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Over on social media channels, Lowe’s and Kobalt have been showing off new garage storage products.
This is a product category that Craftsman has been dominating at Lowe’s for a few years now, and so it’s interesting to see new Kobalt products added to the mix.
We asked Lowe’s if there was any press or media information to go along with their social media announcements, and are still waiting for details.
In the meantime, we have learned enough for a quick introductory discussion.
First, the new Kobalt workbench, priced at $299, features an interesting design I don’t recall seeing before. It features a 1.18″ wood top, height adjustability from 32.8″ to 40.8″, and perforated side panels that fit pegboard hooks and bins. The bench measures 72″ long x 24″ wide and can support up to 1500 lbs.
The new Kobalt garage cabinet measures 72″ tall x 36″ wide x 18.5″ deep and can be free-standing or wall-mounted. What’s interesting is that there is a separate drawer section below the larger upper section. The adjustable shelves in the top section can support up to 150 lbs each, and the fixed shelf can hold up to 100 lbs.
Here’s a look inside the cabinet. The cabinets are priced at $399 each.
Lowe’s will also be launching a 4-tier utility shelf, priced at $239. It measures 72″ tall x 77″ wide x 24″ deep, and can support up to 1500 lbs per shelf. There will also be a larger 4-shelf unit and a smaller 3-shelf unit.
If I’m shopping locally, I’d be much more inclined to head to the closest Home Depot and look at their Husky tool and garage storage products. Still, it’s nice to see Lowe’s bring out some new Kobalt offerings to complement their Craftsman storage selections.
My disappointment about Kobalt tool storage products is that they never seem to commit to a product line. They came out with tool boxes with slide-out pegboards, beefy tool carts, and unusual tool box configurations, and all of those products (and more) seem to have been quickly abandoned. Kobalt and Lowe’s experiment with different designs – which is good – but it seems they never commit. Will this happen to the newly launched workbench and garage storage products as well?
The pricing of these Kobalt garage storage products seem a bit high to me, but given the launch timing, I’d bet they’re priced this way to allow for compelling Father’s Day discounts.
Do any of these new Kobalt products appeal to you?