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Old 11-22-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Default Battle of the small roll around boxes

So, I'm in need of a small reasonably priced roll around tool box. I have no roll around boxes and need to organize my tools. I know the new vs. used, the top of the line/built like a tank vs. cheap/falls apart next year.
I'm going to use at home. I'm not a pro. But I want it to last a few years and not be torture to use. What are the best choices, especially now during the retail selling season. For instance I see a HD Husky top and bottom 26x48x18 8 drawer for $159. http://www.blackfriday.fm/adscan/homedepot

Looking for recommendations for the best price performance ratio that's not junk.

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Old 11-22-2010, 11:27 AM   #2
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If I were in the market for something small, I would consider this.

It's in the black Friday ad for $159. I've looked at it in the store and it's pretty nice, IMO. Link to the HF ad section.

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If you insist upon new, then Harbor Freight is your friend.

However, I've got at least thirty tool boxes, including six rollers of varying sizes. Not one was bought new retail.

With sales tax, the HF box above would be $173 out the door here. For a lot less than that, I've found three different Snap-on top-and-bottom combos. Common denominator - they were older; they needed lots of elbow grease to clean them and/or remove the damned decals; there are a few dings. Would I trade any one of the Snap-on sets straight across for that HF? Never gonna happen.

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Old 11-22-2010, 12:18 PM   #4
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Several of us like this $299 Stanley from Costco. Would equal a $450 box from Sears. Thread below...

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Sorry, my old Husky/rollie cart homebrew is in the photo too...

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Hmm the plot thickens, I hadn't see the HD add as it had been pulled off of other sites.

I am looking at the same stuff, preferably USA made. You can always buy a HF cart but they are imported so I am trying to avoid that.

So the research I have done is Waterloo Mfg. makes the Craftsman boxes and also apparently makes the Husky boxes as well, so you are looking at the same units.

Sears (Waterloo) has several boxes for sale, they boil down to this:
  • 25# vs. 50# drawers
  • Standard vs. "Quiet Glide" vs. Ball Bearing
  • 12" (10" inside") vs. 16" (14" inside) top drawer widths, all have 18" bottom unit widths

Looking at that Husky, it appears as though it is similar to Sears Craftsman 9 drawer on sale for $199. They are both ball bearing, 25#, 12" depth top drawers.

If you step up to the 50# drawers, Sears has several options in both 12" and 16":

Quiet Glide 12" top/18" bottom 50# 3 units $299

Ball Bearing 12" top/18" bottom 50# 2 units $299

Ball Bearing 16" top/18" bottom 50# 2 units $399

I talked to my buddy who was a Dodge mechanic until around 2000. He has a standard drawer (not ball bearing) 16" Craftsman chest that he used even at the dealer. 25# drawers and just the standard sliders. He says he recommended the 16" width boxes and while ball bearings are "nice" his didn't have them and it has served him well for the past 17 years. He also said 25# was plenty for him, and he had a ton of stuff in it including air tools.

I was looking for used but can't find any in my area, I've been looking for the past 2 months or so and none are popping up. I don't mind elbow grease but there just aren't any for sale.

That Husky looks like a good buy IMO, are the other boxes worth 2x the price? I am actually thinking that is the best box out there for me right now when you factor in the price.

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Went to Sears, Lowes, and Home Depot. Lowes is out, they don't really sell anything worth mentioning.

As far as Sears goes:
  • The 12" vs 16" top chests make a huge difference. To the point where I might not even buy a 12" top chest and go with the price increase to the 16".
  • There was a slight difference in feel between the "Quiet Glide" and ball-bearing rollers. Not enough to make any big difference and pay the extra $$.
  • The standard rollers are "OK", not the greatest but for the $$ they aren't bad.
  • I wish they made a cheap 18" bottom/16" topper in the standard/basic setup without ball bearings or quiet glide rollers and with the 25# drawers. That would be the best buy.
  • If you go with the 12" toppers you probably will need a total of 2 of them plus the base unit. The 12" toppers only have a 10" shelf, really not much at all in terms of organization possibilities. They look very constrained inside.

Home Depot:

If you have the room, new in the store they are selling a "Made in USA of foreign and domestic parts" 53" Husky cart for $299:



If I had the room I would probably buy this unit and save up for the top. It looks like a really well put together box with a ton of storage.

The top is $199 in store.

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You might look for a small, used KENNEDY roll-around box?
I had mine for almost 20 years, in some pretty funky working condition too!
I REALLY appreciated the large casters, as I would have to roll that box over in-shop RR tracks all day long.
Bottom line.....the box is still in like-new condition today.....go figure?

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A task force bottom box for 86$ at lowes. They are 5 drawers and dont feel cheap.
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Scour craigslist for a few weeks and you will find a nice older better built possibly truck brand toolbox for less than the new cheapies.
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If you have the room, new in the store they are selling a "Made in USA of foreign and domestic parts" 53" Husky cart for $299:


How'd you get the $299 price? Web site says $349 shipped. Are they discounted from that price at the stores, or do you have a coupon or something?

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As soon as you buy a new "whatever", you will see lots of used ones on craigslist. I don't know why but it always happens to me.
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So, I'm in need of a small reasonably priced roll around tool box. I have no roll around boxes and need to organize my tools. I know the new vs. used, the top of the line/built like a tank vs. cheap/falls apart next year.
I'm going to use at home. I'm not a pro. But I want it to last a few years and not be torture to use. What are the best choices, especially now during the retail selling season. For instance I see a HD Husky top and bottom 26x48x18 8 drawer for $159. http://www.blackfriday.fm/adscan/homedepot

Looking for recommendations for the best price performance ratio that's not junk.

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A task force bottom box for 86$ at lowes. They are 5 drawers and dont feel cheap.
I bought the Task Force 2dr bottom/small 3dr top combo about 5 years ago and it's held up surprisingly well. I sorta wish I would've just bought the 5dr bottom instead tho, since I'm out of space now and it would be so much easier to just buy a top chest rather than having to try to sell this one and upgrade both boxes...
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That reminds me, I still have to put new wheels on that old Craftsman I restored. Against all the laws of physics, it has 4 wheels which manage to go in 6 different directions at once

Smallest box, most difficult to move...
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You can't go wrong with the Snap-on KRA 2005/2007. Sometimes craigslist can have a decent price.

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Here are the three from Sears that I'm eying:

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $399.98

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $199.98

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $299.99

Anybody own these that can comment/rate?
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Here are the three from Sears that I'm eying:

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $399.98

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $199.98

http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...ing-tool-chest -- $299.99

Anybody own these that can comment/rate?
See post #8 I don't own them but went and looked hard at them. Spent probably 45 mins at Sears going thru each chest, putting tools in the drawers and opening/closing etc.

I would seriously consider this one, the quiet glide door buster for $289 or the 16" $399 one w/ 16" drawers. The 16" drawers made a big difference in available space.

You can get the $199 and add the $50 mid-box to make it a 3 chest unit, but to be honest even though it would be ball-bearing there was very little difference between the ball-bearing and quiet glide rollers IMO.
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How'd you get the $299 price? Web site says $349 shipped. Are they discounted from that price at the stores, or do you have a coupon or something?

Thanks.
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They sell them online and in the stores (guy told me they had just arrived) and in store they are $299 for the bottom and $199 for the top but you bring it home (not shipped). I wish I had the room that would make up my mind, it's a good unit, and down the road put the $200 topper on it and you've got a tool box that will hold pretty much everything.

Also the guy hinted that they may be on sale for black friday, they had 2 in different packaging stored on the top shelf with different skew #'s that even he couldn't bring up with his scanner. He said generally that means they might be on sale for black friday.

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They sell them online and in the stores (guy told me they had just arrived) and in store they are $299 for the bottom and $199 for the top but you bring it home (not shipped). I wish I had the room that would make up my mind, it's a good unit, and down the road put the $200 topper on it and you've got a tool box that will hold pretty much everything.

Also the guy hinted that they may be on sale for black friday, they had 2 in different packaging stored on the top shelf with different skew #'s that even he couldn't bring up with his scanner. He said generally that means they might be on sale for black friday.
I don't know how I've never seen these. Looks like a nice box for the price. Even better than the HF model. Are these newer?
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I don't know how I've never seen these. Looks like a nice box for the price. Even better than the HF model. Are these newer?
According to the guy that was helping me they are very recent. I think it's a good consumer box for the price, it's not a pro box like the $1000 sears models or anything but for the price it seemed better than the $300 sears models.
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So, I'm in need of a small reasonably priced roll around tool box. I have no roll around boxes and need to organize my tools. I know the new vs. used, the top of the line/built like a tank vs. cheap/falls apart next year.
I'm going to use at home. I'm not a pro. But I want it to last a few years and not be torture to use. What are the best choices, especially now during the retail selling season. For instance I see a HD Husky top and bottom 26x48x18 8 drawer for $159. http://www.blackfriday.fm/adscan/homedepot

Looking for recommendations for the best price performance ratio that's not junk.

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I have the bottom of that box and its pretty good. I paid somewhere around $220 about 2 years ago. I'd recommend that for home use as I am also considering getting one for my house.(my current box is at work).
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According to the guy that was helping me they are very recent. I think it's a good consumer box for the price, it's not a pro box like the $1000 sears models or anything but for the price it seemed better than the $300 sears models.
Well I'm wanting to upgrade from my smaller boxes to something a little bigger. I was looking at the 40" full width drawer Craftsman top and bottom with Griplatch and all that. I think those were going to be around $850 or so though. Maybe I will have to make a trip to HD and Sears to decide...
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I have the bottom of that box and its pretty good. I paid somewhere around $220 about 2 years ago. I'd recommend that for home use as I am also considering getting one for my house.(my current box is at work).
I stopped by a HD today to see the fit and finish of their Boxes. They had similar black boxes to the sale one in the BF ad. The bottom box had one more drawer (5), there was a middle box with 4 drawers that was similar to the top box on the sale setup, and the top box had a shaped lid rather than the flat one and 3 full drawers and 3 small ones on top. This is in their catalog with $239, $99 and $149 prices. All 26x12 3/4. The sale box is 26 1/2x18 (deeper) for the bottom box.
I looked at the construction and posts by others are confirmed. I don't have experience to compare except working in a shop with some old Kennedy and unknown makes which were substantially stronger and smoother operating. The sale setup would certainly hold my auto tools and some others too, but I've put an ad on CL looking for old boxes. Lets see what turns up. It's cardboard til then! Anyone here upgrading or getting something for Christmas and wants to sell an old box?

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Well I'm wanting to upgrade from my smaller boxes to something a little bigger. I was looking at the 40" full width drawer Craftsman top and bottom with Griplatch and all that. I think those were going to be around $850 or so though. Maybe I will have to make a trip to HD and Sears to decide...

If you do go HD, make sure you go to www.homedepotmoving.com and register. They send you a 10% off coupon in your email instantly. I just got mine in case I end up buying something there.
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If you do go HD, make sure you go to www.homedepotmoving.com and register. They send you a 10% off coupon in your email instantly. I just got mine in case I end up buying something there.
Thanks for the heads up, although I don't think I can use it. I get a 10% discount every day for Active Duty military. Same goes for Lowes and now Sears as well. I doubt they would let me combine the two and I probably wouldn't try anyways.
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How about this used Cman for $175? Owner says 5' tall and 3' deep.



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Also the guy hinted that they may be on sale for black friday, they had 2 in different packaging stored on the top shelf with different skew #'s that even he couldn't bring up with his scanner. He said generally that means they might be on sale for black friday.
Its actually called "sku's". It means stock keeping unit.

Just thought I'd clarify.
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If I were in the market for something small, I would consider this.

It's in the black Friday ad for $159. I've looked at it in the store and it's pretty nice, IMO. Link to the HF ad section.

I have to agree with this. I have this cart and it is great quality. Much nicer than anything you will find at Sears, Lowes or Home Depot.
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I have to agree with this. I have this cart and it is great quality. Much nicer than anything you will find at Sears, Lowes or Home Depot.
Mac tools used to have a tool cart almost identical to the US General tool cart. They are probably made by the same manufacture. No wonder the US General tool cart is so much better than the Sears, Lowes, or Home Depot ones.
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If I were in the market for something small, I would consider this.

It's in the black Friday ad for $159. I've looked at it in the store and it's pretty nice, IMO. Link to the HF ad section.

That right there is a hell of a deal. The new smooth finish on those is really good. They also have the grip latch drawers. Its a very well made cart.
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Damn I wish I would've known the 5 drawer had grip latch drawers. I picked up the 4 drawer one for $100 a few months back and I'm happy with it so far. Not a fan of the "detents" that keep the drawers closed tho.
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That right there is a hell of a deal. The new smooth finish on those is really good. They also have the grip latch drawers. Its a very well made cart.
They make these red 5 drawers with a smooth finish now? Are their two different item numbers? I have a gloss finish black 4 drawer HF cart and love it, would like a larger one.
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The ones I'm going to look at tomorrow are these two:
http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...000lb-Capacity
http://bfads.net/Sears-Black-Friday-...600lb-Capacity


But, I may wind up buying a nicer one from Grizzly later on after I save some pennies.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/cate...spx?key=159090
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They make these red 5 drawers with a smooth finish now? Are their two different item numbers? I have a gloss finish black 4 drawer HF cart and love it, would like a larger one.
Yes. The HF in Athens, GA has them in stock and on display, along with all their tool boxes and carts. Also, that new 26" top and bottom combo that they have for $399 appears to be as well made as that red tool cart and their 13 drawer roller cabinet, and has the same smooth red finish as the red tool cart. They don't have a pic of it on the site yet, but here's the link.

http://www.harborfreight.com/26-8-dr...est-67831.html
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:57 AM   #39
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Default Re: Battle of the small roll around boxes

Does Costco still carry that tool chest?
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I haven't seen those Home Depot tool boxes anywhere. I've never been impressed with HD's tool boxes though.
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Default Re: Battle of the small roll around boxes

So bill what did you unltimately decide???
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