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Old 08-06-2009, 01:30 AM
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how to lock a toolchest

I am starting diesel mechanics in a few weeks. I am running a little short on money so I am going to take in my box. I will have about $1200 in toos in it and am wondering if anyone knows how to make a locking device for them. It is one of the craftsmen ones.

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Old 08-06-2009, 04:51 AM
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I have seen mechanics who have installed part of a hasp & hinge on their tool boxes. They use just the part that the lock would go though. They use two of them, one on top front and one on bottom front. They they pass a steel bar through both of the hasp's. The steel bar has a hole drilled through each end and they pass a lock through each hole. This blocks all drawers. Hope I explained it well enough.

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Old 08-06-2009, 09:37 AM
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Tie a pit-bull to it !!!! LOL.. Just joking..You don't want to do that.... Vince has a great idea there..
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:58 AM
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FYI you can break into any toolbox with an exposed hinge by tapping the hinge wire and then pulling it out with a pair of unless your willing to do the front and back with lock hasps...

You get the picture.

My opinion is if they want in they will get in, every shop has a 6 inch angle grinder laying around that can make short work of any lock. I would just use the supplied toolbox lock, its not great but it will prevent the casual light finger perp.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:56 PM
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I had the same thoughts and almost posted such, but I have seen boxes locked as I described so I posted it. Me personally I think as you....a complete waste of time.

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locking tool box....

Hi,i had a 2 piece craftsman tool box, i had my wife sew up a padded vinyl cover,, (like a big sock)i pulled it down over the whole box,then i took a chain over the top of the box (front and rear,then with the same chain,X ed it side to side,make the chain tight,then get a BIG master lock thru the would be better,if you had something to chain it to (car bumper works well...good luck.....(((or take it home every nite)Randys blurb about the pit bull,is right on.......
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