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As summer fades into fall, we’ve got loads of new Dremel® tools and tips to keep you busy this month, including a new Dremel oscillating tool and a festive fall project.
Product Manager Brian Benes Takes Readers Inside the Development of the New Cordless Dremel Multi–Max™
We’ve shared the good news about the release of our new, cordless oscillating tool. Now we’ll take readers inside the product development process with the cordless Dremel Multi–Max Group Product Manager, Brian Benes.
Dremel: Why did Dremel decided to create a cordless version of the Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool?
Brian Benes: We created a cordless Multi–Max to meet our end users’ needs, as many end users prefer cordless tools and were eager for a cordless oscillating tool.
How does the new tool development process start?
Dremel always begins the new product development process with end user feedback. We started this project by creating some prototypes of a cordless Multi–Max and giving them to consumers to test. End users were very interested in the concept of a cordless Multi–Max and once they found out the battery was compatible with the 8200 rotary tool, were even more interested. When we got that positive feedback from our end users, we knew we were on to something good.
Being close to the project, what aspect of the cordless Dremel Multi–Max are you most proud of?
As the product manager, I’m most proud of the industrial design that was created for this tool. The project team’s goal was to develop the most compact tool in the market for cordless as well as most ergonomic. Using many of the design elements from both the corded Multi–Max and Dremel 8200 cordless rotary tool, I think the development team created a great looking tool that reflects the commonalities it shares with both tools.
What’s your favorite project to tackle with the cordless Dremel Multi–Max or the first project you tried it on?
The first project I tried the cordless Multi–Max on was trimming door jambs. I was installing a new tile floor in my laundry room. I needed to undercut the jambs to the two closets so the tile would slide under the jamb for a nice finish. The cordless Multi–Max worked great.
If you had to pick three words to describe the cordless Multi–Max, what would they be?
Ergonomic, versatile, and convenient.
What’s New at Dremel
Introducing the Cordless Dremel Multi–Max
The Dremel brand is taking its high–performance Multi–Max Oscillating Tool System to a whole new level of convenience – no cords attached. For the first time, do–it–yourself enthusiasts with a variety of project needs can use the cordless Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool to Repair. Remodel . Restore. Unplugged.™. Some of the tool highlights include:
Getting to Know Your Tools
Sanding: Rotary vs. Oscillating vs. Trio™
Because the Dremel rotary category has been around for more than 75 years, it also offers the widest array of accessories to tackle the widest variety of sanding applications. Rotary tools can be used for edge, detail and contoured sanding. Accessories include buffs, flap wheels, discs, drums and abrasive brushes.
Rotary tools do not allow users to conquer extensive flat sanding.
Oscillating tools are great for flat sanding a large surface area. Two types of sand paper are available in varying grit strengths: sand paper for bare wood and sand paper for a painted surface. The paint sand paper is designed to help strip something down, while the wood sand paper is designed for final finish sanding before restaining or repainting. Both types of paper are triangular–shaped, making them ideal for sanding details, in corners and other hard to reach areas. Sand paper changes are easily made using the hook and loop pad. A carbide rasp and diamond grit paper are also available for removing concrete and hard adhesives, such as thin set.
Oscillating tools do not allow users to sand sharp contours.
The Dremel Trio currently offers a sanding drum with various grit strengths for edge sanding. (A nice complement to the Dremel oscillating tools!) Because the 3/4–inch sanding drum is larger than its rotary tool counterpart, it allows users to cover more surface area in a faster amount of time. The Trio allows users to sand edges and 90–degree angles with confidence because the non–marring base of the Trio keeps the tool supported and perpendicular to the work.
The Trio does not allow users to sand extensive areas of flat surface and does not yet offer as many options for finishing details as the rotary category.
Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437–3635 Monday through Friday between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CST, or send us an e–mail.
Making a Wooden Sign
Making a wooden address plaque or festive door hanging is a great project for putting both of the newest Dremel tools – the Dremel Trio and cordless Dremel Multi–Max – to good use. Plus, you can be as creative as you desire. Watch the video demo for step–by–step instructions, or read them here.
We recommend you use Trio accessories TR432 120–Grit Sanding Band, TR800 Circle–Cutter/Straight-Edge Guide Attachment and any Trio router bit, and Multi–Max accessories 120– and 240–Grit MM70W Wood Sandpaper and MM11 Hook and Loop Pad.
Cordless Dremel Multi-Max Giveaway
Want to be one of the cordless Dremel Multi–Max testers? We’ll pick five winners at random from all respondents who correctly tell us how many batteries come standard in the new cordless Dremel Multi–Max kit. (Hint: read above!) Send your answer in the body of an e–mail along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number, with “Cordless Multi–Max” in the subject line.
Congratulations to the five lucky winners who were picked at random to receive a new Dremel Trio to test its three primary functions – cutting, sanding, routing – which they all correctly identified: Benita Oglesby, Baltimore, MD; Frank Monheiser, Humble, TX; Gary Werkheiser, Beaufort, SC, Artie Gill, Secaucus, NJ; and Max Harnisch, Belleville, MI.
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