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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 11-26-2012 10:47 AM 12962 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2012 10:47 AM

The fence broke on my Kobalt tools miter saw. Suffice to say the saw is basically useless now. I’ve had the saw about a year and if memory serves it has a 3 year warranty.

I went on the Kobalt tools web site and couldn’t find anything on who to contact or what to do to get it fixed under warranty.

Has anyone needed warranty work done on a Kobalt brand tool? What do you do to get a repair going?


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#1 posted 11-26-2012 10:57 AM

I believe Kobalt is the signature brand under Lowes. Might want to try contacting your local store.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:21 PM

Kobalt customer service 1-800-445-6937 . Good luck.

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 11:58 PM

Thank you. I hope I don’t have to ship the thing somewhere. Being rather heavy and large it would be hideously expensive.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 01:09 AM

if the same model is still sold today, and it has a 3 year guaranty, a new one could be purchased and the damaged one returned with the new receipt. let them worry about the defective product.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 03:52 AM

I agree with Scrubpine; call Lowes/Kobalt customer support @ 1-800-445-6937 . Alternatively, take the broken item to your local Lowes store. Talk to the Service manager or Store manager if needed. In many cases Lowes maintains a very generous, no questions ask, replacement program.

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 04:28 AM

i considered getting that saw…hope it works out well for you

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 07:55 AM

It’s been a good saw, I’d recommend it over all. I was cutting some beech and the blade stuck in it, I think. I still don’t entirely understand what happened.

If I could swap it out at Lowe’s that would be ideal.

I’m pretty sure this is the result of most of the saw being made of aluminum. When I checked out miter saws it looked like they all had aluminum fences.

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 10:24 AM

Purrmaster, My daughter works at Lowe’s and their policy is to accept and replace broken Kobalt tool items if you have the original receipt showing date of sale and store purchased from; no questions asked . If you don’t have the receipt and purchased the tool by use of a credit card and provide that card to the returns counter they can look up date of purchase and amount paid. They’ll give you a new item of the same model number or allow you to upgrade paying the difference in price. If you desire to sellect a lessor item they’ll give you a store card for the amount of the original purchase.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 07:09 PM

Great information. Thank you. I do have the receipt.

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 10:25 PM

Miter saws are made from aluminum. Imagine how heavy they would be if made of steel.

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 08:51 AM

Good point. Though I wouldn’t mind if the fences were made of steel. There’s always titanium or carbon nano tubes.

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#12 posted 11-30-2012 12:54 PM

handtooler. Thanks for that info about the lowes return policy. i shop there a few times a week and that is just something good to know.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 12-01-2012 01:06 AM

What Handtooler said- I had to do a return and they tracked it down on FRED (frustrating ridiculous electronic device).

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 09:34 PM

Hey purrmaster, how did you make out with the broken kobalt saw fence. I have same saw and problem…my fence has 2 stress cracks in the casting at the center radius, now fence isn’t straight. It’s 2 days past Lowes return for exchange policy, so it’s a warranty issue….which is 3 yrs.

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 09:46 PM

I’ve never returned any store-brand items under warranty, and I’ve only ever had to return one online-bought item. My experience with JET customer service was pleasant. They gave me a code to get paid postage on the machine in question, which was a 10 inch benchtop jointer/planer. Very smooth process, I sent it out on a monday and had a new one on my doorstep by friday afternoon. This isn’t very relevant to your situation, but I thought I would ease your mind about having to pay for shipping on warranty returns.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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