I'm looking to replace my 25 year old and undersized Craftsman rollaway
& tool chest set with a bigger one. It's amazing how much these things
cost, 2, 3 grand and up for some of them. I recently saw a Husky set at
Home Depot which looks well made (has ball bearing drawer slides, etc)
and is about the right size (9500 cu", 23 drawers). Seems a relative
bargain at $700. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest any other sources
of good quality/reasonably priced tool chests. Also, my understanding
is that Husky is now the "house brand" for Home Depot. This wasn't
always the case, I believe the brand was considered of decent quality in
the past, I'm wondering if this has changed now that their strictly "HD".
<< I'm looking to replace my 25 year old and undersized Craftsman rollaway
& tool chest set with a bigger one. >>
You want respect? SnapOn, Matco, Mac. Prospecting around in want ads, pawn
shops or eBay for one of these brands will get you more for the buck than any
box store lookalike. The tip off is the actual unit weight; the box store
brands are thin gage sheet metal and have hurry up paint jobs that don't
survive much abuse. Been there, done that, major mistake to buy cheap when
you're dealing with long lived tools of any kind. HTH
Vidmar, Lista, Lyons, or Equipto modular cabinets......
Heres some Stanley Vidmar with fresh paint in our shop :
Best to leave em stationary though--mine are all bolted together so they
cant tip over and maim someone for life.
With 16 roller bearings and 400lbs capacity per drawer, the drawers still
glide almost effortlessly even fully loaded.
Expect to pay $250 ~ $500 and upwards for servicable used units........
Respect I got, I'm not looking to impress anyone, just get more storage
space without spending enough to buy a nice used car.
I'm sure you're right that the brands you mention are superior to the HD
example. For 3-5K a set, they better be. And if I made my living
getting in and out of the thing hundreds of times a week, that would be
the way to go. The question is whether or not I need the added
robustness a a 300#, double walled tool chest (just the TOP for that
weight) for my level of use. The answer is no. Nice to have, but I
can think of many MORE FUNNER things to spend the extra $$$ on ;-)
Sure, I'd love to find a great set used, and I'm lokking on ebay. The
thing is, often when someone's selling a tool chest, they want to sell
the tools as well. 99% of which would probably just duplicate what I
already have; The last thing I need is MORE tools. Another problem with
ebay is getting something this big/heavy shipped, if it's not within
reasonable driving distance.
Thanks for the reply.
Joe Bobst wrote:
On Sat, 31 Jul 2004 18:46:12 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I bought a "Homak" unit from Costco 2 years ago. Ball bearing drawer
guides. About $650. It's 2- piece and was MUCH larger than any Sears
unit or combo that I could find. The top opens with a touch--has gas
strut supports. Even included drawer liners.
It's 50"H x 41"W x 18"D (plus about 4" higher for the casters and a
couple inches wider for the push handle).
It IS quite heavy (it was about all two husky employees could do to
load the two crates onto my pickup truck), and it took a bit of doing
for me to unload and stack the pair in my garage!
They carried this set for a couple years. The one I've seen most
recently at Costco is stainless steel (mine's red powder coat)--for
about the same price. In my experience they've only carried a single
I'm absolutely delighted with mine!
--John W. Wells
John-I've had several people mention these, so I finally went to the
local Sam's Club (not a member so it's a PITA) to look at one.
Unfortunately, the numbnuts had the display example locked & LOST the
damned key, so I couldn't actually open the drawers (idiots) but the
price was $652, and from what I could tell look very nicely made. I was
able to get the web site for the company in that makes them,
http://www.steelworld-tj.com/index.htm . The set is about the same size
as the Husky one I was looking at, total weight for the pair is 430#,
which I think speaks to their robustness.
John W. Wells wrote:
On Tue, 03 Aug 2004 15:12:53 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
To tell the truth, the floor sample I saw at Costco had a badly warped
base cabinet. So at first glance I rejected it. But closer
examination convinced me it must have been dropped off the dock
Those locking drawers (open only when the top lid is up) bug me. So
the first thing I did was get out my ancient-but-trusty Dremel tool
and cut off the two drop-down locking bars.
I was alone when I assembled mine. Used the hydraulic loader bucket
of my tractor to lift the upper unit into place!
I bought a 4 foot high roll around at Lowes, their house brand. I am smart
enough to not overload the drawers and it works just fine for me. Before I
bought I checked out Craftsman and in my opinion the one I bought was in the
middle of Sears's product line.
I bought at Lowes cause I had an 20% off coupon and the Husky stuff looked
Check the HD web page, you can put in your name and address, they will send
you a 10% off coupon if you want to wait...
I got a really good deal on three stackable Craftsman chests last Father's
Day. They were right at $600 for the three, and they had the ball bearing
side wheels. One base wheeled cabinet had the big drawers, the one that sat
on top of it had six drawers and a top lid and tray under that. Then there
was a separate six drawer cabinet. I looked around, and that was the best
deal I came up with for that price. I have seen the Husky's and others.
Stick with the ball bearing drawers. They last longer.
then got some metal office file cabinest... two drawers each set... the
sideways kind(not the kind that you pull out a 4 ft drawer to you to get
the files folders)... got two of them, none on top of the other.. bolted
together... works great for most of my larger items that i want to get
out of the way... not so good for sockets and such, but do have a flat
box in one of them with the standard stuff that i use almost every day..
dont have to go hunting for stuff(pliers, screwdriver, hammer, etc)..
the rest is the soldering irons kits, very small easy to get to air
pump, vacuum pump. electric test equipt, etc.. you get the idea.. the
cost of these cabinets was FREE.. could not pass up the price.. i have
seen some similar at thrift stores recently for about $20.00 or so..
worth looking into....
I bought the HD line and haven't had any problems. Even though the
base unit has wheels, I seldom move it around. The drawers work
smoothly (I've had it for about three years) and the paint hasn't
chipped, faded or cracked. I got it at a decent price and it does
exactly what I want it to do. I assume that if you're looking at
high-end tool storage that you will be putting high-end tools into it.
If not, you are just gilding the lily. Put your money into your tools.
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