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Kobalt to launch improved Mechanics Tools line in June

With a little help from Nascar champ Jimmie Johnson's team of mechanics, Kobalt is launching what it calls a "new and improved" Kobalt Mechanics Tools line in June at all Lowe's stores nationwide.

Lowe's tools merchandising VP David Vaughn said Kobalt started as a mechanics tools brand in 1998, and the launch marks a return to its roots. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team was involved in the redevelopment process, he said. “We leaned on our friends and ultimate car experts over at Team 48 to tell us what we could improve, and we made changes that will help take the Next Generation of Tough Tools to the next level of quality and greatness," Vaughn said. "We’re very proud of the new line.”

A few of the key features consumers will see in the new line include:

• Ratchets upgraded to 72 teeth count with 5 degrees of arc, recommended by Team 48 for ease of use in tight spaces;

• Each socket has the size laser etched on the socket, and each one is also color-coded with a red (SAE) or blue (Metric) band to delineate between Standard (SAE) and Metric (MM) sockets;

• Ratchets featuring new quick-release function for quick swap-out of sockets and accessories; and 

• Upgraded cases with improved tool retention and increased durability

Kobalt is a brand of Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's and is sold exclusively at Lowe's.