Kobalt 243-Piece 1/4” and 3/8” Tool Set

Kobalt 243-Piece 1/4” and 3/8” Tool Set

Every woodworker needs a few basic mechanic’s tools. Invariably we need them to adjust or repair a woodworking machine, or perhaps to install some hardware on a project. A new basic tool set from Lowe’s (item 3730058, $149) seems to fill the bill. It’s an inexpensive set that includes standard (SAE) and metric polished chrome tools. The 227-piece set also includes a 16-piece bonus subset, so the box includes 115 commonly used 6- and 12-point, shallow and deep sockets, 2 spark plug sockets, 3 PRO90 ratchets, 4 extensions, 30 wrenches with 15-degree offset, 45 hex keys and 44 other tools. There are 1/4-in, 3/8-in and 1/2-in drive sockets, ratchets and other accessories plus a magnetic bit driver, spinner handle, 1/4-inch laminate ratcheting driver, 12-piece nut driver set, and 29-piece insert bit set.

The sockets, ratchets and wrenches are constructed from chrome vanadium steel and heat treated for strength and durability with a professional grade, high-polish finish. Metric and SAE socket sizes are easy to identify with laser etched size callouts and color-coded stripes to identify metric (blue) and SAE (red) measurements. The case measures 11.02H x 18.70W x 15.35D and weighs 32 pounds. It has a handle that rotates 90 degrees to lock the lid and drawers in place when being carried.

The set meets or exceeds ASME specifications and is protected by a hassle-free lifetime guarantee. The bottom drawer is purposely kept empty so one can add tools.