Screwdrivers are an important part of your tool box. They are probably your most used tool and needed for everything from assembling a bike on Christmas morning to putting wall anchors in drywall to hang a shelf. That's why it makes sense to invest in a quality set as your build your tool collection. Now I have my share of screwdrivers accumulated over the years, purchased one or two at a time, or as a set and I found that I had lost some of the key sizes. So I didn't really need another set of screwdrivers, and my set of Matco's that I bought from the tool truck have never let me down. I have been 100% happy with them for over ten years, removing rusted screws that I thought were impossible. But sometimes you want to try something new and while shopping in Lowe's for some Kobalt tool deals during the Christmas season, I came across this killer set.
here is the set, still in the box, as I do a layout of my screwdrivers
It's a 20 piece set that was $39.99 (now $29.99) that I was actually able to pick up from the website for $19.99. A buck a screwdriver, that's a killer deal. Yes there are some chintzy screwdriver sets out there, but I had seen them in store and was fighting the urge to buy them to begin with. It's just a great value and even if they were only a mid range set for household use, the foam tray alone is worth the price. I mean have you ever priced tool control foam? It's $35-50 a sheet without being laser cut for the tool. Here you get the foam precision cut for the screwdrivers, AND the set. Amazing value and unlike anything else I have seen on the market.
The set itself has a full range of Phillips, slotted, and some common size torx. I can't think of the last time I needed a torx screwdriver so I wouldn't have invested in a set of them specifically, but as part of the deal I'm glad to have them in my tool box for the what if. As I get more into motorcycles these should be worth having since I have seen some torx fasteners on them.
I only had one issue with the screwdrivers: my t-20 driver has a little bend to it on the blade. I bent it back some and straightened it a bit, but it would still be a little funky to use. I am sure I can warranty it (Kobalt offers a lifetime warranty through Lowe's), but I don't know how to go about doing it since these are sold only as a set in store, not individually - so they wouldn't be able to give me a replacement.
bend is difficult to capture in photo
I did have to cut the tray and separate it into 2 individual parts, it was about an inch too wide to fit into my Milwaukee tool box drawer. I was a little upset to have to do it especially being so close. I am guessing that this foam tray was made to fit a certain Kobalt box, but I don't know which one. Most I have seen feature drawers the same size as mine or slightly smaller.
first section of foam tray
second section of foam tray that I cut for another drawer
The handles have a large and ergonomic grip. They actually feel pretty good in the hand.
Overall, this is a pretty nice set. They are not going to replace your high end Snap On or Matco, but for DIY they work well. I don't know what longevity will be like, but in a few minor tasks I have tested them on they did grip well and no chrome has chipped on flaked from the blades. These could be a good alternative to someone who is on a Craftsman budget or who would like a back up set in the shed or garage. What has your experience been with Kobalt tools from Lowe's Home Improvement? Are they worth having in the tool box, or is it better to save up and buy a more expensive brand? Comment below.