Rockwell debuts oscillating multi-tools

Rockwell has introduced the Universal Fit system that enables three new Sonicrafters, as well as a ShopSeries Sonictool, to accept other brands’ accessories without adapters. In addition, a new assortment of Rockwell universal accessories is designed to fit competitive multi-tools.

The new Hyperlock tool-free (quick-release) feature on two new Sonicrafters, RK5139K and RK5140K, provides one ton of clamping force to prevent slippage of blades and other accessories, company officials said.

Universal SonicrafterX2 Hyperlock kit

“The exclusive Universal Fit system, plus the Hyperlock tool-free design on selected models, make the new Sonicrafters and Sonictool the most versatile and convenient oscillating multi-tools available to homeowners and professionals,” said Pete Denley, Rockwell product manager. “In light of our total commitment to the Universal Fit system, all previous Rockwell oscillating tool and accessory kits will be discontinued with the new program’s launch.”

Rockwell also has ramped up the amps in its new corded oscillating multi-tools, increasing their power and cutting efficiency. The Sonicrafter X2 (RK5140) leads the way with an increase from 2.3 to 3.0 amps. The Sonicrafter (RK5139) jumps from 2.3 to 2.5 amps and the ShopSeries Sonictool increases from 2.0 to 2.3 amps.

The new Sonicrafters and Sonictool accept Universal Fit accessories, as well as prior-model Rockwell hex-shape accessories and competitive accessories.

New Rockwell accessory blades feature a stepped profile for flush-cutting applications. In addition, technical improvements made to the precision end-cut blades allow for over two times the life of previous precision end-cut blades, company officials said.

Since oscillating multi-tools accomplish a variety of jobs, accessories are changed frequently. With some multi-tools, a retaining bolt must be removed with an Allen key to make the swap. In contrast, Hyperlock tool-free design on selected Sonicrafter models takes seconds – release a top-mounted lever, switch accessories and press the lever back down.

The new Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 (RK5140, $149), Sonicrafter (RK5139, $119), Sonicrafter 12V Cordless (RK2522K2, $139) and Shop Series Sonictool (SS5120, $49) will be available in October at RockwellTools.com and other websites, including Menards and Lowe’s, as well as regional hardware and home centers nationwide.

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