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Kobalt 257-Piece Standard (SAE) & Metric Mechanics Tool Set w/ Hard Case

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Lowe's has Kobalt 257-Piece Standard (SAE) & Metric Mechanics Tool Set w/ Hard Case (52296) on sale for $99. Shipping is free.

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  • About this product:
    • Tools are covered by Kobalt's hassle-free lifetime guarantee
    • 257-pc mechanic's mixed drive tool set includes 103 commonly used 6- and 12-point sockets, 3 PRO90 ratchets, 2 extensions and 6 short combination wrenches
    • Other assorted tools include 40 hex keys and 10 star-shaped L-wrenches, as well as a magnetic bit driver and 92 nut driver and screw driving insert bits
    • This set includes 1/4-in, 3/8-in and 1/2-in drive sockets, ratchets and other accessories
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I would say tool wise, the Husky one is better for the simple fact that it comes with some 3/8" larger deep sockets, while the Kobalt one comes with none. Tool box wise, I would say the Kobalt one is much nicer and seems more sturdy.
for $10 more you can get 168pc dewalt https://amazon.com/DeWalt-DWMT738...ref=sr_1_4
or $10 less the 142 pc https://amazon.com/DeWalt-DWMT738...r_1_4?th=1
Have this set. Tools have been great. Toolbox itself sucks. Plastic drawers really hard to slide in and out. Whole case is about to fall apart after two years of light use. I've had to pick up many sockets off the floor from the lid latches falling off
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12-04-2022 at 08:23 PM.
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143 bits and hex keys and 103 sockets in the kobalt set, 136 bits and 91 sockets in the Husky 270 piece set. It's probably a toss up depending on the exact use case.
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12-04-2022 at 10:47 PM.
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lot of crap filler bits in both, but the lowes case doesn't look like complete cheap S.
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12-05-2022 at 04:35 AM.
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I perfer Husky branded tools over Kobalt as Home Depot corporate will stick behind their "Lifetime" warranty.
Lowes, they will tell you lies and have you running in circles to advoid fullfilling the Kobalt warranty

Do a quick check on Yelp for your local Lowes. If there are a bunch of complaints about poor customer service your're probably going to be getting the run around when it comes to warranty service.

Currently Harbor Freight and Home Depot have the best tool warrenties.
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12-05-2022 at 05:01 AM.
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I perfer Husky branded tools over Kobalt as Home Depot corporate will stick behind their "Lifetime" warranty.
Lowes, they will tell you lies and have you running in circles to advoid fullfilling the Kobalt warranty.
I've never had issue with lowes honoring kobalt kobalt warranty I have with home depot husky pipe cutter that they discontinued and did nothing for me when blade broke
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12-05-2022 at 05:07 AM.
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I would say tool wise, the Husky one is better for the simple fact that it comes with some 3/8" larger deep sockets, while the Kobalt one comes with none. Tool box wise, I would say the Kobalt one is much nicer and seems more sturdy.
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12-05-2022 at 05:28 AM.
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Quote from toolplus :
I perfer Husky branded tools over Kobalt as Home Depot corporate will stick behind their "Lifetime" warranty.
Lowes, they will tell you lies and have you running in circles to advoid fullfilling the Kobalt warranty.
Walked in with a stripped Phillips head screw driver at lowes. Asked to exchange it, they said go grab another one and out the door I went. Perhaps it's you?
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I would say tool wise, the Husky one is better for the simple fact that it comes with some 3/8" larger deep sockets, while the Kobalt one comes with none. Tool box wise, I would say the Kobalt one is much nicer and seems more sturdy.
The Kobalt tools look nicer and will be easier to sort as they are color coated. Husky has more tools, more deep sockets and from my limited research Husky weighs in around 35lbs vs 23lbs for Kobalt.
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12-05-2022 at 08:13 AM.
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Have this set. Tools have been great. Toolbox itself sucks. Plastic drawers really hard to slide in and out. Whole case is about to fall apart after two years of light use. I've had to pick up many sockets off the floor from the lid latches falling off
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12-05-2022 at 08:20 AM.
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for $10 more you can get 168pc dewalt https://amazon.com/DeWalt-DWMT738...ref=sr_1_4
or $10 less the 142 pc https://amazon.com/DeWalt-DWMT738...r_1_4?th=1
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12-05-2022 at 08:33 AM.
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just perusing, other than sharing that all the tool deals this season suck compared to the last two years, this set has zero deep 3/8 and just 3 1/2 sockets (each of sae/metric). I would not consider this for any auto work at all. If that's helpful to anyone.
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12-05-2022 at 08:40 AM.
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Quote from FcLegend :
I would say tool wise, the Husky one is better for the simple fact that it comes with some 3/8" larger deep sockets, while the Kobalt one comes with none. Tool box wise, I would say the Kobalt one is much nicer and seems more sturdy.
I'm with you there. Having a set of seep 3/8 sockets is pretty useful. Good catch with that.

Fluffing the set count with bits is pretty disingenuous lol.
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12-05-2022 at 08:57 AM.
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I remember getting this a couple years ago on a price mistake for half this price. The tools are really good but the case is very cheap
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