A couple of months ago, a strange thing happened at my local Lowes – most of their Kobalt mechanics hand tools were on clearance. What was happening at every Lowes in my area was in fact happening all around the country. Lowes had discontinued their current line of Kobalt mechanics hand tools.
I started seeing new wrenches and socket sets pop up sometime in late May, early June. Whereas the previous line was USA-made for Kobalt by Danaher, the new tools are imported from an unnamed OEM.
It is worth noting that, although I cannot comment much from person experience, I have heard quite a few user complaints about the previous Danaher-made Kobalt wrenches and sockets.
During a routine visit to the local Lowes (here’s why I do so), I noticed that the pegs were finally restocked with a near-complete tool lineup.
Sometime last month I purchased a new Kobalt socket set and wrench set for review, but I haven’t actually gotten around to using them yet. Compared to my personally-owned wrenches and sockets, I’m not a fan of the Kobalts’ brighter chrome. It’s hard to put my finger on why, but the tools’ bright chrome just gives off a sense of chintziness.
To be fair, who cares what the tools look like, as long as they function properly, are of high tolerance, and are strong enough for the job. I’ll be putting them to the test later this month to see if my prejudice is substantiated or not.