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Just marked down at Lowes in Parkersburg, WV, Kobalt Power Cross "Twisted" Ratcheting Combination Wrenches (both standard and metric) dropped to $1.79 each, so this may be a chainwide clearance. For some reason, the 12mm wrenches have been excluded, they remain at $5.98 each. Sizes I saw in those two stores: 10mm to 17mm (except 16mm), and 5/16" to 11/16". Of course this is the newer import stuff, apparently Lowes is discontinuing them, but for $1.79 they should perform well enough for the price.

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I noticed that, too, Gobs of them left on the racks. I also noticed that the 12mm still scans at $5.98. Odd.

daddyloveswini (Jul. 22, 2012 @ 7:10p) |

Lol the prices are all over the place the 12mm at my store is listed online at $12.47 then maybe one third are the $5.98... (more)

thetopgun (Jul. 22, 2012 @ 7:59p) |

Yup, price and availability are totally random and not accurately reflected by the site. Order online (with Cash Back!) ... (more)

thc (Jul. 23, 2012 @ 5:38a) |

The website may not be showing accurate inventory or recent price drops on these wrenches, as I found out.
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i saw these today also, but prices were in the $6-$10 range at store i was in (DE)

doesn't that seem like a stupid wrench design?

what was wrong with it before?

I looked up these wrenches online and they are $5.98 and the 12mm wrench is available online, also 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 17mm. To bad but no $1.98.

Lowes has many campaign recently!

Green for OP, Lowes.com is showing a few sizes for $1.79 at my store.
lordoffire said:   doesn't that seem like a stupid wrench design?

what was wrong with it before?

When you really have to crank on it hard, the thin edge of a wrench is uncomfortable. The twist allows you to to push on the flat, broad side instead. At $1.79 they're a hot deal regardless of twist.

When searching the Lowes site, don't just use "Power Cross", also do a search for "twisted". SAE came up as Power Cross, metric came up as twisted for me. "Ratcheting" brings up too much other stuff even if I limit the search to tools.

Also while shopping on the site (or for that matter, in stores), do check multiple stores. The first one I checked only offered 4 sizes at $1.79. The second one had 10 sizes. Not sure why they're marked down differently at different locations but I'd have to visit two locations to get the three sizes I want the most, 3 stores to get all the sizes I can.

The twisted design in ratcheting is a little dumb. They warn you not to apply to much force to a ratcheting wrench, then they design one for you to be able to apply more force with. Huh?

The website does not accurately show the most recent clearance prices on these wrenches. I just checked the two stores I visited online. Both stores only showed SAE wrenches in stock, no metrics, and this is incorrect. Also, one store showed no wrenches discounted below $5.98, and the other only showed two wrenches at $1.79. These stores have apparently not bothered to update their inventory or recent discounts online, so this may be the case with other stores. In short, it would be worth checking their stock out in person.

This wrench design would be good for light duty work on nuts that would be difficult to access with sockets, but I'm sure that they wouldn't hold up to severe torque.

thc said:   When you really have to crank on it hard, the thin edge of a wrench is uncomfortable. The twist allows you to to push on the flat, broad side instead. At $1.79 they're a hot deal regardless of twist.
I suppose...

dwbdave said:   This wrench design would be good for light duty work on nuts that would be difficult to access with sockets, but I'm sure that they wouldn't hold up to severe torque.
I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in them either. Stick with the good old craftsman models.

Got the cheap price ( thanks!), but looks dead now at my store.

Great deal! But this offer is really hit-and-miss. I ordered a set (9 wrenches) from a store. Then I thought about getting another set as a Christmas gift. Tried to go back, 5 minutes later, and the price was back at $6. Oh well, got one set. Thanks OP!

lordoffire said:   I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in them either. Stick with the good old craftsman models.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that they are re-badged Gear Wrench products, as GW has this exact same product. I love my GW's, and know they have their limits. I would never put 90 pounds of torque on the boxed end, but the open ends are fair game. I've never needed to return a GW, but I'm sure it's not as easy as returning Craftsman.

lordoffire said:   thc said:   When you really have to crank on it hard, the thin edge of a wrench is uncomfortable. The twist allows you to to push on the flat, broad side instead. At $1.79 they're a hot deal regardless of twist.
I suppose...

dwbdave said:   This wrench design would be good for light duty work on nuts that would be difficult to access with sockets, but I'm sure that they wouldn't hold up to severe torque.
I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in them either. Stick with the good old craftsman models.


Speak of the devil, I also checked out my nearest Sears and found some of their ratcheting combination wrenches on clearance... most were around the $5 mark, give or take a few bucks. It looks like they are clearing out the last of their USA made stuff, the same way Lowes did last year. Check out the newest Craftsman wrenches and you'll see that they are likely made overseas. These guys might learn the hard way that if all their tools are Harbor Freight quality, everyone might as well go to Harbor Freight to buy them (if you don't have a flea market nearby).

dwbdave said:   Just marked down at Lowes in Parkersburg, WV, Kobalt Power Cross "Twisted" Ratcheting Combination Wrenches (both standard and metric) dropped to $1.79 each, so this may be a chainwide clearance. For some reason, the 12mm wrenches have been excluded, they remain at $5.98 each. Sizes I saw in those two stores: 10mm to 17mm (except 16mm), and 5/16" to 11/16". Of course this is the newer import stuff, apparently Lowes is discontinuing them, but for $1.79 they should perform well enough for the price.

Here are the links to all the individual pieces:

Standard:
5/16": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338421-25428-85712_0__?productId=3387744
3/8": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338422-25428-85713_0__?productId=3387746
7/16": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338423-25428-85714_0__?productId=3387748
1/2": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338424-25428-85715_0__?productId=3387750
9/16": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338425-25428-85716_0__?productId=3387752
5/8": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338426-25428-85717_0__?productId=3387754
11/16": http://www.lowes.com/pd_338427-25428-85718_0__?productId=3387756

Entire set for $29.98: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338359-22328-85562_0__?productId=3362654

Standard:
•72 tooth gear provides 5˚ arc swing
•Power cross handle design provides larger surface for hand when applying loads


Metric:
10mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338428-25428-85719_0__?productId=3387758
11mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338429-25428-85720_0__?productId=3387760
12mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338430-25428-85721_0__?productId=3387762
13mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338431-25428-85722_0__?productId=3387764
14mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338432-25428-85723_0__?productId=3387766
15mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338433-25428-85724_0__?productId=3387768
17mm: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338434-25428-85725_0__?productId=3387770

Entire set for $29.98: http://www.lowes.com/pd_338360-22328-85563_0__?productId=3362656

Metric:
•97-103 tooth gear provides 5˚ arc swing
•Power cross handle design provides larger surface for hand when applying loads

Deal for the 7 standard and 7 metric individuals is still good (& in stock) in Detroit Area.

I got two full sets. For some reason the 12mm was 5.08 instead of 1.79, but still overall a smoking deal.

daddyloveswini said:   lordoffire said:   I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in them either. Stick with the good old craftsman models.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that they are re-badged Gear Wrench products, as GW has this exact same product. I love my GW's, and know they have their limits. I would never put 90 pounds of torque on the boxed end, but the open ends are fair game. I've never needed to return a GW, but I'm sure it's not as easy as returning Craftsman.

In my experience, cranking that hard on an open end is a quick, surefire way to round the fastener.

I've shoved a lot of torque through Gear Wrench brand ratcheting box-ends and never had the ratchet slip or fail. Obviously, YMMV. The only failure I've ever had was the little handle that you flip to reverse ratchet direction, had one of those get stuck and break off when I tried to force it.

Well, I learned something about Lowes today. Their online inventory does not accurately reflect the store's inventory, so when I went to pick up my order I got everything but one size..

robotprom said:   Well, I learned something about Lowes today. Their online inventory does not accurately reflect the store's inventory, so when I went to pick up my order I got everything but one size..

I noticed that, too, Gobs of them left on the racks. I also noticed that the 12mm still scans at $5.98. Odd.

Lol the prices are all over the place the 12mm at my store is listed online at $12.47 then maybe one third are the $5.98 the others are $1.79

Yup, price and availability are totally random and not accurately reflected by the site. Order online (with Cash Back!) for in-store pickup, then when you go to the store walk over to the wrenches and grab anything there that you couldn't get online. If it's not marked down on the shelf go and scan it anyway.



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