If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you have probably tried a Dremel rotary tool or at least heard of one. Dremel Trio will be no different. The Trio is Dremel’s new line of tools and you can think of this tool as a souped up Dremel Rotary tool.
Power Tool Review-Dremel Trio
Power Tool Model – 6800-01
Pros: Great Balance, Powerful, Kit comes with everything you need to get started, 90 degree pivoting handle
Cons: No cordless version yet
Specifications of the Dremel
- 10,000 – 20,000 rpm
- 2 Amps
- Collet 3/16″
- 2 year warranty
- weight 2.8 lbs
- 90 degree pivoting handle
- Lock on Switch
- on board dust extraction
Nuts & Bolts of the Dremel
As you can see by the figures, this small little tool is very powerful. One thing we want to note right off the bat is the collet size, which is 3/16″. This means your Dremel rotary bits will not fit this tool unless you have a reducer. Now we have heard people complain about this, but one thing you have to remember is this tool is not to replace your rotary tool. The Trio is designed as another tool in your tool box. It is not meant to take the place of any other tool, it is just designed to do things that your rotary tool or router can not do, such as work in smaller places than a router. It has more power than most rotary tools.
There are a lot of things you can do with this tool such as cut, sand and rout. The on board dust collection works great and is a great feature to help keep your shop and work clean while you are cutting. There is a no marring base to help protect your fine projects. One spec we really like is the 90° pivoting head. This allows the user to adjust the position of the tool to fit the need and not the other way around.
As we noted the speed is 10,000-20,000 rpm, so obviously this is a variable speed tool. We like this option because the tool has so many uses, it allows the user to match the speed to the project and get the optimal performance from the tool.
Again there are so many uses for the Dremel Trio – Cut, Sand and rout – Hence the Trio. We used the Trio for a wide range of projects to test the tool. In the video we didn’t want to bore you, but we wanted to show you the tool in action. As you know balance is the first item we always look at when reviewing a power tool. If a power tool doesn’t have great balance, we always fail the tool. When a tool doesn’t have good balance, then the work it produces will never be good. The Dremel Trio has a great balance to the tool no matter what position the handle is in. One reason is this tool is very light weighing only 2.8 lbs.
As you can see in the video, we used it to drill some holes in a 2×4. The Trio went right through it with no problems. yes we know it is pine. The point again is to see it in action. By the way, adjusting the depth of the hole is a snap. In the video we showed how it routs very easy. Most important the tool was extremely easy to control. If you have ever used a router, you know how sometimes you can get a router to walk on you which can damage your work. The Trio was easy to control.
Over the next couple of days we took the tool to a small job where we were adding an addition to the house. We found a lot of uses for the tool. We cut out some electrical boxes in drywall, which worked great, but we still like the Dremel 8200 for that work. Believe it or not we used it on some small trim work and it worked great. All said and done we did use this more than normal on a job because we wanted to see it in action. The fact is we were able to use it for a lot of different applications. Now we are not saying this is only for certain jobs. In fact a lot of home owners will find this even more beneficial at home than on a job site. At a job-site, you tend to have a lot of tools handy. At home where money is more limited, unless your a tool junky, this tool makes all the sense because you can really do a lot of different projects around the house.
This is a great new addition to Dremel’s line of power tools. This tool has a lot of power with great balance. We like the fact that it fits a niche in the market. There are certain jobs out there where a router is too big, but a rotary tool is too small. That’s where a Trio comes in play.