Dremel 8220-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool with 28 Accessories Reviews

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Dremel 8220-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool with 28 Accessories

Dremel 8220-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool with 28 Accessories

  • Can be used with all Dremel accessories and attachments
  • Quick collet lock for fast accessory changes
  • One-hour charger for minimal downtime
  • High-performance motor designed for demanding applications
  • Kit contains 28 accessories, carrying case, 1-hour charger, and two 12-volt lithium-ion batteries

The Dremel 8220 variable-speed cordless rotary tool offers the highest performance and versatility of all Dremel cordless rotary tools. The strength of its motor facilitates maximum performance at all speed levels. The ability to use all existing Dremel accessories and attachments allows the Dremel 8220 to complete a wide range of projects. A slim ergonomic body provides a 360-degree grip zone for control in any position. Powered by 12-volt max lithium-ion battery technology, the Dremel 8220 has a 33 percent longer run-time than the Dremel 8200 cordless rotary tool when cutting screws.

List Price: $ 132.87

Price: $ 129.00

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  1. 540 of 547 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dremel 8220-2/28 kit: how does it compare with the 8200-2/28 kit?, August 6, 2012
    Tom (Kansas City) -
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    This review is from: Dremel 8220-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool with 28 Accessories (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I just received my new toy, and after looking it over, I did a little checking to see how the Dremel 8220-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool Kit compares to the Dremel 8200-2/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool Kit. Based on the photos, they look pretty much the same other than the model number, but there are some notable differences...

    First off, here are the improvements in the 8220 rotary tool vs the 8200 rotary tool:
    * 33% longer run time compared to the Dremel 8200 when cutting screws (direct quote from Dremel's site)
    * EZ Twist nose cap with wrench for fast accessory changes

    What was removed from the 8220-2/28 kit vs the 8200-2/28 kit:
    * 191 High Speed Cutter
    * 411 3/4" Sanding Disc, 180 grit (2)
    * 420 Emery Cut-Off Wheel (2)
    * 575 Right Angle Attachment
    * 932 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone
    * 84922 Silicon Carbide Grinding Stone

    What was added to the 8220 kit vs the 8200 kit:
    * 426 1-1/4" Fiberglass-Reinforced Cut-Off Wheel
    * A550 Shield Attachment

    Multiple included accessory quantities that changed:
    (8220 kit on left vs 8200 kit on right)
    * 408 1/2" 60 Grit Sanding Band (2 vs 3)
    * 414 1/2" Felt Polishing Wheel (3 vs 2)
    * 425 Emery Wheel (4 vs 1)
    * 429 1" Felt Polishing Wheel (3 vs 1)
    * 445 1/2" 240 Grit Sanding Band (3 vs 2)

    The most notable loss for the 8220 kit was the Dremel 575 Right Angle Attachment, about $23 on Amazon. The case includes a place for it, but the Right Angle Attachment itself is not included.

    It was replaced by the A550 Shield Attachment (not the Dremel A550 Rotary Tool Shield Attachment Kit, which is about $20 on Amazon). This seems like a good deal, but in the interest of comparing apples to apples, you need to subtract off the price of the accessories that would have been included in the kit to determine the actual value of the shield attachment alone:

    $6.79 for the EZ402 EZ Lock Mandrel, included in both the 8220 and 8200 kits
    $1.81 (based on the EZ456 1-1/2-Inch EZ Lock Rotary Tool 5-Pack Cut-Off Wheels for Metal pricing) for the EZ456 cut-off wheel, included in both the 8220 and 8200 kits
    $4.22 for the Dremel 428 Carbon Steel Brush, included in neither the 8220 nor 8200 kits
    $3.99 for the Dremel #8193 5/8" Wheel Grinder, included in both the 8220 and 8200 kits

    Take all that away, and you're left with a value of $3.18 for the shield attachment alone. Not such a great swap. I would have preferred the 575 Right Angle Attachment instead.

    What stayed the same between the two Dremel kits:
    * 401 Mandrel
    * 402 Mandrel
    * EZ402 Mandrel
    * 407 1/2" 60 Grit Sanding Drum with Mandrel
    * 421 Polishing Compound
    * 432 1/2" 120 Grit Sanding Band (3)
    * EZ456 1 1/2" Reinforced Cut-Off Wheel
    * 541 Aluminum Oxide Grinding Wheel
    * 561 MultiPurpose Cutting Bit
    * 565 Cutting Guide Attachment
    * 8193 5/8" Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone
    * 12V Max Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (2)
    (note: the 8200 kit includes 1.3 Ah "875-01" batteries, while the 8220 kit includes 1.5 Ah "B812-01" batteries)
    * 876-01 Lithium-Ion 1-Hour Charger
    * Micro Case
    * Wrench

    The 8220-2/28 kit is a little bit more expensive than the 8200-2/28 kit, but you lose the Right Angle Attachment and gain the A550 Shield Attachment. All in all, it appears that the 8200-2/28 kit is a better value except for the claimed lower run time and lack of the EZ Twist nose cap. If you tend to use your Dremel rotary... Read more
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    Tom2017-09-15 13:23 Reply
  2. 134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charger dead after 3 minutes, February 20, 2014
    Received this from my wife for Christmas. I hadn't had the opportunity to break it out until this past weekend, and needed it to sand down a part on a composite wood cabinet I was assembling. Opening the box, I was pleased that the batteries already had enough charge to perform the limited task I needed, so then set about to fully charge the unit and examine the attachments.

    Plugged in the charger, set the tool on it, and went about looking through the box. After only a couple of minutes, the stereo system in our living room where the charger was plugged in at the time let out a loud hissing sound, and immediately after that the "smell of burnt electronics" was evident in the vicinity of the Dremel charger.

    Called the number on the back of the instruction guide and listened to their barely audible menu system. Fortunately I was quickly greeted by a "real human", who simply informed me I have to ship the unit in for repair. "Just the unit, the battery, and the charger; don't send the accessories or the case." I guess I'll be boxing it up and sending it in...


    Update: I shipped the Dremel out the next day with Priority Mail, tracked it to the Dremel repair facility, and a week later the parts were returned in working order. I can't tell if they repaired or replaced the charger, but it does work now. In addition, they sent a nice (form) letter along with a "free Dremel item". They also returned TWO batteries; I had only sent one.

    I know some things "fail early", but this was rectified quickly by the company. I'll bump up to 4 stars now!
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    Ray Harwood2017-09-15 13:28 Reply
  3. 225 of 231 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I waited for new model, August 15, 2012
    K. Chung (WA) -
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    I was contemplating buying the 7700 (7.2V), 8000 (10.8V) or 8200 (12V). My main reason for buying was to "dremel" my dog's nails but I also wanted the flexibility to use on various household projects. My biggest concern with cordless devices is the battery, stay away from NiCad or NiMH if you can. I've had other brands of rotary tools with those old batteries and while the tool works fine for the first couple of months, the battery quickly degrades - device loses torque without ramping up the RPM which can cause lots of heat transfer. The new Lithium battery holds a charge much longer even if the device is not being used, can top off anytime as well - notice how all new cellphones are switching to Lithium?

    The new 8220 has the newest Lithium battery so I'm hoping it will last longer than the 8200 which has mixed reviews on the battery. For me, the price difference between the 7700, 8000 vs 8200 was justifiable because a replacement battery quickly makes up the price difference. I dremel once a week or two - even at that rate the old NiCad and NiMH were not holding charge very well.

    The 8220 definitely is plasticky. This should be fine for home hobby use but definitely not professional grade - that is don't expect it to last long if you drop it on concrete. I'm happy with the build quality and the use of plastic because for the work I'm doing I don't want a device that's too heavy and unwieldy. The plastic box doesn't leave room to store any other accessories. The included accessories are a small sample of what Dremel makes - incidentally while there are lots of 3rd party manufacturers of Dremel accessories, I've found Dremel branded material to be higher quality. The 8220 is fairly quiet even when notched up to 30,000 RPM. I'm mainly using 5,000-10,000 RPM on my dog and it's much quieter than other rotary tools I've had in the past.

    Update 2013/03:
    I'm still very glad I purchased this model. The battery is amazing and has no problem holding charge despite weekly use. Would not hesitate to get another one.
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    K. Chung2017-09-15 13:34 Reply