Dremel 300-30 Testing Continued
As we mentioned earlier, the Dremel 300 includes a forward rubber hand-grip to provide support for your thumb and index finger. With your fingers placed this far forward, while holding the Dremel 300 like a pen, you can perform much more detailed movements. The Dremel 300 is light enough to make performing this task for long periods of time comfortable. However, if this is to be a regular job, we’d be very tempted to opt for the more expensive Dremel 300-1/45 kit or buy the Flexible Shaft accessory separately.
By default, the Dremel 300 is adept at all tasks and supremely comfortable to use. Thanks to a large spindle-lock button, changing accessories was easy too. It also cooled itself brilliantly even during our ten-minute stress test. It's riddled with ventilation holes and only a small vent at the rear is ever obscured by your hand, and even then only slightly so.
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There’s no dedicated power button on the Dremel 300; instead, Dremel has combined the power control into the speed setting slider. While the Dremel 300 can alter its rotational speed between 10,000 and 33,000 rpm, this isn’t fully variable as it is with some other makes of rotary tool on test. Instead, you’re only able to select one of ten speed settings.
This initially seemed odd and quite a disadvantage, but Dremel excels at documentation (particularly online) and we quickly became used to the ten speed settings. In particular, the 300’s manual includes a table that indicates the precise speed setting that should be used for a given tool with a certain material. It’s invaluable information, as using a tool the wrong way can have dire consequences, including damaging your accessory or ruining your work.
None of the other makes of tools we've seen includes Dremel’s level of documentation; some tools, such as the Everise kit, barely included instructions at all. In addition, you’re able to purchase spare parts for Dremel’s tools. The electric motor brushes, for example, will eventually wear out and need replacing. Every part of the Dremel 300 is available to buy, should it break or simply wear out.
The Dremel 300-30 may not include the broadest range of accessories, but as extras are cheap and readily available, this isn’t a massive issue. Even supplied accessories will wear out and need replacing, so it’s more important that the tool itself is up to the job. The Dremel 300 excels in comfort, build quality, and compatibility with other attachments and accessories too. Attachments such as the Flexible Shaft allow you to take on all manner of jobs easily.
The Dremel 300 also has great cooling, and is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced modders, thanks to top-notch documentation. If you don't need the power of Dremel's more expensive corded 4000-series then it's a no-brainer - and you even have the option of buying it with different accessories too.