Kobalt Tools refreshes their product lineup every so often, but major releases are generally planned for Christmas and Father’s Day holiday shopping seasons. This year there were quite a few new Kobalt tools. Some were good, some were not so good, and some were a little gimmicky but practical.
This new 30pc mechanics tool set looks quite gimmicky at first. The centerpiece of the set is a combination adjustable wrench, socket ratchet, and bit ratchet. It’s a sort of all-in-one kind of tool.
I can appreciate the versatility of the all-in-one ratchet wrench. The rest of the parts of the set are standard components. You get a regular socket extension, a range of inch and metric sockets (1/4″ drive), and an assortment of 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits.
You don’t need any adapters with the wrench, since everything is built in. There’s an adjustable wrench on one end, and on the other end there’s a 1/4″ ratchet with a bit driver socket on the back end.
What I like is that the set doesn’t really have any proprietary components. In other words, swap the all-in-one ratchet wrench for an adjustable wrench, a 1/4″ ratchet, and a 1/4″ hex bit holding socket, and you’ve got a traditional 1/4″ socket set.
While I cannot ignore the gimmicky nature of the all-in-one wrench, I think that this set would be great for minimalist and casual-use portable tool kits.
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