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The Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

Updated on May 28, 2014

Dremel 4000 review

This is my third Dremel rotary tool and I just have one thing to say about it. WOW! You can tell the Dremel 4000 was designed with it's users in mind. It's high quality, complete versatility and low price make it a tool that's going to be hard for competitors to compete with.

Features of the Dremel 4000

from Dremel.com

  • High-performance motor for maximum performance at all speeds
  • Electronic feedback for consistent speed under load
  • Variable speed provides maximum control and precision
  • Separate on/off switch and speed control dial for the perfect speed every time
  • Can be used with all Dremel attachments and accessories
  • Quick collet lock for fast accessory changes
  • Cool-running ball bearing construction for smooth and quiet operation
  • Replaceable motor brushes extend tool life

Specifications of the Dremel 4000

from Dremel.com

  • Amperage 1.6 amps
  • Cord Length 6 ft.
  • Speed Variable (5,000 to 35,000 RPM)
  • Voltage 120 AC, 50-60 Hz
  • Weight 18.8 oz

What's different about the Dremel 4000?

It's versatility. The Dremel 4000 is the only rotary tool that's compatible with all existing Dremel accessories and attachments, plus the MultiSaw and Planer attachments originally created for the 400 Series XPR rotary tool. So if you've owned a Dremel in the past, you can use those same bits and accessories with this one.

The variable speed allows you to adjust the speed from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM in increments instead of just high and low.

Unlike the bulky case for the Dremel XPR, the Dremel 4000 case is a flat, briefcase type with the little toolbox for the dremel accessories stored securely inside.

Meet the Dremel 4000

Is there anything not-so-good about the Dremel 4000?

Although it's advertised as having a slim, ergonomic body, this tool is actually bigger than previous Dremels. The new cooling system and the speed feedback circuitry made it necessary to make the handle thicker and longer. However, it's still small enough to hold comfortably. Although if you are going to be doing a lot of detailing work, I would recommend getting the flex shaft attachment and foot pedal.

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

Storage Case

Quick Start Book

Attachments

Circle Cutter/Straight Edge Guide

Sanding/Grinding Guide

Accessories

191 High Speed Cutter

401 Mandrel

402 Mandrel w/ Screw

407 Coarse 1/2" Sanding Drum

408 1/2" 60 Grit Sanding Band (2)

411 3/4" Sanding Disc, 180 grit (3)

412 3/4" Sanding Disc, 220 grit (3)

413 3/4" Sanding Disc, 240 grit (2)

414 Felt Polishing Wheel

420 Heavy Duty Emery Cut-Off Wheel (2)

421 Polishing Compound

426 1-1/4" Fiberglass-Reinforced Cut-Off Wheel (2)

428 Carbon Steel Brush

429 1" Felt Polishing Wheel

432 1/2" 120 Grit Sanding Band (2)

445 1/2" 240 Grit Sanding Band (2)

541 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Wheel

561 MultiPurpose Cutting Bit

84922 Silicon Carbide Grinding Stone

90962 Wrench

932 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone

Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable

Speed Rotary Tool Kit

or

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

Storage Case

Quick Start Book

Attachments

Sanding/Grinding Guide

Detailer's Grip attachment

Multipurpose Cutting Guide attachment

Accessories

107 Engraving Cutter

191 High Speed Cutter

401 Mandrel

402 Mandrel w/ Screw

403 Bristle Brush

407 Coarse 1/2" Sanding Drum

408 1/2" 60 Grit Sanding Band

411 3/4" Sanding Disc, 180 grit (2)

412 Sanding Disc, 220 Grit

413 3/4" Sanding Disc, 240 grit

414 Small Felt Wheel (3)

420 Heavy Duty Emery Cut-Off Wheel (2)

421 Polishing Compound

428 Carbon Steel Brush

429 1" Felt Polishing Wheel (2)

432 1/2" 120 Grit Sanding Band (3)

445 1/2" 240 Grit Sanding Band (2)

481 3/32" Collet

540 1-1/4" Cut-Off Wheel

561 MultiPurpose Cutting Bit

8193 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone

84922 Silicon Carbide Grinding Stone

85602 Silicon Carbide Grind Stone

90962 Wrench

932 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone

EZ402 Mandrel

EZ456 1 1/2" Reinforced Cut-Off Wheel

Dremel 4000-3/34 120-Volt Variable

Speed Rotary Tool Kit

or

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

Storage Case

Quick Start Book

Attachments

Planer attachment

Flex Shaft attachment

Circle Cutter/Straight Edge Guide

Sanding/Grinding Guide

Multipurpose Cutting Guide attachment

Lawn Mower and Garden Tool Sharpening Attachment

Detail Nose Piece

Accessories

107 Engraving Cutter

150 Drill Bit

191 High Speed Cutter

194 High Speed Cutter

401 Mandrel

402 Mandrel w/ Screw

405 Bristle Brush

407 Coarse 1/2" Sanding Drum

408 1/2" 60 Grit Sanding Band (2)

411 3/4" Sanding Disc, 180 grit (2)

412 3/4" Sanding Disc, 220 grit (2)

413 3/4" Sanding Disc, 240 grit (2)

414 Small Felt Wheel (3)

420 Heavy Duty Emery Cut-off Wheel (4)

421 Polishing Compound

428 Carbon Steel Brush

429 1" Felt Polishing Wheel

432 1/2" 120 Grit Sanding Band (2)

442 Carbon Steel Brush

445 1/2" 240 Grit Sanding Band (2)

481 3/32" Collet

540 1-1/4" Cut-Off Wheel

541 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Wheel (2)

561 MultiPurpose Cutting Bit

8193 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone

84922 Silicon Carbide Grinding Stone

90962 Wrench

932 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone

EZ402 Mandrel

EZ409 Thin-Cut Cutting Wheels (2)

EZ423 1" Cloth Polishing Wheel

EZ456 1 1/2" Reinforced cut-off wheel (2)

EZ476 Plastic Cutting Wheel (2)

EZ511 Abrasive Buffs, 180 & 280 Grit (2)

EZ512 Abrasive Buff, 320 Grit

Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable

Speed Rotary Kit

This really is the best value for your money. The attachments alone retail for over $95!

or

Handy Dremel Accessories

These accessories aren't things you absolutely have to have, but they sure do make things a heck of a lot easier!

Dremel 4486 MultiPro Keyless Chuck
Dremel 4486 MultiPro Keyless Chuck

This chuck lets you to quickly and easily change accessories on your Dremel rotary tool without having to change collets. Believe me. This is a must have accessory!

 
Dremel 225-01 Flex Shaft Attachment
Dremel 225-01 Flex Shaft Attachment

This, along with the foot pedal, will allow you to work your Dremel hands free and is perfect for detail work.

It's included with the Dremel 4000 6-50, but not with the 2-30 or 3-34.

 
Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools
Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools

While not a Dremel work station, the Milescraft 1097 drill press stand will work with your Dremel. It's actually a bit more stable and easier to put together than the Dremel 220-01 work station.

 

For precision work, the Dremel Workstation is a must-have accessory. It operates as a flex shaft holder and a drill press. This is handy when you need to make evenly spaced holes or tiny precision holes (like for jewelry). If you need to drill some angled holes, you can turn it a full 90 degrees (stopping in 15 degree increments). The angle adjustment also helps when you need to do some precision sanding. Just use the workstation to hold the dremel in place, angle it 90 degrees horizontally and use your hands to hold and control the object you're sanding. The telescoping shaft allows you to adjust the height from 16" to 29".

Here's a video on how to use the Dremel workstation.

While this is a decent workstation and an extremely helpful tool once it's assembled, it does have one flaw. The assembly instructions are crap. There's no clear diagrams and the written instructions are wrong. They're so wrong that I think whoever wrote them was actually looking at a different workstation.

You don't believe me?

OK. Go ahead and follow the instructions. When you feel like beating your head against the wall in frustration, come back here and follow this link for the correct Dremel Workstation assembly instructions written by a very kindhearted reviewer. Or just watch the next video.

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station

or

Dremel Workstation assembly instruction video

Here's a quick video on how to assemble the Dremel Workstation.

Ways to use your Dremel Rotary Tool

The Dremel 4000 can be used for everything from clipping your dogs toenails to sharpening the lawnmower blades. Here are just a few ways you can use the Dremel 4000:

sanding wood (I used the planer attachment to shave wood off our door when it got stuck)

polishing wood, metal and stones

engraving/etching metal, plastic or glass (this requires lots of practice)

drilling into wood, plastic or metal

cutting through wood, metal, plastic or tile

grinding wood or metal

cleaning rust off objects (It was the only thing that took the rust off my sinks)

cutting your dogs toenails

carve a pumpkin

routing wood

There are probably a million other uses for a Dremel. Just remember, no matter how you use it, you should always follow one rule.

Don't apply pressure. Let the speed do the work and you'll end up with better results and a tool that will last longer.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      pre-drill holes in framing my artwork.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I'll let you know when I get one, but this lens is making me drool for one! And it is awesome on the Wood theme!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am investigating a rotary power tool, and of course, the Dremel is the cadillac in that category. The challenge is deciding which version is best for me.

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      I never heard of the Dremel Rotary Tool before but I will have to look into them now

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      jtbmetaldesigns 5 years ago

      Love my Dremel! I confess I mainly only use it to grind and dress up my welds in tough to reach areas but is handy for sure.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I've had a Dremel for a while, but am just getting into wood carving and other carving projects. I have always thought the Dremel was a brilliant tool. The uses are pretty much limitless.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      My father favorite gizmo. He got a Dremel a couple of years ago, and since then, the only thing he wants for Christmas and his birthday is more accessories for his Dremel.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Well, we own a couple of pet grooming shops, so we do A LOT of nail grinding. We love our Dremels!

      Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there anything you haven't done with a dremel? Great presentation of this versatile tool!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      My wheels are turning about what I would do with the wonderful tool! I know I could use it to create some cool stuff... Thanks!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Just the opportunity to trim dog nails would be great, but it does so much more. Great review of this amazing tool. Now I gotta have one!