Rockwell has come up with some interesting power tool designs in recent years, such as their 3RILL impact driver, Versacut circular saw, and Trans4mer jigsaw. Meanwhile, their Sonicrafter oscillating tool has inevitably become outdated compared to other brands’ newer and better featured models. Rockwell is not about to throw in the towel and is soon coming out with an upgraded and competitive multi-tool, the Sonicrafter X2.
Rockwell’s Sonicrafter X2, RK5140K will be their first oscillating multi-tool to feature a tool-free blade change mechanism (Hyperlock). The new model will also feature a 3-amp motor and Universal Fit System that ensures compatibility with most major brands’ multi-tool accessories.
The Sonicrafter X2 kit will include a 1-3/8″ bimetal saw blade, 3-3/8″ HSS semicircle saw blade, rigid scraper blade, sanding pad with 3 sheets, carbide semicircle grout removal blade, Sonishear cutter, and a hard carrying case.
The Sonicrafter X2 will be available in October 2012 with an MSRP of ~$150.
Features and Specifications:
- 3.0 amp motor (compared to previous model’s 2.3 amp motor)
- Hyperlock tool-free (quick-release) system
- Constant speed control
- Variable-speed dial
- 11,000-20,000 OPM
- 3.2° oscillating angle
- 3.30 lbs.
- 10 ft power cord
- Kit comes with 9 universal fit accessories
- Hard storage case
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Don’t some other brands have a tool-free blade change mechanism already?
Yes, quite a few actually. But this is Rockwell’s first offering to include such a feature.
I’m still working on getting an image to share. I find the design interesting but Rockwell will have to market it heavily to compete against the tool-free models already available from Fein, Dremel, Bosch, Craftsman, and Porter Cable.
I just bought a Dremel MM40 havent opened it yet how does this one compare to the others on the market how would you rate with the others out there Thank`s Rick
I haven’t had an opportunity to test the X2, but the Dremel MM40 is a fine choice.
There are a number of great oscillating tools on the market these days, and it’s tough to recommend one without better knowing your needs. If it’s narrowed down to this or the MM40, I would go for the Dremel. My feelings might change if I see the X2 in action and it impresses.
I realize that it has been a while for any responses….but Dremel now has a 3 amp version as well. The MM 45. Just purchased this and install tile for a living. Looks like a well constructed tool and after reading some comparison’s with the competition including Fein to the MM 40…I imagine this tool should be up there…especially with the added power. I’m pretty hard on tools, so only time will tell.
Great tool and have used it for various uses at work and home.