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”.
I tried one out when they first hot the shelves at Lowes. My thoughts:
-very heavy, more so than the Bosch
-5 degree occilation makes it more challenging for precision cuts.
– I will cut wood fast, but I had to use force and I was afraid of ruining my blades. They’re expensive!
– stuff like sanding, I thought I would notice a big difference vs the 20v Dewalt but really didn’t.
These are just my thoughts. It feels like a pro tool, and maybe its great for big multi tool jobs, but I thought it was a little overkill for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to get it, I just don’t need the weight and power it has.
trying to buy one Rockwell Sonicrafter oscillating tool F50 but it won’t go to checkout. Cost is $144.79
Allen W Miller
I’m excited that the F50 is supposed to
accept “all” other oscillating blades. Now,
since I may not be using that many blades
though, are there other other such cutters
with the same power though that may be
for a cheaper price? Corded or cordless?
Ready to buy, Allen Miller
I’m not sure what you’re asking.
Rockwell has also come out with a mid-level F30 kit (RK5131K, $119), a value-priced Sonicrafter kit (RK5121K, $79), and an entry-level model.
Or are you looking for a different brand?
Can the F50 be delivered to me in Harare Zimbabwe?
Some dealers ship internationally, but you’d have to check with them to see if they deliver to your country.
You’d probably have trouble getting a screw driver delivered to Zimbabwe.
Dave in VT
$92 today at Amazon. Lowest price ever.