The Bottom Line
While the SoniCrafter isn't a woodworking power tool in the classic sense, it does seem to be solidly built, and is great for cutoffs and other tasks that would be more time consuming if done by hand.
- Versatile - can sand, trim, scrape or polish
- Variable speed - from 11,000 to 20,000 RPM
- Includes 72-pieces, with more options available
- Covered by a Two-year limited warranty
- Motor tends to run hot, especially at lower speeds
- Had trouble with the clamp that holds the dust collection hose onto the motor housing
- Operating manual didn't really include much information on how to use the attachments
- While I wouldn't use the SoniCrafter for precision cuts, it performed marvelously as a detail sander and for quick cutoffs.
- The dust collection system didn't seem to attach very well to the motor housing. It seemed almost like an afterthought.
- The motor tends to get a bit uncomfortably warm, particularly when used at lower speeds.
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It certainly isn't a traditional woodworking power tool, but that doesn't preclude one from being useful around the woodshop. Attachments are easily changed or adjusted with the allen wrench, and many other tool accessories are available from Rockwell.
The SoniCrafter is also useful for hundreds of other tasks around the house or shop. For instance, the cutting tool was perfect for removing some extraneous plastic parts from a universal car stereo mounting kit I recently installed. Using the cutting tool, the pieces trimmed off cleanly and very quickly, and in a much safer manner than if I had been forced to cut the pieces off with a utility knife.