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Forum topic by Jack Lewis posted 06-17-2017 12:42 AM 775 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Lewis

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06-17-2017 12:42 AM

I would like a straight out an opinion of HF 4-6 drawer tool boxes. Are they worth taking home?

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 12:49 AM

Hello Jack, what do you want to use them for? If you want to put woodworking tools in them for shop storage they are great. If want to load them down with automotive tools and roll them around a lot in the garage and out in the driveway, then no, they wont hold up. Take a look at Kobalt boxes at Lowes.

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 01:34 AM

Wrong answer to your question.

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 02:45 AM

Jack I have one of the big roll around boxes from harbor freight and have no issues with it. It is built just as good if not better than the CMan boxes, ways about 250 pounds. I have had it now at least 5 years.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 04:21 AM

I don’t own one but according to the mechanics in the family they are the best boxes in that price range. We have a Snap-on and Kobalt. The Kobalt is okay, I don’t hate it but the slides are kind of flimsy. The Snap-on is the bomb diggity, you could stand on the drawers and dance.

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 11:50 AM

I have this tool chest (link at the bottom) and when I was researching what to get for my shop. I read over and over again that the Red tool chests were much better than the Black models. I don’t own any of the Black tool chests to compare but if I recall correctly, I think the Red ones have stronger and better bearing slides.

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#6 posted 06-17-2017 02:20 PM

FOR WHAT Snap on cost you should be able to dance on drawers and also have them put dollars in your g- string ….LMAO :<))

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#7 posted 06-17-2017 03:54 PM

I have two of the black 4 drawer roll around cart/tool boxes. I like them a lot they roll fine in the garage on the concrete but not so well in the asphalt at my house. But that is because the asphalt isn’t very good. Also the locking casters are not all that great. One is full of mechanic tools and the other is full of miscellaneous hand tools and finishing supplies.
I will add that my diesel mechanic buddy likes the matco boxes over snap on. Due to the snap on sheet metal is part of the structure and the matco isn’t so you can replace just the metal panels. He has had a couple hit in the shop by semis with no brakes. So replacing the panels is something he likes over having to pull all the drawers in the snap on and have to hammer things out straight. I have helped him hammer out one snap on box and it sucked.

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Jack Lewis

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#8 posted 06-17-2017 06:42 PM

Thanks all Just the opinions I wanted!

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#9 posted 06-17-2017 06:56 PM

Just a suggestion… check your local craigslist :)

I see them for sale all the time, and many times they are loaded with tools as well. I picked up a 75th Anniversary Craftsman set (6 drawer roll around base and 11 drawer top cabinet) that was loaded with tools for $300. Tools alone were worth a couple grand at least.


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