Dremel MM20 Multi-Max Oscillating Power Tool Review

Dremel MM20 review
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The Dremel Multi Max MM20 Oscillating Tool is Dremel's entry into the popular multi-tool market. Like many of the other multi-tools available today, the MM20 Multi-Max has a variable-speed motor, an ergonomic grip and can be equipped with a wide variety of accessories for sanding, grinding, cutting and more. Unfortunately, the MM20 Multi-Max doesn't seem to incorporate much in the way of innovative features seen in some of the other models on the market. Instead, it's a solidly-built, easy-to-use multi-tool at a decent price point, but really doesn't have any one feature that sets it apart from competitors.

Description

  • Tools can be attached at any of twelve different angles using the included Hex key.
  • Ten-position variable-speed dial at the base of the handle.
  • Well-written manual that includes recommended speed settings for 18 different tools on up to ten materials.
  • Long power cord for easy access to 110-volt AC power.

Pros

  • Variable-speed motor that adjusts from 10,000-21,000 RPM
  • Comfortable ergonomic grip
  • Includes scraper, sanding pad and wood cutting tools
  • Hard-shell plastic carrying case with storage spaces for a wide variety of accessories

Cons

  • Basic multi-tool with no real distinguishing feature
  • Includes only three accessories, although plenty of others are available

Dremel Multi Max MM20 Review & Guide

The Dremel MM20 Multi-Max Oscillating Power Tool is typical of the small power tools for which Dremel is well-known: it is a solidly-built tool that has a ton of accessories available that allow the tool to be extremely versatile. The MM20 Multi-Max includes:

  • A hook-and-loop three-sided detail sanding pad (plus one each of 60-grit coarse, 120-grit medium and 240-grit fine sanding sheets). These sanding pads that are included are designed for sanding painted soft wood, hard wood, laminates, steel and aluminum or copper surfaces.
  • a flexible scraper blade perfect for cutting painted wood or removing caulks and adhesives.
  • a 1-1/4 inch by 1-11/16 inch wood-cutting tool attachment designed for cutting soft wood, hard wood and laminates. This wood-cutting tool attachment does have thoughtful increment markings in both Metric and standard measurements to give the user an indication of how deeply the attachment is cutting.
Dremel Multi Max MM20 Review

The hard-shelled plastic carrying case has plenty of dedicated spaces for the Dremel Multi Max MM20 Oscillating Tool and the power cord, the hex tool key, the operator's manual and two storage pins for accessories. The sanding pad utilizes standard detail sanding sheets.

Where the Dremel MM20 Multi-Max comes up a little short is in the extras. The MM20 doesn't include very many accessories with the kit (as opposed to many other competitors kits that have a few more tools included in the kit). There are plenty of accessories available from Dremel, though. For instance, available accessories you can also add to your Dremel MM20 include:

  • 60-grit, 120-grit and 240-grit sanding sheets for sanding bare wood
  • 1-1/4 inch by 3/8 inch wood flush cutting blade
  • 1-1/4 inch by 3/4 inch wood flush cutting blade
  • 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/8 inch wood flush cutting blade
  • 1-5/8 inch by 3/4 inch wood flush cutting blade
  • 1 inch by 3/4 inch wood and metal (bi-metal) flush cutting blade
  • 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/8 inch wood and metal (bi-metal) cutting blade
  • 1-5/8 inch by 3/4 inch wood and metal (bi-metal) cutting blade
  • 1-1/4 inch by 1-11/16 inch wood and metal (bi-metal) cutting blade
  • 3 inch flat saw blade
  • 1/8 inch grout removal blade
  • 1/16 inch grout removal blade
  • Rigid scraper blade
  • 60 grit diamond paper sanding pad
  • 24 grit carbid rasp

Another area where I'd like to see Dremel do a little work is in finding something to set their tool apart. For instance, if the MM20 multi-tool had a quick-change tool mechanism (that doesn't require an Allen hex wrench to change or adjust the angle of the accessory), or was battery-operated (instead of using 110-volt AC power from the power cord) or included some innovative or unusual accessories that aren't found with other tools, then there would be a specific reason to choose this tool over some of the others on the market.

As it is, the Dremel is a nice, versatile and productive multi-tool, but it seems to be "just another entry" into the market rather than a tool that gives the prospective buyer a reason to pick this one out of the pack.

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