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Old 07-07-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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I was tooling around Craftsman.com today and stumbled upon the "AXS chest." Now, most of you have probably already guessed that I'm more into vintage tool storage th...
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Like cars nowadays ,Like the styling but it has too many options that I can't check off.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:14 PM   #3
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The AXS line has been out for atleast a year maybe 2 and I still can't see why anyone would want one.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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Same with phones. So hard to find one that just makes calls instead of 75 other features I don't care about.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:22 PM   #5
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My shop is more about function than looks, so it doesn't have much draw for me. Nice looking though. I can think of some garages that it would be perfect in.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:30 PM   #6
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The AXS line has been out for atleast a year maybe 2 and I still can't see why anyone would want one.
Craftsman has this particular box marked as "new" on their site, but yeah - the AXS line has been out a while...
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:58 PM   #7
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The AXS line has been mentioned in the forum and elsewhere several times. That particular is identical to the one that was initially released prior to September 2007.

Thw two most common criticisms is that the AXS storage units are built with too much plastic, too much "bling" and is way too costly for the storage space that you actually get.

I don't think that it's terriblem but it's also not great. There are different versions, including one with stripped-down features. No power strip, no lights, no thermometer. But they're special order and are never shown in stores. The only one on display is the stock titanium colored one.

Back when it was released, the AXS was being touted as a revolutionary storage unit, but it seems to have fell flat on its face.

Also, regarding Sears' pricing - it's all balogna - a marketing ploy.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00995468000P (No-frills model for >$100 less)

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00959668000P (same thing at a different price)

Lastly, the "self-closing" feature isn't a bad idea, but it only serves to close the drawer fully once it's pushed in to within 1/2" of its completely closed position.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:03 PM   #8
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Sears must have picked some ex-Pontiac Aztek 'designers' to come up with that intepretation of a tool box.

The design isn't old enough to have inspired the creation of R2D2.

Add this to the long list of gimmicky tools brought to you by Sears, and Crapsman.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:13 PM   #9
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I looked at them in the store...pretty cheap feeling if you ask me. I think the regular ball bearing line is way ahead of them in quality. Besides, I really dont need my tool box to tell me the time and temp....there are other items better suited to that.

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Old 07-07-2009, 01:22 PM   #10
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Like cars nowadays ,Like the styling but it has too many options that I can't check off.



I wish cars could be pieced together like the way I build pro bikes.

tube frame chassis
choice of body panels : steel, Al, fiberglass, CF etc.
choice of braking systems
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:42 PM   #11
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The AXS line has been mentioned in the forum and elsewhere several times. That particular is identical to the one that was initially released prior to September 2007.

Thw two most common criticisms is that the AXS storage units are built with too much plastic, too much "bling" and is way too costly for the storage space that you actually get.

I don't think that it's terriblem but it's also not great. There are different versions, including one with stripped-down features. No power strip, no lights, no thermometer. But they're special order and are never shown in stores. The only one on display is the stock titanium colored one.

Back when it was released, the AXS was being touted as a revolutionary storage unit, but it seems to have fell flat on its face.

Also, regarding Sears' pricing - it's all balogna - a marketing ploy.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00995468000P (No-frills model for >$100 less)

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00959668000P (same thing at a different price)

Lastly, the "self-closing" feature isn't a bad idea, but it only serves to close the drawer fully once it's pushed in to within 1/2" of its completely closed position.
That there is good info.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:54 PM   #12
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I wish cars could be pieced together like the way I build pro bikes.

tube frame chassis
choice of body panels : steel, Al, fiberglass, CF etc.
choice of braking systems
drive train components
suspensions
choice of interiors and options
amen

i mean the kobalt chest with the fridge and cd player isnt that bad...i mean most people use both of those things....i guess craftsmen put toooo much thought into that series
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That there is good info.
Thanks. It's still nice to be reminded of the AXS system, and it's curious to see whether our collective enthusiast perception will change over time.

As for the drawers being flimsy, I don't agree with that at all. Almost two years ago, I went around and fondled the demo models at at least two Sears locations. The drawers felt rock solid, no doubt a benefit from the partial plastic construction.

If the no-frills model were $100 cheaper, it would be taken more seriously. I'm really curious as to what the sales numbers look like.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:02 PM   #14
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I've fondled one in the store... The plastic and electronic doo dads look and feel as though they will last as long and anything made by Mattel.
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Sorry,I think I threw up a little in my mouth...
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:20 PM   #16
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That thing looks like something that a little kid would love to keep his toys in. My cheap piece of crap tool chest that came from Wal-Mart looks 100 times more heavy duty than that box. It reminds me of my Craftsman pressure washer wand that hooks up to an air compressor. It broke after about 1 minute of use. They were both probably made in the same factory in China.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:45 PM   #17
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NAPA has a special on a rollcab and top box combo..899.00 plus tax...for tool storage vs the price...it`s nice.
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Interesting, but not my style. Kinda reminds me of R2D2
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I am too old, and too old school to ever view anything like that as a suitable storage solution for my tools. Actually, I will admit, I do not consider any plastic boxes as toolboxes suitable for my needs. However, I am not talking about small boxes for holding your 1/4" sockets and the like, though if I have my preference I always use metal socket trays, or small metal boxes for that stuff as well, even if the boxes are old and used and I have to repaint them.

I have seen those combo sets at Sears, I would never have a desire for one of those, for any reason!
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