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mustang68mustangs
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From: pittsburgh,pa.usa
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posted 01-15-2002 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs        Reply w/Quote

Anyone used Kobalt hand tools from Lowes Home improvement?Suposed to be made by Matco.
They look like good tools in the pictures in the magazines.

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-15-2002 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
They do look good. I heard they are a joint venture between J.H. Williams, a division of Snap-On Incorporated, and Lowe's. Is Matco part of Snap-On?

What's strange is that they were available online, but not their web site says they aren't anymore.

http://www.kobalttools.com

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 01-15-2002 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs        Reply w/Quote
Hey Steve I am wrong.Matco came to mind when I saw the blue color.I think I'm gonna give them a try.I can always find an excuse to buy another tool!
Bob

ekbeanctr
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posted 01-23-2002 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr        Reply w/Quote
My wife bought me a set of wrenches and screwdrivers for Christmas last year. I have used a lot and really like them. Very nice quality and they fit well. I would recommend.

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Hemikiller
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posted 02-25-2002 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller        Reply w/Quote
Matco is owned by Stanley Tool

I don't own any Kobalt, and I'd like to try. I hate nothing more than Craftsman Junk, it's gone down in quality severely in the past 5 years or so. I see alot of guys who question the price of the Snap-on, Mac, and Matco tools. Next time you're on the truck, remember that the prices are set to cover the dealer financing and the weekly service at your door. Remind the vendor of that, and show him some green $$$ and I'm sure the price will come down. Also, in the 8 years I've been a mechanic, I've broken exactly 6 (SIX!!!) of the big three's sockets. I can't begin to count the amount of Craftsman I've destroyed. You get what you pay for.....

capri man
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posted 02-25-2002 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man        Reply w/Quote
what hemikiller said, craftsman is JUNK!!!!

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-04-2002 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
Affirmative on Crapsman. Their sockets are looser than the runs! Anyone tried the Home Depot line of tools?

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-04-2002 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
What does Home Depot have?

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Fastymz
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posted 03-04-2002 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
What does Home Depot have?


Line of tools called HUSKY tools.
I use them at work,they seem to be ok.
I have a small socket set at home they seem to be made better then the new craftsmen set I have.


I have some of my pops old craftmen tools they were made so much better 20yrs ago.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-04-2002 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Husky has been around for quite a while. They are great tools. I have some I inherited from my Dad.

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Primetime
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From: Greensboro, NC
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posted 10-19-2002 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Primetime        Reply w/Quote
Husky's are probably Snap-On.
I got a 1/2 Snap-On ratchet from m yardsale. HD traded it out and they were EXACTLY the same ratchet. Us it a work now. I"v e pulled onit with 4ft cheater bars to break 19mm allen bolts and it handles it just fine. You can take any Craftsman and HD will trade out even for a Husky.
I've never used Snap_ON because I don;t work in a shop, I'm on the road. I can never find a Snap-On truck but can always find a HD or Sears. That's the only advantage to Sears. I can always get a replacement.

mustang68mustangs
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posted 10-19-2002 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs        Reply w/Quote
I looked at the Husky tools also.They look nice.The thing that gets me is something I always look at is they are MADE IN TAIWAN.I cant see trading in a Snap-on, Mac,or Matco for them though.
Crapsman has really gone down hill Their screwdrivers are JUNK They rust very quickly. The chrome flakes off their wrenches and sockets.
Bob

Hell_Fish
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posted 02-27-2003 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish        Reply w/Quote
I know this is an old post, but I wanted to add to it. Husky, Kolbalt, and Craftsman are all made my the "big 3".

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KULTULZ
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posted 02-28-2003 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
This Information May Interest You

-Who Makes What Tools-

-More On Who Makes What Tools-

mellowyellow
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posted 02-28-2003 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KULTULZ:
[b]This Information May Interest You

-Who Makes What Tools-

-More On Who Makes What Tools-[/B]


Very interesting read.

mustang68mustangs
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posted 03-01-2003 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs        Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine bought a set of Craftsman wrenches recently and on the handle they said MADE IN TAIWAN !!! Explain that.I dont know about you guys but I wont buy any tool that isnt made in the USA.

KULTULZ
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posted 03-01-2003 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
quote:
I dont know about you guys but I wont buy any tool that isnt made in the USA.

I have heard this about CRAFTSMAN also. I believe they are introducing (or have) a lower price line of tools to compete with competitors such as WALMART, etc. The only way to offer the price is offshore sources.

But not all foreign made tools are junk. European toolmakers make excellent handtools that match or surpass a lot of our manufactureres. FACOM, HAZET, STAHLWILLE even KOKO in JAPAN offers premium tools. Many of these tools are one of a kind for techs to use in the repair of ASIAN and/or EUROPEAN automobiles.

GypsyR
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posted 03-03-2003 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GypsyR        Reply w/Quote
I've got some and like the wrenches, haven't tried any of the rest of their stuff. I wouldn't count on the warranty as ALL Kobalt hand tools were on closeout the last time I was in the local Lowe's.
I didn't ask, but got the impression that Kobalt was likely going out of existence at least around here.

KULTULZ
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From: Rockville, MD
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posted 03-16-2003 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
quote:
A friend of mine bought a set of Craftsman wrenches recently and on the handle they said MADE IN TAIWAN !!!

quote:
I have heard this about CRAFTSMAN also. I believe they are introducing (or have) a lower price line of tools to compete with competitors such as WALMART, etc. The only way to offer the price is offshore sources.

Their offshore line of tools is sold as COMPANION. I am not sure of the warranty, if any.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-17-2003 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Companion tools have no warranty.

I have some Craftsman slipjoint pliers that have 'Made in Japan' right on them. The chrome is wearing off on them.

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N266fords
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posted 05-27-2003 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords        Reply w/Quote
I work at LOWE`S and they where closing them out because they where getting ready to do a reset on Kobalt tools these are sold only at lowes and are made by the williams corp. same ones who make snap on compare them some time..Bruce


quote:
Originally posted by GypsyR:
I've got some and like the wrenches, haven't tried any of the rest of their stuff. I wouldn't count on the warranty as ALL Kobalt hand tools were on closeout the last time I was in the local Lowe's.
I didn't ask, but got the impression that Kobalt was likely going out of existence at least around here.

N266fords
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posted 05-30-2003 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords        Reply w/Quote
Okay Now I am Mad ..Damm lowes went from (snap-on) williams corp..To Allen for there Kolbalt name..I can not sell this cra*..I am sorry I believe in great tools and although allen makes some nice stuff..I dont think the quality is as good as the old Kolbalt stuff..Bruce

mellowyellow
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posted 06-01-2003 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by N266fords:
Okay Now I am Mad ..Damm lowes went from (snap-on) williams corp..To Allen for there Kolbalt name..I can not sell this cra*..I am sorry I believe in great tools and although allen makes some nice stuff..I dont think the quality is as good as the old Kolbalt stuff..Bruce

Talked to a buddy in Ft. Lauderdale today and he picked up new Kobalt sockets at Lowe's this past week for .50 each!! The woman in store says there's no warranty on them. John says, what about one,s that I bought 4 months ago. Woman says, that's a good question!!!! John is putting finishing touches on a totally accurate 68 SHelby replica.


KULTULZ
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posted 06-01-2003 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
-This discussion- should explain it.

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