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Better hand tools: Craftsman or Kobalt?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Dryden, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    In the market for some long handled torx drivers up to T50 size and a ball-head ratchet/driver and thinking about switching from Sears to Lowes. Craftsman hasn't been made in the USA for over a decade and the quality of the metal and finish has really declined. I know Kobalt used to be a label under Snap On until Lowes bought the name for the their house brand and moved production overseas, but I've still heard good things about the Kobalt tools manufactured recently. They certainly look nicer and more ergonomic.

    What say you BP mechanics?

    I'm between these two brands for the lifetime warranty/local brick-and-mortar exchange, so I'm going to ignore suggestions to order something off of Harbor Freight.
  2. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    I've used a lot of both. I still go Craftsman for screwdrivers, I still think they're better, but I have Kobalt clamps, etc. and I like them. They seem to have better ergonomics for tools with moving parts. Just my IMO
  3. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    There has been a huge change in the number of big box stores over the last few years and that will continue
    so keep in mind where you would have to go IF you had to exchange something under warrantee
    My closest Sears now for these tools is over an hour away
    BUT also read where Sears may be selling off Craftsman to a much bigger big box
  4. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Whichever store is closer.

    Difference is negligible.
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  5. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Yeah, that was one of the things I was thinking too. Lowes is closer to me plus I get 5% cash back there on my Discover card. Lowes opens earlier and closes later, especially on Sundays, which is the day I'm usually using my tools.

    All of our ACE franchises are gone, and so is the KMart. Honestly not sure if the Sears will last another three years either. Figured I'd make the switch now and pass my Craftsman and odd assortment of no name stuff down to the 16 year old.

    Just out browsing tonight and the Kobalt ratcheting wrench set at Lowes was significantly better than the Craftsman Pro set at Sears.
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  6. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    There is really nice ACE Hardware in Groveport.
  7. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    To be quite frank, if you're not a mechanic or rely on hand tools for your income go with whatever feels best in your hands. It sounds like Kobalt would be the way for you to go since Lowes is closer and will probably be around for a while. Power tools are a different story though.
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