We already posted about the very many Kobalt hand tools in Lowes’ holiday tool deal section this year, and so today’s post is going to be about the other brands’ deals, of which there are very few.
While none of these tool deals scream “BUY ME!!”, they’re good enough to warrant a closer look.
Do any of these deals particularly catch your attention? For me, it’s the Irwin tape measures, which don’t really look like “deals” to me, and the Vaughan pry bars.
There was a huge Irwin tape measures display at my local Lowes. Irwin makes tape measures? I guess they do now.
$18 for the 25-footer and $14 for the 16-footer are decent prices, given how solid both tape measures felt.
If it turns out that these are regularly-stocked items, I will definitely buy one of each for testing and review. But from what I experienced in-store, I’ll probably head on back to the local Lowes to buy one of each anyways. I would have bought both sooner, but didn’t have the time.
There was also a large display of Irwin drywall jab saws for $8 and $10 each, depending on handle choice.
This might be my lack of experience carving cut-outs out of drywall, but why would someone prefer the round wood handle over the more ergonomic molded handle? The difference in price is less than $1.50, so surely that’s not the motivating factor, right?
Lufkin Tape Measures
$7 for a Lufkin hi-vis self-centering tape measure. I have bought one or two of these Lufkin tape measures in the past, and while they’re not spectacular they’re good for the money.
I might buy one of these to keep in the car for furniture-shopping, or maybe I’ll take advantage of one of the Stanley tape measure holiday deals I previously posted about.
You don’t save so much on these mini Maglite Pro LED flashlights, compared to the lowest online price I could find (currently $19 via Amazon), but $17.47 is a lot less than the regular street price of around $24.
I’m a fan of Maglite LED flashlights for around-the-home type of use, although I prefer 2D or 3D flashlights for such purposes. A 2D flashlight is a lot easier to find than a 2AA one. Plus, I have far better 2AA LEd flashlights that I load up with lithium batteries or rechargeables.
Vaughan Pry Bars
There’s a Vaughan double pack of pry bars, for $13. Buy a SuperBar, get a StubbyBar, for free.
A quick price check on Amazon shows that you can buy a 15″ SuperBar for less than $13, but not with a free 12″ SuperBar, which surprisingly costs more than the larger bar.
The Bionic Wrench is a made-in-the-USA adjustable wrench that fits a range of inch and metric fastener sizes. It’s been a popular stocking stuffer for quite a few years now.
Price Check(via Amazon)
Bosch Laser Measurer
Bosch’s compact GLM 15 laser measurer, with its 50-foot range, was a great buy at $50. It’s a fantastic pocketable laser distance measuring tool. It’s quick and easy to use, and is discrete to whip out when touring houses with your realtor.
Right now it’s about $1.50 cheaper at Amazon. If you want immediate gratification, buy it at your local Lowes. I think Home Depot might have these on display somewhere too, so you could do a price-match. Or order it from your smartphone or computer and Amazon’ll take care of the legwork.
Buy Now(via Amazon)
This Zircon StudSensor bundle is very similar to Home Depot’s deal. For $20 you get the e50 stud finder, and a free 9″ level.
Home Depot’s deal is for the HD55 plus a free level, but I can’t tell much difference between the two models.
According to these Amazon user reviews, the e50 is fairly popular and well-regarded.
Did We Miss a Deal?
Tell us about any deals we might have missed that you spotted at your local Lowes.
Do any of these deals strike your fancy?
And as a reminder, don’t forget to check out Lowes’ Kobalt hand tool deals, which we posted about separately.