There’s so much stuff packed in Dremel’s XPR 400 kit that it’s like a micro-shop in a box. Hell, calling this a “hands-on post” isn’t really fair — it’s more like four or five separate hands-on posts. Dremel uses literally every last part of the included toolbox to hold a Dremel rotary tool, six attachments, and over 90 accessories and bits.
Read on past the jump for our hands-on experiences with this massive mess of Dremel tools.
The size of the Dremel’s box doesn’t really give you the big picture of what’s inside. There are tons of tools in there, and they all fit inside this little space. When we opened it, we were blown away that Dremel found a way to fit it all inside. Someone over at Dremel must have a doctorate in spatial relations.
The cool part about all this packing is while there are little parts everywhere, nothing rattles . Shaking the entire box with vigor generates a small, measly rattling noise. Maybe this isn’t a big deal, but we did notice it.
Inside you’ll find four bit containers that look like fishing lure boxes located on each corner of the box. Three of the containers have white pre-formed bit holders that keep all the kit’s bits easy to see and reach. You can also remove each box from the kit. The top two also open and close on top of the shelf for easy access or slide out completely for use elsewhere. The bottom containers fit completely in a slot made for them and lock in via a plastic bump/lip method.
The contents of these containers are what anyone would expect from Dremel’s flagship toolkit: just about anything you would ever need. The whole kit is literarily covered with sanding attachments and mini drums, grinding stones and drill bits. If you can do it with a rotary tool, Dremel has included the stuff you need to do it in this kit.
At the heart of the kit lies Dremel’s XPR 400 series rotary tool. It’s the evolutionary flagship of the corded rotary tool market — beefy, solid, and including a variable speed motor that adjusts from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm. It’s the versatile muscle that makes everything in the kit go.
The 400 offers all the features that Dremel users have come to expect, like a fully adjustable speed dial located at the rear and sturdy on/off controls. The chuck is a screw type locking collet — much like the 300 series’ — and tightens nicely by pushing the shaft lock button and turning the knurled collet sleeve.
Dremel also thoughtfully included a ton of 400 series attachments in this box-o-plenty. The first out of the case was the MultiSaw attachment that turns the Dremel into a small recip saw. The mini-recip attachment screws into the front collet after you remove the plastic sleeve surrounding the chuck.
The PL400 planer attachment looks a bit abstract but employs a spinning planer bit-blade to shave down wood . It’s different looking and only three inches long but it does work.
The circle cutter and straight edge guide connects to the chuck on the 400 and acts like a guide foot on a hand held router. The 400’s bit pokes through the bottom end of the guide to the stock below where it can route straight lines or pivot on the pin located in the track for curves and circles. The cutting guide attachment works a lot like the circle cutter and straight edge guide, but without a straight edge guide.
The flex shaft attachment is a bit involved to put together — but worth it if you want to convert the bulk of the 400 into a small, fine detail stylus. The flex shaft attaches via a larger driver cap that screws down onto the motor shaft. It takes an extra step to put together but it’s worth it to add the flex shaft’s smaller profile to your stable of gear.
The sixth and final tool included in the kit is the FlexLite — an LED lite powered by a small Lithium Ion watch battery. The battery is connected to the bulb via a flexible arm that stays in place when positioned. The whole rig hooks to the back of the Dremel at the rear of the unit behind the speed control dial.
With all the attachments and bits spilled out into our work area, we moved on to testing to see how useful they actually are.
Read on to page two for our in use experiences.