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When perusing appliance and gadget insurance plans, you may want to learn about the Kobalt tools warranty. When you purchase a new Kobalt toolset or individual item, you also receive a robust manufacturer’s warranty that lasts the lifetime of the tool. This manufacturer’s warranty handles issues caused by factory errors and normal wear and tear, as these tools are supposed to be especially durable. In this way, the plans here are similar to a Leatherman warranty.
Yes, Kobalt tools ship with a lifetime warranty that extends above and beyond, say, an average air conditioner warranty. The company calls this a “hassle-free guarantee” as they offer a no-questions-asked return policy that is more in line with the premium coverage offered by an extended Apple Watch warranty. This warranty should be applicable for just about every tool under the Kobalt umbrella, from garden tools to compressors and beyond, which is more than you can say for standard Apple Beats repair options.
Kobalt’s warranty does not cover theft, so you may require additional coverage for this scenario.
The lifetime warranty here is especially robust, but there are some things you can do to ensure you maximize your coverage just in case something goes wrong with your tools down the line.
The first thing you should do when receiving your Kobalt tool is to register the device with the company. This will give you a digital version of a warranty card, though you can also request a paper copy in the mail. Have your receipt and serial number handy when signing up for warranty coverage. Once you get the warranty card, make sure to store it properly. This is a lifetime warranty, after all, and you never know when you will actually have to dig it out for use.
This is a lifetime warranty, so this step can be tricky, but try to hold onto the receipt, so you have proof of purchase down the line when you require some work or a replacement unit. Store a paper receipt in a drawer somewhere and make a PDF copy of a digital receipt, storing it in the cloud and on various hard drives. In other words, redundancy is your friend here. There is no such thing as over-saving documentation. Also, jot down the customer service phone number for Kobalt, just in case, which is 1-888-3KOBALT.
STAT: In 2003, the Danaher Corporation began producing the majority of Kobalt hand tools, though the company is now owned by Lowe’s. (source)