Brandon wrote in with a deal tip about the new Kobalt Direct Drive gearless ratchet I recently reviewed:
As usual, I strolled past the tool deals while at was at Lowes for other things and saw that they had the gearless ratchet set marked down to $9.98.
The real deal, though, is when I noticed another item number listed on the “new lower price” flyer. Sure enough, a quick search on my phone showed the other number to be the online deal of the gearless ratchet set plus the palm ratchet. I called over a sales associate, and he called a supervisor on the phone who said they would honor the price on the flyer. Thus, I scored the gearless ratchet and the gearless palm ratchet for $9.98 (actually a hair cheaper than that after getting 5% off for using my Lowes credit card. Sorry, I forgot to get a pic of the flyer.
I don’t see a way to easily get the bonus set, which is currently priced at $20, for the $10 sale price, but maybe Brandon’s method will work for you too. If not, this is still a great ratchet for a low price.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a one-ratchet-fits-all type of tool. It’s great for places where you need a teeny tiny swing arc. If you don’t often work in tight spaces, a lower profile, longer, and finer-tooth ratchet might offer smoother performance.
This is a great deal for $10. Heck, I thought $20 was a good price. Stores still have PLENTY of inventory, but I don’t think the price will drop further after the new year. If you wait a couple of months, maybe you’ll see these on clearance for a little less than $10, but it’s hard to say. The 5 Lowes locations closest to me are each reporting over 100 units available for online ordering with in-store pickup.
This deal is a little different than the 50% off promo from earlier this month, as that one was for the online-only set that also includes a free bonus gearless palm ratchet.
Thanks Brandon for the heads-up!