Today I’m writing a Kobalt Ratchet review based on the ratchets currently (as of 2015) being offered by Lowes. As of the time of writing, Kobalt’s hand tools (ratchets included) are made in Taiwan. I usually prefer to buy USA-made, but all things considered these ratchets seem to be high quality, and at the price point I have no regrets about buying them. Overall, I would say the ratchets are comparable in design to major competitors’ fine tooth ratchets, such as Craftsman’s Thin Profile Ratchets, Husky’s Full Polish Ratchets, and even Snap-On’s f80 Series, though for obvious reasons the truck brands aren’t directly comparable here.

In use, the ratchets are all as smooth as you would expect from a fine (72 tooth) mechanism. There aren’t any detectable hiccups in the movement that I can find. The selector works well and engages positively, with no failures or unexplained direction switching (AKA hand smashing). Tactile feedback is solid without being too loud, the clicks are just loud enough to be audible without being irritating. All in all, the ratchets each feel like they should cost more than they did.

If you’re on the fence about buying these Kobalts, I’d say go for it! The heads seem a little thicker than most, but this hasn’t yet caused any issues for me while using them.

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Note that the red stuff seen in the photos is Mobil1 Synthetic Grease. All of the ratchets I purchased were dry (unlubricated) when I got them home, so I opened them up and applied the grease to the 3/8in and 1/2in drive ratchets, and a shot of gun oil to the 1/4in drive ratchet.

Kobalt 1/4in Ratchet Review – Specs:

  • Price: $20
  • Tooth Count: 72
  • Swing Arc: 5 Degrees
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Head Width: 15/16in
  • Head Depth: 17/32in
  • Overall Length: 5in

Kobalt 3/8in Ratchet Review – Specs:

  • Price: $23
  • Tooth Count: 72
  • Swing Arc: 5 Degrees
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Head Width: 1-1/8in
  • Head Depth: 11/16in
  • Overall Length: 6-15/16in

Kobalt 1/2in Drive Ratchet Review – Specs:

  • Price: $30
  • Tooth Count: 72
  • Swing Arc: 5 Degrees
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Head Width: 1-1/2in
  • Head Depth: 13/16in
  • Overall Length: 10in

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