Over at Lowes, they have discounted the online-only Kobalt Direct Drive gearless ratchet bonus set by 50%, to $15. I reviewed this ratchet when it first came out, and I like it. It has the smallest minimum swing angle of any ratcheting tool I’ve ever seen or tested, ever. And for a holiday mass-market product, it’s designed and built pretty well too.
The Kobalt gearless ratchet isn’t perfect, as the ratcheting mechanism can jam up if you don’t rotate the direction switch all the way when changing ratcheting directions. But besides that, I don’t have much else to complain about.
Here are closer looks at the Kobalt gearless ratchet and palm ratchet:
And don’t forget to check out the full review, which includes images of the ratchet’s internals.
You don’t really benefit as much from the Kobalt gearless roller clutch mechanism with the palm ratchet as you do with the regular ratchet, but it’s still a decent design with good comfort and finish.
Right now, the set is on sale for $15, which is a great price for what you get.
If you already have sockets, throw the Kobalt multi-fit sockets that come with the set into a baggie and then into the car, loaner tool kit, or bottom of a storage bin. I don’t like combination inch and metric spline sockets, and prefer to use separate inch and metric 6pt sockets.
These sets are also available in stores, but without the free bonus palm ratchet, which is sold separately at about $10.
To be on the safe side, you might want to check it out in-stores before ordering online. This way you can judge the quality for yourself.
Buy Now(15pc Set via Lowes)
It’s unclear as to when this deal/promo pricing will end. On Monday, Lowes’ site said that the sale price is valid thru 12/01/14. Today, it says the sale price is valid thru 12/02/14. They might just continue to extend the sale period one day at a time until sufficient stock has been sold.