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232-Piece Kobalt Mechanics Tool Set (Standard / SAE & Metric Combination)

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Lowe's.com has 232-Piece Kobalt Mechanics Tool Set (Standard / SAE & Metric Combination, 81680) on sale for $99. Shipping is free. Thanks Sal707
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This Kobalt 232 piece Mechanic's set comes with a 3 drawer tool chest.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-2...5000183119
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Quote from 850csi :
Is the 282 craftsman at $160 a better deal?
I picked up the Craftsman 282 piece earlier. It is all 6 pt sockets, the deep ones are normal depth, unlike my 150 piece travel set which are shorter. 120 tooth ratchets, good selection of wrenches. I like the gunmetal finish, and the markings were easier to read than my Husky or my older USA Craftsman sockets. However the 282 piece only comes with trays for a tool chest, no box. This was not an issue for me but could be for others. The ratchets are not serviceable though. Likely not an issue for DIY but could be for a heavy user

I bought my son a similar Kobalt set last Xmas, I think it was a 305 piece. The box sucks. If you add two extra wooden blocks under the top removable tray that helps a little. We ended up getting some older Craftsman portable rally boxes on Craigslist and transferred the tools to them.

I have been pretty happy with Kobalt hand tools, at least the stuff made in Taiwan. The ratchets though are huge. They may be 90 tooth but they are wider and thicker than anything else I have, and the switch works opposite of all my other ratchets.
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These are great sets at this price point. 10 years back you couldn't get a nice set like this for less than $200+. I think this was the set I scored here on SD for the $30 range. That deal is not repeatable and was a YMMV type deal. I managed to grab a few at that price, awesome gifts.

Unless Lowes goes belly up, Kobalt tools have a lifetime warranty which is nice.

There are a lot of things to consider when you are buying a mechanic tool set such as 6 points vs 12 point sockets, filler tools that only bump the number count up, etc. If you aren't trying to go crazy in the details and end up spending more, this is worthy to have a tool set immediately at its price point.
I was there and it was a similar box but different sku about a year ago for 34.98 model 81239. Took a half hour of convincing but it was worth it.
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So what's the judgement on Husky Vs Kobalt? Want to get my first set and definitely appreciate your help guys..
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WIsh they make something like this with just METRIC tools. I have no need for SAE, I don't think any cars made in the last 20 years still use SAE sizing. Just want a compact set to leave in my car. Don't want to carry around extra SAE sockets that are totally useless and dead weight.
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Cancelled my order for this and bought the Dewalt 226 PC with ToughSystem box for $119.

https://slickdeals.net/f/14621332-dewalt-dwmt45226h-mechanics-tool-set-226-piece-with-toughsystem-22-in-medium-tool-box-119
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Cancelled my order for this and bought the Dewalt 226 PC with ToughSystem box for $119.

https://slickdeals.net/f/14621332-dewalt-dwmt45226h-mechanics-tool-set-226-piece-with-toughsystem-22-in-medium-tool-box-119
Is the Dewalt a better set? Just casual DIY
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Is the Dewalt a better set? Just casual DIY
IMO, Dewalt does seem to be better, but for the price difference it may not be worth it. I'm a casual DIY and still unsure if I should stick with this set because I can get it for $89 (10% discount).
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IMO, Dewalt does seem to be better, but for the price difference it may not be worth it. I'm a casual DIY and still unsure if I should stick with this set because I can get it for $89 (10% discount).
Thanks for the comment, repped. You're right, I looked at videos of the Kobalt box and it sure does look clunky to take out the drawers and use. Of course this doesn't dictate the quality of the tools
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Thanks for the comment, repped. You're right, I looked at videos of the Kobalt box and it sure does look clunky to take out the drawers and use. Of course this doesn't dictate the quality of the tools
The Dewalt box made me buy it and makes up for the price difference. From all of the different forum posts I've read and reviews I've seen online, the Dewalt quality is definitely better, but this Kobalt set seems to be good. I believe the Dewalt set has all six-point sockets.

I think I just convince myself to keep the Dewalt I ordered.
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The Dewalt box is made me buy it and makes up for the price difference. From all of the different forum posts I've read and reviews I've seen online, the Dewalt quality is definitely better, but this Kobalt set seems to be good. I believe the Dewalt set has all six-point sockets.

I think I just convince myself to keep the Dewalt I ordered.
Same here, thanks for the advice!
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#131
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Is the Dewalt a better set? Just casual DIY
It's the better set. Like most casual DIYs, I abuse my tools. Poor handling, form, etc. Better tools help offset this so I'm not stripping stuff.
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#132
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I placed an order but after looking at the contents carefully decided that for the average homeowner, this one it better for my needs.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-K...1002623802
No,
not worth the price get the other one.
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The Craftsman from Lowe's is the worst IMHO...if you want the best toolbox quality, then pick Craftsman from Ace Hardware, if you want tool quantity for the money then go with the Kobalt
It's all the same Stanley Black & Decker Craftsman at Napa, Northern Tool, ACE, Lowe's, Mills, and Blaine's. Unless you find NOS at Ace or happen to find a remaining Sears(Apex/WorkPro stuff).
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Lol...same. I used to say my HP Touchpad score (remember that one?) was my best deal but this easily eclipsed it.
Pretty sure I snagged one of these sets for about that price range without a price glitch a few years back. Still worth 99 Imo
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Yeah I scored this set back then for $30 too. I wish I would've bought a few extras for gifts. Applause
How can I achieve this $30 deal lol?!
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