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05-04-2014 01:18 PM

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We all know about the Fein oscillating tool that we all desired but we could not afford.

Yesterday I review the Harbor Freight oscillating tool.
a1Jim replied and started a discussion about who marketed the first clone.
I was under the impression that HF had the first clone.
a1Jim said that he believes that Rockwell was first.

So question is : who sold the very first Fein clone?

It is not a question of who is right and who is wrong, I am just curious.

Please document your answer.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 01:24 PM

Hi Bert
I believe I said Bosch and Porter cable were the first , Just going on what I recalled from that time period and that’s not always reliable with old guys :)

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 01:27 PM

The first I remember seeing was the Rockwell Sonicrafter, but then again, a1Jim and I belong to the same club (Old Guys Rule).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 01:46 PM

I thought Sonicrafter was first after Fein patent expired.

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 01:58 PM

Rockwell I believe.

An aside,

I’ve had 2 HF models burn up in one day. Stay away.

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 02:07 PM

I also think Rockwell was the first clone.

TheFridge – You might have just got a couple of bad ones. I’ve had my HF variable speed model for a couple of years now with no problems. Less than $30 after my coupon. Can’t beat the price!

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 02:15 PM

I thought it was bosch and dremel. (same company) Bosch released the battery version, and dremel corded.

I thought Rockwell later since I remember receiving the announcement ad after looking at the bosch and dremel.
The rockwell had problems similar to HF in that it could not keep the blades on.

The rockwell was much smoother than any of the clones though. I wish I had bought one. It was actually smoother I thought then the Fein.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 02:24 PM

I have the HF version for about six years and it has been working like a champ.
After a long period of use, it gets very hot but it still work.
As for the blades getting loose, tight the Allen screw really tight and you will have no issue
I strongly recommend HF model especially at $14.99, who can beat it?

Yesterday I found this page for blades and accessories:

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-04-2014 07:02 PM

Another old guy here. As I mentioned in the other thread, I’m pretty sure that the Rockwell Sonicrafter was the first to come out after the Fein patent expired. Now, of course, everyone has a multi-tool on the market, but Sonicrafter was the first. For several years after the Sonicrafter came out, it was the go-to tool if you couldn’t afford a Fein. Heck, a lot of Fein owners bought Sonicrafters to use on job-sites because Fein’s had a way of “walking off.” Much cheaper to replace the Sonicrafter.

I bought the Sonicrafter quite awhile ago, and it’s been a very good, reliable tool. I bought a variable speed HF unit a couple of years ago for particularly nasty work. Figured I could just toss it when it died. Well, it hasn’t cooperated. Despite the abuse I’ve given it, it’s still going strong.

If I were to buy a new one today, I’d go for the tough as nails Bosch unit.

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#9 posted 05-04-2014 08:56 PM

I have had 2 WORX Sonicrafters for years, and they are the best power tools i own. Use them all the time and i can’t fault them. The WORX brand of tools are fantastic.

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#10 posted 05-04-2014 09:31 PM

For those that don’t know, Rockwell and Worx are the same company. The same tools, but the name depends on where you buy them

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#11 posted 05-04-2014 09:34 PM

No one has made one to match the Fien!

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#12 posted 05-04-2014 09:38 PM

“No one has made one to match the Fien!”

No, not quite, but the 3.0 amp Bosch comes really, really close, for substantially less money. It’s a tough, dependable workhorse. Quick blade change, and takes almost any blade on the market.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#13 posted 05-04-2014 09:50 PM

I’d never heard of Worx before today ,If this video is correct, Worx did not introduce their Sonicrafter until Feb 7th 2013
Fein’s patent ran out in 2010 so it doesn’t seem plausiele that it took 3 years for the first copy of the Multi tool to come out.

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#14 posted 05-04-2014 11:09 PM

a1Jim. No, it doesn’t seem possible. Perhaps the Sonicrafter under the Worx badge didn’t come out till then, but I’ve had the Sonicrafter under the Rockwell name for longer than that. If I had more energy at the moment, I’d research it until I found out exactly when it came out (I’m recovering from cancer and a Thyroid that went South, so I need a nap right now). Maybe later though, I can find out.

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#15 posted 05-04-2014 11:48 PM

I see a youtube video of a Rockwell from 2009. I remember a floor guy had one – Rockwell – in 2009 and was using it to replace a board in my floor. I was impressed.

I see a youtube of the HF from 2009 as well.

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