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Old 06-05-2009, 01:30 PM   #31
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I bought the soniccrafter a couple months ago and love it. I cannot give a good comparison to anything else as I have never tried anything but this one. Of course the blades will get warm, it is just like any other saw blade after use. The only thing I can say about the head getting hot is that possibly the blade wasn't tight enough. I haven't had any problems at all with mine and if it was to go out, I would buy another sonicrafter.

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Old 06-13-2009, 03:23 PM   #32
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I have had the Rockwell Sonicrafter for a few months now. I have already done enough work to make it worth the expense. This tool is constructed very well. I saw the Dremel tool at the hardware store. It is smaller, and doesnt look heavy duty like the Rockwell. I also am weary of "as seen on TV" items, but this tool is worth every penny. It is not a toy. You could hammer in nails with this if you chose to.

This baby can plunge cut like crazy!!

I would highly recommend this tool for working on existing builds. I also have a rotozip, sawzall, cordless circular, various sheers, pipe cutters, and jigsaws. There are many applications where the Rockwell Sonicrafter is the only suitable cutter. I keep on finding more and more applications for it. I recently hung peg board insid my garage, and I neglected to make expansion gaps between the sheets. The weather changed, the boards expanded, an started bowing out. Without this tool I would have had to remove all the nails and rehang them. I got out a straght edge to act as a screed of sorts and removed 1/32 inch of the ends, popped One Row of nails, and all was well.

Paint removing blade does work, if you paint is flakey already.

I need some more blades! Where can I find them?
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:37 PM   #33
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I need some more blades! Where can I find them?
Amazon.com sells them. Additionally, I've read many positive reports by several people using after market blades from http://multiblades.com/sonicrafter.html. They also make blades for the Fein Multimaster which I own and I've purchased a few from them myself.

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Old 06-13-2009, 08:48 PM   #34
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Thanks! RW9120 was the part number I was looking for. They sure are expensive!
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Count your blessings that they're only $39.98 for three. The corresponding blade for the bloody Fein is $26.90 for ONE! Had I not had so much trouble with the Sonicrafter I purchased having the blades come loose AND wasn't so annoyed with having to deal with a hex key to change and tighten the blades I'd have likely stuck with the Sonicrafter. I think it's quite heavy duty compared to the competing Dremel oscillating tool. Have fun cutting up!
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Here is the Best quality source for after market blades, for both Sonicrafter and for Fein.
http://multiblades.com/
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:40 PM   #37
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I have the Multimaster and I find it to be a joy to use. I have never tried the Sonicrafter, Dremel or Harbor Freight versions but there have been some complaints from users of these less expensive tools that the blades are impossible to tighten securely and that the tools overheat. I am at the point where I want quality tools and understand that this comes at a premium.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:31 AM   #38
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Sonicrafter still working OK. I keep finding more and more applications where any other tool would be unsuitable for the job. Most recently I learned that it cuts through cured liquid nails like butter.

Additional thoughts after more experience and reading other posts:

1. Yes, on my very first use, the blade did come loose. I tourqued the hex bolt tighter, and it hasnt happened again.
2. The head DOES get hot with periods of uninterrupted usage. This is especially true when you have it on maximum speed, and you perform extended cuts into lumber. This tool is specialized. It is NOT GOOD at removing large amounts of material, like a circular saw. I try NOT to use the tool for 'standard cutting'. I try only to take advantage of its versitility, using other cutting tools where possilble. Speaking of that, anyone have a link to comments on the new circular saw that I 'saw' on TV with Dual/Counter Rotating Blades?
3. I have NO experience with the other brands, but this tool is heavy for its size. The tool body is smaller than my 4" right angle disc grinder, but at least as heavy. I will consider the Fein if my sonicrafter breaks anytime soon, but so far I'm happy with it. If it quit working tomarrow, It would still be worth the price I paid.
4. After locational flexibility on existing construction, I would tout the versatility of materials it can cut. Even though it can cut through nails and screws (I try to avoid if possible), I am mostly impressed with the ease of cutting plastics, adhesives, and all petroleum based products. Where I used to use a box cutter to cut 1 in. styrofoam insulation, I now use the sonicrafter rounded blade. It worlks great on drywall, but doesnt completely replace the box cutter. I found it much easier to follow a screed with the sonicrafter, then with a box cutter.
5. The sonicrafter can FOLLOW A SCREED better then any other cutting tool I have used! Regardless of the depth of cut, you can at least make a NEAR PERFECT pre-cut, then follow up with another cutting tool. This feature is SO HELPFULL! Of course this would be true with the other makers, provided you have the rounded blade available.


Ohhh, flush trimming cured 'Great Stuff'....Works Great!

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Old 12-20-2009, 01:35 PM   #39
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The infomercials look very good, almost too good. The multi (for me) is BIG $$$$$, should I consider the Sonicrafter or is there something else?

Just bought a house and I have too many projects to list......I will do 85% of the work myself (Kitchen and bathroom remodeling)
Hi, this looks like a thread from a year ago. Maybe these infomercials are put out once a year at X-mas time...

When reviewing all the threads and quotes, I didn't see anyone that compared the Multimaster to the SoniCrafter, only reviews from people that had one or the other. Does anybody HAVE a comparison? Does one manufacturer have more cost effective blade replacements? Is the quality of the original blades comparable? Soni Crafter is certainly the lessor of an investment. Any comments?
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Hi, this looks like a thread from a year ago. Maybe these infomercials are put out once a year at X-mas time...

When reviewing all the threads and quotes, I didn't see anyone that compared the Multimaster to the SoniCrafter, only reviews from people that had one or the other. Does anybody HAVE a comparison? Does one manufacturer have more cost effective blade replacements? Is the quality of the original blades comparable? Soni Crafter is certainly the lessor of an investment. Any comments?
I've owned both tools. The primary difference I noticed was in the vibration of the tool. The Multimaster can run for long periods of time with less vibration, which is a real plus. It also has a lever change blade system which is nice.

The SoniCrafter is a decent tool which cuts good. For most applications it works fine. For production work or large jobs the Multimaster would be a better deal, assuming you have the extra $225.00 or can justify spending the extra.

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:03 PM   #41
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Hi, this looks like a thread from a year ago. Maybe these infomercials are put out once a year at X-mas time...

When reviewing all the threads and quotes, I didn't see anyone that compared the Multimaster to the SoniCrafter, only reviews from people that had one or the other. Does anybody HAVE a comparison? Does one manufacturer have more cost effective blade replacements? Is the quality of the original blades comparable? Soni Crafter is certainly the lessor of an investment. Any comments?
First let me qualify myself. I am not a professional. Just an inexperienced homeowner remodeling every other room in the old house.

I have also used both the Sonicrafter and the Fein Multimaster. I first bought the Sonicrafter but returned it very quickly. As mentioned elsewhere on this board the Sonicrafter head gets very hot after a very short time at high speed. Almost too hot to comfortably change blades without wearing gloves. It is also substantially noisier and vibrates more than the Fein. The quick blade change feature on the Fein Model 250Q Multimaster was the deal closer for me. I've been doing lots of home remodeling and there were times when no other tool could reach certain spots. Sometimes I'd be changing the direction of the blade very 30 seconds of use. A major pain with the Sonicrafter hex wrench method. Be warned, the bottom of the line Multimaster also uses a hex wrench to change blades. In the cases where I could reach a tight spot with a hand tool it would have taken just too much labor and time without the oscillating tool (be it a Sonicrafter or a Fein).

The Fein manufactured blades are excellent but absurdly expensive. Certain of the blades can be obtained from after market sources. I've saved a bundle and had great experiences with blades from multiblades.com. There are others to be found on the Internet as well.

The bottom line is if you're only going to use it a couple of times a year for very brief periods then save the money and buy the Sonicrafter. If you're into a long project, even if it's only a month or two you'll not regret the investment in the Fein.

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The bottom line is if you're only going to use it a couple of times a year for very brief periods then save the money and buy the Sonicrafter. If you're into a long project, even if it's only a month or two you'll not regret the investment in the Fein.

Good luck.
In addition to Sonicrafter and Dremel, Craftsman has something out there. My Fein has worked so well for over 5-6 years I am not anxious to change. I don't like their blade prices but some of that is just currency exchange rates too. They work well until just gone though. I should try the aftermarket blades for at least simple stuff I suppose.
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The price of genuine Fein blades has come down dramatically in the last year. Amazon is selling Fein blades for similar prices to what Lowes or Home Depot ask for the Bosch Multi-X attachments (and that comparison is reasonably fair, as they are about the same size blades, the Bosch blades are made in Switzerland, and the Fein blades are mostly made in Germany (some carbide blades are made in Norway)).

It isn't equitable to directly compare the price of a small, Chinese-made Dremel blade to a Fein blade that is longer, perhaps wider, and has many more teeth or a larger grit area, resulting in an understandably more expensive blade to manufacture, and because of the larger area, longer lasting.

There are also numerous options for aftermarket Multimaster blades, but with the big drop in price the Fein blades have seen in the past year, savings can be fairly minimal.
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Bosch also has begun offering a battery operated oscillating tool. All these tools became available shortly after the Fein patent ran out. The reviews I've seen on all the various brands of oscillating tools are generally good. The word that comes to mind about the Fein is robust. It just does everything I need done by such a tool in perfect fashion. I don't sell these things either.

My pitch for using an oscillating tool in general follows:

I definitely believe an oscillating tool (whatever brand) is great for amateurs like myself with all the mistakes we make. It really comes in handy when you screw up some detail late in a project. As in my case finding that the 1" plywood edge of my guest bathroom counter is uneven AFTER setting the top tiles on it with what I thought was a 1/2" overhang under which I was to set the skirt tiles (Doh!). The rough movement required to fix this with a small hand plane or a sharp wood chisel risked chipping or breaking the overhanging edges of the delicate marble tiles already set. Also in my case getting between the edge of the counter, the wall and door trim with a hand plane was impossible while using the chisel risked gouging a hole in the wall next to the end tile. With the oscillating tool using a 7/8" bi-metal blade attached (like a very small hacksaw) I was able to do it handily and with precision.

Some professionals may laugh at such a tool saying many of the tasks can be done with the traditional reciprocating saw, orbital sander, etc. Well perhaps so, but I say why take more time and effort possibly resulting in a sloppy job when an oscillating tool is available? My brother-in-law, a licensed contractor/craftsman, scoffed until he wanted to do detailed wallboard work. I lent it to him and he really appreciated the way he could precisely cut the wallboard smoother than the edge of a new 3x5 gypsum board from Home Depot.
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There are also numerous options for aftermarket Multimaster blades, but with the big drop in price the Fein blades have seen in the past year, savings can be fairly minimal.
I haven't looked at the prices lately but even a month or so back I saw modest reductions in their prices due to the competition. I prefer the Fein blades and when next I start a project and require replacement blades maybe I'll be lucky to have the prices drop even more.

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