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Old 01-20-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Costco toolbox

I noticed this toolbox locally at costco, I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on it?

I also would like to know how it compares to the Harbor Freight 13 drawer roller.







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Old 01-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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They shouldn't have ruined it with that dumb little cabinet on the side. Should've made the long drawers 56". Then it would be an awesome buy.

How deep are the drawers?
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Looks like deal to me, the side cabinet is good for scanner or tools in plastic cases, I don't see it as ruining the box...?
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:30 PM   #4
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I have the old Costco box and love it. Since they have one open give it a good shake and see what happens. The price is hard to beat. He'll it's Costco if you don't like it after a few weeks you can take it back.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:32 PM   #5
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Looks like it would make a nice workbench.
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Looks like deal to me, the side cabinet is good for scanner or tools in plastic cases, I don't see it as ruining the box...?
Since the box has an overall length of 72" they could have picked a MUCH better drawer layout to make it comparable to the larger and more expensive boxes. The cabinet could have been an add on.

They had a lot of potential with that one but ruined it. Either way it's still a lot of space for the money.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #7
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How would you compare it to the harbor freight box in terms of quality?
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:00 PM   #8
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It might just be me, but those casters look a little on the small side...but they could be replaced.
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Damn, that would be ideal for autobody...but I don't have the room for it...
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:41 PM   #10
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Our Costco have a 2 bank one for $399, same with a butcher's block top. At first glance, it looks like the HF 13 drawer box.
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Anyone know how deep this box is?
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The drawer layout isn't that bad but it definitely isn't the best. It needs more drawers and hopefully this isn't an 18" depth box. If so I'd disapprove. For something this big it needs to be deep.
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Looks pretty good for the money
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Everything has to be built a lot stronger to support a 56" drawer that's going to be filled with tools. That would push the cost well beyond this price point.
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He'll it's Costco if you don't like it after a few weeks you can take it back.
Yeah... but it would take a lot to take that back!

I think that setup is good. You could put diagnostic tools in the side cabinet. They probably should have had a second unit with drawers in it though for people who would prefer that.

Where did you see this Costco box for sale?
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:28 AM   #16
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It is in Costco here in Kingston, ON and it was also in Halifax, NS when I was back for holidays. I noticed it wasn't listed on their website but it seems like it is a nice box, just not sure if it would be enough drawer space for me. I am kind of leaning towards the HF box with additional add-ons.
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I will check it out and report back in 2 shakes of a dead lamb's tail
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I see two problems . 1.the picture makes it look like its only 18" deep . 2. I have never seen a 72" that didnt have 3 sets of casters on it ( one in the center ) .


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Yeah I was kind of iffy on the casters myself, with the chest fully loaded I am not sure how well they would hold up, it is an easy fix, but it makes me question the box quality.
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looks kind of like this one ... http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/22..._wood_top.html
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Seems as if they don't want to advertize the depth of that box
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I will go back out later today and measure it to know the depth.
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If I had to make an educated guess I would say 20" +-1.5" or thereabouts.
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No sign of it in Southern California. I would look one over if it was there.
Lord knows I don't need anymore boxes but I do enjoy looking at them.
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I saw a similar one at Costco, but it only came in red. If I needed a tool box, I would get one of these without question, it's a screaming bargain. I'd say it's better than Craftsman (thicker metal) and better fit and finish than the Harbor Freight ones.

It's obviously not a Snap On, but the sales tax alone on a new Snap On box this size would be more than the purchase price of the Costco one.
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It isn't listed on costco.com, so no dimensions available anywhere.
I haven't been to my local Costco to check yet, but they hardly ever have the tool boxes at all.
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I think this would be a great buy for a mechanic just starting out or box for the home.
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:14 PM   #28
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No Costcos in southern IL. Sams Club has this box or one extremely close at least and a few different versions as well as benches from time to time on their website. they are never offered at the Sam's in my zip code, but always between $350 and $600 online depending on what they offer.
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Looks like a smokin' hot deal to me. Only $30 more than their steel 56 inch version, and this one is stainless.
Strange it does not have a third set of casters. The 56 inch version has three sets.

The lack of a long drawer is not an issue for me, as I have been living with 26" wide boxes so far, and my tools are either home carpentry, or bicycle oriented. My truing stand would look great on that top.

I was just about ready to pull the trigger on the 56 inch version. I am going to hold up, hopefully this one will make its way to the US soon!!
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I went out to Costco again today, but I forgot my tape measure! However just by eyeballing it, it looks to be 20" deep.
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I'll have to swing by my local Costco up here in Canada as its something I been thinking of replacing my work bench with for more usuable space and ditch my top/bottom box.
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I see two problems . 1.the picture makes it look like its only 18" deep . 2. I have never seen a 72" that didnt have 3 sets of casters on it ( one in the center ) .


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Guy I work with has one, workspace and box seems solid overall. A box this big doesn't move around a ton.

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So is that a US or Canada item? Price in Canada can't be that!!
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Costco used to have some really nice large toolboxes. I know a motorcycle guy who opened his own shop and bought one to save money. He said it was better than the Matco box he used to use. If i recall, it was 56", 20ish drawers and only $800. It was a top and bottom box. Forget who the maker was, some acronym. I don't think they sell them anymore.

Anyways, I wouldn't be afraid to go Costco if you like the box but I think the Harbor Freight box is the better deal when you consider coupons and the add-ons.
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Went to two Costco's in San Diego to take a look, unfortunately neither one has this tool box.
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saw it here in winnipeg awahile back................
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So is that a US or Canada item? Price in Canada can't be that!!
Canada box, I saw it in Kingston, ON and Halifax, NS. They also had a new black top and bottom in today, cannot remember the brand name for the life of me but it was only 579, the quality seems pretty good on these but I am torn, I want a box that is not too expensive but will last me for a while.

My concern with this one is the amount of space, I do not have a ton of tools at the moment but I also want something I can continue to grow into... So I am completely undecided!
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My concern with this one is the amount of space, I do not have a ton of tools at the moment but I also want something I can continue to grow into
Most people here would recommend getting a box you can grow into. Eventually you will fill the box with tools.
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I have a box from Costco. It a stainless box I got in about 2002. Its NOT the same SS box that a others here got. I have never seen another one like mine. Very heavy and very well made. Much thicker steel than other stainless boxes they have offered. It works well for me.

I have not seen the box that the OP is speaking of, but our local Costco has a very nice 72" box with wood top, 21" deep drawers and is powder coated red. Big casters on it too. $459 was the price. It would be a great value for someone. The only one I saw in the store was the display model. If I had room, I would buy it!
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If Costco would just get consistent inventory store to store, they could really dominate on value boxes. The only one around here is the 56 inch steel with a wood top, $499. And they only have one left last time I was there, so it is probably gone by now. I might just grab it next time I go there if it is still there.
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My Costco had the red one on display, and about 5 in backup stock. It's made by CSPS, the same company that made my 56" x22" Stainless Steel Top and Bottom, which I *love*. I am looking for the narrower 41" model that they made if anyone has one they'd sell.

I measured the Costco one and it is only 18" deep. The top is a very poor quality wood - lots of color variation and wild grain. Not saying that it won't hold up, just don't buy it with the expectation that it's a solid Maple butcher block, because it is not. It *may* be renewable bamboo, which would offset much of my negative impression.

Finally, this box is NOTHING like mine in terms of construction and feel. The drawers can't be closed by pushing anywhere but the center, as there is too much slop and they jam. I didn't have a micrometer or thickness gauge with me, but the steel in the drawer seems to be VERY flimsy.

Now, to put all this in perspective:

I stopped by Napa yesterday and looked at the set they have on sale for $999. It's made by Homak, and - in my opinion - was complete junk. I wouldn't take the set for $400! The Harbor freight $99 four-drawer cart is MUCH nicer and more solid

I then stopped in Fleet-Farm today. They had a nice blue 'Homak PRO' roller-box that had a good feel to it and appeared to be nicely made, but it was quite small and they still wanted almost $300 for it. Plus, it had the stupid 'small drawer on top to large drawer on bottom' design. No thanks!

So far my opinion is that the HF 13-drawer is by far the best value for the money at $349 - and maybe even at $399.

Of course that's just my opinion, and YMMV.
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Why did Costco stop carrying the 72" Whalen SS box?
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Why doesn't Costco have consistency with carrying ToolBoxes? Seems like they could really sell a lot of units, if they kept inventory.
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I don't want two 26" boxes morphed together, I need bigger drawers too keep my sockets for each drive in one drawer.
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Costco makes what are called "bulk buys" which means special production runs because they order a lot at one time and get the best pricing. Things like tool boxes are really more like "seasonal" items and not the sort of thing that they want to keep on the shelf in inventory. They do this with furniture, too. They get it in and get it out quickly. Flooring space is extremely expensive and they cannot afford to keep inventory for slow moving items. Toilet paper, Coca-Cola and wine is OK but sofas and tool boxes are not. They actually do this with TVs but you would never notice because they always have so many on display. The models change continuously and you would be hard pressed to find the same model in stock 3-6 months later. It's a very short product life-cycle and they have to keep the inventory moving.

This is totally a bean-counter process. Check this out. Home Depot does the same thing with snow removal equipment and A/C units.

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I'll buy one if they have it at our Costco. Their return policy is the very best, period. Only question I have is the drawers and how well they slide. And, if the door is a cheapie or not. I know Sams has one and it's a piece of crep.

PLEASE put the "ITEM NUMBER" up so we can enquire regarding inventory and price.

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I'll buy one if they have it at our Costco. Their return policy is the very best, period. Only question I have is the drawers and how well they slide. And, if the door is a cheapie or not. I know Sams has one and it's a piece of crep.

PLEASE put the "ITEM NUMBER" up so we can enquire regarding inventory and price.
Don't have the item number, but I have looked at several of these puppies. Mixed feelings. The first two the drawers didn't feel that great.
Then I was in the Rancho Cucamonga store and the slides on their box felt just fine.
You know a lot of boxes get tweaked and torqued in shipping. Inspect any box you buy closely. That goes for any make of box.
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Why doesn't Costco have consistency with carrying ToolBoxes? Seems like they could really sell a lot of units, if they kept inventory.

That's the model all of the warehouse stores operate by. They maintain inventory of basic items (milk for example). Everything else comes in and disappears, never to be seen again. So if you really like it, grab it then, as it may never be stocked again.

I think this model does miss out on a lot of word of mouth/repeat business. By the time the word spreads about a deal, the inventory is gone. But Sams Club and BJs operate the same way. Frustrating for sure.

After all the quibbling about whether to get one of these Costco boxes, or the Harbor Freight one, I ended up picking up a four year old Snap On roller cabinet and top box pair off Craigs List for about the same money (if you add a top box).

So I would encourage folks to watch Craigs List and even ebay (local pickup) for possible deals. They are out there.
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I would encourage folks to watch Craigs List and even ebay (local pickup) for possible deals. They are out there.
The time you spend looking for good deals is sometimes so much, you may as well just have gone out and bought it. That's the way I feel.
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The time you spend looking for good deals is sometimes so much, you may as well just have gone out and bought it. That's the way I feel.
Two sides to that. Yes, bargain hunting can cost more in time than you save.

Other side; about one person in five LOVES to bargain hunt.

I'm one, but I have a lot of friends that would rather be fondled at the airport than go to three stores looking for the best deal on a tool.
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I'll buy one if they have it at our Costco. Their return policy is the very best, period. Only question I have is the drawers and how well they slide. And, if the door is a cheapie or not. I know Sams has one and it's a piece of crep.

PLEASE put the "ITEM NUMBER" up so we can enquire regarding inventory and price.
Hey guys, wake up. The item number is on that big white sign above the toolbox in the pic in the original post on this thread. Oh, and it doesn't come up at Costo.com.
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All I have to say is I have a 41 inch top and bottom Hammerhead stainless steel box from Costco, that I have had for 7 years and it has been great! I really love it I don't think there is a better bang for your buck out there. The overall finish is perfect, the ball bearing slides work great it comes with pre-cut drawer liners and it's just overall a great toolbox especially for the price. But I don't know if Costco still carries the Hammerhead series box's or not I have seen some of the newer Costco box's and they are not the same quality as the one I bought.
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The time you spend looking for good deals is sometimes so much, you may as well just have gone out and bought it. That's the way I feel.
+1 Bargain hunting is an acquired taste. You either like doing it, or you don't. I look for bargains every day, and I sell a fair amount of stuff on both C/L and ebay.

If you are into the hunt, finding a score at a garage sale or thrift store is pretty neat. For those interested in doing it, I would recommend you pick an area where you have some expertise (or develop an area of expertise). The market will tell you whether you are a good picker or not.

I am retired, and look for deals pretty much every day.

And when you are on a limited budget (I am), finding a deal is a great way to get some really good stuff at the cost of crappy stuff.

+1 I have a lot of friends that are amazed by the deals I find, but have zero interest in putting the time and effort into scoring deals themselves. I drove two hours one way to get that Snap On tool box. Some people would think spending four hours of time, plus gas, to get a deal on a tool box is crazy, but others would gladly spend five hours of time, and $50 in cash, hitting a little white ball with a stick, into a small hole in the ground. To each their own (my dad was an avid golfer). I have nothing against golf, my lack of skill just made it frustrating.

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When you are on a limited budget (I am), finding a deal is a great way to get some really good stuff at the cost of crappy stuff.
I agree. I like finding good deals when I can. (That's why this forum is great!) Just with some stuff it doesn't make sense to spend a huge amount of time looking. Toolboxes are obviously something that is worth the hunt.
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All I have to say is I have a 41 inch top and bottom Hammerhead stainless steel box from Costco, that I have had for 7 years and it has been great! I really love it I don't think there is a better bang for your buck out there. The overall finish is perfect, the ball bearing slides work great it comes with pre-cut drawer liners and it's just overall a great toolbox especially for the price. But I don't know if Costco still carries the Hammerhead series box's or not I have seen some of the newer Costco box's and they are not the same quality as the one I bought.
I have the same set up. The story is Hammerhead had CSPS build the boxes for them, but then started making a cheap knock off version under their own label. If you go to the old Hammerhead website, those boxes we got for about $700 were advertised for damn near $3500 a year later. If you weigh a Hammerhead against a CSPS set up there's at least 100lb weight difference.
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At my Costco in California they have this red toolbox by CSPS. It is about 50 inches and pretty nice with a maple top. Anyone see that one? It is about $450. Nice, although I dont have space/want another chest in my own garage.
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By the way, my DAD is hard core about costco. He sends me this e-mail:

Costco secret codes. If it ends in .97 it's on "sale". If there is an asterisk in the upper right hand corner of the price tag it's a one-time deal that won't be coming back.

Heres a link: tell me what you think because I cant open it up on my work computer.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Secret-Codes...oney-At-Costco
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At my Costco in California they have this red toolbox by CSPS. It is about 50 inches and pretty nice with a maple top. Anyone see that one? It is about $450. Nice, although I dont have space/want another chest in my own garage.

Looked at that the other day, while being lectured by my kid about how I dion't have room for any more toolboxes..
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If it ends in .97 it's on "sale". If there is an asterisk in the upper right hand corner of the price tag it's a one-time deal that won't be coming back.
That's what the page said. Watch for items that end in .49 and .79, because those are items Costco got a special deal on. However those aren't as good deals as getting items that end in .97 it seems.
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Im guessing it is an 18 inch box. I have one of the first csps boxes and then got a SO Classic 78, and I will never own a cheap tool box again.
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Looked at that the other day, while being lectured by my kid about how I dion't have room for any more toolboxes..
I get that lecture from my wife. I bought it anyway.

1) It's nice for the price. 2) The drawer slides have the slide latches that are kind of annoying. 3) The bearing don't feel as smooth as the old CSPS stainless rollaways they sold several years ago (I have one of those too). 4) Still glad I bought it.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:25 PM   #62
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Nice move Daedalus. I can only dream of having such a toolbox right now. However I will look at it today when I go to Costco to get my free samples...

Did anyone ever think about if they tried real hard, they could live off of Costco food samples? I mean theyre free, and you can get as many as you want and no one says anything if you pig out.

Sometimes I make a few circuits around Costco to get my samples. I wonder what they are serving up today...
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The box is decent for the price but the drawers are very thin. I lucked out last summer and scooped up two 72" SS units at a blow out price of $499.00 each.

The going price was $1200.XX for both top and bottom units. One was a scratch and dent, the other was the demo floor model.

Three guys went toe to toe to get the last two units . . . I walked right by all three and proceeded to direct the Costco workers to get the fork lift in there.

They stopped and looked at me, all the while I just smiled and waved the receipt in the air indicating the time and date.

Pissed off doesn't even come close to describing the looks I got from them . . .

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For the price, this tool box cant be beat. Gonna get one come spring. If I had $10k + to spend, I would get a matco.
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I've had this box for a few years now. It's OK, but I can't give it a strong recommendation. The drawers are shallow, as noted. The cabinet on the right would be a heck of a lot more useful as drawer space. The friction catches for the drawers seem to be too tight or too loose, and the handles on the drawers are not easy to grab (and are almost impossible with leather gloves on). It's held up fine in use, so seems made pretty well for what it is.

The "recall" notice about the sharp edge on the cabinet came to me about six months ago, and I requested the part through the web link provided. About three months ago I called to talk to a person about where was my edge protector strip. She reported they were sending out a crazy high number every day -- like a thousand or so -- and that my turn would come. She promised to ensure I got one after calling. Months later, nuthin'. A worthless safety program as far as I'm concerned.

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This is a 2011 thread. Tool boxes generally have a pretty short lifespan on Costco's shelves. I'd be surprised if you can find this anymore.
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This is a 2011 thread. Tool boxes generally have a pretty short lifespan on Costco's shelves. I'd be surprised if you can find this anymore.

I brought it back to life just because I saw the safety notice on the recall notice board while doing a return
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This is a 2011 thread. Tool boxes generally have a pretty short lifespan on Costco's shelves. I'd be surprised if you can find this anymore.
I've seen them fairly recently.
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Wow. I haven't seen a long box like that in ages. One of the stores got a few Snap-On boxes but those were sold off within a week.
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