Lowe’s has launched a new Kobalt 3pc 72T quick-release “interchangeable ratchet set.”
Given its $19.98 price tag, I’m betting this is destined for Lowe’s 2022 “holiday gift center,” although it has yet to appear at my local store.
It seems that this 3pc set comes with 1/4″ and 3/8″ palm ratchets, and a handle they can both fit in (one at a time).
Once I got over an initial “what am I looking at?!” reaction, the new Kobalt tool set made a bit of sense – kind of.
The palm ratchets seem to be a good value by themselves – two for $20 – assuming they work reasonably smoothly.
Kobalt advertises that the palm ratchets are ideal for tight areas and the ratchet handle is ideal for high-torque applications.
To me, the ratchet head looks too large, but it’s hard to tell. Lowe’s doesn’t include any dimension specs on their product listing, and I haven’t seen it in stores yet.
I guess the handle can provide a torque assist for applications where the palm ratchets aren’t enough?
I can think of very many different ways to spend $20 on other more traditionally-styled ratchets, drive tools, or accessories, but maybe this 3pc set can serve some users’ needs?
Lowe’s product page says that the Kobalt ratchet set can be found in their “Seasonal Bay Drop Zone” aisle, which strongly confirms my guess that it’s destined to be a “gift center” item.
If you catch this in-store, what do you think about its size or proportions? I’ll check my stores again soon, but so far I haven’t spotted it yet.
Update: There are now “Lowe’s Loop” user reviews, which is the retailer’s “free products sampling program.” From the review images, the 3-in-1 ratchet looks to be substantially and even comically larger than standard 1/4″ and 3/8″ ratchets.
From one of the reviews, the 3-in-1 weighs nearly 5X as much as a standard ratchet – they show a standard ratchet weighing a little more than 4oz and the Kobalt 3-in-1 weighing more than 19oz.