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Dremel 200 vs 3000 Rotary Tools: Which One’s Best?

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The Winner
Winner
Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
  • Tool-less accessory changing
  • Available as 5 differently-configured kits
  • Variable speeds ranging from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms
  • The Runner up
    Second place
    Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
  • 2 speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms
  • Available as 3 differently-configured kits
  • Both the Dremel 200 and Dremel 3000 are corded rotary tools with multiple speed settings. As members of the Dremel rotary tool universe, they can accommodate a vast array of bits and accessories, making both super-functional, multi-faceted tools. And both are aimed at the same audience – homeowners, crafters, and dog owners. Short of cooking dinner for your in-laws, both tools can handle just about any task you can think of.

    We like them both – and both are super-popular with users – but we like the 3000 series better. It contains two key advances – variable speed and toolless accessory changing – while remaining at almost the same price point. Since there is no counter-argument to be made for the 200, we recommend the 3000 series.

    Dremel 200 drilling wood

    What’s the difference between them?

    Speed settings – 3000 the clear winner

    Both tools offer more than one speed. But the 200 series offers only two pre-set speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms. The 3000 series allows you to gradually move up and down from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms. Clearly, the 3000 series offers you a much greater variety of speed choices. The 200 series has a small but noticeable number of reviewers unhappy with these pre-set speeds. Also, keep in mind that there are a few accessories that are designed to be operated a very slow rpms which the 200s cannot accommodate.

    Dremel 3000 making hole on wood

    Tooled or toolless accessory changing – another win for the 3000

    The 200 series kits all come with a tiny wrench – that’s how you change out many of the accessories. But the 3000 series kits all have a nose cap with an integrated wrench, making it a toolless system for changing out bits. Toolless is easier and faster, making this an easy win for the 3000 series.

    Price – tie

    By now, you’re assuming the 3000 series is going to cost twice as much as the 200s, aren’t you? But they don’t. Sure, you can spend more on the biggest 3000 kit than the smallest 200 kit, but it’s relative – you’re still spending well under $100 on either. This is close enough to be a tie.

    Dremel 3000 cutting metal

    Quick Rundown of the Dremel 200:

    Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
    921 Customer Reviews
    Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
    • Includes assortment of accessories
    • Choose between 15, 000 and 35, 000 RPM
    • Designed for a smooth, quiet operation

    A super-functional two-speed corded rotary tool

    Pros
    • Two speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms
    • Available as 3 differently-configured kits
    Cons
    • No case

    Quick Rundown of the Dremel 3000:

    Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit- 1...
    • Versatile rotary tool kit: Includes 3000 corded rotary tool, 2 attachments, 28 high-quality Dremel...
    • High performance 1.2amp motor – Provides maximum power and performance at all speeds
    • 6 variable speeds provide greater control and maximum accessory versatility and precise tool control...

    Another super-functional variable-speed corded rotary tool

    Pros
    • Variable speeds ranging from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms
    • Available as 5 differently-configured kits
    • Toolless accessory changing
    • Click-and-set speed control
    • Larger, 1.2A motor
    Cons
    • Costs a bit more than the Dremel 200 series

    Conclusion

    Dremel’s 200 series and 3000 series are both going to conquer a wide spectrum of jobs – cutting, sanding, cleaning, engraving, polishing, grinding, carving, and more. There’s nothing wrong with the 200 series, it’s just that the 3000s are a modernized version with extra and valuable features. Dremel even describes the 3000 as a tool designed based on user feedback – and who doesn’t want to hear that?

    Let’s let the 200 series go blissfully into a well-earned retirement and forge ahead into the future with the 3000 series.

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