TOYBOX: You'll grow attached to this cordless tool

Anyone who is handy around the house knows that cordless is the way to go with power tools.

Anyone who is handy around the house knows that cordless is the way to go with power tools.

But as convenient as they are, cordless tools have drawbacks. The batteries run down when they're just sitting around for long periods and sometimes cordless tools aren't as powerful as their corded kin.

Dremel has addressed those concerns with its Lithium-Ion Cordless rotary tool and the outcome is impressive.

This bad boy uses a lithium-ion battery, not the nickel cadmium kind common in other tools. The lithium battery can hold 85% of its charge after three months and packs more power for its size.

I put the 10.8-volt tool to the test and enjoyed the experience. The battery was still charged after being idle a few days. And the tool was up to some tough work - removing moldy grout from around a kitchen sink. (What can I say? A reporter's life is a busy one. I don't have much time to clean.) The variable speeds enabled me to apply just the muscle needed for various jobs as well.

The kit that the tool is part of has a good variety of buffing and sanding attachments.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $69.99

    Available at most major home-center, hardware, and hobby stores

    Specs Speeds vary from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm

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