October 20, 2008

Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool

rockwekk_sonicrafter.jpgUPDATE: Our full review of the Rockwell SoniCrafter is here.

Well, the floodgates are officially open. With Fein's patent all worn out, Bosch, Dremel, and now Rockwell, all have oscillating tools headed for the marketplace. Rockwell's version is called the SoniCrafter and, judging from price alone, it appears to be most similar to the Dremel.

The SoniCrafter has 2.3 amps and a no-load speed of 11,000 to 20,000 opm. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot of information available on the tool, so things like accessory compatibility with other oscillating tools remain a mystery. Amazon, who lists the tool in their inventory, doesn't say that it hasn't been released yet, like they do with some items, but they do indicate that it is not currently available, leading us to believe that the official release date hasn't yet come to pass.

The SoniCrafter is/will be available in three kits; a 20-piece, a 37-piece, and a massive 72-piece. Respectively, they will cost $120, $140, and $180. If the accessories are anything other than total junk, the 72-piece kit looks like a winner to us.

If we find out any more info on this tool, we'll let you know.

20-Piece Kit at Amazon.com and Rockwell
37-Piece Kit at Amazon.com and Rockwell
72-Piece Kit at Amazon.com and Rockwell

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 20, 2008 4:59 AM

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Recent Comments

I just tried to cut off a small nail from a carpet track tack and the teeth striped right off. Went to Home Depot to buy an expensive Bosch blade but the adapter that comes with the sonicrafter doesn't work. Does anyone know what other brands--if any--are compatible with this unit?


Posted by: bill p at December 14, 2010 6:18 PM

I cannot keep the blade tight. How do I get a refund on this worthless tool.


Posted by: Arnold Decker at May 4, 2010 8:47 AM

This tool is a scam. The salesperson at OSH lied to me and told me they hadn't gotten in their shipment of replacement blades. I can't find any store that sells them. Rockwell gave me the number of a place 5 miles from me that does NOT sell blades. I believe the reason they don't sell the blades next to the tool itself is because nobody would buy the tool if they saw how outrageously expensive the blades are. Dremel makes what looks like a comparable tool and they sell blades right next to the tools for reasonable prices. I don't have time to order blades when I have a job to do and I'm not going to stock up on overpriced blades I may never use. I will try to return the tool and buy a Dremel or Bosch. If they won't take it back, I'll throw it in the trash which will be cheaper over time than being locked into their overpriced blades.


Posted by: Brian M. at December 23, 2009 8:25 PM

I bought the Rockwell Sonicrafter to do a specific project, cutting out a partitally termite eaten door frame. Over an over again I had to stop to retighten the attachment. It was extremely frustrating and I gave up. Called the company but no solution was found. They were no help at all except to suggest I needed to just tighten harder. I did that but it didn't help. I do not recommend this product or their customer service department. I really don't understand why I am the only person that thinks this products sucks.


Posted by: Barbara at December 13, 2009 11:39 AM

Sonicrafter does NOT do what it is advertized to do!!! I tried plunge cutting with this tool & it is WORTHLESS! The blade kept coming loose every time I tried to cut! Not like the TV commercial at all. I urge ALL people out there to NOT buy this cheaply made tool. You will be sorry! Now, the problem is how am I going to get my money back? I may have to contact the Better Business Bureau because this item is a piece of garbage.


Posted by: Andrew D. at September 5, 2009 1:41 AM

The product description for the SoniCrafter 1-3/8" Universal End Cut Blade (RW9122) states that it can be used on, "Wood, plastic fiberglass, nails, non-ferrous metals, thin sheet metal, hardened fillers." The word nails should be singular. With a new blade, I cut one #8 galvanized ring-shank nail and it rounded off the center third of the teeth. After one use the blade is shot. I'd advise against using this blade to cut nails.


Posted by: Woody Bowers at September 4, 2009 4:48 PM

Had to repair a fascia and soffit on my garage with a gutter wrapped around the corner, all joints sealed. Bought a sonicrafter and was able to cut out the old wood, leaving gutter in place. Also used it for cutting the new wood. As far as the screw, stripping with a allen wrench by hand is unlikely, plus I received a extra screw in the box.


Posted by: Derek at May 26, 2009 10:22 AM

I looked at the Sonicrafter on Amazon, there were multiple people complaining about the accessories coming loose with the allen wrench screw type accessory connector. They feared stripping the allen screw while trying to tighten the accessories, has anyone else experienced this?


Posted by: Keith at May 5, 2009 10:32 AM

I ordered this tool and put it to use this weekend, I had a small bathroom redo and used it to take a little excess concrete away from around a drain pipe, it took about 3-4 minutes to wear one side of the granuals from the rasp. I bought it for plunge cuts and trimming casings so I set it up for that and it was useless, every few seconds the blade would come loose, I have the head of the screw near stripped trying to keep it tight. It may make a nice sander for some hobbiest but mine is going back. It is not a job site tool.


Posted by: Chris at April 26, 2009 6:07 PM

Hi to all,
I went to Rockwell's website and looked for retailers and found Lowe's listed as both an on-line retailer and retailer. I went to both Lowe's online and couldn't find it but did find the JawHorse. I went to my local Lowe's and the personnel hadn't a clue. Could Craig find out why this is. I'd like to buy it through my local Lowe's as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance
Alan


Posted by: Alan at April 8, 2009 8:29 PM

Will the Sonicrafter cut through porcelain tile (which is very hard)?

Thanks


Posted by: Paul at February 1, 2009 11:43 AM

You can also purchase direct from Rockwell and save here:

http://www.rockwelltoolsdirect.com/sonicrafter-sets.html

Hope it helps.

Ryan


Posted by: sonicrafter at January 30, 2009 6:25 PM

Tyler Tool has the full line of Rockwell tools in stock now! We have found these tools to exceed our customers expectations.

Call our experts at Tyler Tool 1-800-222-8404 or shop today online. www.TylerTool.com


Posted by: Tom at January 22, 2009 11:49 AM

Craig Taylor VP of Brand Marketing at Rockwell, I simply want to buy a 20 or 37 piece sonicrafter
immediately. I need to see them to decide which one. Can I do that at Sears, or at Menards, or at the home depot close to the 60647 zip code?
I do not have a credit card to shop on line. How can you help?
Thanks for your kind and helpful reply.
Cesar


Posted by: Cesar at December 30, 2008 7:06 PM

Hi: I tested this tool for Rockwell and it is fantastic. Couldn't wait for the accessories to arrive so I could restock. I say you can't go wrong with this tool! Great for DIY so you don't have to carry all tools along for small jobs. And for small jobs, who wants to haul out the big tools? I say buy one for all your family members this holiday season. They will be so excited.


Posted by: Lori at November 14, 2008 10:06 PM

Good Morning Craig

Good posts and very helpful --- one point, the link to rockwell's sonicrafter doesn't work, because there is an additional period (.) after the .htm of the address.

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Posted by: Jack at November 9, 2008 6:11 AM

Hello Gohan:

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to your posting. I didn’t notice it before. I hope this helps.

The 72 pc kit is available for shipment. 5-7 days is our official ship time for all tools but we regularly beat that time. We would just rather under-promise and over deliver.

The accessories will be available for sale on the web in a matter of days if not hours. We are in stock and waiting for the web guys to work their magic. You can now see the listing of all 49 accessories that will be available for sale on http://www.rockwelltools.com/sonicrafter.htm. 40 of the 49 accessories are under $20 bucks each.

If your comparing accessory prices it is important to note that the Rockwell SoniCrafter has a available universal metal/wood cutting blade, the end-cut blades are a full 1 -3/8" wide and the circle and semi-circle blades are made of High Speed steel and can cut metal as well as wood.

Thanks,

Craig


Posted by: Craig Taylor at November 6, 2008 5:10 PM

Thanks Craig,
I want to purchase the 72 pice kit but I understand that it is 3-5 weeks from being shipped out. I may want to purchase the 37 piece kit as I understand that it is shipping but I do not know if I can purchase the other tools nor do I know what is available and the price of the other tools. Is an adapter to Fein accessories a violation of patents? I understand Bosch and Dremel have adapters and that Fein's patent is gone. Do they have a marketing agreement with Fein? You will be missing a potential million Fein users if no adapter is provided.
Please advise as to the above and listing of accessories and pricing so I may make a decision.


Posted by: Gohan at October 30, 2008 8:22 PM

Thanks Craig,
I want to purchase the 72 pice kit but I understand that it is 3-5 weeks from being shipped out. I may want to purchase the 37 piece kit as I understand that it is shipping but I do not know if I can purchase the other tools nor do I know what is available and the price of the other tools. Is an adapter to Fein accessories a violation of patents? I understand Bosch and Dremel have adapters and that Fein's patent is gone. Do they have a marketing agreement with Fein? You will be missing a potential million Fein users if no adapter is provided.
Please advise as to the above and listing of accessories and pricing so I may make a decision.


Posted by: Gohan at October 30, 2008 5:37 PM

Hi:

I'm Craig Taylor VP of Brand marketing at Rockwell. I just read your article above and can provide some additional info for your readers.

The SoniCrafter accessories are dedicated to the SoniCrafter system. Everyone making oscillating tools had to take a different approach to accessory attachment to stay away from each other’s patents. Unfortunately this means tool users are going to have to pick a system. Fortunately, the SoniCrafter is a great tool. We set out to make a solid no frills tool that does it's job and does it well. The SoniCrafter also offers a large listing of accessories(39 and counting total different accessories for cutting, grinding, scraping, sanding etc)soon available on www.sears.com , www.amazon.com, www.sonicrafter.com and other etailers.

Thanks,

Craig


Posted by: Craig Taylor at October 22, 2008 7:08 AM
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