As an electrician tools like this make me laugh. Not Dremel specifically, just any multi-bit automatic screwdriver in general. I’ve used other brands in the past. Well not used… really just tried out for the fun of it… and every one of them does not stand up for professional or tradesman use. Let’s see how this little guy holds up!
The tool comes with a mini-USB charger and 7 different tips that you can change out depending on what you’re screwing or unscrewing. The included tips are a #1 Philips, #2 Philips, #5 Hex, #2 Robertson, #6 Flat, #20 Torx, and #23 Torx. At first glance, keeping in mind I’m a master electrician, this does not seem like a tool I would keep on me. I need far more options for tips than what is provided. I need various sizes of philips, flat, robbies, torx, and female hex, not male. This tool is not meant for someone like me who does what I do everyday.
I do like that it is very small and compact, and could easily fit in a drawer at home for someone who doesn’t need serious tools. It’s designed for a very basic end user that wants a multibit screwdriver, but doesn’t want to fill a drawer with all kinds of different screwdrivers.
After using it a few times I found that it is not optimal for screwing things in, especially to soft or brittle materials. To engage the motor you have to press the tip firmly against the object you’re screwing or unscrewing. Therefore you cannot use this as a prying tool like many of us do with our typical screwdrivers. Once you pull back the motor begins to slow down and eventually comes to a stop. It does the job just fine, however the motor continues spinning even after you want it to stop. If you’re screwing in plate screws for electrical outlets this will cause you to snap the plates every time unless you’re very quick and pull back at the right time. But then you still have to use it manually to twist the screws to exactly where you want them.
The motor is very torque-heavy, so once a screw is all the way tight, the motor keeps spinning as it slows down so it tears the tool right out of your hand and continues spinning. I think it would be far better if the motor stopped immediately once you release tension. It would offer you much more precision and not break the things you’re screwing into… or rip the tool out of your hand.
There is a red dial on the back side of the tool that has markings 1-6 on it. This is not a speed setting wheel, it is similar to the clutch on a drill. It is meant to control how much power the tool is allowed to use to overcome a resistance. If you’re working with something delicate then you’ll want to set the wheel to 1. This means that when the drill comes across a resistance it will stop relatively quickly rather than continuing to spin. If you put the wheel at 6, the drill will keep spinning regardless what type of resistance it’s up against… or at least whatever the motor can handle before bogging down and coming to a stop. The tool itself is a single-speed tool. There is no “high” or “low,” which admittedly after seeing its performance, should be reconsidered.
Well I hate to do this to a sponsor, but I can’t give this tool very much credit for being easier to use or more durable than my regular screwdrivers. I rate this a 2 out of 5 stars. I will not use this tool, it would make my job more difficult and ultimately give me more headaches than it solved. I know it is not meant for the professional user, and someone who’s a home user, that doesn’t need to use tools very often, might find some value in this. I just do not find much in it to sing praises for.
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