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Dremel 4000 vs 4200 Rotary Tools: Which One’s Best?



Review Summary

Dremel is easily the best manufacturer to choose when it comes to rotary tools. Two of their popular options are the Dremel 4000 and 4200. However, people struggle when deciding between these two tools because their features and specs are almost identical. Still, there are slight differences between the two models, and that’s what we’re here to discuss.

In short, the 4200 is more expensive because it comes with a tool-free accessory change system, making the device easier to use. For this reason, the 4200 is the more impressive model. Still, the two tools offer the same power and speed, making the 4000 the best option if you are on a budget.

Let’s take a closer look at both of these Dremel products, nevertheless. This comprehensive review can help you better make the decision about which rotary tool is best.

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At a Glance

Let’s look at the key points of each product.

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

  • 6-amp motor
  • 5,000 to 35,000 RPM variable speed
  • Electronic feedback
  • Ergonomic body
  • Suitable for all Dremel accessories
  • EZ Twist Nose Cap
  • Affordable
Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool
  • 6-amp motor
  • 5,000 to 35,000 RPM variable speed
  • Electronic feedback
  • Ergonomic body
  • Suitable for all Dremel accessories
  • EZ Change accessory change system
  • Easier to use

Overview of Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

The Dremel 4000 is an impressive rotary tool that offers high power and versatility. The tool comes with a high performance, 1.6-amp motor. The motor allows for the tool to work at variable speed, ranging from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM. The tool even comes with electronic feedback control for consistent use. You simply control the tool with a separate on/off switch and speed dial.

Dremel 4000-4:34 Variable Speed Rotary Tool

The tool is suitable for all Dremel accessories. Change the accessories with the EZ Twist Nose Cap accessory change system. The system comes with an integrated wrench so that you can change the accessories easily and quickly.

While some rotary tools are hard to manage, the Dremel 4000 is slim and ergonomic. It features a 360-degree grip zone, ensuring that the tool is comfortable to use for a long amount of time. Weighing only 1.3 pounds, your hand won’t get tired while holding this device.

Together, the power, speed, twist change system, and lightweight design make the Dremel 4000 a great option for anyone in need of a rotary tool. Its affordable price makes it especially advantageous for those shopping on a budget. You will be hard pressed to find a rotary tool this impressive at or below the price of the 4000.


  • Suitable for all Dremel accessories
  • 6-amp motor
  • Variable speed
  • Affordable
  • Requires a wrench for accessory changes

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Overview of Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool

Despite the impressive features of the original, Dremel upgraded the 4000, providing us with the impressive 4200. Like the 4000, the Dremel 4200 features a 1.6-amp motor that is high performance, even in some of the toughest work conditions. The rotary tool includes a variable speed that ranges from 5,000 to 35,000 with electronic feedback. These features make it high performing.

Dremel 4200-4 36

Once again, the 4200 fits all Dremel accessories. This model differs from the 4000 in its accessory change system. The 4200 comes with an EZ Change accessory change system, which allows you to change all accessories without the need of a wrench or any other tool. This makes changing accessories easier than ever.

Though the Dremel 4200 is slightly heavier than the 4000, it is still ergonomic and lightweight. This design allows you to use the tool for long periods of time without experiencing user fatigue. It also comes with an ergonomic comfort grip so that the tool fits comfortably in your palm.

Because of the enhanced features on the 4200, it is more expensive than the 4000. Still, its power, speed, and tool-less accessory change makes it an ideal tool for anyone, especially those where convenience matters.


  • Suitable for all Dremel accessories
  • 6-amp motor
  • Variable speed
  • Tool-less accessory change
  • More expensive

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What are the differences between them?

Just looking at the specs of each rotary tool, it can be hard to know what the real differences are between them and why they matter. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two rotary tools for some clarification.


Edge: No edge

Because both rotary tools come with a 1.6-amp motor with a variable speed that ranges from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM, neither tool is better in performance. Both of these Dremel tools are high powered and convenient for any job. Neither model has an edge over the other in terms of performance.

Ease of Use

Edge: 4200

The Dremel 4200 is the best in terms of ease of use. Because of its EZ Change accessory change system, you don’t need a tool to change the accessories. This makes the device much easier to use whenever you need to change out the heads.

Of course, the Dremel 4000 is also easy to use, just not as convenient when it comes to changing accessories. As for actually using the device, as opposed to changing out the heads, both tools are equal. They are lightweight and feature a compact design that make them easy to use. Still, the Dremel 4200 wins out in this department purely because of its tool-less accessory change system.

using dremel 4000


Edge: 4200

Once again, the 4200 wins when it comes to the features. The deciding factor between the two tools is the EZ change system on the 4200. This feature makes the tool much more convenient to use since you don’t need any additional tools to change out the accessory heads.

Given that this is the only differing feature between the two Dremel rotary tools, the 4000 is also impressive in features, just slightly less due to be accessory change system.


Edge: No edge

Dremel has long been the most reputable manufacturer for rotary tools. As a result, they create tools that are highly durable and long lasting. The same goes for the Dremel 4000 and 4200. Both of these rotary tools are highly durable and will last you a long time. There is no edge for either model when it comes to durability.


Edge: 4000

The one area that the 4000 beats out the 4200 is in price. The 4000 is way more affordable than the 4200, making it more ideal for those on a budget.

Given that the accessory change system on the 4000 is also easy to use, the change system may not be as important to you as the price.  Especially considering that it comes with the exact same power and capabilities as the 4200, those on a budget will be wise to pick the 4000.

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What the Users Say

We wanted to look online to find out what other people thought about these two products. In short, the 4000 had more positive reviews, which seems to be purely because its affordable price makes it a better option for home DIYers. Nonetheless, both tools have incredibly high reviews.

Dremel 4000

Users were in love with the Dremel 4000. The high power mixed with the affordable price made it a favorite among amateurs and professionals alike. People were especially prone to saying that it was a great deal and costs half the price of other rotary tools with the same specs and features.

Despite its affordable price, many users claimed that it was the best rotary tool they had used and able to cut through just about any material thrown its way. This included wood, metal, and plastic. We totally agree with this assessment and were impressed by the abilities.

Of course, there are always a couple of people who disagree with the general consensus. A few users were disappointed with the longevity of the Dremel. Several reviews noted that it didn’t last longer than a year and burned up after a few uses. We did not have this issue, nor did most users, but it is important to keep in mind.

Dremel 4200

Interestingly, the 4200 often has lower reviews than the 4000. Most of these negative reviews had to do with the fact that the tool was so expensive yet didn’t come with that many additional features or capabilities. Obviously, we saw this critique coming.

Nevertheless, most users were highly impressed with this model. Just like with the 4000, users were impressed with the speed and power that it provided. Once again, it was able to cut through just about any material, allowing users to complete the job quickly and efficiently.

On top of that, most users found that it was easier to work due to the accessory change system. Just like what we thought, this accessory system made it much easier to use and enhanced the overall experience.

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You really can’t go wrong with either of these Dremel products. Still, the 4200 is the better option since it comes with the tool-less accessory change system. If you are on a budget, however, you should definitely go with the 4000 since it offers the same speed and power as the 4200 at a lower price.


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