|About the Issue
With the start of a new season comes a new eNewsletter for the Dremel brand. Read more about the redesign below, and be sure to remember mom this Mother’s Day with a homemade gift – we’re here to help. In store for this issue:
An In–Depth Look at the New Dremel 8200 with Product Manager Brian Benes
This month, we’re giving readers an in–depth look at the development and features of the new, cordless Dremel 8200 with the person who knows it best, Dremel 8200 Product Manager Brian Benes.
Dremel: As the Dremel 8200 product manager, you know this tool inside and out. What is the biggest factor that makes the Dremel 8200 different from other rotary tools?
Brian Benes: The Dremel 8200 is the first cordless tool developed by Dremel that can run every single attachment and accessory that we make. Plus, it’s speed–of–cut is comparable to our corded tools. The Dremel 8200 is the highest performing cordless rotary tool available.
What are you most excited to see in the Dremel 8200?
I’m most excited about the tool’s excellent performance. It can keep up when cutting through all types of materials and doesn’t get hot or uncomfortable to hold. Our engineering team did a great job; the Dremel 8200 is a game–changer in cordless rotary tools. This thing could take on just about any application thrown its way.
What can you tell us about the Dremel 8200’s new motor and battery features?
The Dremel 8200 motor has a larger diameter that makes it able to handle the demands of any application. The new 12VMAX Lithium–IonTM battery makes the cordless tool even more convenient to use because it charges in just one hour. Other cordless tool batteries can take three hours to charge. We know that it’s important to users for their cordless tools to charge quickly; less charge time means you can get more work done.
What applications do you most recommend the Dremel 8200 for?
The Dremel 8200 is great for cutting and any application that requires EZ Lock Accessories. This is the first time that we’re including the EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel and EZ Lock Accessories in a tool kit. We want to make sure that Dremel users get that experience right out of the box. A lot of product testers also told me the Dremel 8200 and 1453 Chainsaw Sharpening Attachment work well for sharpening chainsaws. They said the Dremel 8200 got the job done faster than usual and was convenient for them to bring outside to work with.
What do you think is the coolest feature on the Dremel 8200?
Previously, our cordless rotary tools had an integrated on/off and variable speed switch. If your battery ever died or you needed to stop, you had to turn the dial all the way down to turn it off. So, if you were working on a project at a certain speed and getting good results, it was hard to find that same speed again. With the Dremel 8200, we were able to separate the on/off switch from the variable speed switch to give users upfront control that allows them to turn the tool off in a hurry without changing the speed setting. I like being able to step away from my project if I need to, but still being able to return right back to the speed setting I was using.
What project will you be using the Dremel 8200 for this spring?
I’m installing an attic ladder in my garage. In any project I tackle, I seem to always find some use or another for my Dremel rotary tool. Since I’ll be working in the garage and won’t need to plug my Dremel 8200 into the wall, I’m sure I’ll find even more uses for it.
The Dremel 8200 is now available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers nationwide. For more information, visit the Dremel Web site.
What’s New at Dremel
As you might have noticed, the Dremel eNewsletter got a facelift this month. We wanted a fresh, new look to match the fresh, new content we’re now including in each issue – per your request. You shared your feedback in our recent reader survey, and we listened. Most of you love project ideas, so we’re now including one in each issue. You also want to learn more about your Dremel tools and accessories, so we’re launching a new section just for that. We created a dedicated spot to let you know what’s new at Dremel (here), so you’re always in the know. As always, we’re sharing real user feedback and fun Dremel stories via our “Feature” section and offering a rebate or tool giveaway each month in our “Special Offers” section. Plus, we’re making each section easier to read and easier to navigate to. Tell us what you think!
Coming Soon… New Glass Drilling Bits
Glass drilling bits have been the number one requested product for months, and when Dremel users ask, we listen. New glass drilling bits will be available next month! The new bits expand the number of applications Dremel tools can be used for even further and are perfect for hobbyists and crafters. Each diamond–impregnated bit is packaged with Dremel cutting oil to increase speed–of–cut and help the bit from overheating or losing its diamond grit. Beginning in May, 1/8–inch and 1/4–inch Dremel Glass Drill Bits will be available for suggested retail prices of $19.99 – $24.99, respectively.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Dremel Multi–Max™ Oscillating Cutting Blades
The Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool provides a great option for DIY plunge cutting or precise cutting applications, such as cutting doorjambs or baseboard for floor installation. The Dremel brand offers different cutting blades depending on the material you’re working with and depth and width of cut you need to achieve:
Homemade Terra Cotta Napkin Rings
Believe it or not, miniature terra cotta pots can easily be transformed into unique napkin rings – all with the help of a Dremel rotary tool. Spruce up your own yard or dinner party, or give a set to your favorite mom as a thoughtful, homemade mother’s day gift. Watch a video demonstration of how to create terra cotta luminaries, a project that requires similar steps to those used when creating terra cotta napkin rings here.
Dremel 8200 Giveaway
Have you ever created a homemade Mother’s Day gift with a Dremel tool? Or have a great gift idea for mom you haven’t tried yet? Send us your ideas – you might be featured in an upcoming eNewsletter, plus, we’ll pick five responses at random to win a new Dremel 8200. Send your project idea (step–by–step instructions not needed) along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of an e–mail and “Dremel Mom” in the subject line. We’ll announce the winners next month.
Reader Survey Winners
Thanks to all eNewsletter readers who completed the reader satisfaction survey last month. We appreciate your feedback. We picked five respondents at random to win either a Dremel Multi–Max Oscillating Tool System or a Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Kit. The winners were: Thom Davies, Fort Hood, TX; Alfred Micucci, Holbrook, NY; Howard Atwell, Anaheim, CA; Mary Dotseth, Palatine, IL; and Dianne Barskey, Ashland, PA.
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