Kobalt Tools has returned to its roots to redesign the tools that put it on the map in 1998. The new and improved Kobalt Mechanics Tools line just launched in all Lowe’s stores nationwide and boasts improved quality and an additional 344 products to the Mechanics Tools line.

The new line includes a host of key features beginning with ratchets that have been upgraded to a 72-teeth count with 5 degrees of arc (shown). That design is the result of a close working relationship with longtime partner Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team. The ratchets also feature a new quick-release function for quick swap-out of sockets and accessories.

Speaking of sockets, each one has the size laser etched on the socket and is also color coded with a red (SAE) or blue (Metric) band to delineate between Standard (SAE) and Metric (MM) sockets. This is a step up from the previous design which only had the laser etching and should be much easier to see in a dimly lit pit area.

Along with the relaunch Kobalt has increased the number and variety of open-stock sockets and mechanics tools sets with a wider variety of ratchets, impact sockets, combination wrenches, and ratcheting wrenches, including an expanded ¾-inch drive product offering.

Overall, the product spec’d at 150 percent of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) specifications, has a full polish chrome finish, and comes with upgraded cases with improved tool retention and increased durability.

As with all Kobalt tools, the Mechanics Tools line comes with a lifetime hassle-free guarantee if any socket, ratchet, or wrench is damaged or broken. But Kobalt is taking hassle-free to a new meaning with the relaunch of the Mechanics Tools line. Any mechanic understands how quickly tools can be misplaced in a busy shop environment or an over cluttered garage. That’s why Kobalt launched the Sockets for Life program, enabling customers to get a replacement socket to keep their set whole if a piece should go missing. Customers must register their socket set at www.socketsforlife.com or 888/3Kobalt after purchase in order to get a replacement socket should they need one. Kobalt covers the part, and the customer pays shipping and handling. What could be easier and more convenient than that?

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