August 30, 2021

Can you use Dremel bits in a drill?

Yes, you use Dremel bits in a drill if the rotary-tool head does not require high speeds. Looking at the small diameters that come with small diameters, Dremel bits need high speed to work perfectly. 

Dremel bits physically fit in a drill, but it has drawbacks. Dremel tools run at high speed, and paring the rotary tool slows down the process. Using the Dremel bits on hard materials will get the high torque shattered. 

The project takes longer than expected, and that results in a poor-quality finish. The Dremel bit should not be used in a drill for more significant projects since it compromises the quality of the material. There is a high risk of injuries or damage to your material. 

When the tool bits do not pair enough with the drill, the process becomes slow. The Dremel bit is ideal for smaller tasks and DIY projects, and using it on soft material gives better results. Apply less pressure to reduce chances of breaking. Safety precautions should be observed, and read the instructions carefully. 

You can use drill bits in a Dremel

You can use drill bits in a Dremel, and Dremel is a powerful tool that works with standard bits. Dremel gives collets that hold bits in a Dremel rotary tool. When you choose to use a bit out of the size range that the collet accepts, use a 4486 Dremel chuck. It is smaller, and it opens wider or closes tighter with regular bits. They have shank sizes ranging from 1/32 to 1/8inch. 

How to use drill bits on a Dremel

  • Press that shaft lock button and rotate underneath the housing cap on the end of the tool. When the lock engages, rotate the shaft further. 
  • Twist the collet nut counterclockwise using a collet wrench. 
  • Loosen and remove the collet nut.
  • Tighten the chuck onto the shank using your hand until it sets firmly onto the tool. 
  • Twist the chuck and insert the drill bit.
  • Set the Dremel’s Lo and Hi switch matching the job you are running. 

Differences Between a Dremel and a Regular Drill


Dremel comes with higher speeds than a drill, although the drill has more torque. Standard drills have a maximum of 2,200rpm, whereas a rotary tool runs at 20,000 to 30,000rpm. That makes Dremel faster while using less pressure. High speed allows the Dremel tool to cut the material without catching on to the material. 

Easy of use

Dremel is light and easy to use, and that makes it user-friendly. That makes it easy to maneuver in tight and small spaces, making it ideal for carving and engraving. The handheld tool is comfortable to hold for a period. 

Using the flex shaft attachment yields better results. Small workpieces and confined spaces are made more accessible. The Dremel tool does not vibrate, which gives room for precision and high quality, regardless of the type of material being cut. 

Dremel allows for accessorizing

The Dremel tool gives you room for multiple attachments and accessories, and that speeds up your projects. Drill bits are mounted on sized shanks, and the Dremel is for different applications. 

A combination of Dremel’s accessories and high speed yields better results. 

Speed adjustment allows you to match your speed with the perfect material. You work at the proper speed that you are comfortable with. 


Dremels are multi-functional tools compared to drills for drilling holes and driving screws, and Dremels are for sanding, grinding, engraving, routing, and many more. As much as the Dremel performs multiple tasks, it does not drill and drive screws, and the Dremel tool works on multiple materials such as wood, glass, metal, and plastic. 

Advantages of Dremel over a Drill

  • Dremel comes with high speeds that allow it to cover a large load quickly. In contrast with Dremel, the drill does not rotate as fast as the Dremel. The drill is easy to keep under control.
  • Dremel is lighter and smaller than a drill. That makes it easy to maneuver in tight and intricate spaces.
  • A drill is not meant for a lateral load but rather to go straight in and out. On the other hand, the Dremel cuts sideways. Lateral loads destroy the bearing of your drill since it is for end-on loads. Rotary tool bits work perpendicular, at 90 degrees or to the direction of the bit’s shank. 
  • A drill drills holes and drives screws, whereas the Dremel performs multiple tasks. Such as cutting, engraving, carving, and sanding. 
  • Multiple bit types work with the Dremel tool. The standard bit is the screwdriver bit. There are countless bit types and accessories that cover multiple tasks. These include carving, engraving, grinding, routing, cutting, sanding, polishing, and drilling bits. Carving bits are high-speed cutters, and engraving bits are engraving cutters. Cutting bits have carbide cutting and diamond wheels for the task. Drills work with a special attachment, and these include sanding bits. Drill bits are the standard bits for the tool. Each bit for Dremel fits the 1/8inch collet, which is the standard. There are optional collets sold separately. In each model, the shank sizes are small. They even fit a drill chuck, allowing one tool to complete several tasks at a time. 
  • There are chances of sideways working, such as cutting, sanding, and polishing. These are necessary and do not require specially designed attachments.


The Dremel bit can be slower.

The drill has a lower rpm, and the type of finish you could get on a Dremel bit might be of low quality compared to the one you could use on a drill. Higher is for certain applications such as sanding. If you go slow again, you could lose the high quality of the tool. 

You will not remove the exact amount of material you want to get rid of, which opens up imperfections and defects that you cannot remove. 

Dremel bits can break easily. Cutting may be messy, and multiple cuts are required. 

Although Dremel bits have high speed, they come with a low amount of torque. Torque refers to the turning force applied when running the rotary tool, and drills have a lower rim but a high torque. 

Dremel bits are brittle and affordable. Tightening the screw on top of the bit holder tighter causes the cutting disc to snap. In this case, bits easily break under the load of the drill. Using Dremel bits is dangerous. 

Also, see our posts: How to cut plexiglass with Dremel & What can you do with a Dremel?

David D. Hughes
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