Over at Lowe’s, they have quite a few things going on in their tool department, all of it good.
You might have seen or read about some of these new tools, promos, and developments, others might be new to you.
What do you think about all of these new tools and product lines?
Lowe’s is a ToolGuyd sponsor for Father’s Day and June 2021, and we’ll be putting their support towards our tool sample budget. If there’s anything you want to see tested and reviewed over the next few weeks, please let me know!
FLEX 24V Max Reciprocating Saw Kit
FLEX is a new line of high-performance cordless power tools that aim to deliver pro quality, advanced features, and a superior user experience.
FLEX is a ToolGuyd sponsor, and I’ve been putting some of their new tools through the paces. In short, they’re jaw-droppingly good. If there’s anything you want to know about any of their tools, ask away!
Swanson Trim Square
Swanson Tools has come out with a new USA-made 4-1/2″ Trim Speed Square.
It features a dual reference base, common angle guides, easy-to-read markings, and more.
It’s a Swanson Speed Square that fits in your pocket.
Metabo HPT MultiVolt 36V Promo
Lowe’s has completely revamped their Metabo HPT cordless power tool displays in-store, and are offering an extremely compelling promotion on their MultiVolt 36V saws. Buy a starter kit, get a high-performance circular saw or reciprocating saw for FREE.
Price: $179 or FREE with $199 starter kit purchase
Buy Now: Metabo HPT Starter Kit
Circular Saw Details
There’s also a Metabo HPT 18V Sub-Compact Combo Kit Promo:
Hot Deal: Metabo HPT Sub-Compact Cordless Combo w/ FREE Bonus Tools
More New ToughBuilt Tools
ToughBuilt specializes in tool bags, pouches, and other portable tool storage products and accessories, and they have now turned their attention to tools.
We’re told that many gamechangers are coming.
Here’s a sneak-peel at the new ToughBuilt Reload utility knife, which features magazine-style blade reloading.
Bosch 18V Profactor
Bosch Profactor tools have arrived at Lowe’s, and they’re kicking things off with a big promo. Buy a select Bosch 18V Profactor cordless power tool, get a FREE starter kit with 8Ah battery and Hel-ion charger.
See Profactor Promos
Starter Kit Details
Ideal Electrical Tools
Lowe’s has made some changes tot heir electrical tools section, bringing in a broad selection of Ideal tools and storage products.
You can find these tools at your Lowe’s store, and there are added tools and tool kit options online at Lowes.com.
Lowe’s Replaces Southwire Electrical Tools with Ideal, Kobalt, and Fluke
Wiha Terminator Blue Impact Screwdriver Bits
Wiha’s new Terminator screwdriver bits have recently launched and are now available in-store and online.
In addition to their strength and durability, the new Wiha bits have exact-fit tips that eliminate bit wiggle for increased driver accuracy.
User reviews seem to be quite positive so far – have any of you tried these yet?
Craftsman Cordless Stick Vacuum
While not exactly new, I have been testing Craftsman’s V20 cordless stick vacuum, and it’s been doing an amazing job so far.
The vacuum features a motorized floor nozzle, extension wand, narrow nozzle, wide nozzle, and medium round built-in nozzle. There are two suction power settings, with 45 CFM max airflow and up to 1 hour runtime at the lower power mode.
This kit comes with the vacuum, a charger, and 2.0Ah battery, and is priced at $199.
Select Tool Savings & Special Buys
Lowe’s still has quite a few ongoing tool promotions, and it’s worth checking them out.
Lowe’s exclusive Dewalt Xtreme cordless tool & backpack combo bundle promo is still ongoing. Read More:
Dewalt XTREME Cordless Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Tool Backpack Bundle Deal
Lowe’s PRO Zone
Lowe’s has been overhauling the PRO shopping experience at their stores. Have you noticed any changes at your store yet, or taken advantage of some of the new services?
It would be awesome if that utility knife could shoot blades out like the Spetsnaz ballistic knife but one after the other before swapping mags. OSHA would never approve. I wonder how long Lowes will keep Ideal and Fluke before dumping them in favor of another brand. 4-5 years maybe?
I really like my Milwaukee 4.5″ speed square – the Swanson looks handy too. Maybe not as flashy as the red anodized aluminum.
The Bosch promo looks like a good deal.
The Toughbuilt utility knife looks gimmicky – but the Toughbuilt stuff I’m familiar with has all been quite good. If it works well, I might switch from my “gimmicky” appraisal to “neat”. I tend to discount anything tacticool or gun-related on tools though.
Looking forward to hearing more about Flex.
The Toughbuilt knife looks interesting- good competition at least. I would really like to see and read more about the Flex 6 1/2” blade left saw, but it seems like most coverage is for the 7 1/4” blade right. More on the 6 1/2” please! Anything from a write-up to a review would be helpful.
For me, the blue plastic impact bits don’t seem to hold up as well as the red plastic impacts but watch it turn out they are exactly the same except for said plastic. 😂. For the square drive, I do like Wera better (I don’t bother paying for impact rated, the 80mm bits work great). The phillips and torx are just fine
I need to pick up the mini speed square. My local store just got rid of all their bosch lineup and replaced that space with Flex , so no profactor tool deals here.
Still no update on the Made in USA Craftsman mechanics tools coming out of Texas. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s going to happen… starting to feel lied to.
+5 I would hope they’d aleast have announced that pandemic delayed this ____ months or such.
Only reason I’m interested is there are a few things I want to get but I’d like to give them a look over. Especially if it’s really true that SK will be going away.
Got the large trailer parking spaces at my Lowe’s. I don’t expect any better/additional services than that
I noticed a rise in price on certain items. Or maybe a lack of major discount sales. Some Packout items surged $10 each. Is rising tool prices currently an industry wide trend? Or just certain items like Packout?
Which Packout items?
A lot of products have been increasing in pricing due to raw material increases, shipping/freight increases, component increases, high demand, labor shortages, and any combination of these or other factors.
Large toolbox, was $79.99, now $89.99; regular toolbox, was $69.99, now $79.99; crate, was $34.99, now $44.99! Other items have rosin also, depending on tool sales company.
That’s close to a 30% increase for the crate.
Doesn’t seem to available quite yet, but the new DeWalt 12v circular saw caught my eye.
Officially announced now: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/us/dewalt-usa/news/dewalt-relases-new-xtreme-12v-max-star-brushless-5-3-slash-8-circular-saw-431056
Skye A Cohen
FLEX question: Awhile back you had a post about a FLEX hepa vac that was on sale. I bought 1 for me and a couple for my company and really like them, i am sort of aware that they have been around for awhile in Europe.. Is this the same brand or did someone buy the name to market the tools in the USA but the European version is different? Isn’t it a Lowe’s exclusive thing?
Chervon acquired FLEX in 2013.
Their cordless line is separate from FLEX’s traditional areas of focus.
Gotta say…..kinda interested in the Craftsman Stick Vac since I’m on the platform and constantly vacuuming my shop.