Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating Tool
The Fein SuperCut Cordless finished our shootout as one of the best cordless models we tested. The performance and vibration control are excellent, the noise level isn't too rough, and the accessory change system rules. But at $599, the sticking point here will be the price.
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We had the chance to take 26 various corded and cordless model oscillating tools, putting them up against each other in a head to head shootout. We looked at each tool’s performance, ergonomics, accessory change system, and value to see which product works the best. After our shootouts, we give the dust a chance to settle, and then we dive into looking at each individual tool. Today, it’s the Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating tool.
Standard Pro Features
- On/off switch
- Variable speed dial
- LED light
If you’ve been keeping up with these stand-alone multitool reviews lately, you’re probably well aware of how much I love the Fein/Bosch Starlock System. It’s the best in the game in my opinion, and the Fein SuperCut Cordless model has it. With this system, blade changes are fast and simple.
Basically, you’ll pull back the lever on the top of the tool to release the blade from the mounting. Then, simply press the mounting onto the new blade or accessory. It clicks into place securely.
Like the other Starlock models, it earns a perfect score for accessory changes.
The Fein SuperCut Cordless weighs in at 3.98 pounds with its 5 Ah battery. We found quite a few lighter models, but it’s still a full pound lighter than the heaviest. It also feels relatively comfortable to hold onto, though I do wish the handle had a bit smaller of a profile.
The rubber overmolding on the handle could stand to expand some. However, the form factor curves in all the right places for a solid grip. In the end, it’s towards the bottom in overall ergonomics, 8th place for cordless and 20th overall.
The Fein SuperCut Cordless can bang out 10,000-19,500 OPM, which can be adjusted via the variable speed dial. It uses a 4.2° oscillation angle, and it features a brushless motor.
For this cordless model, Fein advertises corded performance. We found that it doesn’t keep up with its corded counterpart, though. The Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating Tool finished in the middle of the pack for our speed testing. Its 20.7-second average plunge cutting speed isn’t slow by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s 5th place among the cordless models and 13th place overall.
Generally, oscillating tools chatter and clang around in your hand, just by virtue of how the oscillation mechanism works. But this area showcases where Fein really shines. The SuperCut Cordless has some next-level vibration control. While eliminating vibrations altogether seems like an impossible task, this model does really well. You’ll appreciate it the next time you’re cutting or scraping for any length of time. While it doesn’t earn a perfect score for vibration control (that belongs to the Fein MultiMaster), it scores a solid 92 points in this category.
Like with vibration control, longer jobs will make you appreciate the efforts manufacturers will put into sound dampening. The noise that the Fein SuperCut Cordless generates, while not as impressive as its vibration control, steers far clear of generating a veritable sonic boom when turning it on. When we tested it, it peaked at 99 dB(A). This is in the middle of the pack, louder than the 92 dB(A) from Milwaukee’s M18 and quieter than the 104 dB(A) Rockwell’s cordless model.
Value is really where the Fein SuperCut Cordless takes a hard left turn on us. Undoubtedly, this is a great cordless tool and Fein has a reputation for quality workmanship and durability. However, $600 is a tough pill to swallow. Granted, the kit comes with two 5.0Ah, 18V batteries, a charger, and a case, but still…
If going cordless is more of a convenience than a need, you might take a second look at the corded SuperCut.
The Bottom Line
Fein makes a tool with superb quality and the SuperCut Cordless stays true to the brand’s reputation across the board. The sticking point with this tool revolves around the price. Despite that fact, the Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating Tool still finished our shootout in an overall 7th place, which makes it the 2nd best cordless model we tested, earning a total of 83.7 points.
Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating Tool Features
- Performance capability identical to a corded machine. Offers maximum work progress to professionals in many trades.
- High-performance 18 Volt Li-ion batteries with charge indicator.
- High-tech Li-ion battery technology with monitoring of individual cells.
- StarlockMax tool mount with outstanding torque transfer, fits all Starlock, StarlockPlus, and StarlockMax accessories.
- Rapid charger for continuous work without interruption.
- All Fein SuperCut accessories can be used.
- Convenient QuickIn rapid-clamping system
- Outstanding Fein quality and sturdiness.
- Designed for continuous use and heavy loading.
- Electronic speed control
Fein SuperCut Cordless Oscillating Tool Specs
- Model: Fein Akku Supercut AFSC18 QSL
- Power Source: 18V
- Oscillations: 10,000-19,500 RPM
- Oscillation Angle: 4.2°
- Weight: 4 lbs.
- Length: 11″
- Warranty: 1 year, 2 years with product registration
- Price: $599.00