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Dremel 8000-03 10.8-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool
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Dremel 8000-03 10.8-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool

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Designed to be used with all Dremel accessories and most threaded attachments, the Dremel 8000-03 Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool is ideal for home improvement enthusiasts, hobbyists, and do-it-yourselfers. Powered by a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, this cordless wonder provides the reliability and control needed to tackle any project, anywhere. The 8000-03 also offers the longest run-time of any Dremel cordless model and comes with 40 genuine Dremel accessories, including felt polishing wheels, grinding stones, cut-off wheels, mandrels, and more.

The Dremel 8000-03 Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool includes:
  • Rotary tool
  • Charger
  • 40 accessories
  • Carrying case
  • Instruction manual

With 40 accessories, the 8000-03 handles a range of household, vehicle, and crafting jobs.View larger.

This rotary tool's lightweight, cordless body makes for easy maneuvering.
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Variable speeds ensure precision with both delicate and tough materials.View larger.
Compact Multi-Function Tool Saves Time and Effort
More convenient and less expensive than relying on a range of different tools and accessories to meet your needs, the 8000-03 is a single, compact unit that grinds, cuts, sharpens, polishes, and cleans. Whether your passion is home improvement or elaborate craft and restoration projects, this easy-to-use rotary tool is a must-have.

Cordless Design for Easy Portability
Thanks to its cordless design, the 8000-03 is ultra portable. It goes where you go, and it offers the flexibility to handle whatever project you dream up. Measuring 9.25 inches long and weighing just 14 ounces, it's lightweight and easy to maneuver. In short, it offers all the convenience of a corded model without the hassle of a cord.

Lithium-Ion Battery for Long-Lasting Power
To help ensure reliable, long-term performance, the 8000-03 utilizes lithium-ion battery technology. The high capacity 10.8-volt battery provides an extended run-time--holding its charge up to six times longer than nickel-cadmium batteries--up to two years in storage, so it's always ready when you need it. For added convenience, the battery power gauge on the tool lets you know when it's time to recharge, and you can store the battery on its included charger without shortening its charge capacity.

Variable Speed for Optimum Precision and Control
The 8000-03 is a variable-speed tool, which means you can select the right speed from 5,000 to 35,000 RPMs to match both the job and the accessory.

Versatile Performance for Unlimited Uses
Incredibly versatile, the 8000-03 has the strength to handle a range of household, vehicle, and crafting jobs. And thanks to the 40 included accessories, your imagination is the only limit to what this compact powerhouse can accomplish. Sharpen a chain saw blade, cut through fiberglass, restore model railroad cars, handcraft a bead bracelet and necklace set, complete a complicated robotics project, repair baseboards and window trim, clean a boat engine, and even groom your dog's nails. The 8000-03 can truly do it all.

About Dremel: A History of Brilliance and Innovation
Founded in 1932 in Racine, Wisconsin, Dremel is the industry leader in rotary tools. The company owes its success to the inventive genius of its founder and namesake, Albert J. Dremel. In his lifetime, Mr. Dremel owned 55 patents on a wide range of products from electric erasers to a gas-powered rotary lawn mower. His most famous and important invention was a high-speed rotary tool, dubbed the Dremel Moto-Tool. Compact, lightweight, and perfect for a wide range of jobs, the rotary tool was an immediate hit with hobbyists and eventually became accepted as one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Today, the Dremel name remains synonymous with utility, durability, and innovation.

What's in the Box
Rotary tool, charger, 40 accessories, carrying case, and instruction manual


Lithium-ion battery holds charge while in storage for two years so light is always ready when you need it

Includes 40 genuine Dremel accessories

Variable speed from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm to match the proper speed required

High capacity 10.8V Lithium-ion battery for longer run times

Comfort grip housing for easier handling and better tool control

Product Details:
Product Length: 4.5 inches
Product Width: 11.3 inches
Product Height: 13.9 inches
Product Weight: 0.87 pounds
Package Length: 11.6 inches
Package Width: 9.5 inches
Package Height: 4.2 inches
Package Weight: 3.95 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 328 reviews
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.5 ( 328 customer reviews )
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332 of 338 found the following review helpful:

5The first truly useful cordless DremelNov 27, 2003
By Bob Manson
I've used Dremel tools for over 15 years now. I've mainly stuck with the corded ones, as the battery-powered versions tended to run out of charge quickly, had less RPM, were generally heavier and usually had a lot less torque.
The lithium version has none of these drawbacks. Because there's no cord it's more comfortable to hold (and much more convenient to use!), about the same weight as a corded model, and has plenty of RPMs and torque. Battery lifetimes are very good, and the "fuel gauge" seems to be reasonably accurate. (Exactly how long a charge will last depends greatly on what you're using it for--working on balsa wood uses a lot less power than, say, grinding metal.)
Battery charge times are quite short, about three hours to charge a completely empty battery. (But thanks to a "smart charger" it should only take a few minutes to charge it after a typical job.) An added bonus is that lithium batteries hold their charges practically forever, so there's no need to "trickle charge" them; just charge it back up after you're done with it and put it away, and it'll be ready to use the next time you need it.
The only nit I've found so far is the need to remove the battery to charge it. (This is probably for safety's sake.) It'd be slightly more convenient to just put the whole unit in the charger after use, but since it doesn't need charging that often this is really minor.
I'd consider this to be an entirely practical replacement for a corded Dremel. For everything I use my Dremel for (mostly small models plus the occasional home repair task) this one seems more than adequate. It's a sturdy unit that should last a long time.
My one concern about lifetime is how long the lithium battery will last; only time will tell.

294 of 301 found the following review helpful:

5This is a first lookApr 15, 2004
By J. Clarke
I've been using Dremels for a long time and always wanted a decent cordless. With the advent of decent cordless power tools (the first one that I had that was actually useful for something was an 18 volt DeWalt drill that went right through stuff my corded drills wouldn't touch, but that's another story) I've been waiting for Dremel to come out with a good cordless.
I've been hesitant about the earlier cordless Dremels but this one looks like "it".
So far it's done everything I've asked it to do but I haven't asked it to do much--I got it specifically to deal with a piece of acrylic that my cordless Rotozip melted instead of cutting--I figured the adjustable speed on the Dremel would take care of that and was right.
Just an aside about stalling--if you're stalling a Dremel then it's time to take a good hard look at a Rotozip, which, if you've never played with one, is kind of a Dremel on steroids--Dremel has an equivalent, the "Advantage", but only the one model and not cordless.
The lack of a provision to charge the battery with the tool attached is just carrying through the current practice with cordless tools--it's assumed that one will have two batteries, one on the tool and one on charge if this is an issue. There's space in the case for a second battery.
A "gotcha" to be aware of with the lithium ion batteries, always store them charged--if they self-discharge below a certain point a protective circuit kicks in and they disable themselves--this is a safety issue--trying to recharge a lithium ion battery that is discharged below a certain point can result in an explosion (I'm not talking about a little spill--exploding lithium batteries in emergency-locator transmitters have brought down light aircraft).
The bundled accessories are, near as I can figure it:
Aluminum oxide stone #932 and #8193
Silicon carbide stone #84922
Aluminum oxide abrasive wheel #541
2 rubber polishing wheels #425
3 Large felt polishing wheels #429
5 Small felt polishing wheels #414
1 cutter, looks like a #181
1 drill bit, #150
1 Mandrel #401 (for felt pads etc)
1 Mandrel #402 (for sanding disks, cutoff wheels etc)
Sanding cylinder mandrels 1/4" and 1/2"
4 80 grit 1/2" sanding cylinders
3 120 grit 1/2" sanding cylinders
4 80 grit 1/4" sanding cylinders
3 120 grit 1/4" sanding cylinders
11 sanding disks
17 cutoff wheels, 3 are thicker than the others, the others are in two containers of 10 and 4 but can't tell any difference between them.
1 wrench with screwdriver tip that fits screws on mandrels
1 case with a good deal of unused storage even after all the accessories are stored.

170 of 172 found the following review helpful:

5I love this Dremel !!!Apr 22, 2004
By Nicholas Cherney "Nick Cherney"
Mine is utilized for robotics projects--it finds a lot of uses with metal. I also bought the press accessory with it. This little accessory helps me make straight cuts and drill holes.
I'm telling you, I use this thing constantly and it works like a champ! It is powerful enough for me to cut all my brass and aluminum with the precision of that of a doctor. For as handy as this tool is--I'd pay twice as much to get one if need be. I've had mine for 5 months too.
One HUGE word of advice. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES! I know this may sound lame, but it saved my @ss!!! When cutting some tubing, my disk exploded at full RPM's and the shrapnel hit me in the goggles. (Of course I had my fat head over top of it while I was cutting) Just be careful. The tool is A+, but the little thing could be dangerous if you slack on the safety.

135 of 139 found the following review helpful:

3Nice but underdesignedMay 14, 2004

I bought one of these at a local brick & mortar store for a project I'm working on. I am impressed with the power of the device and it is a really neat tool, but unfortunatley I've already had to return two of them for a defective speed control. While using it, the first one all of a sudden just jumped up to full speed and stayed there regardless of where the speed control was set. In other words, it was no longer variable. The second one did the same thing. Since I saw replacement brushes available for their tools (and therefore they must consider it somewhat user serviceable) I decided to open it up and see what it looked like inside. One of the transistors on the circuit board had gotten warm enough to melt the solder and shorted out two of the pins on the transistor. I'm on my third one now (just returned them at the store) and I first bought one about 2-1/2 weeks ago. Great tool but Dremel needs to work on their quality control.

97 of 101 found the following review helpful:

4Speed controller burned out after 2 months of moderate use - UPDATED 11/2008.May 11, 2007
By B. Nebab "BN Modder"
I've been using Dremel tools for about 10 years in my model making hobby/crafts, working mostly with soft plastic resin and soft and hard woods. I never had a problem with the corded tools and currently own 2 corded models (the pro with the digital speed control and the newer XPR after my 395 model was stolen). I thought I'd give going cordless a try, particularly since this tool didn't seem to be lacking in power. The speed controller burned out after 2 months of moderate use (sanding, cutting soft resin). I don't know if it was a lemon since it was working fine for two months. It now is only a two-speed, on and off. I'm sending it back to Dremel for service since it's obviously still under warranty but to pay for shipping myself and not even have an RMA to feel secure about sending it in with doesn't strike me as good customer service. At least they're not charging me (as far as I know) to ship it back after they're done fixing it. As a long time Dremel customer, I'm disappointed both with the product and the lack of customer support.

UPDATE: I only think it's fair to follow up from my first negative review with the results of my return. I got around to sending the unit off for repair about a month after my review. I got it back from Dremel about 10 days after sending it (by First Class USPS). It came back by UPS. I can't tell if they fixed my old unit since it was fairly new when I sent it in, but what I got back was in like-new condition, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't someone else's refurbed unit, anyway. This one is still fine after over a year of use, so much so that the battery is starting to lose its ability to hold a charge--the way a well-used cordless tool should work. Yay, Dremel. They also sent me a flap-wheel attachment for my trouble. It's still in the package--I haven't found a use for it yet, but it's the thought that counts, I guess. If I could change my rating based on my experience with the repair, I would--to 4 stars. It's a good tool with good power. No cord means more mobility and in fact I've used it outside on my car or up on a ladder plenty of times, but battery is also less power.

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