On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:31:26 PM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
I would not be surprised if Milwaukee, Craftsman, DeWalt, Lowes, Home Depot
all have their tool boxes built by the same one or two companies in China,
Malaysia, Vietnam. One or two companies make all the good tool boxes. On
e or two other companies make the lesser grade tool boxes. All the boxes b
y these companies come from the same place. All are pretty much identical.
Except Orange Home Depot, Red Milwaukee, Yellow DeWalt, Red Craftsman, Bl
ue Lowes. Does Home Depot also make a black box?
On 8/23/2016 6:11 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I just returned from Home Depot. Lowe's Kobalt are either blue or
stainless steel. IIRC the Stainless Steel are the better grade of box
but I was not impressed. The ball bearing slides were crotchety on all
three of the boxes that I looked at.
Actually Porter Cable has a box that is grey and black and lools like
the Milwaukee and DeWalt.
Home Depot boxes/ Husky are black.
I rearranged my garage this morning. Some how my 3 car garage was more
crowded than my old 2 car, and no new equipment so to speak.
Anyway I needed to see if I could fit in a 46" box and I ended up with
an additional 80" of wall space. So I thought I might look at the HD
Husky 52". This particular one was a lot like the Milwaukee. Wrinkle
paint, soft close drawers and deeper drawers than the regular 52" Husky.
Closer inspection revealed a less stout/robust bottom. Caster bolted to
sheet metal rather than 6 gauge "L" brackets all around the bottom and
crossing in two extra places for the casters. I spied the China country
of origin label on the box. AND it has some gimmicky bright black stick
on trim. Nice box but I think the Milwaukee will let me sleep better at
AND from yesterday to today the Milwaukee went up from $698 to $749.
I easily talked them into letting me buy it for yesterdays price. When
they pulled my name up they were happy to see that I had also bought the
30" Milwaukee last week. :~)
I still have my first tool box. It is 7 x 14 inches, made by Union
Steel Chest Corp., LeRoy, N.Y. It had a curved or domed lid. The lid
is crumpled down by my first daughter standing on it to watch me work.
She is now 54.
Cant say that I still have mine. My first set of sockets, wrenches, and
screw drivers were Penncraft, JCPenneys. They came in the typical
plastic injection molded box. I still have all the tools, 1971.
That box was replaced by a Craftsman two drawer then a Kennedy, then the
Craftsman top and bottom box.
While not "mine" in same since still have and use a couple that were
grandfather's, dating to at least 1914 which is when he and his brother
settled on the place here; had been renting farm ground earlier so it's
likley they came with him rather than were new at the time...
Several wrench sets are still mostly around and a set of Craftsman pipe
dies and another tap and die set date to probably the '20s...
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