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This month, Dremel® is giving eNewsletter readers a closer look at the Dremel 4000. Read frequently asked questions to learn how the Dremel brand’s newest top-of-the-line rotary tool, accessories and attachments will come in handy for your next project.

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Dremel 4000 FAQ

Last month, we introduced readers to the Dremel 4000, the Dremel brand’s new top-of-the-line corded rotary tool. Now, we’re answering our readers’ most frequently asked questions.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e-mail or call 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

When and where can I get my hands on a Dremel 4000?
Dremel 4000 rotary tool kits can now be found at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, select hardware stores and home improvement centers in the United States and Canada, as well as on Amazon.com.

How does the Dremel 4000 compare to other rotary tools?
The Dremel 4000 is the brand’s highest performing and most versatile rotary tool yet. It is the only Dremel rotary tool compatible with all Dremel accessories and attachments, including the MS400 MultiSaw Attachment and PL400 Planer Attachment. It features a new motor that requires less effort to complete tasks, and is the only rotary tool with an electronic feedback control to facilitate consistent performance under pressure. Unlike other corded rotary tools, the speed dial is separate from the on/off switch on the Dremel 4000 and features easy-to-understand speed dial increments that correspond directly to speed. The Dremel 4000 also offers a longer warranty (5 years) compared to other models.

Why is it named the Dremel 4000? What does the 4000 mean?
Previously, we’ve numbered all of our rotary tools in increments of 100. Starting with this tool, we’re shifting to increments of 1000 for our numbering system. 4000 indicates that this rotary is at the top of our rotary tool line.

attachements What are the new attachments I’ve seen in some Dremel 4000 kits, and do they only work with the Dremel 4000?
In addition to the Dremel 4000 rotary tool, Dremel is introducing two new attachments: Detailers Grip, which enables the addition of a pistol grip to the tool and facilitates added control; and Sanding/Grinding Guide, which allows users to guide a work piece to a securely mounted rotary tool or guide the tool along the edge of a flat or beveled surface. Although you can currently only buy them in Dremel 4000 kits, they are compatible with all Dremel rotary tools with a threaded nosepiece. This includes all rotary tools except the Dremel Stylus and Dremel Mini-Mite.

Do accessories come with the Dremel 4000?
Yes. We offer different kits ranging from $79 to $149 USD ($99.99 to $179.99 CAD) depending on the accessories and attachments included. Currently, we’re offering three kits: two attachments and 30 accessories, three attachment and 34 accessories, and six attachments and 50 accessories.

I already have a rotary tool. Why would I need the Dremel 4000?
The Dremel 4000 is a great choice for existing rotary tool users who are looking for the next step up in rotary tool technology. The Dremel 4000 offers more versatility, higher performance and increased control compared to other rotary tool models.

What types of projects can I use the Dremel 4000 on?
The Dremel 4000 can be used for the widest range of projects, and is especially well–suited for DIY, woodworking, home repair/home improvement projects and hobbies. To view project videos, visit the Dremel Web site or our YouTube channel.

Expert Advice — Pumpkin Carving Tips

You don’t have to be a skilled artist to create the most admired jack–o–lanterns on the block. Follow these tips for using the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit or any cordless Dremel rotary tool to ensure impressive pumpkin carving results.

Getting Started
  • Choose a design before you pick the pumpkin. Having a design in mind will help you select the perfect pumpkin with the right shape and enough surface area.
  • Know the best way to use your tools. The Dremel pumpkin carving tool is not intended to cut through the pumpkin, but rather should be used on the surface of a pumpkin after it has been cut and cleaned out. Any activity that involves the use of sharp objects, including the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit, requires adult supervision.
Transferring Your Design
  • Use a template. Use either a pre–drawn template — available for download on the carving templates page on the Dremel Web site — or make your own. Enlarge or reduce the template on a photocopier to fit the scale of the pumpkin.
  • Cut slits around the template to ensure a smooth fit. Cutting small slits along the perimeter of the paper will help you wrap it around the curved surface of the pumpkin.
  • Avoid traced marker lines by using spray adhesive. Start by applying spray adhesive on the desired carving area of the pumpkin. The template should then stay in place while you carve your favorite Halloween designs.
Carving Your Pumpkin
  • Don’t immediately remove the top of the pumpkin. If you plan to carve a “translucent” design that does not cut all the way through the pumpkin’s surface, leave the top of the pumpkin in place. Instead, cut the opening in the back of the pumpkin to insert a candle, or an electric candle if using an artificial pumpkin.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to clean out the pumpkin. An ice cream scoop is the ideal tool for quickly and evenly cleaning out a pumpkin. Unlike your kitchen spoons, it won’t bend.
  • Put the sharp knives aside. Try using the Dremel pumpkin carving tool — the 6–Volt Dremel Alkaline Cordless rotary tool. The motorized tool features a rounded–edge cutter that enables Halloween enthusiasts to etch designs into the pumpkin’s surface, making it an ideal tool for carving intricate designs.
Making Your Jack–O–Lantern Last Longer
  • Apply petroleum jelly to cut surfaces. A thin layer of petroleum jelly will help seal in moisture and prevent the pumpkin from drying out.
  • Cover the jack-o-lantern with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. Refrigerating the jack-o-lantern until you are ready to display it will help it last for several more days.

Dremel News

Win a New Dremel 4000 Kit

Want to try the new Dremel 4000 attachments and accessories for yourself? Describe a do–it–yourself project you would use the attachments and accessories for in one sentence and you could win them! Send your response along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body of the e-mail and “Dremel 4000” in the subject line. We’ll pick five entries at random and announce the winners next month.

Congratulations

Thanks to all Dremel readers who participated in our September eNewsletter tool giveaway, when we asked where the Dremel 4000 ranked on the rotary tool versatility matrix. Congratulations to Laura Steiner, Northville, MI; Dennis Ridge, Westover, MD; Rolf Krogstad, Bloomington, MN; Gregory Seneff, Nashville, TN; and Patricia McRae, Lynn Haven, FL, who answered correctly with “high” and won a new Dremel 4000.

Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!

Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.