These oscillating type tools are often the kind of tool you think you will likely never need … until the time you finally realize just how handy and time saving they can be. True they are probably not the tool a woodworker might use every day, but for those otherwise very tough and time consuming jobs, these oscillating tools shine.
What we really liked about the Rockwell SoniCrafter is the vast range of accessories that makes this tool as versatile as possible. Not only does it cut things like wood, tile and similar products, it can also grind, shape, sand and polish these items that most other tools are useless at.
The SoniCrafer has a nice solid feel to it and thanks to the rubberized construction, is easy to hang on to. We also liked the fact that this unit was a corded one for one very important reason. We felt that similar tools that are battery operated, and yes battery operated is a nice feature … except when you have a tool you use infrequently (most likely like an oscillating tool) and the batteries are dead. It is far more inconvenient to have to charge a battery in order to get a job done than it is to simply plug the tool in and actually get the job done.This tool is very much a cross-utility tool in that DIY home reno users as well as dedicated “woodworkers” can get equal use from a tool like this. We found the tool easy to use and attaching the accessories and different cutting, grinding and sanding attachments fairly easy and quick to affix.
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a detail sander or are installing a new floor and need cut off the bottoms of door mouldings to fit the new floor, this tool is the perfect match. The variable speed control means that it has a wider breadth of applications when it comes to cutting and sanding. We have heard of complaints that the tool can get a bit warm to use after extended use, we did not find the heat excessive, but then we didn’t find any applications that we felt called for long usage.
All in all we found the Rockwell SoniCrafter to be a well put together tool with a nice variety of attachments, AND at a price that is very attractive for a tool of this type. Even for someone who is more of a casual user, there is a price package to fit your budget and you can get other attachments later on if you need them.