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Old 02-09-2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default International toolbox review

The review:

The box had a few small dings no more than 1" in diameter, nothing worth returning it for, and they could probably be dollied in about 30 seconds, but I just don't care.

The finish is very good, I tried scraping it off inside the cabinet, and it's stuck well.

All drawer's come with a 1/4" thick foam rubber mat in them, cut perfectly. The top has 1/4" particle board base with a 1/4" thick foam rubber mat on top, also cut perfectly.

It has 6 wheels, with the semi-soft tread on them (very nice, I was going to junk the wheels and switch it to this, I had no clue it had them), with two of the step down cam brakes on two wheels (the kind that clamps on the rubber of the wheel itself, not the cam one on the bolt for the wheel) that grab very nicely.

The ball bearing slides work great, they seemed a little stiff, but got better with weight, and just a few openings. The deep drawer uses 4 slides, as an added bonus.

The full length top drawer has two stiffeners in the bottom that run front to back, which keeps the drawer bottom from popping down when it opens. It also has a center slide on the bottom. My craftsman pro has none of this (just a roller in the center) and the drawer bottom oil cans when you open and close it. I wish International put the stiffeners under the drawer instead of inside, but prefer having it this way over none at all.

It has two locks (the good cylinder kind), so you can unlock just one side of drawers if you want (both needed for the top drawer). The locking system is pretty heavy duty.

It's STURDY. This thing is freaking heavy. It also came with the wheels already on, just had to bolt the handle on and go. It was shipped sitting on upright 2x8's to keep the wheels off the ground.

It came with labels and a plastic cover you can slide into each drawer handle to label them if you want to, and 4 keys.

Here's my take: It's worthy EVERY penny. I would rate it better than a standard craftsman box, and as good as a craftsman pro (I have one, so this isn't just a "guess"), with the one exception that the drawers are the ones that close with a detent, not a grip latch system. That's the only area I see this box "lacking" in any way, shape, or form. It's not a big deal, I just like grip latches better since you don't have to push or pull on the drawer as hard.

My only other gripe was drawer height, although I quickly found out I needed deeper drawers than I thought I did, so it worked out well.

You can consider me one VERY happy person. I can't wait to buy the matching chest for the top of it. I won't spend a penny on another Craftsman box, I guarantee that.


Toolbox with white label strips and plastic covers in the handles (all other pictures without them, I like it with, but I'm not writing on them):


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Rubber tread wheels with cam brakes:


Size of 1/3-2/3 drawers (I like these over my Craftsman Pro 1/2-1/2 setup):


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Top drawer stiffener (one on each side, keeps drawer from oil-canning like my Craftsman Pro):


Deep bottom drawer with dual ball bearing slides:
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:29 PM   #2
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Nice box; how much $ for it ?
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:42 PM   #3
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Nice box; how much $ for it ?
$880 shipped to my door.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:49 PM   #4
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You purchased one of the better quality International boxes, they have a cheaper line that is not near the quality. Nice tool box.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:56 PM   #5
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is this the 42 or 56 inch
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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56" *insert needless characters to make software happy here*
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:48 AM   #7
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Nice review.. Thanks for taking the time and sharing your new purchase with us. It looks as if it a good value.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:36 PM   #8
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I've never heard of that brand. If you don't mine me asking, where did you buy it and local or online? thx
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:37 PM   #9
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I've never heard of that brand. If you don't mine me asking, where did you buy it and local or online? thx
I got it on ebay from qualitytoolsforless. They have a website with the same name, but they cost more on the website than ebay, for some reason. That's a buy it now price, too.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:53 PM   #10
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googled "international toolbox" and this is one of the first 5 that pop up
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:04 AM   #11
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Wow. That same box is almost $1800 on tooltopia.com.

Is this a Chinese or Canadian box?
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:25 AM   #12
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canadian...
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Sweet. Thanks for the thorough review... I've been wanting to get a larger rollaround, but due to budget constraints, I'd been looking at large chests to accompany my current small rollaround and chest.
This certainly changes all that.
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:16 PM   #14
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Just fyi, when I asked them if the 56" box was made in Canada or China the response I got was China
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Just fyi, when I asked them if the 56" box was made in Canada or China the response I got was China
I got the same response from the seller above and another seller with the same box. If it was canadian made I'd buy it, but I'm not putting my usa tools in a china box.
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crap. nevermind.

Back to Craigslist - SWM ISO SO/SK/CW/MC/MAC TB in VG Cond <1K.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #17
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canadian...
Not a chance - just confirmed it with another place selling the same. That's 3 sellers all saying China.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:51 PM   #18
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Devil dog tools has a sale on these 56" toolboxes for march 1399.00 but it comes with a side box free. I was looking on the quality tools for less website they have a breakdown of different international toolboxes and international does have a 53" tool box that is american made but it is only 18" deep and its 200.00 more here is a link to the devil dog tools sale box

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...226635443&rd=1

and a link to the qulitytoolsforless amercan made box
http://www.qualitytoolsforless.com/P...px?ProductID=7
if you look around on the qulitytoolsforless web site under international the actually have 3 or 4 american made pieces

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Old 02-28-2008, 07:14 PM   #19
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bummer. folks never want to admit they bought overseas stuff. I wanted one of these because they're 2' deep which is what I need. back to looking for mac/snapon I guess.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:38 PM   #20
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sticky if you read my post i told you international does make some usa stuff just not most of it. if i had to guess id say another company makes all of the stuf under the international name and not neccessarily just one company. more tham likely international has stuff made to their specs or is simply rebranding merchandise
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