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  • The set weighs approximately 32 lbs, and when closed measures 20.5" H x 19" W x 9" D
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Kobalt 200-Piece Household Tool Set with Hard Case
Item #1352092Model #81325
This comprehensive set contains a wide mix of 1/4-in and 3/8-in drive standard depth, 6-point metric and SAE sockets, drive adapters, extensions, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hex keys and other assorted tools needed frequently at home or on the job
Other important tools include a hammer, tape measure, scissors, utility knife, precision screwdrivers, ratcheting bit driver and insert bits
Sockets, ratchets, extensions and adapters are constructed of chrome vanadium steel and heat treated for strength and durability with a professional, high-polish finish

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Our new 200-piece home-owner's set is conveniently stored in a rolling trolley case with a built-in telescoping handle, making transportation and storage simple. The set weighs approximately 32 pounds, and when closed measures 20.5-in H x 19-in W x 9-in D. This inclusive set is perfect for the new homeowner or experienced DIYer who needs a great tool set!
This comprehensive set contains a wide mix of 1/4-in and 3/8-in drive standard depth, 6-point metric and SAE sockets, drive adapters, extensions, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hex keys and other assorted tools needed frequently at home or on the job
Other important tools include a hammer, tape measure, scissors, utility knife, precision screwdrivers, ratcheting bit driver and insert bits
Sockets, ratchets, extensions and adapters are constructed of chrome vanadium steel and heat treated for strength and durability with a professional, high-polish finish
Metric and SAE socket sizes are easy to identify with laser etched size call-outs and color-coded stripes to identify metric (blue) and SAE (red) measurements
Screwdriver handles are made for comfort with a rubber overlay for better grip
Meets or exceeds ASME specifications
Hassle-free lifetime guarantee

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Firstly, I would say the posted deal is an 'ok' deal for what you are getting, I feel less 'ok' about the larger set you are asking about, see below for more details.

Briefly looking at both sets to compare I notice right away that the 364 piece set has literally 100 bits and hex driver bits...so you can realistically say this is not so much a 364 piece set, it's more like a 264 piece, then they count individual allen/hex wrenches too so the number is pretty hyper inflated at 364 pieces. The tool box/cases are drastically different as well if that makes a different - one is cloth and one is a plastic hard case. Does it make a 45 dollar difference...eh I dunno. I would go for the cheaper set and save the 45 dollars for something else that you'll need or to save it for the tools you use the most and want to upgrade. For example you might want to buy a bigger hammer (13 ounces for a hammer is undersized, the standard weight is 16 ounces...if you're driving in small nails for hanging pictures no big deal but if you are pulling nails from 2x4's or driving in larger 16 penny nails you'll not be nearly as happy with this one - yes I do own one). You might want a better quality adjustable wrench too, or a different size say for changing faucet water lines. You may want to buy a nice 25 foot tape measure. And lastly, you'll never regret buying a cordless drill of some sort, I recommend 18-20 volt. My brand preference is DeWalt BUT there are a lot of good brands out there in the big box stores. You can grab one for 100 bucks or less - just wait it out until black Friday and get a good deal on one.

One other difference I noticed is that the larger set includes a 3/8 inch ratchet as well as the 1/4 inch ratchet - not a deal breaker but just something I noticed as the smaller set only has the 1/4 inch ratchet. I would probably still go for the cheaper set then supplement what you want later (such as a mechanics tool set that includes mostly sockets and wrenches). When I was a home owner for the first time I over bought things that I didn't need and wished I had went a different route but hindsight is 20/20. On some things I went too cheap and regretted the purchase and so I went out and bought what I should have to begin with...like that DeWalt drill...I still have the GOOD one I bought and it's still working 8 years later. The original Harbor Freight drill is collecting dust somewhere in the corner of the garage. They have better ones now but my classic Drill Master just didn't cut it back in the day.

***Correction, the smaller set does have a 3/8's ratchet - so negate that part of my post.
I'm just some lurker who rarely posts but the case these tools come in is one hot topic for me. The tools are okay. The case is a nightmare. It's huge. There is a lot of wasted space. There are too many folding things. I previously used the smaller Kobalt set that had a hard plastic "briefcase" that unfolded the one time and that was all you had to do to get to the tools. This thing is like a pop up book in comparison. Opening it is an ordeal every time. But the tools aren't that bad.
I agree with what you said but I have yet to see a set that is on wheels for $65

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Good price for a solid set.

This is the next gen set, the predecessor being the 204 piece set, Item #782577Model #64054, discontinued.
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Better then some deals I've seen and possible good for someone with no tools, but I'm tired of these cheaper high piece sets being fluffed with screwdrivers and hex bits.
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Better then some deals I've seen and possible good for someone with no tools, but I'm tired of these cheaper high piece sets being fluffed with screwdrivers and hex bits.
I agree with what you said but I have yet to see a set that is on wheels for $65
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I bought the previous model last year (or year before) and it's really solid set for your handyman duties. I've been really pleased.
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Anyone have any thoughts on if this larger set is worth the price difference? Buying my first home, so trying to get a good tool set to have around.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-Kobalt-364pc-Heavy-Duty-Tool-Set/1002623802
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Anyone have any thoughts on if this larger set is worth the price difference? Buying my first home, so trying to get a good tool set to have around.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-K...1002623802
Firstly, I would say the posted deal is an 'ok' deal for what you are getting, I feel less 'ok' about the larger set you are asking about, see below for more details.

Briefly looking at both sets to compare I notice right away that the 364 piece set has literally 100 bits and hex driver bits...so you can realistically say this is not so much a 364 piece set, it's more like a 264 piece, then they count individual allen/hex wrenches too so the number is pretty hyper inflated at 364 pieces. The tool box/cases are drastically different as well if that makes a different - one is cloth and one is a plastic hard case. Does it make a 45 dollar difference...eh I dunno. I would go for the cheaper set and save the 45 dollars for something else that you'll need or to save it for the tools you use the most and want to upgrade. For example you might want to buy a bigger hammer (13 ounces for a hammer is undersized, the standard weight is 16 ounces...if you're driving in small nails for hanging pictures no big deal but if you are pulling nails from 2x4's or driving in larger 16 penny nails you'll not be nearly as happy with this one - yes I do own one). You might want a better quality adjustable wrench too, or a different size say for changing faucet water lines. You may want to buy a nice 25 foot tape measure. And lastly, you'll never regret buying a cordless drill of some sort, I recommend 18-20 volt. My brand preference is DeWalt BUT there are a lot of good brands out there in the big box stores. You can grab one for 100 bucks or less - just wait it out until black Friday and get a good deal on one.

One other difference I noticed is that the larger set includes a 3/8 inch ratchet as well as the 1/4 inch ratchet - not a deal breaker but just something I noticed as the smaller set only has the 1/4 inch ratchet. I would probably still go for the cheaper set then supplement what you want later (such as a mechanics tool set that includes mostly sockets and wrenches). When I was a home owner for the first time I over bought things that I didn't need and wished I had went a different route but hindsight is 20/20. On some things I went too cheap and regretted the purchase and so I went out and bought what I should have to begin with...like that DeWalt drill...I still have the GOOD one I bought and it's still working 8 years later. The original Harbor Freight drill is collecting dust somewhere in the corner of the garage. They have better ones now but my classic Drill Master just didn't cut it back in the day.

***Correction, the smaller set does have a 3/8's ratchet - so negate that part of my post.
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I have this exact set. It gets the job done. Quality tools but the case is flimsy. You would think it would be something sturdy enough to handle the weight of this set
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I'm just some lurker who rarely posts but the case these tools come in is one hot topic for me. The tools are okay. The case is a nightmare. It's huge. There is a lot of wasted space. There are too many folding things. I previously used the smaller Kobalt set that had a hard plastic "briefcase" that unfolded the one time and that was all you had to do to get to the tools. This thing is like a pop up book in comparison. Opening it is an ordeal every time. But the tools aren't that bad.
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I'm just some lurker who rarely posts but the case these tools come in is one hot topic for me. The tools are okay. The case is a nightmare. It's huge. There is a lot of wasted space. There are too many folding things. I previously used the smaller Kobalt set that had a hard plastic "briefcase" that unfolded the one time and that was all you had to do to get to the tools. This thing is like a pop up book in comparison. Opening it is an ordeal every time. But the tools aren't that bad.
Thanks for the info. Glad to know about the case (from you and the post above yours). I've got a big Stanley set but the case is so annoying I would love to find something else. I actually have to use another tool to get a tool out of its slot/holder. It amazes me how little attention they put into creating a sturdy, user-friendly case.
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Firstly, I would say the posted deal is an 'ok' deal for what you are getting, I feel less 'ok' about the larger set you are asking about, see below for more details.

Briefly looking at both sets to compare I notice right away that the 364 piece set has literally 100 bits and hex driver bits...so you can realistically say this is not so much a 364 piece set, it's more like a 264 piece, then they count individual allen/hex wrenches too so the number is pretty hyper inflated at 364 pieces. The tool box/cases are drastically different as well if that makes a different - one is cloth and one is a plastic hard case. Does it make a 45 dollar difference...eh I dunno. I would go for the cheaper set and save the 45 dollars for something else that you'll need or to save it for the tools you use the most and want to upgrade. For example you might want to buy a bigger hammer (13 ounces for a hammer is undersized, the standard weight is 16 ounces...if you're driving in small nails for hanging pictures no big deal but if you are pulling nails from 2x4's or driving in larger 16 penny nails you'll not be nearly as happy with this one - yes I do own one). You might want a better quality adjustable wrench too, or a different size say for changing faucet water lines. You may want to buy a nice 25 foot tape measure. And lastly, you'll never regret buying a cordless drill of some sort, I recommend 18-20 volt. My brand preference is DeWalt BUT there are a lot of good brands out there in the big box stores. You can grab one for 100 bucks or less - just wait it out until black Friday and get a good deal on one.

One other difference I noticed is that the larger set includes a 3/8 inch ratchet as well as the 1/4 inch ratchet - not a deal breaker but just something I noticed as the smaller set only has the 1/4 inch ratchet. I would probably still go for the cheaper set then supplement what you want later (such as a mechanics tool set that includes mostly sockets and wrenches). When I was a home owner for the first time I over bought things that I didn't need and wished I had went a different route but hindsight is 20/20. On some things I went too cheap and regretted the purchase and so I went out and bought what I should have to begin with...like that DeWalt drill...I still have the GOOD one I bought and it's still working 8 years later. The original Harbor Freight drill is collecting dust somewhere in the corner of the garage. They have better ones now but my classic Drill Master just didn't cut it back in the day.
I think clearly the larger set is the better value and the best bang for the buck as far as these 2 are concerned. Of course they are going to count everything you get as counted pieces. Just like anything else in life. So its not shocking. I may get the larger set. Have so many odd ball tools everywhere. Need to get my act together.
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pros:
- luggage case
- 90 wrench extension
- large etch size label on the lug nut

cons:
- flimsy luggage case
- you're not gonna use those bits

if you dont already have a set. this is probably a good buy for the price.
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I think clearly the larger set is the better value and the best bang for the buck as far as these 2 are concerned. Of course they are going to count everything you get as counted pieces. Just like anything else in life. So its not shocking. I may get the larger set. Have so many odd ball tools everywhere. Need to get my act together.

I agree with the earlier poster... The smaller set is a much better deal. I believe there is one thing incorrect in the first posters message, the small set comes with a 3/8s ratchet, not a 1/4 inch ratchet, and a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter for the 1/4 inch sockets. If the case is as bad as another poster reports, you will need a tool chest for either set, as I often use a bag like that if I'm off to do a quick job some place, but all those tools in a cloth bag is pretty useless. If the plastic case works out for you then...Score!

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Firstly, I would say the posted deal is an 'ok' deal for what you are getting, I feel less 'ok' about the larger set you are asking about, see below for more details.

Briefly looking at both sets to compare I notice right away that the 364 piece set has literally 100 bits and hex driver bits...so you can realistically say this is not so much a 364 piece set, it's more like a 264 piece, then they count individual allen/hex wrenches too so the number is pretty hyper inflated at 364 pieces. The tool box/cases are drastically different as well if that makes a different - one is cloth and one is a plastic hard case. Does it make a 45 dollar difference...eh I dunno. I would go for the cheaper set and save the 45 dollars for something else that you'll need or to save it for the tools you use the most and want to upgrade. For example you might want to buy a bigger hammer (13 ounces for a hammer is undersized, the standard weight is 16 ounces...if you're driving in small nails for hanging pictures no big deal but if you are pulling nails from 2x4's or driving in larger 16 penny nails you'll not be nearly as happy with this one - yes I do own one). You might want a better quality adjustable wrench too, or a different size say for changing faucet water lines. You may want to buy a nice 25 foot tape measure. And lastly, you'll never regret buying a cordless drill of some sort, I recommend 18-20 volt. My brand preference is DeWalt BUT there are a lot of good brands out there in the big box stores. You can grab one for 100 bucks or less - just wait it out until black Friday and get a good deal on one.

One other difference I noticed is that the larger set includes a 3/8 inch ratchet as well as the 1/4 inch ratchet - not a deal breaker but just something I noticed as the smaller set only has the 1/4 inch ratchet. I would probably still go for the cheaper set then supplement what you want later (such as a mechanics tool set that includes mostly sockets and wrenches). When I was a home owner for the first time I over bought things that I didn't need and wished I had went a different route but hindsight is 20/20. On some things I went too cheap and regretted the purchase and so I went out and bought what I should have to begin with...like that DeWalt drill...I still have the GOOD one I bought and it's still working 8 years later. The original Harbor Freight drill is collecting dust somewhere in the corner of the garage. They have better ones now but my classic Drill Master just didn't cut it back in the day.
Wow, thank you for the very detailed response.
I have a Ryobi One+ 18V drill/driver I got for the holidays this past year, and will be going through my dad's old tools in a week or so. He worked in carpentry/construction, so I expect he will have a good amount.
One of the main things I wanted in these sets are all the ratchet bits, as I don't have any and I don't think my father did either. I'll be getting this as a birthday gift, so might ask a couple people to go in together and go for the larger set. I've had some of the molded plastic cases (for much smaller sets), and agree with another commenter they can be annoying.
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