Rockwell has recently upgraded their entire line of Sonicrafter oscillating multi-tools. The new flagship model, the F50, was designed with speed and performance in mind.
The F50 Sonicrafter, kit RK5141K, is built with a 4.0A motor and designed with a 5.0° oscillating angle. Most oscillating tools have oscillation angles under 3.5°. Internal counterweights help to keep vibrations down.
- Powerful 4.0A motor
- 5.0° oscillating angle
- Vibrafree vibration reduction mechanism
- Leaner and tapered body for improved ergonomics and handling
- Variable speed 1,000-20,000 OPM
- Hyperlock tool-free universal blade change interface
- Electronic constant speed control maintains cutting speed under load
- 2 LED work lights
- Robust design can endure cutting loads of up to 35 lbs
- Weighs 3.3 lbs
- 10-foot power cord
The F50 RK5141K Sonicrafter kit comes with 34 Universal Fit accessories, including (4) 1-3/8” end-cutting blades: (1) metal blade, (2) precision cutting blade, (1) standard), (1) 3-1/8” HSS semicircle saw blade, (1) rigid scraper blade, (1) sanding pad, (26) sanding sheets, and a hard case.
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Rockwell has also come out with the mid-level F30 (RK5131K kit, $119), which features a 3.5A motor and 4.0° oscillating angle, the value-priced Sonicrafter (RK5121K kit, $79), entry-level ShopSeries Sonictool (SS5121, $59), and a new 20V Max cordless Sonicrafter (K2863K, $159).
Right now, Lowes is the only retailer carrying the new Sonicrafters, although the new 20V Max cordless model is also listed via Amazon (buy now).
Rockwell has released a video that pits their new F50 against the Dewalt oscillating tool:
The oscillating multi-tool market has become highly competitive in recent years, with top-tier brands introducing new models with cutting-edge high performance and user-friendly features.
The new F50 Sonicrafter is a lean mean cutting machine. Rockwell boasts that the F is for Fast, and that the F50 is their fastest and most powerful Sonicrafter ever, and the specs seem to confirm this.
It remains to be seen whether the F50 Sonicrafter can hold its own against premium models, such as the Fein FMM 350 Q MultiMaster and Bosch MX30, but it’s worth remembering that the Fein and Bosch are pro-grade tools while Rockwell mainly caters to DIYers and “price-conscious tradesmen”.