UPDATE: If you’re interesting in purchasing the Lowes Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench as a holiday gift, you should also check out the innovative new Kobalt Double-Drive Screwdriver!
Kobalt’s new Multi-Drive Wrench is another new Dog Bone wrench design that features 8 universal sockets that cover both standard 6pt SAE and metric fasteners, as well as a variety of specialty shapes and sizes.
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It looks like the new Multi Drive is a fierce competitor to Black & Decker’s new ratcheting ReadyWrench, which has already become an extremely popular gift idea (check the sale price via Amazon).
(Update: Links to our hands-on reviews of the Multi-Drive can be found at the bottom of this page.)
Kobalt advertises that the Multi-Drive Wrench works on 68 different fasteners – 56 sockets plus 12 screwdriver tips. Personally, I don’t like this type of “more is better” marketing and think that an emphasis on how many fasteners sizes the tool can theoretically cover will only confuse consumers.
Taking a closer look at it, the Multi-Drive Wrench actually looks to be pretty well designed. It appears to be about the same size or perhaps even slimmer than most of the other dog bone wrenches that we’ve seen, and it even offers an interchangeable socket adapter head. Included with the wrench is a socket head attachment which features 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ square drives for use with sockets, and a 1/4″ hex bit adapter to use with screwdriver insert bits.
Also included with the kit is a drop-in LED flashlight module, and a 12 piece bit set. The commercial states that for a limited time early shoppers will receive a bonus 50 piece bit with their order.
At $25-30, the Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench may very well go head to head with Black & Decker’s ratcheting ReadyWrench (Amazon link). Of the two, it’s tough to say which is better since they both bring different features to the table. But one thing is for certain – both tools appear to be superior to Husky’s new 48-in-1 offering, despite their slightly higher prices.
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