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Forum topic by RJweb posted 06-21-2017 11:49 PM 1436 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2017 11:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

Good evening,
Does anyone know who makes the kobalt tool brand for lowes, thx RJ

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#1 posted 06-22-2017 12:14 AM

Kobalt (tools) at Wikipedia)


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#2 posted 06-22-2017 02:01 AM

A company that needs to be fired.

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#3 posted 06-22-2017 02:35 AM

Kobalt tools are not made of Cobalt!;-)

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#4 posted 06-22-2017 04:54 AM

Takes a bit of reading but the company that manufactures them for Lowes owns Matco Tools. Possibly they are made at same place different label???

Are you wanting to know about the quality of the tools? If so which ones? Kobalt carries a lifetime warranty for hand tools much like Husky or Craftsman, Snap On etc etc. I have filled out a few sets of sockets with Kobalt tools at work. Have not broken any that needed replacement but a pair of pliers I had had issues, they gave me a new pair and sent me on my merry.

Would have bought said sockets from MATCO but have not seen a dealer in my area since April 2015. It is a tough business to be a dealer these days.

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#5 posted 06-22-2017 01:02 PM

I don’t know where they are made but have a variety of Kobalt hand tools , my son has a 12 inch CSMS which he loves. The quality of the tools seems top notch to me. As I replace tools, they are slowly all turning blue :)

I recently bought their cordless lawn trimmer.. and that bad boy will cut down anything. 1 battery charge edges my whole 3/4 acre property and then some.

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#6 posted 06-22-2017 03:13 PM

Ive never tried their power tools. I have a few hand tools. The price is decent enough but Im not a huge fan of anything of theirs that have moveable parts cause they all seem loose. At work we had some very old craftsmans that have worked very hard through the years and they are still better quality than the Lowes versions.
A contractor friend of mine had a Kobalt tile saw that went bad after 30min of use, he took it back and bough a different brand.

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#7 posted 06-22-2017 04:00 PM

Thx for all your replys and information, i was just looking at their sliding miter saw, a tool that I don’t use too much but nice to have, I use my sawstop for just about everything, thx RJ

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#8 posted 06-22-2017 04:51 PM

a sliding miter is not meant for accuracy anyway. To me, the quality would mean less on a sliding miter due to only making rough cuts with it anyway. Surely the kobalt brand could do that! In saying that, I have heard nothing but great things about their new 24v lithium ion tools. Supposedly added another cell in the battery and is really long battery life!

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#9 posted 06-22-2017 05:02 PM

This woodworker’s Journal MS test is 2 years old but I was surprised who they picked as the winner.

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#10 posted 06-22-2017 05:37 PM

Lowe’s and manufacturing partner J.H. Williams launched Kobalt in 1998, with the intention of competing against rival retailers Sears and The Home Depot and their respective Craftsman and Husky tool brands. In 2003, the Danaher Corporation began producing the majority of Kobalt hand tools.

I found this on the web- hope it helps! Regards, JMillerWoodworks

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#11 posted 06-23-2017 03:05 AM

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#12 posted 06-23-2017 12:17 PM

I replaced all my 1/4 ”, 3/8” 1/2” drive sockets and ratchets, all open end and box end wrenches with kobalt after I got a Christmas gift tool set. I think their hand tools mentioned above are top notch. As for saws and such I really never tried them. Don’t know who really made them but the quality looks and has worked well for me.

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#13 posted 06-23-2017 03:02 PM

Interesting reading

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Thanks for this post, was very interesting to see the who owns what.

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#14 posted 06-28-2017 05:58 PM

I like Lowes OK but I don’t buy Kobalt tools. Therefore I guess you could say that I don’t buy a lot of tools from Lowes. You would be correct.

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#15 posted 06-28-2017 10:31 PM

I bought several Kobalt tools from Lowes. They did not last very long and I had to return them. Take that for whatever it’s worth.

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