly noisy tool either. Thankfully the Dremel 3000 is quite reasonable when it comes to its noise level. Thanks to the added insulation excess noise are prevented.
This makes the Dremel 3000 a good option for people looking to avoid overly noisy power tools. Now, of course, it isn’t silent and the noise level will vary depending on the attachment you’re using but overall the Dremel 3000 is relatively quiet all things considered.
The Dremel 3000 comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty also covers deformities or faults with any of the equipment included with the set. While it would be nice to have a slightly longer duration, this is still a good warranty.
How does the Dremel 3000 perform?
Overall we really liked the Dremel 3000s performance. With a very impressive top speed, this tool was able to manage a wide variety of jobs. The 25 attachments included were easy to swap between as well.
The simple, ergonomic design might not look like much out of the box, but small touches help make the Dremel 3000 a versatile, easy-to-use power tool! The added insulation not only makes it quieter but also helps reduce vibrations.
When putting together these factors makes the Dremel 3000 ideal for beginners and veterans alike. That being said there is one significant drawback with the Dremel 3000 that could be a dealbreaker for some people.
Because the Dremel 3000 is not cordless it is naturally less maneuverable than its cordless competitors. Now, this won’t be an issue for everyone but the majority of people will find a cordless rotary tool to be more versatile. Since you naturally don’t have to think about a power source for it or deal with a cable.
However, because it does require a power cord you won’t need to worry about battery life. It’s definitely a tradeoff but if you aren’t going to be moving around a lot then opting for a corded rotary tool like the Dremel 3000 could actually be the better option.
Overall, we were really pleased with how the Dremel 3000 performs. It might not be revolutionary but it’s simple and easy to use with some small innovative features that make it great for a range of different jobs.
Pros of The Dremel 3000
The Dremel 3000 is certainly an impressive rotary tool. We’ve listed our picks for its main pros below.
Versatile Speed Range
The Dremel 3000 offers an impressive range of speeds with a low of 5000 and a maximum of 35,000 RPM. This gives you a much greater level of control over how the Dremel 3000 works and makes it a more versatile and flexible tool.
Some other rotary tools will only offer one level of speed which makes them much more rigid. You might not always need the option to change speeds but it’s nice to have and will almost definitely come in handy at some point.
Easy To Use
The Dremel 3000 is a very user-friendly tool and swapping between attachments is quick and easy. Whether you want to polish, sand, engrave, cut or anything else using this tool will be easy and comfortable.
Small additions like the extra-grips at the sides help ensure smooth handling. While seeing all the attachments might be a little overwhelming using the Dremel 3000 is quite simple and straightforward.
Insulated For Extra-Protection
The Dremel 3000 is a well-built tool but one of its most impressive features is hidden inside. The addition of extra-insulation helps reduce noise and vibration when it’s being used. This doesn’t just make the Dremel 3000 more comfortable to use but safer as well.
Lightweight and Comfortable
At only 0.5 KG the Dremel 3000 is very lightweight which is a big plus, especially if you’re using it overextended/ longer periods. It also offers improved ventilation to help it stay cool as well. For longer more intensive jobs the Dremel 3000 is sure to be a good choice.
No Need To Charge
Finally, we have to highlight this benefit. Since the Dremel 3000 uses a power cord there is no need to worry about running out of charge/ power. You simply plug it in and you can use it without worry.
Cons of The Dremel 3000
Now while we certainly like the Dremel 3000, no power tool is without its downsides. Take a look below for what we think the main cons to be aware of is.
Limited By The Power Cord
The Dremel 3000 comes with two power cords with the longest measuring 6ft. While this is quite lengthy it may not be enough to accommodate everyone. You also have to consider that power cords can often be a bit of a nuisance as well.
A cordless rotary tool is naturally going to be more versatile and may simply be the better option for some people. While it does help ensure you’ll never need to worry about charging it, this extra-benefit doesn’t come without more limited movement.
Many rotary tools share this issue so it is by no means unique to the Dremel 3000. However, it is worth mentioning that many of the accessories included with this tool are very small. So, they could easily go missing.
Thankfully the Dremel 3000 does come with a storage box which we strongly encourage you to use. Tool storage is very important so don’t half-heart things and make sure you store your tools and accessories safely.
Short Warranty Period
While a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty isn’t bad by any means it does seem a little short. Some of Dremel’s rival manufacturers do offer longer warranties. So, the couple of years offered by Dremel could seem a little lacking in comparison.
What Are The Alternatives?
In a perfect case of irony, one of the Dremel 3000s biggest competitors is its “bigger brother” the Dremel 4000. The Dremel 4000 is a little more expensive but comes with more accessories and a more innovative design.
Amongst its impressive features is a 360-degree grip which enables you to more freely maneuver the tool. It is certainly a good option but the extra cost might not be worth it when you consider that the upgrades, while nice, aren’t exactly huge, when compared to the Dremel 3000 model.
See our Dremel 4000 review for more info.
Another popular alternative is the Dremel 8220-1. In our look at the Dremel 8220-1, we found it to be a very impressive power tool. The Dremel 8220-1 is compact and powerful, although not quite as powerful as the Dremel 3000.
Its maximum speed is 30,000 RPM but the biggest difference is that the Dremel 8220-1 is cordless. This makes it useful for tighter spaces and means you won’t need to worry about finding a plug socket.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: As we highlighted in this review the Dremel 3000 offers speed from 5000 to 35,000 RPM. But there are 6 different speed settings available. So, you’ll find speeds that encompass this wide range. Whatever you need to do you shouldn’t have any issue finding a suitable speed.
Answer: The Dremel 3000 does come with its own storage case! The case is quite small but does offer enough space for all the attachments and the power cords. It’s not the most high-quality case by any means but it does the job.
Answer: The Dremel 3000 comes with 2 power cords included. The longest is 6ft long but a shorter cord is also included with the set. The Dremel 3000 should work from any plug socket or portable generator.
Answer: The Dremel 3000 rotary tool is very safe to use. Thanks to its simple design and increased insulation it even offers reduced vibrations and stays cool for longer.
As long as you follow the proper safety instructions included in the manual the Dremel 3000 should be safe to use. Depending on the job you may also need to use safety equipment/ gear like gloves or goggles.
Answer: As we highlighted earlier the Dremel 3000 does come with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty also covers deformities or any faults with any of the equipment included alongside the tool itself, this includes the 25 attachments.
Our Final Thoughts about the Dremel 3000
Overall we are really pleased with the Dremel 3000. When it comes to rotary power tools it offers everything you could need. With 6 variable speed levels and a smart yet simple design, the Dremel 3000 is very versatile.
You also get 25 attachments included alongside it so you’ll be able to carry out a wide range of different jobs. It’s also very lightweight and includes some handy features that make it smoother and easier to use.
The added grips give you a more secure hold and the insulation helps reduce vibrations and noise. You even get a 2-year warranty as well. While this is all good news the fact that the Dremel 3000 uses a power cord could be a bit of an issue.
Since you’ll need access to a plug socket the Dremel 3000 simply won’t be as maneuverable as some of its competitors. This is situational and won’t impact everyone but it is worth noting and taking into consideration.
That being said overall the Dremel 3000 offers excellent value. It is fairly priced and comes with all the attachments you could need and a storage case for safekeeping. As long as you’re okay with a power cord the Dremel 3000 is a fine choice, for anyone looking for a rotary tool.