Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit, 28-Pieces

Last updated date: June 26, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit, 28-Pieces

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Overall Take

The intuitive nose cap on this rotary tool replaces the chuck and makes changing attachments much easier. Once secured, the powerful motor can put plenty of force behind any job. While compact, it is equally suited to cutting or sanding. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Dremel Dremel Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit, 28-Pieces placed 2nd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Rotary Tool Kit for a detailed review of all the top rotary tool kits.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
944 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Flex Shaft attachment only furthers the versatility of the Dremel 3000. This piece gives the user a new level of precision that is ideal for small crafts and intricate carving. The Dremel 3000 is our top pick for rotary tools because it works well, lasts long, and can do just about everything.
- The Spruce
Features the power and speed necessary to tackle cutting, grinding, and sharpening tasks around the house, as well as cleaning and engraving for crafters. This rotary tool's variable speed ranges from 5,000 to 32,000 RPMs for precise control and the 1.2 Amp motor provides plenty of power. The tool is equipped with an EZ Twist nose cap so that you can quickly and easily change accessories, seamlessly moving from job to job.
- Business Insider
The Dremel 3000 still has that nice feeling in your hand like some of the other Dremels on the market. The motor is a 1.2 amp motor and has an rpm range of 5,000 – 32,000. The speed is adjusted by a slide switch on the body of the tool. Also a user can replace the brushes, one on each side of the tool. One thing Dremel redesigned were the vents, with side vents. With the redesign the tool should run cooler when used for extended periods of time.
- Tools In Action
It might be inexpensive, but it’s not cheap. And I actually really like the 3000 series Dremel tool, and think it has some appeal over the pricier and more powerful tools. For one, it’s small and compact, or at least smaller and more compact. That makes it more convenient when using certain accessories and attachments.
- Tool Guyd
The fact that it has more attachments and accessories than the other two kits makes the Dremel 3000-2/28 the best option in the 3000 series as it can not only do everything that the other two kits can do but much more.
- Wood Working Toolkit
The symmetrical design features multi-directional rubber grip elements for added comfort, and the body has been designed to feature a more efficient fan and side vents to allow it to run without reaching as high a temperature as most rotary tools.
- Best of Machinery
Lightweight, ergonomic design. Reviewers note that the Dremel 3000-2/28 Rotary Tool is much lighter and easier to control than other Dremel models, and runs with limited vibration.
- Review Lab
It features an improved design which suits it for multiple-position gripping. The two attachments: a cutting guide and sanding/grinding guide provides you with full insight into handling the tasks professionally. The pack also contains a wrench and two mandrels. The accessories are quite impressive, with no useless accessories in the case. The silicon grinding stone, engraving cutters and cut-off wheel bit are a few of these accessories which work best.
- Beast Tools
Features a 360-degree grip zone which improves balance and comfort during use. There’s also a better venting system which has a redesigned fan so that longer duration jobs stay cooler and more comfortable.
- Backyard Tool Shed
Twist nose cap, which is a feature for faster accessory change, has been added to this amazing toolkit. The nose cap has a wrench that facilitates more rapid tightening of accessories or attachments. Performance: It consists of a cooling system that provides a cooler running tool. Additionally, it has an adjustable speed setting, allowing us to work at our own pace.
- Our Homes Magazine
Possesses the abilities of a workhorse. It has been improved with the new EZ Twist Integrated tool, which means you can now switch accessories without using the wrench. For comfort and balance, while working, the 360-degree grip zone ensures that while the newly designed vents ensure that your machine doesn’t build up heat, it reduces noise and has a longer working life.
- Arch Foundation
What experts didn't like
Doesn't work with all Dremel accessories.
- Business Insider
I wish the case was a tad bit bigger. While everything fits in the case, it does take a little time getting the cord wrapped up correctly to fit in the case nicely and close it.
- Tools In Action
The kit lacks a flex-shaft tool.
- Tool Guyd
With the 3000 you will need to use your judgment to determine the right speed and pressure. For a newbie, this can lead to mistakes. For example, when buffing heirlooms you can easily end up wearing out the pieces without the electronic feedback function.
- Wood Working Toolkit
Short cord. Several users say they wish the power cord was a bit longer, as some other rotary tools boast an eight-foot cord to the Dremel 3000-2/28 Rotary Tool’s six-foot cord.
- Review Lab
For ceramics and metals, you should buy the Dremel 4000 as it has enough power for the intensive tasks.
- Beast Tools
Corded.
- Backyard Tool Shed
Requires the right size chuck nuts for some of the attachments to work. This means that we have to dig deeper into our pockets to buy extra nuts. Sometimes the cutting wheel overheats, making the tool too hot to handle.
- Our Homes Magazine
The machine is not durable.
- Arch Foundation

From The Manufacturer

The Dremel 3000 is the workhorse of the Dremel brand. New enhancements such as the EZ Twist integrated wrench nose cap accessory allows you to switch between accessories without the Dremel wrench. The 360-degree grip-zone improves balance and comfort while the improved venting and redesigned fan makes the 3000 run cooler and stay comfortable for longer duration jobs.

An Overview On Rotary Tool Kits

What’s a tool that is commonly used by hobbyists, woodworkers, construction workers and even plumbers with equal frequency? There aren’t many, that’s for sure. But aside from the old reliable hammer, a handheld rotary tool is one of the most versatile items in any tool belt, no matter who’s wearing it.

What is a rotary tool? These days, they can come in any number of shapes and sizes, most of which are handheld and roughly cylindrical. But the real defining factor is the motor. As the name implies, the tip moves in a rotary motion, spinning at high speeds with a lot of torque behind it. This is distinct from the motor inside oscillating multi-tools, which may look very similar to rotary tools and in fact can be used for many of the same type of jobs. But oscillating motors work in a super-fast side-to-side motion. That makes them better suited to handle straight cuts and more heavy duty jobs such as tile work.

A rotary tool’s strengths primarily lie in versatility and fine detail work. That makes them great for sanding, carving, etching and even sharpening knives, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Of course, you’ll need the right attachments to match the job. Individual tools can vary, but most rotary tool kits will come with a variety of accessories to suit specific tasks, with some possible extension attachments for hard-to-reach areas or angled cuts. These accessories can be changed out with some sort of chuck or locking mechanism. For artisans or woodworkers who change out attachments regularly, a quick-change system is especially key.

Among the most common attachments you’ll need are an assortment of cutting wheels, which can cut precise circles into wood or even metal. Sanding pads are used for sanding down woodwork, and will come in various grades of coarseness. Carbide bits are used for carving and etching, while wire wheels will take dust off of sensitive metals. Again, there are hundreds of accessories to suit almost any application. To boost the usefulness of your rotary tool, check to see that it can accept accessories from third party manufacturers. It will make shopping for the right bits and wheels much easier.

In general, you’ll find two different types of rotary tools: Cordless or corded. Cordless models work on a rechargeable battery, which allows you the freedom to move around at will — for as long as the battery lasts. Corded models have less range, of course, but they do tend to be lighter and easier to handle without a lithium battery weighing them down.

Power is generally measured in amps for corded models and volts for cordless rotary tools. That will give you a good way to compare the maximum push you’ll have behind those drills and saws, and also how quickly those cordless batteries may be likely to run out.

Speed is measured in RPM, or rotations per minute. A good rotary tool should have setting that can be adjusted up to that maximum number, since you won’t want super-high speeds for most jobs. Bear in mind that most manufacturers measure RPM when the tool is spinning freely and without resistance, so power is a factor here for practical purposes.

DWYM Fun Fact

Want to be the talk of the block this Halloween? Use the etching or grinding attachments on your rotary tool to make tiny precise cuts on your pumpkin. The results will save time and allow for a lot more creativity. (And it’s certainly easier to use than that kitchen knife.)

The Rotary Tool Kit Buying Guide

  • Plan on cutting through metal? Most rotary tools are up to the task, but you may want to take precautions to protect your accessories. Proper application of a little cutting oil will go a long way when you’re using carbide-metal wheels or saws. The same goes for buffing or polishing jobs. Just use wax or polish before hitting those sensitive surfaces, and make sure you keep the speed on medium or below.
  • Rotary tools can be an effective way to sharpen your knives, and many kits have attachments specifically suited to the job. Safety first, though: Make sure the rotation turns away from you, as sparks can be expected to fly.