Kobalt’s Hypercoil LED worklight, Magnum Grip locking pliers, and Triple Cut utility cutters dropped in price at Lowes and are currently 75% off. The LED worklight is $6, and the hand tool sets are $5 each.
To be frank, the Magnum Grip locking pliers and Triple Cut utility cutters still aren’t worth the money. I reviewed all of these products back in 2013 when they were released for the winter holiday season, and they were grossly disappointing. I don’t use this word a lot, but I found the designs to be awful. The tools didn’t function well at all.
The Hypercoil LED worklight is decent, although I am much more a fan of the Black & Decker LED Snakelight. But, at $6, the Hypercoil is a good bargain for what you get.
Buy Now: Hypercoil, Locking Pliers, Triple Cut (via Lowes)
What I find interesting is how the “was” prices are significantly less than when the tools were first released. Then, the tools’ “was” pricing was inflated to prices that you couldn’t buy the tools at. For example, the hand tools would have been listed as “was $25,” but you couldn’t buy them online or in-store at that price. Then, when the tools were finally put out on display and were available for online ordering, pricing signs said “now $20, was $25.” I felt it to be a bit misleading. I suppose the “was” price has been lowered to reflect the most recent prior price to help save face. When a tool is discounted by 75%, one might wonder what’s wrong with it.
A quick look at in-store inventories for all three tools shows that there are still way too many in stock. It’s unclear what happened, but it’s not a good sign when there are still tools left on the shelf beyond the winter holidays and Father’s Day. It will be interesting to see how Lowes will change their strategy for 2014’s holiday season.
You should read and watch our reviews of these tools before considering whether to buy any of them, even at 1/4 their original prices. Readers’ comments are also worth reading through.