Kobalt tools

Discussion in 'Florida Region' started by PalmbchZ28, May 10, 2017.

  1. PalmbchZ28

    PalmbchZ28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    After taking almost 40 years off of working on classic cars, I am coming back to what I really loved. In preparation for my retirement from mechanical contractor (hopefully sooner than later), I recently have built a 2 bay shop and started buying mechanics tools, 2 post lift etc.

    When I was younger I always used Snap-on tools (my brother's). When I saw the complete SNAP-on mechanics set price I almost fell out! Obviously just getting back into the groove I was not willing to spend that kind of money. So I went with the big box store brand Kobalt that carries a decent warranty. Obviously I was not expecting Snap-on top quality at Kobalt price.

    I have to say that I am very disappointed in the quality of the hand tools. The finish on the chrome is very inferior on some parts of the tools. Ratchets are kind of clunky now. Even the Phillips screwdriver tips are kind of crappy and uneven. It also appears that at least some of the tools are made in Taiwan and "other" places oversees. I compared the new tools to some old Kobalt tools I had from about 20 years ago and there is a stark difference in quality :-( I was not aware that Kobalt changed their supplier in 2003 and again in 2011.
     
  2. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If you're disappointed in Kobalt, then you'll absolutely hate Craftsman.
     
  3. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You can often find decent vintage tools at garage sales, estate auctions and flea markets.
     
  4. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

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    I hate to admit it but I only have been using Kobalt ratchets since my local Sears closed & I can't exchange anything Craftsman ;(

    I'm more than happy with all the Kobalt stuff I have
     
  5. Green hornet

    Green hornet Veteran Member

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    I have used Snap on tools for years, you can't beat them. But you are correct the price will knock you socks off.
     
  6. carr911

    carr911 Veteran Member

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    Garage Sales & Pawn Shops for Snap-On, MAC, & Matco.
     
  7. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

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    but when they break your effed
     
  8. PalmbchZ28

    PalmbchZ28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Around here anything that is good used stuff like Snap-on tools or John Deere etc.... places always have buddies with standing orders so the good stuff never even makes it up for sale to the public.....And it takes a lot of yard sales to make a complete set.
    It is kind of funny...When I was 16 I used to clean the offices at the Snap-on tool factory in Mt. Carmel IL ....I would go out in the factory and drool over all the shiny tools .... Knowing someday I would own a full set..Today that full set costs around $20,000. Approximately 5 times Kobalt... So Blue is the new red lol
     
  9. carr911

    carr911 Veteran Member

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    No your not - Snap-On will still replace them
     
  10. 71 rs BBC

    71 rs BBC Veteran Member

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    I don't know if you guys have any Menards home stores around but there master force brand is Made in USA and lifetime warranty. I have a couple sets of wrenches and a socket set. So far no casualties. Lol
     

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