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A New Lowe? .. Southwire tools


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#1 DurhamAppliance

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

It seems that Lowe's is replacing all of their electrical tools with Southwire tools. I walked into a store yesterday to get another Amprobe pocket multimeter (great tiny multimeter you can keep in your shirt pocket) and all I found were racks and racks of Southwire electrical tools. No Klein, Fluke, Ideal, Greenlee, Amprobe, just Southwire. I am not familiar with them other than what I read here: http://www.garagejou...05429&showall=1. One thing I can attest to that is mentioned in that thread, is all of these tools are an ugly "doo doo" brown color. But on the other hand If they are in fact good tools, then the color may be described as "chocolate" brown.

Anyone have an experience with this brand?


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 11:32 AM

I saw the same tools and I couldn't help but wonder why they would start carrying tools I have never heard of that cost just as much as ""name brand"" tools. I know I would feel better spending big bucks on tools that  I know are good and built to last.Can't say much for the color either kind of hen---- brown.Lowes should have given this more thought. At least home Depot still carries Klein



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:26 PM

Well, according to their press release:

 

 

Southwire Introduces Electrician's Tools that are More Durable, Perform Better and Enhance the Total Solutions for Professional Contractors. (PRNewsFoto/Southwire Company)

Now I got this information FROM THE INTERNET so it's got to be true... :blinky:



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:21 PM

Yea Right!



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:33 PM

Now I got this information FROM THE INTERNET so it's got to be true... :blinky:

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 04:54 PM

I'm on the opposite side of the country from you Durham - AZ.  I went into Lowes yesterday to get the Klein stubby 1/4" and 5/16" nut driver set.  Saw same tools... Southwire.  Everywhere.  Thinking wtf are these. Only thing they had was this Southwire set.  $14.99  magnetic, hollow shaft.  Not a bad price.  Just couldn't get past the brown.

 

They remind me of the green Commercial Electric brand tools.....junk. So it appears this is a Lowes nationwide decision.

 

Went to the Home Depot one block away and bought the Klein set there.

 

Glad I did.


I think this will work. I once saw it on a cartoon.

Or, on the other hand.....

Troubleshooting the appliance's complex electro-mechanical systems is the methodology in which one must, by using analyitical techniques and the process of elimination, determine the cause or causes of a specific failure. Rarely does this cause of a failure directly present itself for you to see.

So.....

To be better equipped to troubleshoot, you will need:

1.) To follow this: Safety first and foremost. Trust your instincts.
2.) Basic hand tools.
3.) A decent DVOM meter. Buy one. Borrow one. You need one.
4.) Last, but certainty not least, common sense. Most of us have it. Slow down and use it.

Now, let's have some fun!

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:16 PM

I think Home Depot is going to benefit from such a silly move. I guess Lowe's figures they may sell less but their profit margins will be larger and then sometime in the future "doo doo" brown may be well regarded.

Southwire is an American company and apparently highly regarded as a maker of wire. Because of that, I might try out one of their wire cutters. But what I don't understand is why Lowe's would now only carry one line of electical tools.. That's like a grocer only carrying Sunshine cookies without providing the customer with choices that include Keebler and Nabisco. Maybe it was market research or Maybe Lowes purchased a stake in Southwire. I just find it strange.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:22 PM

My Lowes introduced Southwire over a month ago.   They were discounting all the other brands which I snapped up a few.


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:55 PM

...Maybe Lowes purchased a stake in Southwire...

Or vice versa... :ninja:



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:00 AM

I was going to buy a Lennox 6 n1 but messed around until they were gone. $9 verses$12.



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:37 PM

the only good thing about southwire tools at lowes is that knipex cobra pliers went on clearence and i got 2 pairs.




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