November 10, 2008

Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool - Review

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Of all of the new oscillating tools heading to the market in the wake of Fein's patent expiration, the Rockwell is the dark horse. Everyone knows Dremel and Bosch, but who are these Rockwell guys and why should you drop some coin on a tool from a relatively unknown company when the tried and true fellows have some nice items to offer?

Before using the SoniCrafter, we knew very little about Rockwell, other than that they offer a reciprocating saw with a cool handle and that they produce the JawHorse, an interesting clamping device that is seemingly identical to the Triton SuperJaws (Triton is an Australian company and we're not sure who had the tool first or what the relationship between the two is). But here they are with an oscillating tool. If the tool is a success, it's sure to catapult Rockwell into the upper echelon of tool manufacturers, cementing their name and popularizing their products, if it's a failure, well then, they're just another company that makes passable tools.

rockwell_sonicrafter_in_han.jpgThe SoniCrafter is a corded tool so it's to be compared mostly with the Dremel and the Fein and not the cordless Bosch. So how does it measure up? Is it a good tool? The answer is 'yes.' In fact, after doing a project with it, it's our favorite of the current crop of non-Fein oscillating tools.

In the hands, the Rockwell has a very solid feel to it, much more so than the Dremel, which doesn't look like it's made to withstand too many falls. The Rockwell, on the other hand, is built to take construction site abuse. It's a nice, heavy tool with some good power behind it. We tested it out a lot, both sanding and cutting, and found that, although it was less powerful than the Fein, it performed better than both the Dremel and the Bosch.

rockwell_sonicrafter_access.jpgErgonomically, it's great, succeeding with both one and two hand grips. Other than the head of the tool, the majority of the body is covered with a comfortable rubber grip area. This also prevents the heat of the motor from getting to your hands, which can be a concern with oscillating tools.

Like the Bosch PS50, the Rockwell comes with an accessory carrying case. It's a nice touch and one that we appreciate. There is also one of those little velcro straps on the cord, making wrapping the tool up that much easier; another nice touch.

rockwell_sonicrafter_dust.jpgThe dust extraction system consists of a few plastic parts that fit together and form a thin 'hose' that sits along the underside of the tool. Installation only takes a few moments and once there, it doesn't get in the way of tool operation at all. As for success; while it does cut down on the dust, it doesn't completely get rid of it.

One concern we have with this tool has to do with accessory availability. Because each of the new oscillating tools has its own sized 'chuck,' we have to wonder how easy it will be to get your hands on Rockwell accessories. We've never seen the brand in stores, so if you're considering buying this tool, keep in mind that you may be mail-ordering blades and scrapers.

rockwell_sonicrafter_bag.jpgRockwell has decided against a hard case for the tool and has opted for the small duffel bag style that comes with a lot of Ridgid tools these days. In our eyes, it's a good call, fitting the tool, the accessory case, and the dust extraction kit all comfortably, making for a small and portable package. One possible problem with this is that the pieces of the dust extraction system don't look particularly durable and if the bag is in the back of the truck and the table saw shifts over on top of it, you might be needing some more parts of the dust kit.

rockwell_sonicrafter_head.jpgThese complaints, if you could even call them that, have nothing to do with the tool itself, which we love. The bottom line is that the Rockwell SoniCrafter is a fantastic entry into the oscillating tool category and should only serve to spread the word about these tools as well as the Rockwell brand specifically. Functionally, it lands between the Dremel and the Fein, which means that it's sturdy enough for a job site, but not of the highest quality like the Fein. The basic kit (20-piece) sells at Amazon for about $120, putting it at $10 more than the Dremel. The 37-piece kit is $140, and the 72-piece goes for $180. If you plan on doing anything more than the very basics, we would recommend the 72-piece kit. It's the only one that comes with the dust extraction system and with the aforementioned difficulty at getting more accessories, you might as well start with a ton on hand, right?

More information (and accessories) at SoniCrafter.com

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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Recent Comments

I left mine plugged into the wall and it turned itself back on in the middle of the night. Scarred the crap out of me. Any ideas?


Posted by: Screamer at March 23, 2014 5:48 AM

has a new screw been developed to hold the blades tight?? Can't keep this "brand new" cutter working, didn't buy it to sand or anything else, just want to cut a board and that is entirely impossible. Would like to plant this somewhere the sun dont shine.


Posted by: Chris B at June 24, 2012 11:44 AM

I also had a problem with the plunge blade working loose in less than a minute.
In desperation, I tried the Bosch plunge blade with their adapter.
Problem solved. It has not worked loose since.
Looking at the Bosch cutters vs the Rockwell blades, they seem superior.
I'll keep using the Sonicrafter, just with Bosche blades.


Posted by: Dave P at January 8, 2012 5:04 PM

A comment on blade loosening on the Sonicrafter. I was making a cut that could only be made by this type tool. The blade was coming loose every thirty seconds. I called their help number to see if their was a quick fix. After explaining the problem, they sent me a new tool. The new one has a larger screw that holds the blade. I think the smaller screw was being stretched do to over torquing.
Anyway, I had to finish the job, so I coated the blade where it attaches and the screw with contact cement, let it dry, and reassemled it. Finished the job with no more problems.


Posted by: false at November 26, 2011 4:31 PM

As to your reviewers ignorant comments about the Rockwell company: Rockwell has been around since 1927. Rockwell purchased both Delta and Porter Cable in the 1940's. As companies go nowadays, there have been many acquisitions and sales of company assets since early 20th Century. Nearly 80 or 90 years. Rockwell, Delta and Porter-Cable have been the standard manufactures of shop tools in America for most of the 20th century, And you can't find accessories?

Google Rockwell tool company; 6,6350,000 hits. That gives one the idea that there is some history to this company. I just want the reviewer to do a better job at researching companies he talks about. Took me about 5 min to learn the above info.

On the Rockwell Multi-Master, comments were good, the tool attachment problems have soured me on this particular tool.


Posted by: Dan at June 21, 2011 4:10 AM

Just opened the box on a SoniCrafter. I am taking it back to the store Monday. The blade will not stay attached. No useful instructions. This is junk.


Posted by: Neal at January 1, 2011 1:44 PM

love the actual machine for cutting everything else.... BUT TILE!!!!!! DO NOT BE FOOLED. THEIR DIAMOND GRIT BLADE DOES NOT CUT TILE. IT SAYS "SCORING & CUTTING FOR PRECISE FIT" RIGHT ON THE PACKAGE THE WEBSITE, BUT IT DOESN'T CUT TILE AT ALL. THE LADY FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE TOLD ME IT'S ONLY SUPPOSED TO SCORE TILE, AND THAT I CANNOT GET MY MONEY BACK. DO NOT BUY THE DIAMOND BLADES IF YOU EXPECT IT TO CUT TILE.


Posted by: justin at December 2, 2010 10:20 AM

Correction: My experience was that of Bob, not BLEU2R.


Posted by: Randster at July 6, 2010 3:42 PM

I'm afraid my experience is similar to BLEU2R's. Retaining screw wouldn't hold the blade I attached even before I tried to use it. Really had to torque it down to keep the blade in position. Spent a couple hours cutting wallboard. Blade slipped a few times but I got through it. Remembered other reviewers stating not to bear down at all; let the tool do the work. Good advice. Any pressure and the blade loosens.

Next tried to cut a 2x4. Again, used little pressure so as not to stress the wood saw blade or the retention screw. Got thru one 2x4. Blade burned up trying to cut the next. Also, the tool itself broke. The 90 degree gear mechanism broke and new blades just flopped around.

This is a VERY LIGHT DUTY tool. Do NOT try to do what the Fein MultiMaster does. The retention screw is a major weak point. Use VERY light pressure. Blades and mechanics won't handle any pressure.


Posted by: Randster at July 6, 2010 3:39 PM

a great tool!!! All of these people on here must work for fien! Because a never had a problem at all!!! It works great! Fast powerfull! Thanks love my rockwell baby!


Posted by: Jon at May 25, 2010 6:49 PM

Thanks to all for the reviews. I was considering the Rockwell but after reading about the attachment problems I've decided to pass. Thanks for saving me a headache. Tom


Posted by: tom at April 14, 2010 12:36 PM

The SoniCrafter is a very useful tool that I used extensively while remodeling two bathrooms. While I am pleased at how well the tool worked, I do have two complaints. The whole tightening mechanism has a lot to be desired. If you don't tighten it down enough the blade vibrates loose. So by what I consider over tightening, which is required, the screw head is slow stripping and I'm afraid the interior portion of the mechaism will eventually break while torqing down the screw. My second complaint is the outrageous costs for replacement blades. I wore out 3 different blades in no time. I'm looking at around $60 to replace them which is ridulous for the quality of the blades.


Posted by: Butch at January 26, 2010 6:55 PM

The new Sonicrafter kits now include an adapter to use Fein, Bosch and Dremel accessories. The adapter (RW9190) is also available separately for around $10.


Posted by: Marcus at January 14, 2010 1:38 PM

New owner of the SoniCrafter RK5108k and quickly discovered that although the tool feels solid, the blade attachment system is it's Achilles heel. Initially, even though the blade attachment screw was tightened very firmly, the universal cutting blade came lose in seconds. Then after several frustrations, the screw was tightened very,very, firmly with the provided wrench, and the tool worked as it should. However, now, the blade fastening screw could not be removed, even after cool-down. Discovered the screw's metal is softer than the allen wrench Rockwell provides so the wrench is beginning to round out the screw head's socket Before that happened I got the screw to release using a low powered impact wrench with an appropriate socket. All of this within the first 10 minutes of actual tool use.

Additionally, the fit of the blade on the six-sided spindle drive head is very loose, allowing 4-5 degrees of movement. Since the tool moves the blade only 3.2 degrees all of that "slop" that must be stopped by the retaining screw and flange instead of the drive head mechanism. That's simply poorly fitting components.

Realizing the retaining screw is a critical failure point I called Rockwell's customer service to obtain a replacement screw under warranty. Their solution is to ship the entire tool with attachments 1,000 miles, back to their dealer, ....a major expense in money and time. It was obvious they stand behind their tools..... so far behind that there is an actually an "ocean" between Rockwell and their tools (or customers).

Went "on-line" to simply order the part and found the tool model number, or any related model in the enclosed user manual, does not exist in their on-line order processor "Order Tree". The parts diagram in the user manual does not list part numbers that can be used for ordering. So, I selected the closest apparent match and of course, the simple, critical part is not stocked and has to be special ordered.

Shipping would be 8- times the cost of the part, and almost twice USPS Priority Mail rates.

In the meantime, the tool is virtually useless until another retaining screw arrives.

All-in-All, while there should be great expectations in this tool, ....but based upon my experience, I conclude Rockwell/Positec appears to be more of a marketing company, riding on a famous name, than a serious workman's tool manufacturer. They will not get any future tool orders from me.


Posted by: Bob at January 12, 2010 12:57 PM

WE PURCHASED OUR ROCKWELL SONIC CRAFTERS AT MENARDS. THE MAIN PROBLEM WE FOUND WAS THAT THE SONIC CRAFTER WORKED TOO WELL!! LOL,ROCKWELL DID A GOOD JOB WITH THIS MACHINE. I HAVE NOT EXPERIANCED ANY OF THE VIBRATING LOOSE,THAT WE KEEP HEARING EVERYONE SPEAK OF. I AM JUST BEING HONEST ABOUT THE TOOL. WE ALSO TRIED IT OUT ON TILE,IT DOES CUT,NP. GROUT, IT DID A FANTASTIC JOB ALSO.WE ALO TRIED IT OUT ON OTHER TYPES OF MATERIALS TO SEE JUST HOW WELL IT WOULD WORK,I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THAT IT WORKED FINE. WE WATCHED A TV SHOW CALLED KITCHEN RENOVATIONS,WHERE THEY HAD TO USE HEAVY DUTY TOOLS TO DO A TEAR OUT,I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY IF THEY HAVE ALL OF THESE HI-TECH TOOLS AVILABE,WHY RB

BREAK YOUR BACK?? SO WE DID A TEAR OUT USING THE SONICRAFTER AND IT DID EVERYTHING THE COMMERCIAL SAID IT WOULD DO,GOOD JOB SONICRAFTER! I PLAN TO PURCHASE THE FEIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO ADD MORE FLEXIBILITY TO OUR COMPANY. ONCE WE TEST OUT THE FEIN,I WILL DO A REPORT ON THAT TOOL ALSO.I WISH EVERYONE GOOD LUCK,BLEU2R,DAYTON,OHIO.


Posted by: BLEU2R at January 9, 2010 5:04 PM

About a week ago I sent to Rockwell the following email that explains everything:

"On December the 28-th, 2009, I saw your commercial on TV and ordered Sonicrafter at the price advertised over the phone.
(Order #01526687.)
A day before yesterday, I received my order and was surprised a lot. Namely, I found that most of accessories you
were using in your commercial demonstrating the tool capabilities was not included in the kit I received.
I watched your commercial one more time assuming I missed something, taped it, and found that nothing in that commerial
would tell explicitly that most accessories you use for demonstration purposes during that commercial would not be
included in the kit sold for the price shown in that same commercial.
The person who took my order over the phone also kept silence about this. (If she told the truth, I wouldn't buy..)
Mentioned just total number of accessories included. (I figured 22 was more than enough to get started and was wrong..)
As a result of this discovery, I feel myself decepted by your TV commercial. To make that commercial honest, you must
either show the price of the kit that includes all the accessories used during the commercial, or state EXPLICITLY,
during the commercial, that the accessory you showing is not included in the kit sold for the price advertised, or not
to show accessories not included in the kit for the price advertised at all. Neither of the listed is met at this time.
At this moment, I have no desire to harm your business in any way for that deception (to file a complaint with the
Department of Commerce, to initiate class action against Rockwell, etc.).
At the same time, I have no desire to feel myself (and to be indeed) a victim of the deception described.
To get this issue resolved peacefully, I would appreciate if you send me EXPEDITIOUSLY all the accessories missing in
the kit I have received but mentioned in your TV commercial free of any additional charge because I have already paid in
full the price shown in that commercial.
I thank you in advance for your understanding and prompt action."

On the Rockwell website (Contact Us section) you can read the following:"*Note: Responses will be given within one business day unless we are closed for a holiday or due to circumstances beyond our control. In such cases you will receive an answer on the next business day we are open."

No amswer has been received at all.

BOTTOM LINE: Rockwell is LYING in its TV commercial.
Rockwell is LYING on its website.

CONCLUSION: Think twice prior of paying any money to Rockwell. Because nobody can guarantee you that Rockwell is not lying any place else...


Posted by: Mikhail at January 8, 2010 12:38 PM

Your link to sonicrafter.com is broken. The new link for the sonicrafter is http://www.rockwelltoolsdirect.com/sonicrafter/hand-tool.html (looks like Rockwell got a new website)


Posted by: Joe Smith at December 31, 2009 11:24 AM

I was using the Dremel 300 to remove old grout from the bathroom wall tile using the 1/16" rotary bit. I went through 2 of the bits in the first day and this got me frustrated as they are $12 a piece. So I went to get some advice at the store and the guy (an inexperienced guy)showed me the Dremel Multi-Max. He said this was the superior machine for the job. I did my research, went to another store since I had a coupon and the guys just gave the Multi-Max a big thumbs down. They put the Rockwell SoniCrafter in my hands and told me to go. Well I did and have not looked back. This machine is solid and gets the job done first time. It really proves how the Dremel machines are really for hobbiests and lighter work loads.


Posted by: Ger at December 13, 2009 9:16 PM

The Rockwell Sonicrafter should improve its mounting design to keep up with the competition. It takes to much time and effort to change attachments, let alone making sure the attachments are secure before turning it on.


Posted by: Gordon at November 22, 2009 1:46 AM

I own a Ryobi 7.2V drill, and Milwaukee 2.4V screwdriver (takes "insert bits"). These both have NiCad battery packs (nickle cadmium). They work fine, but I removed the cells from the (sealed) plastic enclosures, and installed NiMh cells (nickle metal hydride). Now the charge last twice as long, maybe more. The stock charger works fine, with NiMh cells. Not a job for the timid / impatient. I used my Dremel tool, Xacto knife, machinist scribe. Used brass shim stock to interconnect the 6 cells in the Ryobi, soldering required. Some plastic breakage, but epoxied it. My tools are way nicer now! Got cells from batteryspace.com. Pete


Posted by: nhhiker at November 19, 2009 8:25 AM

I've used the Sonicrafter for several months on a number of jobs in a house I'm renovating. My take on the tool:
1) It's a medium-duty product that has been OK for me, but is unlikely to stand up to a pro.
2) It's a sanding wizard. Much more useful for tight spots and touch-ups than my Ryobi and Bosch palm sanders. The only problems have been the wear on the hook & loop point of the smaller "finger" pad, and the tendency of the sandpaper to "load up" quite quickly.
3) The tile cutter will cut tile, but you'll be all day on anything more than cleaning up crooked edges or finishing out the cut of a rotary diamond saw (for which it is very useful).
4) Ditto for the 3/4 round saw - small jobs in tight places only.
5) The plunge saw blade surprised me. Despite small teeth that looked more appropriate for cutting metal, it tackled some big jobs in the wood and plywood of a kitchen cabinet I was modifying to install a dishwasher. Throwing out very fine sawdust and wood smoke more than I would have liked, the tool kept at the job for several hours, getting quite warm, but not too hot to hold. It was slow work, but no other tool could have done the job.
6) I couldn't find a job the scraper blade was good at. I tried it on carpet adhesive I was removing from a concrete floor before a wood floor was to be installed, but it didn't work (what DID work was a wide, flat scraper blade that fit my reciprocating saw - the direction of the blade movement was better.)
7) Users have reported the attachments coming loose. I had the same problem, especially with the plunge saw, which was under the most pressure. The only solution was to make sure the blade was seated properly and then really tighten the collar screw. The Allen wrench that was provided started to fail quite soon, so I switched to a heavier duty one from a set. I see the mounting of the various attachments as the (very) weak point of this tool. While the tool's oscillating post is hexagonal, the hole in each attachment is 12-sided. While this permits more positions for the attachment, I think it makes for a less secure mounting and, over time, more probability that the hole in the attachment will "round out" and slip continuously.
8) The Sonicrafter is NOISY, especially at higher speeds. Ear plugs or a headset are a must.
9) I didn't find the vibration excessive, even over long periods.
Overall, I'm very happy with what I've been able to do with this tool and, with the exception of the attachment mounting design (which is pretty important!), I would give it a thumbs up for the serious amateur.


Posted by: DOVogt at September 24, 2009 3:08 AM

I repair wind turbine blades in the hub of the 300' tall towers. I need a tool that will cut out fiber glass and be able to removed the glass in blocks like 1" x 1" using the chisle action. Can this tool do this job? Will the chisle dig out hardened epoxy (we currently use a polyfan wheel to grind out the fiber glass and epoxy)?

Regards


Posted by: gadgetvise at July 27, 2009 4:57 PM

Can someone please advise me if the Rockwell Soni Crafter will work in Australia where our power output is between 220 and 240 volts.
Many thanx


Posted by: George Sankovich at July 19, 2009 4:16 PM

I purchased the sonicrafter deluxe kit as a gift. I was stupid enough to order it ahead of time. That left me out of the 30 day return guarantee. We tried to use it. Awefull. Everytime you turn it on, the piece would vibrate loose and you would have to stop the unit,position the sawblade and tighten it again. The minute you turned it on again, the piece would vibrate loose again. We could not even start the job to see how the tool would work. I feel the tool is somewhat dangerous. As we kept trying to use it, the piece kept getting hotter. I was not wearing gloves because it was so frustrating each time I turned it on to have to turn it off again, take the gloves off and on. I did get burned. The company said they would send out a new screw and flange and that should fix the problem.They would not return it. And they did say they were aware of this specific problem. If you purchased this locally you could take it right back. With shipping and all and now the wait for another part, we will have to go purchase a new tool today to get the job done. It won't be a Rockwell. The infomercial gave me so much hope, I was looking forward to having my husband use it on a few projects! To bad it is a lemon.


Posted by: Anne at June 9, 2009 6:15 PM

I recently purchased this tool with the 72 piece attachment kit. The tool works really good but unfortunately the attachment screw allen head stripped out on the very first use so I have not been able to try the other 71 attachments. Anybody have any ideas how to get it out? I doubt warranty will cover it.


Posted by: Troy at June 9, 2009 10:21 AM

I'm installing some custom soffit vents in my whole house - about 160 ft of it. This involves using a trim router to rout parallel 1/2"x3/8" deep rabbets 4 inches apart and then removing the center section and insetting the custom vents in the resulting slot. I'm considering the Rockwell or the Fein to cut out the center section. This is a lot of cutting, but given it's only 3/8" deep at the part I have to cut, it shouldn't be too demanding a cut -- just a lot of it: 320 feet (of pine).

So, a question for those of you that own the Rockwell: do you think it is up to the job or do you think I'll require the power of the Fein? If I can do this with the Rockwell, I'd appreciate the cost savings, but if it's underpowered for the job, I'll probably end up buying the Fein.

Thanks


Posted by: Jim Gish at May 31, 2009 5:29 PM

I am a toolaholic and this is one of the best finds Ive had in awhile.Find a use for it almost on a daily basis.


Posted by: Calvin M Runyan at May 19, 2009 11:28 PM

Are you able to use the Dremal/Bosch assesories with the Sonicrafter??


Posted by: Tom at May 9, 2009 9:19 PM

I found the Sonicrafter and the Multimaster for sale at Tyler Tool. www.tylertool.com

I used a spring clearance coupon and saved $50. The customer service guy was very knowledgeable about both tools. By the way...i also picked up a jawhorse for a good price and free shipping.


Posted by: Tom at May 1, 2009 12:03 PM

I read somewhere that the Fein star adapter can be used to fit Fein blades/accessories onto the Sonicrafter. Has anyone tried this?


Posted by: Charley at April 20, 2009 7:53 PM

How is the vibration with the Rockwell (or any of the oscillating tools)? I had bi-lateral carpal tunnel surgery (luckily had an excellent hand surgeon so the hands have healed) and i'm interested in buying this tool for caulking removal (do property insepctions/maintenance). I absolutely cannot remove caulking the old fashioned way. Currently have hired someone to remove caulking at the properties I inspect. I'm thinking that I could save money in the long run if I could do it myself with a tool like this.
Thanks for you input


Posted by: Mark at April 19, 2009 4:05 PM

How is the vibration with the Rockwell (or any of the oscillating tools)? I had bi-lateral carpal tunnel surgery (luckily had an excellent hand surgeon so the hands have healed) and i'm interested in buying this tool for caulking removal (do property inspections/maintenance). I absolutely cannot remove caulking the old fashioned way. Currently have hired someone to remove caulking at the properties I inspect. I'm thinking that I could save money in the long run if I could do it myself with a tool like this.
Thanks for you input


Posted by: Mark at April 19, 2009 4:02 PM

From what I read, Sonicrafter and Fein blades are not interchangable (then again, Fein Multimaster and Fein Supercut are not interchangeable).

However, you can buy aftermarket Sonicrafter blades, so perhaps other stuff will become available... You can see the difference here http://multiblades.com/flushcutblades.html (Not sure of the quality)


Posted by: Larry at March 11, 2009 2:57 PM

Hi there,
I have a Rockwell Four Speed Wood Lathe, Model No:46-11L, Serial No: IY6834.
I am looking for the operating instructions and a brochure for any attachments for the above.
Kind regards,
Geoff Harding


Posted by: Geoff Harding at February 22, 2009 2:45 PM

I saw this tool recently at The Woodworking Shows, and the gentleman said that the Rockwell Sonicrafter would soon be carried by all Menards stores. Sure enough, about a week later I saw the tool at my local Menards. Should make it much easier to get additional accessories.


Posted by: Jerry at January 27, 2009 5:41 PM

I have fein....do the blades from the others fit it?? which are the cheepest.. the fein blades are rather pricey.. I am talking about saw blades
thanks


Posted by: Richard at January 16, 2009 8:44 AM

Though it is true that the Rockwell brand is owned by a company named Positec, Headquartered in China, They own the brand through an aquisiton of Rockwell along with a few other companies. Though they are headquartered in China, The tools are actually very high quality German enginered, and still manufactured here in Charlotte, NC as well as Australia, Germany, and possibly Canada. I own the Sonicrafter and the Multimaster. and Though the Fein does have a little more power, the Sonicrafter does the job well and it is just as sturdy and well built as the Fein. I think it could easily work for industrial use. It offers some 40 different accesories at about half the price of Fein. The DIYer can't go wrong with this tool.


Posted by: Billiejo at January 16, 2009 1:09 AM

Sorry guys...

This is NOT the Rockwell everybody used to know as Rockwell International (and previous owner of such companies as Delta and Porter-Cable). THIS 'Rockwell' is a brand name of POSITEC GROUP, a company based in Suzhou, CHINA that was formed in 1994.

I'm not slamming the tools since I never saw one BUT, don't get the idea this thing is made by some division of the late-great Rockwell Manufacturing Company of PA. Until I actually try one, I'm going to treat this as just another Chinese rip-off of an American name :(


Posted by: Jay_RM at January 5, 2009 4:44 PM

As someone said Delta is a Rockwell brand and Rockwell is Porta Cable. Back in the 60s or 70s Rockwell WAS the brand to own. It was the top of the line and the finest tools you could own. I think through acquisitions the name changed a couple of times but ended up Porta Cable to the general industry. I was surprised to see the name Rockwell and I'd like to know the details behind it's use again. In the video I did notice that the Sonicrafter didn't go through tile like the Fein did. That's a concern. Maybe they'll make a more powerful unit in the future. Someone PLEASE make better and cheaper blades and available in stores!


Posted by: acfx at January 5, 2009 2:04 PM

Glad I saw this before plunking down $$$ for another brand.
I'm curious about how this tool works on grout and other tile/stone jobs. I have a granite countertop piece I need to trim down to fit.
AND some regrouting to do AND some tile work AND... well you get the idea!
Anyone with experiences with the Rockwell and these types of jobs?
Thanks!! HankieT


Posted by: HankieT at January 5, 2009 12:13 PM

HOW IS THE SOUND IS IT QUIET OR LOUD?


Posted by: R REYNOLDS at December 27, 2008 11:30 AM

Would like to know the same also. Do the attachments fit the Fein?


Posted by: Shaun at December 12, 2008 4:40 PM

Does anyone know if the Rockwell Soni Crafter is made in the USA?


Posted by: Kenneth H Jones at December 11, 2008 12:20 AM

Does anyone know if the blades and other accessories fit the Fein tool


Posted by: Bob H. at December 8, 2008 4:34 PM

Yep, same 'velcro' as the other oscillating tools.


Posted by: Tool Snob at December 7, 2008 7:00 PM

Does anyone know if the SoniCrafter sanding pads are hook and loop?


Posted by: David at December 7, 2008 6:25 PM

Craig is right. Rockwell has been around forever. Delta power tools was originally a Rockwell product. Rockwell has a reputation of making very sturdy tools from a day when tools were still made in America. I will tell you who will win the ocillating tool war...whoever comes out with reasonably priced blades that work, end of story.


Posted by: kurt at December 4, 2008 12:23 AM

DebM--

Because the accessories can be installed in either the right or left direction(eg 180 degrees), the Sonicrafter and other high frequency tools are equally usable for left or right handed people!


Posted by: TomD at November 28, 2008 9:38 AM

I bought the Rockwell Multi Crafter (smallest kit) and was disappointed to find that this model does not have a variable speed. I'm taking it back today to exchange it for the next one up to get this feature.
I'm a novice carpenter/fixer... and a woman but love to have power tools that make the job easier. If only they could make them for left handed people; that would be a dream!
Thanks for your help in choosing the right tools and learning about the new ones that come out.


Posted by: DebM at November 24, 2008 6:35 PM

The reason you haven't come across Rockwell is because they are an industrial tool manufacturer. I've been in manufacturing engineering for over 35 years and Rockwell is a tried and true manufacturer for for quality and durability. I've got some drills of theirs that have been in operation over 25 years. I guess if you only shop in hobbby shops you never see the real world of tools.


Posted by: David White at November 24, 2008 9:19 AM

Rockwell SoniCrafter Accessories are now available at www.sonicrafter.com


Posted by: Craig at November 10, 2008 12:49 PM
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