Dremel Trio 6800
Dremel Trio Model 6800 Tool Review
Whenever my brother had a special need for a special tool his first thought was “I’ll use my Dremel rotary tool.” I had never used a Dremel Rotary tool before but I had used other rotary cut out tools for various drywall, plywood and tile cuts.
When I first tried the Dremel Trio multi-purpose tool I was quite surprised by it’s capabilities. The three function tool can cut, sand and route in a variety of positions and set ups. The rotary bit included for cutting can plunge as well as side cut. The handle can pivot 90 degrees for horizontal (jigsawing) cuts or parallel (rotary style) for cut out work such as electrical boxes, recessed lights or wall cut outs.
My first project I used the Dremel Trio on was some cut outs for a laundry shelf. The material was 1×5 composite . The rotary bit cut through the material easily and left a fairly clean edge. I use
d the edge guide to keep the bit on track and it followed very well. I also set the bit depth for a shallow cut and tried some freehand “signature” work. The bit wandered a little but it straightened out as I got used to the tool.
Next I will tried the Dremel Trio out tool an a particle board shelf in a bathroom vanity. I need to make a cut in the back of the shelf for the drain. The offset of the base is 1-½” from the bit.
Tip: to line up a straight edge use the edge of a 2×4 (1-½”).
I also tried the router bit supplied with the tool to mortise some hinges. Again, the set up was easy with the lock button and hand wrench. The flat bottom bit cut through some pine I had easily and left a clean bottom on the work piece. There was a little fuzz on the edges of the cut (maybe some operator error) but the fit was flush and even.
Last, I tried the mandrel and sanding drum attachments to smooth and profile some pine. The sanding bit did a nice job cleaning up some saw marks on a cut end of the material. I was a little per
plexed as to how to keep the drum from riding on the mandrel. I think I’ll also try this attachment to clean up some old chisels that have accumulated dirt and rust before I send them to the sharpener.
Overall impression of the Dremel Trio.
I found the Trio to be a handy tool to have around the house for performing various light duty tasks. I think that the bits will perform some useful functions when I am doing DIY projects.
If my brother Dan is looking for a special tool to do a job I’ll say, “Try my Dremel Trio!”
About the author,
Tom Mahoney has been a window and door specialist for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in design, sales and installation of numerous window and door company products. He has been featured as a historic window consultant on This Old House and works closely with architects and historic preservation commissions. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, woodworking and building pirate ships.