It seems that Lowe’s has quietly introduced new tool “collections” on their website, featuring brands such as Craftsman, Dewalt, Kobalt, and Skil. There are likely others that I have not come across yet.
You might be thinking “big deal, Amazon has been offering tool ‘bundles’ for a long time now.” Yes, that is true, and we’ve posted about Amazon’s tool bundles before.
Many of Amazon’s bundles seem to be derived from customers’ purchase behaviors. For instance, there might be a bundle that includes an entry-level miter saw from one brand, and an entry-level jig saw from another. Or, a different bundle might feature a pro-grade corded rotary hammer with another brand’s SDS drill bit set.
Lowe’s “collections,” on the other hand, seem to be deliberately curated, at least based on the selections. I am hoping this is actually what’s going on, but that remains to be seen.
This Dewalt “20-Volt Max Cordless Bare Tools & Accessories” collection includes unexpected pairings. As these are product collections, rather than true single-SKU bundles, you can add or subtract the suggested tools as you wish.
Lowe’s Craftsman “Automotive Tool Set Collection” includes a socket set, pliers, work gloves, and both SAE and metric impact sockets.
A Craftsman “Electrician Set” collection comes with tin snips, work gloves, a stud finder, and magnetic measuring tape. The theme confuses me a bit, but I do like the general idea.
Lowe’s has a Kobalt 24V Max “Automotive Kit” collection, where they include a cordless ratchet, impact wrench, right angle impact wrench, polisher, and worklight, plus a starter set.
At the time of this posting, there don’t seem to be any bundle discounts or incentives, other than shopping convenience.
The way the “collection” pages are presented, you can check off the items you wish to buy, and change their quantities before adding everything to your cart with one button.
There are several Craftsman tool sets that aim to help homeowners and DIYers remove some of the guesswork.
A “5pc lawn & garden essential tool set” collection, includes a couple of hand tool basics, plus a wheelbarrow.
Obviously, these types of tool collections won’t work for everyone. These bundles will help “just tell me what I need” types of users, while many other tool users prefer to research and purchase everything separately.
If this is indeed a new Lowe’s initiative, I hope that they stay on top of things. Tool collections can be very useful to customers if they are both expertly curated and easy to navigate.
It will be interesting to see where Lowe’s goes with this. Do you think this is something you might find useful when shopping for tools or related supplies?