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Old 07-12-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

For those who are new to the board, I occasionally post about the quality of the old Kobalt (Williams made) sockets. Their luster and quality as well as blank size are the same as Snap on. For those who do not know, Snap on owns Williams. Additionally, their year stamped codes are the same. Kobalt by Williams stopped being sold around 2002/2003 and Kobalt has since been made by Danaher.

I highly recommend buying these whenever you can get a deal on them.

They are getting harder to find, but can still be found on EBAY.

I recently bought from this seller and put an offer in for $15.00 and it was accepted... He has 4 more I believe. Grand total $23.10 for a set of 10 brand new 1/2 drive sockets shipped to my door.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kobal...motiveQ5fTools

I am not in any way associated with the seller, but rather preach the Gospel of the good deal... These are quality sockets and I highly recommend them.

The wrenches are awesome as well, but are getting harder to find.

Here is how to tell the difference between Williams Kobalt (Top) and Danaher Kobalt (Bottom)- Williams will have the line around it. Danaher are smooth.




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Old 07-12-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

I have a set of Kobalt 3/8 6pt impact deep wells made by Williams. These sockets look exactly like Snap On sockets down to the stampings on them. I am very pleased with them, especially for $15
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

Amen!

These are some great sockets and the older Williams-made combination wrenches are an excellent set to grab... if you can find them.

If anyone has the combo wrenches for sale.... Definitely send me a PM!

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

Same here, chrome and impacts, very happy. Impacts still available at Cripe Distributing:

http://www.cripedistributing.com/adv...eywords=kobalt

No affiliation just a satisfied repeat customer.

Have one of the Kobalt 7/8" wrenches they used in that commercial where they drover the NASCAR racer suspended from the wrenches. You'll love them or hate them but they're nicely made.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

Do those williams kobalt 12 points have the Flank Drive?
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:37 PM   #6
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Do those williams kobalt 12 points have the Flank Drive?
They appear based on looking at the pics on Ebay. They show a diagram with "K-Force" which is probably the Kobalt name for Flank Drive.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:48 PM   #7
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As a huge Williams fan, I am trying to duplicate the $15 feat. I also am the proud owner of both items linked at Cripe.

Thanks guys!
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:54 PM   #8
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

So that type of packaging is the williams? My local tool wholesaler has some of those and porter cable 3/4 drive sockets I may pick em up
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:58 PM   #9
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So that type of packaging is the williams? My local tool wholesaler has some of those and porter cable 3/4 drive sockets I may pick em up
Make sure you see this somewhere on the box...



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Old 07-12-2010, 11:01 PM   #10
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

Anybody got a pic of the kobalt/Williams combo wrenches. Didn't they have the V throat like cornwells.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:04 PM   #11
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Anybody got a pic of the kobalt/Williams combo wrenches. Didn't they have the V throat like cornwells.
Here is an example:

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #12
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Default Re: Kobalt by Williams....The Snap on connection

I have a large clamshell case of Kobalts that is 1/4 through 1/2 all the way to a 1" socket I think. They are stamped USA but i figured they were danaher mfged. I have had the case for at least 8 years and wonder if they are williams, is there any way to be sure?

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #13
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I have yet to find any Kobalt flare nut wrenches in the secondary market...

I WONDER WHY????

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Per the combo wrenches: I hope they rounded the edges of the beam better on those than they do on the current day ones. I think you could cut yourself on the current ones.
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As a huge Williams fan, I am trying to duplicate the $15 feat. I also am the proud owner of both items linked at Cripe.

Thanks guys!
I got a couple of sets from Cripe as well,thanks heelsroll!
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I have yet to find any Kobalt flare nut wrenches in the secondary market...

I WONDER WHY????

Yep, there's the proof... snap-on and Kobalt tools never shared tooling.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:34 PM   #17
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I had to think about it and Im older than I remember but Im not sure how long I have had them. Im thinking now 8 or so years, its been at least 6 but I cant quite place it. I should call my mom and ask her, she would remember what birthday they were for. I still have the original screwdriver bits. Damn, I meant to look and see how big it got too. Oh well my shoes are off now. I pretty sure its at least 1"

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That's a Danaher set,ratchets are the easy way to tell.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:48 PM   #19
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Yep, Danaher... it's basically a craftsman set with a different name stamped on it from what I've seen. Not necessarily a bad thing.
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yea, I kinda figured. That set has saved my butt many times. I keep it in the trunk of my car and I take it to the junk yard too. My only issues are they are all 12 point and no 1/2 drive extension but I guess you cant have it all. I dont feel that bad for using the 1/2 drive as a hammer along side the road. If it was a williams I would have been pissed.
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