|12-23-2011 12:46 PM|
I'm glad you all posted, I have the 580 lb Four Drawer Roller Cart and love it. The only problem I have with it, the drawers lock when the lid is closed and I often use the lid as a worktable and find myself tilting the lid open to access a drawer and having parts fall off the lid. Pisses me off but it is my fault, I have a work table opposite the tool box wall that I should be working on. The casters are heavy and the steel is thick, I give it two thumbs up easily. Also, I got mine for $100 from HF, it was the display model. They had sold out during a tent sale and I asked the manager to sell me the display model, it was already set up too!
I guess when I get another box, I may look into the HF large boxes. Here is my cart, excuse the mess.
|12-23-2011 09:38 AM|
I got the 41" bottom and top boxes. They are absolutely GREAT! You can get deep drawers for the 41" for almost nothing if you need another deep drawer. The slides are mounted so you can remove 2 shallow drawers and replace them with one deep drawer.
One complaint from full-time mechanics is the wrinkle finish - it catches grease & dirt - harder to keep clean than a smooth finish.
I stepped up from C'man 26" boxes and can't afford Snappys. These boxes are great!
|11-28-2011 08:40 AM|
US General roller cabinet
I just got one of these...the 11 drawer 56" wide. This is for home use, and we are very happy with it so far. Actually, my wife insisted on this big one. It is used for a combination of tool storage, and other general purpose storage and really helped us both get organized!
In answer to one previous question, the drawers are very easily removed. Pull it out all the way. In the middle of each rail is a black plastic release lever. You press DOWN on the right side rails, and UP on the left side rails. On the drawers with two rails, this is easier if you use two people!
One question: I have one rail on a top drawer that is acting a little flaky....does anyone know if the roller rails are standard parts which might be available anywhere for sale if it goes bad?
By the way, I paid $749 at HF. I showed my wife ads for a Craftsman at about $1800 and a Snap-on at $4300. Needless to say I am some kind of shopping hero right now!
|11-18-2011 12:38 PM|
I believe this because I have seen several of HF's higher end items that were nothing more than popular brands that have been re-badged. Most notably is the really nice Belaire compressors that are sold at a significant discount under the U.S. General brand name, likewise their heavy shop equipment such as machine shop lathes/mills are the same ones sold by other well known names such as Jet.
This is NOT to say all HF stuff fits this description however and anyone shopping there needs to be well aware of the fact that while there are some bargains to found there is a heck of a lot of real junk there there too!
|11-18-2011 05:26 AM|
|deadbodyman||Off to the flea market .........or Ebay.....I'll sell my Snap on emblems....100.00 ??????????|
|11-16-2011 02:31 AM|
Rumor around the water cooler is......
I'm told that the builder/supplier of US General boxes is the builder/supplier for snap-on's boxes. A friend and I have done a side by side comparison and have found it to be visually the same. He bought the US General in red, put a Snap on sticker on the box and ta da.
|11-03-2011 10:09 AM|
I have a U.S. General Toolbox
I bought a U.S. General tool box from Harbor Freight a few months ago and I'm very satisfied considering the price. The box I bought is black, has a flat lid that swings open, two half-width drawers, two full-width drawers, and a large open space at the bottom above a tray with four sides. I'd like to remove the rods that lock the slide out drawers in place when the lid is closed so I can access the drawers, but this tool box doesn't appear to have little spring clips in the drawer supports like say a Craftsman toolbox. Does anybody know if the drawers can be removed from a U.S. General tool box without resorting to drilling out rivets, etc?
|09-23-2011 05:31 PM|
Replacement Roller Bearing Drawer Slides????
I was in Harbor Freight one day and saw the complete U.S. General roll around toolbox set up. The next day I came back and bought the whole thing. Best toolbox and accessories going! Plus you can't beat the price. I set it up at my job in a mechanical/machine shop and the gravitational pull of this thing was awesome. Everyone wanted one. That was in summer 2009. since then I've had to move it (relocate it) TEN times, to ten different job sites. Moving the U.S. General is tough on it and it's a lot of work. My advise is to not take short cuts when and if you have to relocate it and here's why. The roller bearings in the drawers are tough and all, but it is easy to damage them if you take the draws out and then try and put them back in without emptying them first. Also, the drawers for each attachment of the whole collection of tool boxes are NOT interchangeable with each other. If you take a drawer out, make sure it goes back into the same tool box... If you get the drawers mixed up and just put drawers in wherever, you WILL damage them. I couldn't figure out why some of the drawers were not sliding correctly, so I applied extra pressure to get them to go. Big mistake! Those bearings work great if you're careful and match the right drawers with the right boxes. But if you don't the bearings get damaged easy and then the drawers don't slide very well and in some cases it will cause the box not to lock properly because the locking mechcanisim on the back of the drawers may be bent out of shape. That's what happened to me. I got in a hurry and damaged several of the drawers by forcing them into the wrong slots. I was able to do some repairs to it after I realized what was wrong; however, I now have 10 roller bearing drawer slides that need replaced. They're riveted on the inside of the boxes and they support the drawers. But I haven't been able to locate any replace parts for the U.S. General boxes.... Does anyone know where to get a parts list?
|07-30-2011 07:43 PM|
|tech69||I work at a shop where I'm the only tech with less than 25 years experience. The guy with the 20k matco toolbox regrets his purchases. He even has a snap on jumper box. He tells me he should have went craftsman. Some of the other guys have harbor freight tool boxes and whatever HF offers that doesn't piss them off. No da's , grinders, and never a spray gun. Punches, tape measures, and knick knacks are perfect for HF, including tool boxes. Buy a good one and you're spending on it forever. Buy HF and you're done with it. The guy that has the most expensive tools in my shop regrets it. He tells me I select my tools wisely...good da's, good air tools, but cut corners when possible. Even for the good tools I got a student discount that I still use . The blue point roll around I got is now $625 but I got it for $225. I wouldn't spend a dime more.|
|07-29-2011 12:32 AM|
I bought a couple of these ones http://www.harborfreight.com/11-draw...net-67421.html when they were $140 or so.. Still haven't taken them out of the boxes yet though.
|07-29-2011 12:23 AM|
RE:US General tool box question
I have also had mine for 4 years, and I am very happy using it. It is well loaded with tools and works good. I got toolbox from Toolbox Warehouse. Try it.
|03-26-2011 09:14 AM|
Tool boxes info.......
Hi,i have the HF tool box also,love it,BUT,(no fault of the box) i have the box in a metal garage,i noticed that my tools were wet in the mornings so I took a drop light,with a 100 watt bulb,put it into the bottom drawer,I leave it on all nite , it keeps all my tools nice and dry.
|03-26-2011 07:49 AM|
|pastric||Just bought one the other day. So far, I love it. Got mine at Harbor Freight (harborfreight.com) and the user reviews were very positive and helpful. It's very sturdy and rolls easily. The drawers work well. The paint scratches reletively easy because it was sprayed instead of dipped or powder coated. Having to slide the drawer lock sideways everytime you want to open a drawer is a bit of a nuisance. I do like the heavy duty casters. All of them swivel and two of them have foot brakes. The push handle is very sturdy. Overall it's a great value. Got mine for $170 with a coupon during a special 4 day sale. If you have any specific questions about it, let me know.|
|02-17-2011 05:56 AM|
|deadbodyman||The cheap boxes make great bolt & fastener bins|
|02-16-2011 09:15 PM|
|JohnnyK81||Amherst I believe.. But these weren't the roller drawer ones I don't think. But still, you DEFINITELY can't beat them for the price!|
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