Dremel Debuts the World’s First Smart Rotary Tool

It’s no secret that every device under the sun is becoming more and more sophisticated. Not a day goes by without some tech company finding a new way to augment your experience with a given item by tracking its metrics and analyzing every detail of its functions. While most people associate smart devices with purely digital interfaces, companies are finding new ways to make traditional, analog tools smarter. Case in point, Dremel’s latest addition to its robust lineup of power tools: the 8260 Cordless Brushless Smart Rotary Tool.

Aside from being a Dremel product, what makes the 8260 so important is that it is the world’s first brushless smart rotary tool. The tool gets its smarts from its Bluetooth connectivity, which links to the Dremel App to provide performance insights, as well as accessory and material guidance. The connectivity to the Dremel App allows users to monitor and manage the 8260 by sending the user tool management and performance alerts directly to their smartphone. Technological innovations aside, the 8260 is a stout tool that offers corded performance in a cordless form. The 8260 boasts 20% higher power and efficiency versus Dremel’s most powerful corded tool, the 4300. Moreover, the 8260 also features twice the battery life and 20% faster cutting speed than the 8220, which was Dremel’s previously highest-performing rotary tool before the 8260. This heightened performance capability comes courteous of the 8260’s new and advanced brushless motor which provides more power, longer runtime, and longer-lasting tool life. Powering this cordless beast is a 12V Max lithium-ion battery, which is compact and rechargeable.

The 8260 also features a soft, textured rubber grip for enhanced comfort, easier handling, and better control, as well as a reinforced digital display that shows its speed, battery life, and warning LED indicators for tool overload. It also comes with the patented EZ Twist Nose Cap for quick and easy accessory changes. Dremel has yet to release the 8260, but it’s expected to retail for $169 at outlets like Home Depot.

Purchase: $169