March 6, 2022

Dremel vs Foredom

Dremel Fortiflex vs foredom

Foredom flex shaft tools perform better when working on metal, glass, stone, and other materials. Dremel tool is for lighter work such as wood carving or sanding. Both rotary tools have their uses, but you might find some applications where one flex shaft tool executes better than another flex shaft for some work.

A Foredom flex shaft tool might be a better flex shaft when doing some small engraving. When it comes to etching glass, a Foredom flex shaft is used. The Foredom flex shaft with foot pedal performs better in this situation because it does not require a heavy-handed person pressing down on an etching tool with a Dremel flex shaft.

When carving wood or making light, power carving motion, a flex shaft from a Dremel would be the flex shaft to use. Even though the flex shaft from a Dremel flex shaft is for light sanding or rotary work, it rains better than sandpaper on wood. That is because there are more chances of sanding down your project too fast if you do it yourself instead of using a flex shaft grinder.

        Feature Comparison


The flex shaft from a Dremel is around 136 inches, giving you more than a flexible shaft length to work on most projects. The flexible shaft from a Foredom is 42.51 inches long because it does not have as much torque as the flexible shaft.

If flex slippage prevention is not a priority for flex shafting, it could be a good flex shaft option to get a flex shaft from a Dremel flex shaft because they are more affordable.

Shaft Power

A Dremel flex shaft is more powerful than a Foredom flex shaft because a rotary motor is powering it. A hand crank powers the Foredom flex shaft. That is why it is not as powerful and not better for heavy-duty tasks.

        Price Comparison

The flex shaft from a Dremel is slightly more affordable than the flex shaft from a Foredom because of the flex shaft torque. Since flex torque with the foot pedal is for flexible tasks,  you may have to pay a few more dollars on your flex shaft if you want to get a flex shaft with flex slippage prevention.


  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • Powerful 
  • Flexible
  • Ease of use


  • The Foredom looks heavy-duty and more powerful. 
  • The Foredom does not have the RPM that the Dremel does.

Dremel 9100 vs foredom

Dremel 9100 is a high-precision rotary power tool that has a flexible shaft. It generates up to 23,000 RPM thanks to its powerful 120 volts, 2.5-amp motor. The 9100 works, looks like a pen and has variable speed controlled via an easy-to-use foot pedal. The foot pedal-controlled speed feature frees up your hand to focus on gripping the power tool in the best way you find possible.

Using the foot pedal feels like second nature for users who can drive. For those who do not, getting used to the foot pedal takes time. Although the Dremel FortiFlex 9100 is for multiple applications, it is woodworking. That is because it can help you make detailed small cuts, and add texture and sand to make your workpiece stand out. 

This model is compatible with any of Dremel’s rotary tools accessories and any other accessories with a size between 0 inches to 5 inches. The handpiece of this power tool is interchangeable with any other Dremel FortiFlex handpiece. The 9100 comes with a 2-year full warranty which means that any defects uncovered and corrected by Dremel are free of charge within the two years.

Jewelry makers find this model user-friendly and productive. Its 1.6 horsepower hang-up style motor generates as much as 18,000 RPM in reverse and forward rotation. That is how you get maximum performance. 

That is a feature that any left-handed individual out there can utilize without ease and appreciation. The motor of the Foredom is powerful and designed to improve the power tool’s overall performance. It has that extra power required for continuous use within the harsh jewelry manufacturing process.

The Foredom’s speed is controlled via a foot pedal that features quality electronics in a robust thick black plastic housing. Just like with the Dremel, those individuals who do not drive may struggle at first with getting to grips using the foot pedal. However, most users soon get the hang of this feature.

It boasts a geared chuck with three jaws and has a capacity of 0 inches to 5 inches. That means it accepts a mandrel that is up to 5 inches big. For tool changes, a chuck key helps to make this process easier.

It has a 2-year limited warranty against the foot pedal and the motor. There is only a 90-day warranty for the handpiece, which means that any defects are uncovered with these parts corrected by Foredom free of charge.

        Feature Comparison

Both tools are in the same range, but Foredom is more affordable than Dremel 9100. The difference is as little as 4.


Dremel 9100 generates up to 23,000rpm, and the speed variance allows it to work on several materials. Foredom speeds up to 18,000rpm. Both tools control their speed using a foot pedal. 


The foot pedal is easier to operate for users who can drive. The action of using the foot pedal feels like second nature to them. For those who do not, getting used to the foot pedal takes time. 


Both tools have a 2-year warranty, allowing Dremel to sort out defects free of charge.


  • Versatile 
  • Powerful
  • Great design
  • Precise
  • Detailed cuts


  • Experience is needed on the foot pedal
  • The warranty could have been longer

Do Dremel bits fit Foredom?

Yes, you can use Dremel bits, providing you have the correct-sized chuck. 

​​Where are Foredom tools made?

Foredom tools are made in Connecticut. 

David D. Hughes

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