Did you know that Lowes carried a line of Kobalt 12V Max cordless power tools? Me neither, and it doesn’t look like they plan to carry these tools for much longer.
Right now, and thru 5/13/2015, this 3pc combo kit is on sale for $50. Lowes says its regular price was $135.32. That seems like an odd price, so maybe this set was discounted a couple of times now.
According to an April 2014 deals site posting, this combo was on sale for $150 at the time, discounted from its then-regular price of $200.
The Kobalt 12V Max 3pc combo kit comes with a drill/driver, an impact driver, and a jigsaw. You also get (2) 1.5Ah Li-ion batteries, a charger, and a hard case. A full battery recharge cycle takes about 35 minutes.
Full specs and features don’t seem to be available online, but the jigsaw looks pretty interesting. It has an adjustable/pivoting head with 6 angular positions, allowing it to be used as a reciprocating saw or jigsaw, depending on direction of the blade and angle of the pivoting cutting head.
Here’s the catch: It doesn’t look like a lot of stores still have these combos in stock. Seems like this is more of a last chance clearance deal than a regular promo discount or sale. I checked, and all of the stores near any of the 5 zip codes I tried are reporting 0 inventory. And you can’t order it online for parcel shipping to your home either.
If you REALLY want this combo kit, and can’t find it at Lowes, there are several 3rd party resellers who are listing it for $108 to $115 on Amazon.
The convertible jigsaw reciprocating saw looks like a neat design. Pivot the head, switch the blade direction, and you get a versatile almost-does-it-all cordless saw. It’s probably not super-powerful, since it’s powered by a 12V Max Li-ion battery pack and not 18V. Still, that might be reason to splurge $50 on the whole kit.
I don’t like to post about tool deals that require a ton of legwork to take advantage of, but this is a special case. If I hadn’t posted about this deal, would you ever have known that these tools and a Kobalt 12V Max lineup ever existed?