Dremel 8050-N/18 Micro Cordless Docking Station & Rotary Tool Kit

Last updated date: June 12, 2020

DWYM Score
8.5

Dremel 8050-N/18 Micro Cordless Docking Station & Rotary Tool Kit

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Dremel Dremel 8050-N/18 Micro Cordless Docking Station & Rotary Tool Kit placed 9th 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
8.3
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,322 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Front-end LED lighting, speed indicator, and battery-life gauge. Rechargable Lithium ion battery. Runs fairly quietly except at highest speed. Versatile for light projects.
- BestReviews
A completely new fully-featured cordless rotary tool with compactness, portability, and user-friendly features in mind.
- Tool Guyd
Features an indicator light to display the current battery level. Includes a charging dock that automatically stops charging once a full-charge has been reached.
- The Architect's Guide
It will be able to perform without requiring any wires or cords which will be added to your convenience. It consists of an LED light that will make it easier for you to get accurate cuts with the right position. It comes with different speeds functions from 5000 to 25000rpm that will allow you to adjust it however you want easily.
- SuperAds
The Micro cordless rotary tool from Dremel has a lightweight design and is very maneuverable in the hand. The illuminated LED lights, make it able for you to see what you are doing. There are three variable speeds and it has a powerful rechargeable battery included.
- The Genius Review
A slick and flashy looking model of rotary tool that offers excellent performance and comfortable user experience. Its ergonomic design remains comfortable to hold even after extended periods of time, while the docking station ensures that the tool stays fully charged at all times.
- Best of Machinery
We liked the docking station because it made it easy to charge the tool when not in use. It is also nice and compact and comes with a set of 18 accessories in total. It has variable speed settings. It runs quietly and so is ideal when you live in a built-up area or for trimming your dog’s nails.
- Heathy Handyman
A highly versatile tool, this unit can be used for just about any material for your projects including porcelain, brick, concrete, wood, metal, drywall, grout, and several others. With a slim design, you can easily use this rotary tool in tight and narrow spaces. It even has an integrated LED light for enhanced visibility, along with a fuel gauge and variable speed indicator for ease of use.
- TenBestProduct
Best on Market.
- Beast Tools
It is small in size, lightweight, and highly impressive when it comes to performance. This tool cuts through any material with relative ease and is suitable for light-duty DIY projects. Its sleek ergonomic design allows us to work in tighter spaces.
- Our Homes Magazine
What experts didn't like
Battery loses staying power over time. The tool shuts off with moderate torque. Oscillation, noise, and rattling are issues at highest speed.
- BestReviews
Its small size and battery make it better suited for specialty applications than as a full-fledged cordless rotary tool. The built-in battery means runtime cannot be extended by simply swapping in a fresh battery.
- Tool Guyd
If you do need more power we recommend you look at one with a 12-volt battery.
- The Genius Review
Not as powerful as our top models. Second off, it takes a lot longer for the battery to recharge and third off; you have to change out the accessories using a wrench. It’s not a big deal but is a schlep.
- Heathy Handyman
It is not suitable for heavy-duty projects since it is lightweight and vulnerable to breakage. It takes a long time to get fully charged.
- Our Homes Magazine

From The Manufacturer

With surprising power that lets you cut metal with ease, the Dremel Micro is the perfect combination of size, ergonomics and power that make it the ultimate tool for both precise and light duty DIY tasks. Designed to be held between the thumb and forefinger like a pencil, the Dremel Micro allows a grip that is close to the work-piece for superior maneuverability and control. The Dremel Micro is powered by an integrated high capacity 8V lithium-ion battery for longer run time with no memory effect. Optimal speed control on the Dremel Micro is especially user-friendly. The speed is adjusted in five stages from 5,000 to 25,000 rpm by using two buttons on the top of the tool, which enables it to be adapted to each application. A five-stage LED scale makes it quick and easy to see which speed is currently set. To illuminate projects, the Dremel Micro has LED lights built uniquely into the nose cap to aid in vision and accuracy. The brilliantly powerful Dremel Micro features lights that indicate battery level, lithium ion battery technology, and a docking station that automatically stops charging when the batteries have reached capacity. Material: High Density Plastic.

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.