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Old 04-05-2012, 05:16 AM
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affordable QUALITY toolboxes

anyone no of any.dont wanna spend thousands on a box and dont want the craftsman junk either.any advice appreciated,russ

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:16 AM
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Take a look at the US General brand at HF.
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Kobalt ( lowes ) has a really nice smaller 3 peice box. somthing like $300 for the bottom box and $120ish for the 2 top boxes. Not as nice as there other more expensive boxes, but still decent. Craftsmen has some nice boxes, but you do pay for there top end stuff
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harbor freight just had a sale on their 44" boxes. Half the price as Craftsman and doesn't feel nearly as flimsy. It appears to be a good box so far. $589 for all this. Can't beat that price. If you're the type of guy to whine about small dings and scratches out of the box it isn't for you but for a guy who wants a good tool box but doesn't want the MAC sales rep showing up every week to collect this is a box for you!
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:47 AM
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I like the MasterForce brand from Menards. I have three 41" bases and two 16" side boxes along with one 41" top. Very well built. The only downside...they are green.
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I'm thinking about getting a new tool box also. I've been looking at Northern Tool's Homak brand. MOre expensive than HF... maybe similar to Craftsman pricing... but I think Homak is much better than either.

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:27 AM
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Biased Opinion perhaps

NAPA UltraPro (Pro Series) has some decent toolboxes avaiable with ball-bearing slides.
They also have a "Truck Box" built to take the bumping and jarring that destroys most boxes.

Here is the current Tool & Equipment sale flyer [/URL] (Catalogue #2) See pages 25 to 27
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Also check your local pawn shops and craigslist. Deals to be found there sometimes.
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I have a Torin I bought from Costco and its decent but if I were to do it over
I'd probably get a couple of US Generals from HF and put a bench over them.
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Take the time to go to selected estate sales (auctions) in your area. About 3 weeks ago, my son talked me into going to preview an up coming estate sale for a deceased Master BMW mechanic. He had gone earlier and related that there were a lot of Snap On tools. In fact, he had already made a deal on the huge Snap On tool chest. The Auction company let it get away from them and it rolled into the back of their box van and did some damage. They had taken out all the drawers they could and dumped the contents of each drawer in a cardboard box to be auctioned by box unit. There were 4 small drawers, one large deep drawer and 44"X32"X3" drawer that they could not get open or out. They had unknown tools in them. Yesterday, the Auction company called and said their insurance had settled on the tool damaged tool chest and come get it if he still wanted it. We picked it up and hauled it to the shop. Turns out there was over $2000 dollars worth of Snap On tools in those drawers they could not get opened. All of the drawers and slides are undamaged. I will spend about 3 days doing the body work and paint of the damaged area of the chest and we will have a $6000 tool chest and about $3500 worth of Snap On tools (all these are older tools that look like new) and we will have $1200 invested. The prices are based on what is being sold on eBay as used tools. The down side is all the Snap On tools are metric except for punches, chisels, screw drivers, 10 sets of pliers, 4 sets of snap ring pliers, 10 different Vice Grips, 4 different Channel Locks, a large selection of files and many Cornwell, Mac, and Blue Point odds and ends. I have never been a big fan of Snap On only because I always felt they were way over priced, but these well cared for tools are top quality and it shows.
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I frequent the Louisiana state and EBR parish school board auctions here locally and they regularly sell shop equipment, tool boxes etc. Most of it is Snap On for hand tools and boxes, all of it is top brand equipment. There is a very large snap on box listed in the next auction, not to mention all the boxes I see on Craigslist and storage auctions. Look around if you have time, you will not regret it.
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always name brand boxes on craigslist
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Walmart.com has Remline, they used to be a great brand but I haven't seen one up close for years.
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For the money the U.S. General boxes from Harbor freight is a deal that just can't be beat. I've had mine for several years now and its twice as good as the crap craftsman is pawning off nowadays, and better priced than the top brands that are for a fact over priced and really not needed for a home shop unless you can get one for several hundred bucks off craigslist.
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