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nootkabear 11-10-2007 01:57 PM

I recently came to the realization that I need a new toolbox. My old one is too small. I was looking around here and there and the next realization was that toolboxes really are expensive.

I never had to buy one that was large, but have accumulated so many tools that my old box is overflowing.

Who has good deals on toolboxes? I checked ebay and used are expensive too. The ones that look affordable are for pick-up only. Like I plan to drive from Georgia to New York to get a good deal on a toolbox. Be real....

Any ideas?

Austin408 11-10-2007 03:00 PM

yea i have the same problem..

to many damn tools....

i also found myself not wanting to pay that price for a box..

sears when they have a sale is really the best i think..

Just make sure you but something quality.

costco has a stainless steel one i have seen before

but it's still 700 bucks!!!

just do alot of looking around, then buy.. thats always the best bet

adtkart 11-10-2007 03:15 PM

I have always had Craftsman tool boxes. They started making them with the rollers in the drawers a while back, and that really made a big difference. They also carry boxes that are more of a "Professional Grade", in that they are heavier and have larger drawers. They are not cheap, but are a lot more reasonable than the Snap-On or other tool truck brands.

Thay are to hold your tools, not to live in, so should not cost the price of a house.


schnitz 11-10-2007 03:22 PM

Snap-On. J/K!

As far as who has the best deals, it all depends on a few key things.

What is your budget? Top dollar, what is the most you can afford to spend on tool storage? Ultimately, you have to be realistic and firm in your decision on how much to spend on your new box. I know a younger guy who is in deep poo over his inability to do this. He's 23, and currently unemployed, and he just had to have that $5,000 Snap-On box because he got that job as an oil changer at Midas. Lord knows the box made him a professional in his career path.

What's the intended use? Does your livelihood depend on what you have tucked neatly into every drawer, or is this new box going to be your newest homeowner/shadetree tech storage catch-all? My boss has a Kennedy setup that is nearly 10 feet wide, and is supremely organized with almost every tool under the sun, and one of the other guys there has an old Craftsman box that is 26" wide that has just the basic stuff needed for the normal upkeep stuff (no, that's not mine, but mine does fall nearer the smaller box).

Also, do not be afraid to look at the not so common places for a deal. Heck, I was in the local Menards today and they had a 52" top chest and rolling 22 drawer bottom cabinet for about $700. With ball bearing drawers and a large, full-width pull-out work surface. The whole combo was cheaper than most 40" Craftsman units, and it had a comparable build quality. Some Harbor Freight units appear to probably be the same. Just don't run out and buy the first one you find.

In a while, Chet.

S10Fan 11-10-2007 04:32 PM

I have a Harbor Freight setup in my garage, 13 drawer bottom and 8 drawer top. Being a home user my needs would be different than those of a daily shop mechanic. The boxes more than suit my needs and Iím considering buying the side cabinet.

tbill 11-10-2007 04:48 PM

i have found that buying a tool box is like building a garage, they always look big enough untill you start filling them. at home, i have 3 toolboxes [small] and various sections of peg board to hang tools. at work, i have two boxes that are good sized [like to keep very organized at work, and make sure stuff is locked up at the end of the day].

for home use, i vote for the biggest craftsmen box you can afford [not like you'll stop buying tools], and look for something that can be 'added on to', as far as cabinets, or 'center' sections.

this is my work combo, [pretty much filled to capacity ;) ]

sprecher48 11-10-2007 06:29 PM

re new box
have you checked local pawn shops or a local flea market,i know that alot of these folks think of a box as sort of a ira on wheels,but be patient,the deals are out there.

nootkabear 11-10-2007 07:03 PM

I haven't checked out the Harbor-Freight toolboxes and haven't thought about flea markets and pawn shops.

Would love to have the Craftsman with the bearing drawers and the Snap Ons are really nice, but unless Sears has one hell-uv-a-sell, cannot afford it or the Snap On.

I recently saw that Kmart is now carrying a Craftsman toolbox, looks like a good deal, but am worried that it may be as cheaply built as the price reflects.

Loved the picture! Now....THAT's a setup. Only problem is that I don't do this for a living and the remark about the IRA on wheels was right on too.

Still open for suggestions, but will take the advice I have been given so far.

Brian_B 11-10-2007 07:55 PM

I have a smaller bottom box and top box (off brand), but quickly overfilled it.

Like you.....I cannot afford a really nice box with the roller bearings on the drawers.

I watched Sears for a sale and got this one:

I know it would not work well for a professional who opens the drawers constantly, but for my home use it is fine.

Just watch the sales...check off brands for how well they are constructed and how well the drawers work. Ones that don't open well are very annoying when you are working.

rowbow23 11-10-2007 07:55 PM

Tool boxes
Check local paper for garage sales, misc, adds, tool adds. W
check out your local Craig List. Do you have access to a local general miscellaneous advertisement paper. Or you could build your own.

dinger 11-11-2007 01:01 AM

I've got the craftsman, I've added to it once. As tbill says, look for something you can add to. Buy the bottom piece that rolls around and hint about what makes a nice Christmas gift. Sears, Orchard Supply and Kmart are all one large chain now. Prices may vary a bit between the 3 stores, watch the ads. :D Dan

Kevin45 11-11-2007 04:26 AM

Check this guy on Ebay. We get a weekly auto advertiser and he runs an ad in there. The box for $1395 is sweet for the price. It has a couple of pull out drawers that have pegboard on them with a tray below, all ball bearing rollers. Same size as a large Snap-On and made out of 16 gage steel I believe. There is a place in Indy that has them so I think after Christmas I am going to snag one. There is a box store almost like Lowes that is called Menards. They have a 40" bottom and top with ball bearing rollers, heavy duty shelf, and shocks on the top for a little less than a grand. I am looking at that one to, but for the money the Greg Smith box looks like the way I will go. It's really more box than I will need but will look nice in the garage :thumbup: Besides that I have a Crapsman rollaround and 12 drawer box on top, but have ran out of room in it.

adtkart 11-11-2007 06:28 AM

If you are on a tight budget, (been there, and would love to make it back up to that level! LOL) and just looking for tool storage at home, you do not need a big box. The bigger the box, the more it will cost. The Sears sales on tool boxes are hard to beat. They regularly have the set that Brian showed on sale for a couple hundred bucks. Instead of a box the size of a house, and the bill to match, you can stand a couple of those sets side by side, and only have a few hundred in them. The nice part is that you do it a little at a time, like you get your tools. You don't go out and buy a big toolbox full of tools at one time, at least most don't. You can add to the box collection, as the tool collection grows.

Your toolbox is for tool storage, and does not reflect on the work that is done. I know a lot of so called mechanics and bodymen that have a lot of money in toolboxes, that are incompetent at best.


Twisted Minis 11-13-2007 11:42 PM

Look around on Craigslist. I had a small Craftsman box for about a year, and I quickly filled it. So I watched CL for about two weeks, and found a nice sized box for $150 about a mile from my house.
Its used, but it does the job. I have most of my tools in there, but still have the smaller one for my miscellaneous tools, and keep my large bolts, tabs, and suspension parts in there as well.

59 wagon man 11-14-2007 02:05 PM

i have 5 craftsman boxes ,have a freind who just spent over $10,000 on a snapon and my newest one was a harbor freight job. they have a huge new box was under $400 on sale and we wereboth impressed roller draws like 52" wide holds ton's of stuff.mind you it wouldn't make a good pimple on the *** of a snapon box but it rivals craftsman for quality and the price is way better

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