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The 10 Best Hand Tools to Buy at Lowes

Several years ago Lowes made the commitment to redesign their entire line of Kobalt brand tools. From screwdrivers to mechanic-grade sockets and ratchets, the redesigned Kobalt brand from Lowes provides professional quality at an affordable price. We sorted through their entire lineup and came up with a list of the 10 Best Hand Tools to Buy at Lowes. These tools belong in your tool box.

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Cut Fastener Installation/Removal Time in Half

The Kobalt brand 13-Piece Variety Screwdriver Set from Lowes features a proprietary Double-Drive gearing mechanism that turns the screwdriver bit two revolutions for each turn of the handle. That makes it the perfect tool for repair work all around the house. Whether you’re replacing a light switch or outlet or disassembling a small appliance, this screwdriver really speeds up the job.

The tool comes with 12 Chrome vanadium steel bits and a magnetic extension that fit into a holder and store in the handle of the screwdriver. Just remove the end cap, slide out the holder and swap in the bit you need. To use, simply slide the ratchet collar forward to drive screws or pull it back towards the handle to remove screws. Turn the handle to ratchet the screws at a 1:1 ratio or hold the wide ring while turning the handle to put the screwdriver into Double-Drive mode. The Kobalt 13-Piece Variety Screwdriver Set (Item # 525791 Model # 63069) is reasonably priced at $15.98. Find it at any

Lowes store or online.

Check out this super-cool way to magnetize a screwdriver.

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Crack Nuts and Bolts in Seconds with these Kobalt Ratcheting Wrenches

The Kobalt 20-Piece Set 12-point Standard (SAE) and Metric Ratchet Wrench Set from Lowes is perfect for all home, auto and small engine repairs. Each wrench includes a ratcheting box end and a corresponding open-end wrench. The 90-tooth ratchet requires only 4 degrees of arc swing, so you can get a new bite on a nut or bolt in very tight spots. The wrenches are built with chrome vanadium steel that’s heat-treated for maximum strength and durability. Each wrench has a high-polish finish and color markings to indicate metric (blue) or SAE (red) sizing. The wrench size is clearly stamped into the shaft for easy identification. The set meets or exceeds ASME specifications and carries a lifetime guarantee

The 20-piece set includes: Metric sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 mm and SAE sizes:1/4, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16 and 3/4-inch. The 12-point ratcheting box end works on 6-point, 12-point, square, star and some rounded fasteners. Find the Kobalt 20-Piece Set 12-point Standard (SAE) and Metric Ratchet Wrench Set (Item # 840031 Model # 87717) for $89.98 at any Lowes store or online.

Check out this simple DIY wrench storage tote.

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Large Socket Set Gets you Through Any Repair

The Kobalt 63-Piece Standard (SAE) and Metric Polished Chrome Mechanic’s Tool Set from Lowes includes just about every socket you’ll ever need for home, auto and small engine repairs. The sockets are professional-grade quality with a high-polish finish and easy-to-read size markings and color coding strips for metric (blue) and SAE (red) sizes. The set contains:

Nineteen 1/4-in drive sockets in metric sizes; 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11mm and SAE sizes: 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2-inch

Seventeen 3/8-in drive sockets in metric sizes; 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18mm and SAE sizes; 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16 and 3/4-inch

Plus these accessories: a 5/8-in spark plug socket, 3-inch extension, 1/4-in drive ratcheting bit driver handle, 10 assorted insert bits, 12 nut driver insert bits and a 3/8-in x 1/4-in drive adapter

The 90-tooth 3/8-in drive ratchet provides 4-degree arc swing, making it perfect for use in tight spaces. The quick-release button makes socket swapping much easier.

Find the Kobalt 63-Piece Standard (SAE) and Metric Polished Chrome Mechanic’s Tool Set (Item # 961330 Model # 80930) at any Lowes store or online for just $29.98.

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Perfect Picks for Plucking Parts

You don’t need small picks very often, but when you do, this set really does the job. They’re perfect for removing and installing O-rings, separating bundled wires, removing small engine and automotive vacuum hoses and prying off small gaskets. The kit includes a 3-in. scratch awl, 3-in. hook, 3-in. complex hook and a 3-in. curved hook. The cushion-grip handles are comfortable and allow you to twist with greater torque. Store the picks in your tool box or hang on pegboard.

Find the Kobalt 4-Piece Household Tool Set (Item # 525831 Model # 324621) at any Lowes store for just $6.98 or online.

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Small Socket Extension Bar Gets you Into Tight Places

Most 3/8-in.-drive socket sets include a 3-in. extension bar. They work great when you’ve got lots of room to maneuver, but they’re often too long to work in tight spaces. If a standard depth socket won’t reach the nut or bolt and a deep socket is too long, this 1-1/2-in. can usually get you out of the jam. Just snap it onto your ratchet and attach the socket.

Find the Kobalt 3/8-in Drive 1.5-in Socket Extension (Item # 337367 Model # 85814) for $4.28 at any Lowes store or online.

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Multi-Size Ratchet Saves Space

The Kobalt 1/4-in. to 1/2-in. Drive Quick-Release Ratchet is the perfect tool for your car, boat, snow machine or ATV when you need to carry tools but don’t have a lot of space. This single ratchet accepts all 1/4-in., 3/8-in., and 1/2-in. drive sockets. The quick-release mechanism makes socket swaps faster and easier—that’s an especially important feature when you’re making repairs out on the trail in wet or frigid conditions. The 72-tooth ratchet requires just a 5-degree swing arc so you can grab a bite on the fastener even in tight places.

Find the Kobalt 1/4-in to 1/2-in Drive Quick-Release Ratchet at any Lowes store or online.

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Get a Grip On Gnarled Fasteners

When sockets and wrenches don’t work on stripped and gnarled fasteners, you need locking/clamping pliers with lots of gripping power. Locking pliers have been around for a long time. But those old designs can’t clamp as tightly or release as easily as these updated pliers from Lowes. The Kobalt Locking Plier Set includes a 10-in. curved-jaw and a 6-1/2-in. long-nose plier. Use the curved-jaw plier to remove stripped nuts and bolts and the needle nose plier for grabbing and pulling nails and stuck parts. The patented release design opens the plier without the kind of hand damaging kickback found in many older designs. To unclamp the pliers, simply push and squeeze the handles.

In addition to a low-impact release mechanism, these pliers include a unique adjustment knob that allows you to add far more clamping force than older plier designs. Tighten the tension knob by hand or use a wrench, socket or screwdriver to add much more clamping power. Find the Kobalt Locking Plier Set (# 961331 Model # 80929) for just $14.98 at any Lowes store or online.

Here’s how to free up stuck bolts in three easy steps.

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Heavy Duty Scissors Makes the Cut

This Kobalt 3-in. Serrated Molded Grip Heavy Duty Scissors is designed for all types of tough cutting jobs. The serrated drop forged steel blades cut through shingles, carpet, hose, wood, sheet metal (up to 0.8mm thick), steel banding, fabric, canvas, rubber and leather. There’s not much else to say. It’s a heavy-duty scissors. It cut things that a normal scissors can’t.

Find the Kobalt 3-in Serrated Molded Grip Heavy Duty Scissors (Item # 961371 Model # 57373) at Lowes for $9.98 or online.

Learn how to sharpen knives, scissors and other tools here.

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Pop Out and Drive Nails and Remove Base Molding with a Single Tool

The “cat’s paw” nail puller has been around for decades. It’s a simple device that removes embedded nails easily. To use, angle the sharp edge of the paw towards the wood and strike the tool with a hammer. The paw will dig into the wood and capture the nail head. The short fulcrum and long lever makes nail removal a snap. But the Kobalt 10-in Steel Versatile Molding Bar Set takes the cat’s paw concept much further by adding an adjustable head mechanism and a wide molding removal pry bar. The adjustable head allows you to rotate the head up 180 degrees and lock it in 5 positions. That makes the pry bar much easier to use in tight spots. When the head is rotated 180 degrees away from the wood, it exposes a hammer head to drive nails. To remove base molding, simply flip the bar around and shove the thin, wide edge between the wall and the molding. Then pry.

Find the Kobalt 10-in Steel Versatile Molding Bar Set (Item # 796848 Model # 64921) for $14.98 at any Lowes store or online.

Check out our editors’ picks for top DIY tools, including a cat’s paw!

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Multi-Blade Utility Knife Cuts Everything

Standard utility knives work great for slicing through thin material. But the blade isn’t good for sawing or carving through thicker materials. That’s where the Kobalt 4.5-in Utility Knife from Lowes comes in handy. It holds a standard utility knife blade and has a quick-change mechanism for easy blade replacement. But, it also has a serrated and fine blade for sawing and carving through wider thicker materials. All three blades collapse into a non-slip aluminum handle that fits in your pocket or tool pouch.

Find the Kobalt 4.5-in Utility Knife (Item # 366371 Model # 55909) at any Lowes store for $15.98 or online.

Here’s a safer way to dispose of used utility knife blades.

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