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Kelty  [Member]
12/5/2011 11:54:11 AM
I need help.

My tools are are scattered all over the house and my wife has finally conceded it would be nice if I had a place to put them all.

I have never really conducted a thorough search but am aware that Harbor Freight (Chinese Crap?), Sears (Craftsman Crap?), and Costco (Who knows?) all carry some chests. I just don't know enough to pick the best chest for the money.

I have $300-$500 to spend. It certainly doesn't need to be pretty. It just has to be well made and have wheels.

Any of you have any pointers or suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

ColtRifle  [Member]
12/5/2011 12:35:30 PM
Originally Posted By Kelty:
I need help.

My tools are are scattered all over the house and my wife has finally conceded it would be nice if I had a place to put them all.

I have never really conducted a thorough search but am aware that Harbor Freight (Chinese Crap?), Sears (Craftsman Crap?), and Costco (Who knows?) all carry some chests. I just don't know enough to pick the best chest for the money.

I have $300-$500 to spend. It certainly doesn't need to be pretty. It just has to be well made and have wheels.

Any of you have any pointers or suggestions?

Thanks in advance!





I have a Craftsman but it would be above your budget. Craftsman roll around and chests are pretty good...as long as you get the ball bearing ones.

The best value for the money is the US General one that Harbor Freight sells. They are well made and an excellent value for the money. If I was to go buy a new roll around right now I would go to Harbor Freight. There are plenty of other good ones out there and better than HF. However, for the average person (and even professional mechanics) the HF one will work just fine and last for many years.

HF's US General line of tools are usually pretty good. Some are the exact same as higher priced tools for much less money.

Chairman  [Team Member]
12/5/2011 12:55:59 PM
Look for the 20% off coupons for HF stuff.

Honestly, for purposes of just getting your crap organized, anything above lowest-level Craftsman stuff will be fine. If you have the space, two chests (and double the storage space) may well be more effective than one nicer unit.

I have a couple of mid-level Craftsman toolboxes that are fine. Not great, not bad, just fine––but they keep stuff put away.

Agilt  [Team Member]
12/5/2011 4:27:39 PM
Cruise craigslist until you find a snap-on, matco, mac or even a nice kobalt or craftsman box that suits your needs. They'll be the best deals. Some even come with more tools
zegermanznew  [Member]
12/5/2011 5:31:07 PM
A buddy of mine just got a nice (to me) one from NAPA. I think he only spent $600 on it, and he's a mechanic.

Might be worth doing a search on. Otherwise I would probably go the craigslist route like someone else said.
TheGunCollector  [Member]
12/5/2011 6:07:49 PM
Harbor Freight is the best bang for the buck. I've seen them on sale for under $300

Here is a 70 page thread on it on Garage Journal



Harbor Freight Link
ChrisLe  [Life Member]
12/5/2011 6:16:38 PM


This. I have several of the US General chests. They are built well and have held up to my abuse...
ColtRifle  [Member]
12/5/2011 7:31:10 PM
Originally Posted By Agilt:
Cruise craigslist until you find a snap-on, matco, mac or even a nice kobalt or craftsman box that suits your needs. They'll be the best deals. Some even come with more tools




It's very unlikely that you'll find a good deal on a Snapon toolbox. Possible but not likely. And, even if you find a good deal you will still be paying more than the Harbor Freight box.
TheGunCollector  [Member]
12/5/2011 8:15:07 PM
Originally Posted By ColtRifle:
Originally Posted By Agilt:
Cruise craigslist until you find a snap-on, matco, mac or even a nice kobalt or craftsman box that suits your needs. They'll be the best deals. Some even come with more tools




It's very unlikely that you'll find a good deal on a Snapon toolbox. Possible but not likely. And, even if you find a good deal you will still be paying more than the Harbor Freight box.


Pretty much given the OP's budget. I found my Snap-On KRL1001 on Craigslist for half price, but it was still $1700.
Agilt  [Team Member]
12/5/2011 10:27:35 PM
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Originally Posted By ColtRifle:
Originally Posted By Agilt:
Cruise craigslist until you find a snap-on, matco, mac or even a nice kobalt or craftsman box that suits your needs. They'll be the best deals. Some even come with more tools




It's very unlikely that you'll find a good deal on a Snapon toolbox. Possible but not likely. And, even if you find a good deal you will still be paying more than the Harbor Freight box.


Pretty much given the OP's budget. I found my Snap-On KRL1001 on Craigslist for half price, but it was still $1700.


Eh, you can find deals if you have the time. No need to just focus on snap-on, I just listed everything out so if he's not familiar with all the brands he has something to go with. It also depends on what kind of box you want too. You obviously aren't going to get a near new full size 50+" box for 500 bucks, but you can end up with smaller boxes for a reasonable price, especially if they are a bit older. And they'll still be better than harbor freight.


CavVet  [Team Member]
12/5/2011 11:58:15 PM
Im going to suggest Sears Outlet.

$239 They have one in Orem UT.




I picked up a 53" 8 drawer rolling bottom (ball bearing) for $211.

Kelty  [Member]
12/6/2011 9:37:34 PM
Hey, thanks all for the suggestions.

I had no idea there were so many matco and snap-on chests were for sale on the classifieds.
Impyman18  [Team Member]
12/6/2011 10:02:26 PM
Check out the boxes and workbenches at Sam's. I picked up this box and a matching workbench for $600 and love it.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1480010&pid=CSE_Froogle&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=sku1869396

Jrcengineering  [Team Member]
12/8/2011 2:29:57 PM
I kid in my shop has had his harbor fright box for 7 years now and its still holding up good . I think he paid around 500 for it . I have a snap on box that is my pride and joy that i spent about 10,000 on ! You can also check out the ones at home depot and lowes they are pretty good too .

CopperSpine  [Team Member]
12/8/2011 11:11:16 PM
I have the HF bottom and top 40" boxes and haven't had a problem in 4 years. WELL worth the money.
Heavy duty slides, mine is loaded to bear and every drawer opens like it's buttered.

I just don't think a glorified box of drawers is worth what guys get for Snap on, Matco etc boxes.

Their TOOLS on the other hand are a whole nuther ballgame.
hardridincwby28  [Team Member]
12/9/2011 4:51:56 AM
Originally Posted By ChrisLe:


This. I have several of the US General chests. They are built well and have held up to my abuse...


+1.

I've have a U.S. General roll around chest for over 6 years now, which I work out of daily. For the money, you can't beat it. the drawer slides still work well, considering the use and abuse I've put it through.
bobelk99  [Member]
12/9/2011 6:06:36 PM
I use my chests to keep tools in one place. Don't use them regularly.

IMO, for that kind of use ball bearing glides are not a necessity. I certainly do not dispute that ball bearings are a blessing for heavy duty use.

I use mid line Craftsman, TSC or Lowes.
Jrcengineering  [Team Member]
12/9/2011 11:48:04 PM
Bragging rights , I got a really good deal on mine and its makes me happy just like another one of my toys
chevmech1969  [Member]
12/12/2011 10:01:20 PM
if there is a menards or other bigger hardware store ive looked at there masterforce ones, if i wouldnt have bought my mac i would seriously look into them.
toolbox
speedbuggy16v  [Team Member]
12/14/2011 9:54:11 PM
If you will not be using it on a daily, IE pro level, go with harbor freight or whoever makes a cheapie with roller slides, the friction slides on
even the craftsman boxes are shit. Personally I like my kennedy box, but if the harbor freight ones have roller slides the price is right, especially
with the 20% coupon.

speed