Rockwell SoniCrafter Multi-Tool

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Rockwell
Model:
RK5101K
Price:
$140

Description

The Rockwell Sonicrafter is a complete workshop in just one tool. The Sonicrafter can make precise plunge cuts, sand in tight spots, flush cut dowels and plugs, polish metals, strip paint and wallpaper, remove old window glazing and caulk, remove rust from tools and furniture, scrape dried adhesives, cut branches, even clean up graffiti. The Sonicrafter also easily cuts drywall, cement board, aluminum and plastic gutters and downspouts, conduit, copper pipe, and vinyl siding. The list is endless and the tool really is simple to use. All this is achieved by the unique high frequency oscillation of the tool head. It doesn’t rotate or orbit, making it a very user-friendly tool. This Sonicrafter 39-piece kit has variable speed and comes with a hex key, circle cutter, straight cutter, scraper, sanding polishing pad, 30 sanding sheets and a carbide grit segment saw blade in a convenient carrying bag. Also available in 22, 73 and 100 piece kits.

WOOD magazine review

Two types of sanding attachments

Review Summary

With a larger body than Rockwell's cordless model, this corded version doesn't vibrate nearly as much, and it's nearly as "quiet" with a top sound level of 95dB.
(That's loud enough you'll still need hearing protection, but it's better than most other multi-tools.) It comes with two sanding pads (and matching sheets): the first is the triangular-shaped one common to all these tools, and the second is a bullet-shaped pad that lets you get in tighter and closer for hard-to-read areas. Its 1-1/8" diameter dust port lets you suck up dust nicely when you hook up a shop vacuum. But its blow-molded plastic case is our least favorite because you have to remove any attachment from the tool to get it to fit, and the 10'-long cord is a real challenge to get back in place.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Locking screw problems

Review Summary

The Rockwell Oscillating multi-tool is a great tool to have around the workshop. I have used it for cutting bottom of door jambs to scrapping paint off of basement floors. Worked great. The problem that I was having with it is the with the locking screw that holds the attachments on. After using for a while, the locking screw works itself loose so the attachment then starts to vibrate.
You have to stop and tighten the screw to continue with what you where doing. I like this tool very much but find it bothersome that I have to stop what I'm doing because of this problem.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Hard working tool.

Review Summary

Hard working tool. It came with lots of accessories for sanding and cutting. Works great in hard to get to locations. Sanding accessories are hard to find so I bought some disk sand paper with the proper back and I cut my own paper to use with it. Gets into very tight places. The vacuum attachment don't work very well and I mostly remove it and leave it in the bag. Price has reduced a lot since it first came out and the newer models are much easier to change the attachments.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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