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Milwaukee m12 Rotary Tool vs Dremel 8220, 8240, 8250 and 8260 [Get THIS]

Dremel is one of the most popular brands when getting a cordless rotary tool. It’s so popular that it has become a verb. We often read or listen to “Dremel it.”

Dremel is famous for its wired rotary tools, and Milwaukee is known for its cordless tools. Both companies make high-quality products, but Dremel is associated with indoor working in a closed environment on a table.

On the other hand, Milwaukee is the brand associated with getting dirty, professional work in challenging and harsh environments.

We will compare Milwaukee m12 vs. Dremel cordless rotary tools in the following categories:

Since Milwaukee have only one M12 rotary tool, while Dremel has four versions, we will compare all versions and see how they level with each other.

Here is a quick summary of all tools before you check the details.

Milwaukee M12 (Tool Only)
Dremel 8220
Dremel 8240
Dremel 8250
Dremel 8260
Model
Model
Milwaukee M12 (Tool Only)
Dremel 8220
Dremel 8240
Dremel 8250
Dremel 8260
Rated RPM
Rated RPM
5000 - 32,000
5000 - 35,000
5000 - 30,000
5000 - 30,000
5000 - 30,000
Weight (With Battery)
Weight (With Battery)
1.3 lb
1.37 lb
1.43 lb
1.31 lb
1.31 lb
Battery Size
Battery Size
1.5 Amph
1.5 Amph
2 Amph
3 Amph
3 Amph
Accessories
Accessories
Yes
Yes (20+)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty
Warranty
5 Years
2 Years
Limited Lifetime
Limited Lifetime
Limited Lifetime
Made in Country
Made in Country
China
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico

1. Build Quality m12 vs. Dremel

Both these tools come from high-end brands, and both are expensive. There are no issues with the quality of the product concerning both tools.

The m12 matches the aesthetic of all other Milwaukee products with a rough and rugged build.

The latest models of Dremel are esthetically more beautiful. The old ones, like 8220, look a bit old school.

ImageModelBuild QualityPrice
Most Robust
Milwaukee M12
Milwaukee M12
  • Compact
  • Grinder-style exhaust ports
  • Front bearing Protection
  • Hard plastic with rubber grips
  • Same as other Milwaukee Tools
  • Bright Red with a black line
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Dremel 8220Dremel 8220
  • Compact
  • Plastic with Rubber Grip
  • 360 Degree Grip
  • Traditional Dremel Design
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Value for Money
Dremel 8240
Dremel 8240
  • Light Weight than 8220 but bulky
  • Plastic with Rubber Grip
  • 360 Degree Grip
  • Traditional Dremel Design but looks cheaper than 8220
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Dremel 8250Dremel 8250
  • Better design than 8240
  • Same electronics and components as 8260
  • No Bluetooth
  • No Glowing Logo
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Pleasing Aesthetics
Dremel 8260
Dremel 8260
  • Bluetooth Connection, Smart Dremel
  • Dark Black Professional Theme
  • Glowing Logo
  • Plastic with Rubber Grip
  • 360 Degree Grip
  • Larger Battery
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Another noteworthy point is the turn-on switch location for Dremel and Milwaukee M 12 rotary tool.

The Dremel has the turn-on switch near its tip, while the Milwaukee M 12 rotary tool has its turn-on switch at the rear end.

The Dremel is quite convenient to use.

2. Weight

Below is the weight comparison of all these tools with the battery attached. These batteries come in the box if you have ordered a kit.

ImageTool (Model)WeightPrice
Milwaukee M12Milwaukee M12

1.3 Lb (with 1.5 Amp Battery)

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Dremel 8220Dremel 8220

1.37 Lb (with 2 Amp Battery)

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Dremel 8240Dremel 8240

1.43 Lb (with 2 Amp Battery)

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Dremel 8250Dremel 8250

1.31 Lb (with 3 Amp Battery)

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Pleasing Aesthetics
Dremel 8260
Dremel 8260

1.31 Lb (with 3 Amp Battery)

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The Dremel 8250 and 8260 are the lightest despite having the most significant battery size.

3. Accessories

These tools come with a similar head and accept all types of bits, wheels, and sanders available for Dremels. In addition, both have a collet that supports the 1/32 to 18-inch accessories.

But, when you buy these, everyone will come with different accessories in the box.

ImageModelBuild QualityPrice
Most Robust
Milwaukee M12
Milwaukee M12
  • Adjustment Ranch
  • 5 Cutting wheels
  • 1.5 Amph Battery & Charger (With Kit)
  • Soft Case (With Kit)
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Dremel 8220Dremel 8220
  • Multiple Accessories (Upto 20)
  • 1.5 Amp Battery and Charger
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Value for Money
Dremel 8240
Dremel 8240
  • Soft Case
  • Sorting Box
  • Sanding drums
  • Ranch
  • 1 Cutoff Wheel
  • 2 Amph Battery and Charger
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Dremel 8250Dremel 8250
  • Soft Case
  • Sorting Box
  • Ranch
  • 4 Cutoff Wheel
  • 3 Amph Battery and Charger
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Pleasing Aesthetics
Dremel 8260
Dremel 8260
  • Soft Case
  • Sorting Box
  • Ranch
  • 4 Cutoff Wheel
  • 3 Amph Battery and Charger
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4. RPM of m12 vs Dremel

Now let’s discuss the output RPM of each tool under no load.

However, the no-load max RPM does not translate to the actual output power each drill can deliver.

It depends on the power of the motor, battery capacity, the cooling system’s efficiency, and the tool’s robustness.

ToolListed RPMActual Tested RPM (Max)
Milwaukee M125000-32,000 RPM31,000 RPM
Dremel 82205000-35,000 RPM31,000 RPM
Dremel 82405000-30,000 RPM29,000 RPM
Dremel 82505000-30,000 RPM26,900 RPM
Dremel 82605000-30,000 RPM25,500 RPM
Max RPM Milwaukee m12 Rotary Tool vs. Dremel 8220, 8240, 8250 and 8260

Our internal tests have shown that the Dremel 8260/8250 can maintain the high RPMs at high load, resulting in a faster work completion rate than the 8240/8220 and m12.

I will explain it further in the next section.

5. Cutting Time for 1/2 Inch Reber

To understand the capability of these rotary tools, we tested them by cutting a half-inch rebar. Below is how it performed.

ToolCutting Time
Milwaukee M12 (with 1.5 Amp Battery)1 Min 46 Sec
Milwaukee M12 (with 6 Amp Battery)45 Sec
Dremel 8220 (with 2 Amp Battery)1 Min 28 Sec
Dremel 8240 (with 2 Amp Battery)1 Min 22 Sec
Dremel 8240 (with 3 Amp Battery)1 Min 10 Sec
Dremel 8250 (with 3 Amp Battery)58 Sec
Dremel 8260 (with 3 Amp Battery)1 Min 02 Sec
Cutting Time Milwaukee m12 Rotary Tool vs. Dremel 8220, 8240, 8250 and 8260

So what we see from the results is that the battery Amp Hour capacity significantly affects the time required to cut down half an inch rebar.

Higher amp hour batteries can deliver more power under the same voltage.

So a 1.5 amp hour battery with a c rating (Discharge rating) of 10 can deliver a max output power of 180 W.

On the other hand, a 6 amp-hour battery with a C rating of 10 can deliver a max output power of 720 W.

So under higher loads, a larger battery can provide more current, enabling quick cutting times.

6. Battery Life

So to get an idea of how long each tool works on a single charge, we tested each at an idle load of 5000 RPM. Here are the results.

ToolIdle Running Time
Milwaukee M12 (with 1.5 Amp Battery)1 Hour 20 Min
Dremel 8220 (with 2 Amp Battery)2 Hours 8 Min
Dremel 8240 (with 2 Amp Battery)2 Hours 14 Min
Dremel 8250 (with 3 Amp Battery)6 Hours 10 Min
Dremel 8260 (with 3 Amp Battery)6 Hours 10 Min
Cutting Time Milwaukee m12 Rotary Tool vs Dremel 8220, 8240, 8250 and 8260

Since all of them have different battery sizes, the run duration is not a very accurate test but will give you a good idea about how much power the electric motor is withdrawing at no load.

The Milwaukee seems to be wasting a lot of power on cooling the tool, but running it at higher loads pays off.

7. Charging time

Charging time is one of the most solid reasons for selecting the Milwaukee M 12 rotary tool over the Dremel.

Here are the results for the charging time of each battery for each tool.

ToolCharging Time
Total
Charging Time
(1 Amp Hour)
Milwaukee M12 (with 1.5 Amp Battery)30 Min 30 Sec20 Min 20 Sec
Dremel 8220 (with 2 Amp Battery)1 Hour 3 Min31 Min 35 Sec
Dremel 8240 (with 2 Amp Battery)1 Hour 4 Min31 Min
Dremel 8250 (with 3 Amp Battery)1 Hour 33 Min31 Min
Dremel 8260 (with 3 Amp Battery)1 Hour 33 Min31 Min
Charging Time Milwaukee m12 Rotary Tool vs. Dremel 8220, 8240, 8250 and 8260

So, we can see that the Milwaukee charging speed is quite good compared to the Dremel charging speeds.

8. Spare Batteries & Chargers

When Dremel 8220 was introduced, the biggest complaint was acquiring spare batteries and chargers. Dremel used proprietary connectors and batteries, which were very hard to source.

Keeping this in mind, Dremel introduced another version, 8240, to address this problem. The 8240 used the same batteries with Bosch 12 V tools.

Those same batteries now work with the 8250 and 8260.

On the other hand, Milwaukee uses the same m12 series batteries and chargers for their rotary tool, a plus sign for those already invested in m12 series Milwaukee tools.

So if you already have m12 Milwaukee tools and batteries, you should consider getting the m12 rotary tool as you won’t have to spend money on charges and batteries.

9. Noise

These tools have a noise level of 84-89 dB at a distance of 10 cm, which I think is not a deciding feature.

The sound levels will be much higher when you cut or grind something with it, so get ready for that.

10. Retail Price

Now let’s discuss the retail prices for each tool, which can vary from time to time or from one platform to another.

Even physical stores sell them at different rates depending on running promotions and stuff. But you will get an idea of how expensive each of them is.

Prices at the time of writing this blog post

ImageModelMRSPLatest Price
Editor's Choice
Dremel 8240
Dremel 8240

99 USD

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Best buy if you have m12 Tools
Milwaukee M12 (Tool Only)
Milwaukee M12 (Tool Only)

89 USD

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Milwaukee M12 Rotary Tool KitMilwaukee M12 Rotary Tool Kit

137 USD

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Dremel 8220Dremel 8220

109 USD

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Dremel 8250Dremel 8250

149 USD

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Dremel 8260Dremel 8260

169 USD

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Final Verdict

If you already have m12 tools on hand, you should not think twice before getting the Milwaukee M12 Tool. With larger batteries, this tool is a beast.

Get the Dremel 8240 if your work does not rely on other cordless tools and you rarely need to use your rotary tool.

The 8250/8260 are direct competitors of M12 for professional work.

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