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Old 06-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Who makes the kobalt torque wrenches?

Anyone know who makes kobalt torque wrenches for Lowes?
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Who makes the kobalt torque wrenches?

Good question... I'd also like to know as I own 2. Perhaps similar to Gearwrench?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Default Re: Who makes the kobalt torque wrenches?

That's just it, when you buy something made in Taiwan, there's no telling where it's made. But if you buy a torque wrench from Precision Instruments, they give you a street address in case you'd like to come by and visit them sometime:

Precision Instruments, Inc.
1846 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Who makes the kobalt torque wrenches?

I think CDI makes them, if I remember correctly.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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Good question... I'd also like to know as I own 2. Perhaps similar to Gearwrench?
The Gearwrench torque wrenches are actually made in the USA. I think they're the only US made Gearwrench tools.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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I think CDI makes them, if I remember correctly.
Where'd you get this info? I haven't heard that, but I'd be interested in reading more about it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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I thought they looked like possible CDI too. I tried to dig up something from internet but no luck.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #8
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I think CDI makes them, if I remember correctly.
This may have been true in the past since CDI is part of SO industrial as is Williams who was the first gen supplier of kobalt tools. I do not know enough about CDI if they manufacture over seas as I'm guess that is were the kobalts are made now. If I am wrong about the kobalts being imports, I'm sorry as I do not shop at lowes.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #9
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That's just it, when you buy something made in Taiwan, there's no telling where it's made. But if you buy a torque wrench from Precision Instruments, they give you a street address in case you'd like to come by and visit them sometime:

Precision Instruments, Inc.
1846 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
That's good, because for the price difference they can take me to dinner.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #10
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The Kobalt torque wrenches originate from Taiwan. Well at least the ones in my tool boxes did.

They seem to be a clone or vice versa of my cornwell.

Either way they are fine torque wrenches and according to the literature on the box they are covered under the no hassle warranty
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The Kobalt torque wrenches originate from Taiwan. Well at least the ones in my tool boxes did.

They seem to be a clone or vice versa of my cornwell.

Either way they are fine torque wrenches and according to the literature on the box they are covered under the no hassle warranty
All of which make them seem pretty attractive when compounded with their current high-discount pricing. I've been searching the forum here trying to see if anyone has used them much, but most threads seem to be exploratory or mention only recently picking one up.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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All of which make them seem pretty attractive when compounded with their current high-discount pricing. I've been searching the forum here trying to see if anyone has used them much, but most threads seem to be exploratory or mention only recently picking one up.

No problems with mine. I've had it a couple of years now.

I've done 12-15 regears, mercury marine engine overhaul and countless torquing lug nuts
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #13
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No problems with mine. I've had it a couple of years now.

I've done 12-15 regears, mercury marine engine overhaul and countless torquing lug nuts
That's good to hear; the $60 price tag is calling to me pretty loudly.
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I picked up a 3/8" for me and the 1/2" and 3/8" also for my son. He has been using his daily as a tech at a dealership for about the last 3 months....so far they have held up. He tells me the 3/8" gets passed around to a few guys who don't have the smaller 3/8" and reports same durability.

When I purchased these three I did open 5 different boxes to examine though. Couple of them didn't seem to have as good positive lockring engagement at the lower settings....just felt slightly different, not damaged. They seem to be very good quality. The outside of the box states liftime replacement which is great IMO.
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The outside of the box states liftime replacement which is great IMO.
I read one review that stated that the internal paperwork states a 1-year warranty. Is this true?
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Default Re: Who makes the kobalt torque wrenches?

I picked up the 1/2 model today. At 100 ft lbs it torqued to 105. Not incredibly accurate. This was using a snap on torque comparator. But I'm happy, I'm going to use it at work for lugs so I don't mess up my tech angle.... Again
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I read one review that stated that the internal paperwork states a 1-year warranty. Is this true?
I'll read mine tomorrow and post it
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #18
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I read one review that stated that the internal paperwork states a 1-year warranty. Is this true?
Yes, I believe so. I will have to look tomorrow. So if I need replacement I will take in original box.
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I picked up the 1/2 model today. At 100 ft lbs it torqued to 105. Not incredibly accurate. This was using a snap on torque comparator. But I'm happy, I'm going to use it at work for lugs so I don't mess up my tech angle.... Again
You're going to complain over 5%? Or just upset its no more accurate then HF?
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I picked up the 1/2 model today. At 100 ft lbs it torqued to 105. Not incredibly accurate. This was using a snap on torque comparator. But I'm happy, I'm going to use it at work for lugs so I don't mess up my tech angle.... Again
Please elaborate how using a torque wrench to do what it was designed for failed. Not trying to troll just curious. How many cycles did it last approx.?
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