|About the Issue
This month, we’re proud to introduce you to a brand new type of multi–tool hitting stores nationwide in September from the Dremel® brand. We call it the Dremel Trio™, and we think you’ll love it as much as we do. Read all about the new tool in this issue and be sure to enter this month’s giveaway for a chance to own one for free.
From Blank Slate to True Innovation: The Story of the Dremel Trio
The development of the Dremel Trio can be termed a labor of love. However, no one involved in the development process will claim it was a simple endeavor. What they will say is that the entire process has been an exciting challenge—from the blank sheet of paper the production team started with, to major design changes when the product was near completion. The end result is exactly what the team had set out to build – an innovative tool that strikes the perfect balance between ease of use, performance and versatility.
Born out of a desire to extend the Dremel brand beyond rotary tools and, in combination with a worldwide research program, the Dremel team identified the need for a cutting tool that would improve upon a jigsaw’s weaknesses. For some, jigsaws can be difficult to operate, limiting in the type of cuts they can achieve and less than precise. The Dremel marketing group set out to create a different tool that would allow customers to cut quickly, accurately and, in keeping with the Dremel brand characteristics, be versatile, ergonomic and compact. Once the design team felt they had mastered these qualities, they asked themselves what other features customers might like for added convenience? The answer – add sanding and routing functionality, two processes that directly correlate to many cutting projects.
Venturing out into a completely new market, the product team had no prototypes to reference when beginning to develop the concept for the Trio, making the initial design process difficult. Another key challenge the team faced during production was which type of motor to use. They wanted to strike the delicate balance between making something compact, but powerful enough to do a quality job. A high–power cordless motor was identified as an ideal solution to achieving this goal.
However, this did not signal a clear road for the Dremel Trio. More than halfway through the design phase, the process slowed as critical user feedback was provided that brought about significant changes to the prototype; changes that would set production back more than six months. The final product resulted in the addition of a more powerful motor and other user–inspired features that we now can’t imagine the tool without. This feedback added to the utility and versatility of the Trio by increasing the performance, versatility and amount of projects the product can perform.
Throughout all these challenges, the Trio product development team remained committed to their vision.
“We could not be happier with the final product,” said John Holba, Dremel Product Manager who led the Trio development. “It is quite simply, the best product we could have envisioned for our loyal customers.”
The Trio allows users the capability to cut, sand and rout – all in one, easy–to–use and unintimidating package. It is a revolutionary tool with capabilities that no other product on the market possesses and we’re thrilled by the breadth of projects the Trio is able to tackle. We believe our customers will be as well.
What’s New at Dremel
Introducing the Dremel Trio
Dremel is proud to introduce the new Trio, the first tool of its kind that allows users to cut, sand, and rout across multiple surfaces and planes. The Trio is a multifunctional tool comparable to a jigsaw, edge sander and router – except in one simple package.
The Cordless Multi–Max is Coming!
The Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool has revolutionized the way many do–it–yourselfers tackle repair, restoration and remodeling projects. Stay tuned for a sneak peak in next month’s eNewsletter, and be prepared for your favorite oscillating tool to go cordless in October.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Cutting: Rotary vs. Oscillating vs. Trio
Each of the three main types of Dremel tools – rotary, oscillating and the multi–purpose Trio– perform the function of cutting. So, how do you know when to choose which tool when you embark on a cutting project – by far the most popular application of Dremel tools? Continue reading for a tool–by–tool comparison.
Dremel rotary tools provide the most options for cutting a variety of materials and angles. Because the category has been around for more than 75 years, a variety of accessories and attachments are available for cutting wood, metal, wall tile, drywall, plastics and more and for positioning the tool to cut in tight spaces or at a right angle.
However, rotary tools do require an understanding of technique as the tools work on speed, not force, and rotary tools offer the widest range of speed settings. The bits are much more material–specific, which require user education to know which bit to use when, and typically are best for smaller–scale projects. Rotary tools also offer no
Cutting with a Dremel oscillating tool is different because the tool bit oscillates; it doesn’t rotate. Most users feel that they have more control over their cuts when working with an oscillating tool. The oscillating motion of the tool makes it very effective for plunge cuts and flush cuts that would otherwise be cumbersome using any other type of tool. The tool also provides the capacity to mount accessories at a variety of angles allowing users to cut in materials in a variety of positions and get into tight spaces with the tool.
Oscillating blades are very material–specific and there is little cross over. Users must learn to let the tool do the work – keep the tool steady, guide it, but don’t push it.
The Trio can cut wood (up to 1/2–inch), drywall, metal (up to 22 gauge), backer board and acrylics – all with one bit. A separate bit allows the tool to be used to cut wall tile. Dust management is also offered by a vacuum attachment for the Trio. A large base provides nice balance and control when the tool is used for cutting, and an adjustable depth guide allows users to manage depth when working on a flat surface.
A special base called the compact foot is available with a smaller surface area than the standard foot, its purpose is to allow the tool to be used in tight spaces and the rounded shape of the guide permits following templates with accuracy.
Users should be sure to slow down, move carefully, clamp their work and maintain control of their cut by maintaining their rate of material feed for best results.
Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437–3635 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., or send us an e–mail.
Cut Vinyl Siding to Install New Outdoor Plumbing
Summer is quickly fading and cold weather will be here all too soon. It’s the ideal time of year to complete outdoor tasks or maintenance, such as cutting vinyl siding to install new outdoor plumbing, venting or an electrical outlet. The Dremel Trio makes this project simple.
Watch this video for a step–by–step demonstration. We suggest using the TR561Multi–Purpose Cutting Bit and cutting clockwise to achieve the best results.
Be one of the first to try to new Dremel Trio. Tell us the three primary functions of the tool (hint: read above!) along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number in the body of an e–mail and “Trio” in the subject line. We’ll pick five responses at random to win a Dremel Trio.
Congratulations to the five lucky winners who were picked at random to win their choice of either a Dremel 8200 rotary tool or Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool with corresponding grout removal accessories. The winners, three who decided a rotary tool would work best for their needs and two who picked oscillating, were: Ralph Marak, Houston, TX; Charles Stokes, St. Louis, MO; Christopher Stachlinski, Baltimore, MD; Michael Fitzell, San Antonio, TX; and Mike Penn, Independence, KY.
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