Robert's recent Ridgid cordless drill review reminded me of their
portable stacking tool boxes, which I've been using for quite some time
They have a "base" box which has wheels and a telescoping dolly handle.
A medium box with a tray insert, and small box that comes with removable
dividers and several separate cube-like cup containers for small parts
They all have these clips on the top which snap into receivers on the
bottom which latch them together, tightly. So you can have 3 or 4
stacked together, forming one solid (dare I say, rigid!?) tool chest
which rolls around like a dolly.
They will often put them on sale for $99 for all three (buy the large
and medium, get the small for free). Since Fathers' Day is coming up,
look for this sale soon.
I originally bought one set of 3 when they had the sale. After checking
them out, I went back and immediately bought another set of 3. I think
I'm up to three sets of 3 along with a couple "basket" versions, which
also stack and lock. The baskets are great for throwing in the
job-specific extras that you might not use regularly. I use one for the
circ-saw with extension cord, blades, rip guide, etc. Then I have a
basket for bulk boxes of job-specific fasteners/nails-- you know, the
big 5lb boxes of deck screws and nails and such.
The baskets are great for this kind of temporary mobile storage because
they also latch together on the other tool boxes, but are see-through
and open on top so you can see what's in them without having to open
I have one of the base boxes for plumbing tools. Another has my
hammers, pry-bars, tool belt, squares, stuff for framing. A medium box
has hand saws and files, chisels, grinder, cutting stuff. Another
medium box has other themed tools that are usually used together or for
specific types of jobs. You get the gist.
The small boxes are probably my favorite, though. I have one that I
fitted out to hold my Ridgid drill/driver combo with charger and
assorted drill bits and driver bits. Another for a huge assortment of
fasteners. Another dedicated to a huge assortment of wall anchors. And
I'm starting to convert some others to cases for other power tools, like
my Fein oscillating tool with attachments, the jigsaw with blades, etc.
I'm thinking of making a whole stack dedicated to pneumatic nail guns
and trim tools.
They are all labeled with black sharpie on white gaffer's tape. They
fit two wide, and 3-4 high in the space behind the back seat of my
minivan. They also can go behind the seat of my pick-up truck. When
latched together, you only one strap to tie them down.
It's so nice to be able to keep all the regular, commonly used tools in
the van, behind a seat and smoked glass (away from prying eyes), and
then be able to grab any job specific tool box to throw in the van/truck
knowing they will all lock together and not be sliding all over the
vehicle or tipping over and spilling.
I haven't even mentioned the obvious benefit of being able to roll 3-4
boxes at one time, like a dolly, into a building, up/down stairs and
back out again.
Oh, and by the way... they're water-proof! They have a gasket that run
around the perimeter of each lid, so no problem stacking and tying them
in the bed of the truck and driving in the rain. I haven't checked
whether or not they float, yet, but maybe I will.
All they need now is a version that is an insulated cooler!
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