A rotary tool is a versatile, handheld power tool that can be of use in both small and major renovation projects. Having one of these around gives you the ability to sand, polish, engrave, and grind by swapping out different attachments. The small tip and compact size of a rotary tool make it a must-have piece of equipment that you will thoroughly enjoy using.
Dremel is arguably most famous for their high-quality, durable rotary tools, whereas WEN is a fairly new competitor in the power tools industry but has already garnered a healthy gathering of loyal followers for their unreal cost efficiency. In this article, we’d like to rotary tools coming from two polar opposite companies – the 7300-N/8 from Dremel and the 2305 from WEN. Which will be victorious in the battle of rotary toolsLet’s find out.
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Even though rotary tools aren’t power-hungry machines, the size of the motor is still a crucial factor to consider. Stronger motors deliver more power for engraving, cutting, and sanding tougher materials. The Dremel comes with a moderate 1.2-amp tool which is on the lower end of the rotary tool motor spectrum.
As for the WEN, it comes with a smaller 1-amp motor. This size isn’t necessarily weak and shouldn’t be treated that way, but it does have limited uses and effectiveness on harder materials compared to beefier 2- or 3-amp tools.
Conclusion: Honestly, you won’t even notice a difference in power between the Dremel and WEN. The 0.2-amp disparity isn’t significant enough to gauge what the Dremel can that the WEN can’t. Therefore, we’re going to call it a draw, though technically, the Dremel SHOULD be more effective at cutting and carving.
Depending on what you’re doing, you’ll either want to crank the rotary tool’s speed to the max or keep it slow and steady. The Dremel has a 2-speed motor that delivers either 6,500 RPM or 13,000 RPM. At these speeds, you can cut and buff without worrying about penetrating too deep into your work.
The WEN starts at 8,000 RPM and can be cranked up all the way to 30,000 RPM and can be adjusted on the fly. There are no preset speeds, so the tool can spin at any RPM between the min and max speeds, though there’s no way to determine how quickly the bit is spinning realistically. Furthermore, when working at 30,000 RPM, the tool vibrates so violently that you’ll never need it.
Conclusion: Deciding on whether you like two preset speeds or maximum speed flexibility is the dealer’s choice. The low- and high-speed gears on the Dremel can be used in a ton of different projects, just as the WEN’s infinite speed setting.
Cordless vs. Corded
Ah, the classic debate of whether corded or cordless is the better option. The Dremel is a cordless rotary tool that runs off 4.8-volt rechargeable batteries. It offers maximum portability for working in tight corners and cramped spaces without tying you down. Real handy if you need to do some touch-up work in remote areas.
The WEN is a corded-electric rotary tool with a 6-foot power cord. As a corded tool, you won’t be able to use it out in the wilderness, but wherever there’s an outlet and running electricity, this tool will run forever or until the motor burns out.
Conclusion: This is another area where the purchaser needs to decide which would benefit him or her more. Cordless tools have become more popular as of late, mainly since you don’t have to juggle power cords or extension cords to get the tool running. However, with corded-electric tools, downtime is not a factor, provided that you have the appropriate replacement accessories and running electricity.
Nobody likes purchasing a toolkit that doesn’t come with all the accessories to get started right away. In this Dremel rotary tool kit, apart from the rotary tool, you also get a charger, a 4.8-volt rechargeable battery, a wrench, and eight accessories.
If you thought eight accessories is a lot, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. The WEN kit comes with 100 accessories plus a handy flex shaft so you can get to grinding, sanding, cutting, and more. Granted, most of these accessories are just multiples of the same, but still… 100!
Conclusion: Whichever kit you get, just know that you can get straight to business with their numerous accessories. However, rotary attachments to require frequent replacing, especially if you use the tool regularly, but having an extra 100 attachments on hand means not having to worry about purchasing replacements for a long, long time.
With the included charger, battery, and accessories, you’ll need a case of some sort to store the kit. Unfortunately, you’ll have to search for a case elsewhere if you get this Dremel rotary tool. The kit comes in a cardboard box.
Unlike Dremel, WEN sells this rotary tool with a flex shaft in a sturdy plastic carrying case. Of course, it comes in a case. With 100 attachments and a flex shaft, they’d be bouncing around in a cardboard box, scratching up the rotary tool.
Conclusion: A carrying case is always preferable to a cardboard box, especially if you need to take the tool with you to various job sites. Of course, you could put the Dremel and all of its accessories in a bag or purchase a carrying case…
Performance-wise, there really isn’t any significant difference between the 1.2-amp Dremel and the 1-amp WEN. For this reason, in determining which of the two is the better deal, we’ll have to look at the supporting factors discussed earlier.
Seeing the WEN 2305 kit and its numerous accessories, we feel that this is the more cost-efficient option, which is not a surprise seeing as how cost efficiency is WEN’s whole business plan. However, don’t mistake cheap for low-quality as this tool can do everything the Dremel 7300-N/8 does. Plus, the included flex shaft makes cutting in cramped spaces a breeze.