We have long been believers of the Dremel multi-tool here at Toolmonger. It is both rugged and multi-functional, and we get that same feeling from the new Dremel Trio combo kit. It’s a mini-router, drum sander and spiral jigsaw rolled into one, for $99.
Tool elitists will immediately point to its multi-functionality and tell you it’s not as good as regular stand-alone units — and they are correct; it’s not. Any well-designed shop tool of single purpose will likely beat it in a straight-out fight of features and versatility. However, that’s not what the Trio was designed to do. It was built to give DIYers a single tool for $100 and let them do all the things around the house they’ve been meaning to get around to with no hassle — and it’s going to work.
It features a plunge cut capability and 360-degree cutting, which completely eliminates the need for pilot holes and the need to stop cutting for turning corners. You can do it all with one tool and the drilling/side-cut bit. To add more boom for the buck, they also fit the Trio with a 90-degree pivoting handle so you can fit it into odd-shaped spaces or grip it differently for each various task you come across.
So what could you do with this? Off the top of our head we’d say drywall cutting, scroll work, trim routing, craft projects, wood shaping/carving and sheet metal work. Again, it’s true that standard tools will run circles around it in their categories, but for a DIYer or a light-use pro, this is going to be a wicked competitor. Not bad for a little 5-lb. rotary tool with a hinge in the middle.
For now Home Depot has exclusive rights to the Trio kit — that may change in the future or when the contract runs out, but for now it’s Depot or nothing.