I was at my local Lowe’s the other day and noticed a striking new tool chest and cabinet combo. It was very similar to the Kobalt 41″ stainless steel combo, but it was cheaper and with a white powder coat finish.
While the white color looked sharp, I have some concern that white may not be the best color for something that will probably live in a garage — then again after owning a black truck that constantly looks dirty, maybe it is just something you live with.
This Kobalt tool storage combo measures 18″ deep, 41″ wide, and 63.5″ tall. Each drawer has a 99 lb load capacity. Both the chest and cabinet have external power strips with USB ports, located on the right side just below the handles.
The upper chest has 9 drawers.
The lower cabinet has 11 drawers and 5″ x 2″ castors. The locking swivel casters have large locking levers that stick out a lot but look to be easy to toggle.
Interestingly, Lowe’s is pricing these cabinets higher than the equivalent Milwaukee or Husky cabinets, at $349 for the top chest and $549 for the bottom cabinet.
Combo Price: $898
It turns out that you can get these chests and cabinets (or what really look to be identical versions) in blue, green, orange, red, yellow, and “dark cherry,” if you are willing to pay a premium.
To get a Kobalt tool storage combo in one of these colors, you’ll have to pony up $675 for the top chest and $796 for the bottom cabinet.
Combo Price: $1471
Curiously, there’s another white cabinet, also at a combo price of $1471. Compared to the one shown and linked to above, the only difference seems to be the color of the drawer pulls – polished aluminum handles vs. black.
Is this the start of a big push for Lowes’ Kobalt brand, or a one-time new product launch or update? We’ve seen lots of momentum from Milwaukee, a newcomer to the drawered tool storage market. Dewalt isn’t as new to the scene, but has been trying to remain visible and competitive. Husky has been kicking things up to new levels, and Craftsman is trying to remain relevant and at the top, and is back to trying to push forward. Thoughts?