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Dremel bit FAQs
Use carbide burr bits for engraving wood and soft metals like gold, silver, and platinum.
Use diamond burr bits for carving into a glass and other hard materials such as precious metals, bones, and stones.
Yes. You can use 1/32 to 1/8-inch drill bit into a Dremel tool.
When to replace a Dremel bit?
Dremel rotary tools are powered machines that operate at high-speed and low torque to cover a diversity of small craft tasks with absolute precision and control.
After 50-60 hours of work, you will need to replace the metal bit in a Dremel  for a different bit or if breakage occurs from overheating, crumbling, or if burning was observed from low-quality dremel bits.
So if you’re ready to know how to change Dremel bits, let’s start with the bits and accessories available for you to install.
What are the types of Dremel rotary bits and accessories?
- Sanding Bits (Disk and Drum)
- Cutting Bits
- Cleaning/Polishing Bits
- Grinding and Sharpening Bits
- Curving, Engraving, and Routing Bits
- Small drill bits
- Dremel Stand
- Multi Chuck
- Flex Shaft (With Pencil Grip)
- Dremel Collet Nut Kit
- Dremel Right Angle attachment
What do you need to know about collet sizes?
If you want to change a bit on your Dremel multi pro, you’ve got to know about the collets first.
There are different collet sizes that provide optimal grip for different-sized bits.
Collet sizes are measured in length and diameter which applies to the type of collet and the clamping range.
Tools you need to replace Dremel rotary tool bits
When changing replace a Dremel bit, you can make use of the Dremel wrench that comes with the kit when the bit is tightly secured. Otherwise, you can just use your hands if you’re a tough guy.
How to work out what Dremel bits to use?
Identify what your project needs, whether to grind, sharpen, polish, cut, etc. to help you choose the most appropriate and correct Dremel bit.
To be able to get work done easily and for a quality outcome, you will need the right Dremel bit to do so.
You will also need to consider the surface or material you are working with, this will affect your decision on which Dremel bit to use.
Take a look at this list of Dremel rotary tool bits.
1. For grinding and sharpening
- Aluminum Oxide Abrasive Wheel
- Aluminum Oxide Grinding Wheel
- Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stones
- Silicon Carbide Grinding Stones
- Chain Saw Sharpening Stones
- Finishing Abrasive Point
2. For cutting
- EZ Lock™ Fiberglass Reinforced Cut-off Wheels
- Standard Cut-off Wheels
- Fiberglass Reinforced Cut-off Wheels
- Carbide Cutting/Shaping Wheel
- Diamond Wheel
- Rip/Crosscut Blade
- Cutting Bits
3. For cleaning or polishing
- Rubber Polishing Points
- Bristle Brushes
- Carbon Steel Brushes
- Stainless Steel Brushes
- Nylon Brush
- Polishing Compound
- Felt Polishing Wheels
- Polishing Cloth
- Impregnated Wheels
What are the functions of Dremel bits?
- Cutting bits are used to cleanly cut and pierce through any material like plastics, metal, cement boards, or wood. here are more ways to cut cement backer boards.
- Sanding bits are wheels covered in sandpaper and can work to sand glass, wood, and metal. The grit can also remove rust from metal, help shape figures, and also clean unwanted spots on surfaces.
- Polishing bits mostly function as a polisher to bring out the shine from certain objects like jewelry. A Dremel is also capable of cleaning electrical things and removing a light amount of stock.
- Grinding and sharpening bits are often used on metal, which can sharpen metal to the thinnest point, or can help clean up rusty metal too.
- Engraving and routing bits are used best for small-scale routing tasks, also used for engraving and creating art on metal and wood surfaces.
- Drill bits are used to make holes in walls or jewelry and craft, usually made to accommodate small screws, great for drilling glass, wood, and metal for small DIY projects.
Tip: You can also get a mini drill press attachment for your Dremel drill.
Step by step guide to removing and replacing a Dremel bit
Before following these steps make sure your rotary tool is unplugged or the battery is removed for safety precautions.
Here’s how to replace a Dremel bit:
Step 1: Press and hold down the lock button. This is located near the top of the tool.
Step 2: Use the given wrench tool to loosen the chuck until you are able to take off the accessory.
Step 3: Remove the used accessory. If necessary, change the collet nut to the corresponding size of the Dremel bit.
Step 4: Take the new bit and insert the end into the collet nut while holding down the lock button.
Step 5: Use the wrench tool to tighten the loosened chuck to secure the collet nut and the accessory bit.
What to do when the Dremel bit gets stuck?
In the case when the replacing bit is stuck, the first thing you need to do is to loosen the bit until the part has some room to maneuver.
Try to apply some clean silicon spray. If this fails after applying some lubrication, heat up the collet with any available heat source for at least 10 seconds.
The heat will expand the metal and may loosen it, wait for the bit to cool down then try unscrewing the bit again.
If somehow the Dremel bit still appears to be stuck, an alternative is to spray some stronger penetrating oil such as WD-40 to loosen the bit, then allow the tool and bit to rest for approximately 5-7 minutes.
After all of this is done, use any tool that has a strong grip then attempt to pull the bit out.
What if the Dremel bit won’t fit into the tool?
You already know how to attach an engraver bit to your Dremel, but what if the bit won’t fit into your tool?
The Dremel rotary tool has different models that correspond to different Dremel bits.
In the case where the Dremel bit can’t fit into the tool, the best solution would be to double-check the collet nut as this is where the accessory is inserted into, and purchase an extra set of collet nuts.
Another solution is you can make use of a threaded nose, this attachment can make some bits compatible with a rotary tool with a different collet size.
How to attach a drill bit to a Dremel?
Dremel bits can be used on a regular drill, but this does not mean that you can use most drill bits in a Dremel.
To attach a drill bit to a Dremel, you can make use of the 4486 Dremel chuck, this is smaller and works like a chuck on a drill that creates a wider opening and a tighter closing.
This accepts regular drill bits in the shank size ranging from 1/32 inch to 1/8 inch. A drill press attachment is another idea also.
Maximize your Dremel tool with the right bit.
Dremel rotary tools are precision-powered machines that operate at high-speed and low torque to cover a diversity of tasks with precision and control.
Here are the choices of rotary tools for your craft that I like.
The engraver tools can be found to accept a wide variety of aftermarket bits and accessories that have their own functions for specific tasks or to support the device for better maneuverability and control.
Now you know how to select bits to use, and how to change to different bits.
The Dremel tool is commonly used for polishing, engraving, or carving, but other woodworkers can use one for sanding, cutting, grinding, and so on.
Now that you know how to select and insert the right bit the time to get drilling and engraving is now!
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