Strolling through the Holiday 2015 tool promo display at Lowes, here are all the Kobalt hand tools you’d find. We did the legwork for you, visiting 3 Lowes stores to scout things out. A lot of the deals are also available online, but some aren’t.
While some of these tools are regularly stocked items, others are “special buys” put together just for Lowes’ holiday sales.
Keep this in mind (but don’t fixate on it), especially if warranty is very important to you. Even though Kobalt has a great hand tool warranty, you might not be able to find a replacement a couple of months down the road.
A 3-pack of Kobalt folding hex key sets for
$15 $10 (this is the “new low price”).
This is your basic trio of fold-ups, including SAE, metric, and star (Torx) drivers.
Kobalt Flip-Jaw pliers, for $25.
They’re a little bulky, and I wouldn’t use them in place of separate pliers and cutters, but they do offer a lot of functionality in a very small package.
They seem to be alright, although some readers have reported seeing issues with the “try me” display models.
In contrast to the awesome Knipex Pliers Wrench, these have grooved jaws.
Ooh, a menagerie of Kobalt hand tool sets!
I’ve bought some of these tools in the last, and find the precision screwdriver bit holder sets to be a great value. Inexpensive, but more than half decent.
This Kobalt 11pc multi-bit flexible screwdriver looks interesting. It comes with a standard (straight) screwdriver attachment too.
The set was $20 at the first Lowes I stopped by, and $15 the next day at a different location with “new lower pricing” signage.
There’s a 24pc Kobalt bit ratchet set for $20…
and a 35pc set, also for $20. I have a feeling that it’ll soon be priced at $10.
The smaller set looks to have larger screwdriver bits, the bigger set has sockets.
Ah, the Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench, for $20. By ah, I mean uch, although it might be okay if you’re looking for a dogbone-style wrench.
This package comes with the full-size Kobalt Multi-Drive wrench, and also a new mini one that looks a little like the Craftsman one that came and went.
There are several Kobalt ratcheting and combination wrench sets.
I’ve got my eye on the stubby set. 12 pieces for $20 sounds good for tools that wouldn’t see anywhere as much use as my better everyday wrenches.
There are a couple of new Kobalt Xtreme Access tool sets. I’m not usually a fan of universal-style sockets, but I do like pass-thru-style sockets for certain things.
There are a couple of universal socket sets as well, which I guess do make for great gifts to homeowners and anyone who doesn’t want to manage too many tools.
On the bright side, these don’t look to have dual-sized inch and metric sockets that I really loath.
This “tri-fold” tool kit has a lot of the basics a homeowner might need.
I believe that you can put together a similar kit, potentially even with better tools, for less than $100. We’ll probably see this on sale for $50 or $65, or something like that, later this month.
I also spotted a 175pc Kobalt tool kit, packaged in a huge “I love you THIS MUCH” box. I anticipate seeing this at a much lower price as well.
119pc Kobalt mechanics tool sets, for $119.
This set comes with what look to be double-ended ball hex drivers that are used with a socket.
This 22pc Kobalt hand tool set caught my attention because it comes with a decent-looking tool bag.
Other Lowes Brands
Blue Hawk hex key sets, for $15.
If you ask me, I think everyone should spend just a few dollars more and get a Bondhus set.
100 Workpro screwdrivers, for $20.
How are these even possible to manufacture at such low cost?
Kobalt Tool Storage
There was just a line Kobalt ball bearing tool storage combo in the promo section. It’s kind of pricey too, at $319 for the top, and $499 for the bottom.
The design of the bottom cabinet is different from other Kobalt tool storage roller cabinets I have seen, drooled over, and manhandled in the past. And ooh – a built-in power supply with USB ports? That’s something that might warranty this setup a closer look.
I could do without the plastic bumper guard (workstation accessory?) and somewhat high price, but I’ll definitely take a closer look at these in the future.