Friday, August 17, 2018

Today we are taking a look at two of the newest members of the Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Line-up. The Dremel MM45 and the Dremel MM35

When it comes to pure power and ease of cutting multiple types of materials in hard to reach areas, Dremel did it again. The release of their two newest oscillating tools the MM35 and MM45 truly sets them apart from any other corded multi-tool on the market, and we are going to go over some of the coolest features about these two tools in this article.
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Believe it or not, the first oscillating tools were never meant for word/metal working. They were actually invented and used primarily as a safer alternative to rotating blades while removing plaster from a patient’s broken arm or leg. In other words, they were invented to remove a cast in a safer, controlled manner. Though these types of tools are still used in the medical field, Dremel turned the oscillating tool into something that many of use on the job-site every day, and they are still perfecting the multi-tool with some new releases.

We looked at two of Dremel’s newest oscillating multi-tools (the MM35 and MM45) and put them to the test to see what improvements (if any) were made to the tools, and if they lived up to the Dremel name that has always reigned supreme in the world of oscillating tools.

Dremel Multi-Max MM35
Let’s start with the little brother first. The Dremel MM35 may be smaller that it’s larger brother the MM45, but don’t be fooled by size. The MM35 is still very powerful, and has a 3.5 amp motor to cut through just about anything you want it to. Not only that, but the MM35 has the same Oscillations Per Minute (OPM) as the big boy MM45. Only the lowest speed setting, you are looking at 10,000 OPM, but turn this little beast on high and now you have up to 21,000 OPM destroying everything in its patch.  Although the 3.5 has the same OPM as the 5.0, there is a noticeable power differential between the two units as the MM45 does cut through a t a faster rate of speed.  

While testing this new Dremel out, we put it through a whole range of cuts that included nails, 2x4’s
and ply wood. Each of the cuts were very controlled, and the Fast and the extra-wide 3.2° oscillation on this was great. It took about five seconds to cut through a standard general purpose screw, where it only took about three seconds for the MM45 to get done.

Where this toll really shines though is working with wood. Each cut through the plywood and pine was smooth and quick. Even when turned to the highest setting of ten (21,000 OPM), the vibration of the tool was controlled and barely noticeable.

One of the biggest changes to the MM35 is the tool-less blade change. For years, I had to remove blades by using an included wrench that came with the older versions of these tools. Dremel has changed all that by adding a locking knob directly on top of the unit. To change the blades out, simply turn and loosen the locking knob. When you get the blade you want to cut with ready, just insert it into the head as usual then tighten the knob. This really saves a lot of time in between blade changes as to the older way which I was never really fond of.  

As for build, Dremel still must be building these in a tank manufacturing facility as they are just as solid as they always have. I’ve always felt the Dremel tools were some of the best made, heavy duty tools out there. The MM35 just adds to that opinion.

Specs for the Dremel MM35:
Product Depth (in.) 14.25 in
Product Height (in.) 3.5 in
Product Width (in.) 2.5 in 
Accessory Change System Tool-less Accessory Change
Accessory Compatibility All Dremel Accessories
Color Family Gray
Cord Length (ft.) 7
Corded Tool Type Rotary Tool
Cordless/ Corded Corded
Oscillation Arc Range (Degrees) 3.2
Oscillations Per Minute (OPM) 10,000
Power Tool Features Attachments Included,Bag Included,Variable Speed
Product Weight (lb.) 2.8 lb
Tools Product Type Power Tool

Dremel Multi-Max MM45
Though we loved the MM35, the MM45 is a hole other kind of beast. Even though the OPM are the same on each of these, the 5.0 really stands out on this one. Even though the MM35 model would stand up to just about anything, we would recommend it for mostly around the house, DIY use, but this bad boy is all about heavy duty. 

The 5.0 amp motor on the MM45 is crazy powerful, and we definitely noticed a difference in cut times between the two units. The MM45 also features a key-less tool changes out system, but this one
is even better than on the MM35. To change the blades on this unit, simply push up on the quick release locking lever located directly on the top of the unit, and the blade is ready to be swapped out. Once changed, just flip the lever back into the lock position, and your done. This is absolutely the best release system I have ever tried on a Dremel.

Now, this unit is a bit larger than the MM35, but it's not noticeable by much. It still feels good in the palm of your hand, and the textured grip really allows you to get a strong grip.  There is also a bit more vibration on this unit because of the larger motor, but still not all that noticeable. Even though a bit larger, the 5.0 Amp motor, along with the 10k - 21k OPM really is a match made in heaven.

Final Thoughts: 
At the end of the day, these are both amazing units that will tackle any job you put in front of them. That being said, the Dremel MM45 definitely has the power of a professional grade tools, and the Dremel MM35 would be better suited for the DIY kinda guy. Either or, you will be happy with either one you decide to go with.  


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