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Forum topic by Markmh1 posted 06-30-2018 03:32 PM 1186 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2018 03:32 PM

My chintzy Crapsman toolbox is plumb full, and so heavy I’m afraid a caster is gonna fold under.

In all honesty, this hasn’t been a bad toolbox, I’m needing something bigger and more heavy duty.

I see HD has a raft of different brands of toolboxes I’ve never heard of. Some of them are “homeowner specials”, but some seem OK with 14 gauge cabinets, ball bearing drawers, and liners.
I’ve also been looking at Kennedy, but $2k is hard to bite off. The Kennedy boxes are quite nice, I’ve looked at some, fellows are happy with them, and Kennedy has a great reputation.

Has anyone seen any of these HD toolboxes? My HD can order them in, but don’t have any on display. Dropping $1k on a pig in a poke doesn’t seem prudent to me.

Anyone with experience on these?


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#1 posted 06-30-2018 04:40 PM

No experience with them but my uncle uses the harbor freight and rural king tool boxes and loves them compared to his craftsman ones. Price wise they r great and seem real smooth.

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#2 posted 06-30-2018 04:40 PM

When I bought mine I looked around and around. I settled on a couple harbor freight roll arounds and have been very happy with them. I have the 5 drawer models one has air tools, one has mechanic tools and the other is hand tools and sand paper. I have also use their large mechanic snap on style boxes and they are great also.

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#3 posted 06-30-2018 05:38 PM

According to guys who wrench for a living, HF boxes are the bargain way to go. I have Kobalt which is flimsy, and a Snap On which is built like a tank. I’ve only seen the smaller Kennedy boxes, didn’t know they made big ones.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 06-30-2018 06:04 PM

I have been considering a 44” Harbor Freight roll away and, reading all of the reviews, it appears to be well worth the money.
Some of the models available at Home Depot aren’t too badly priced either and they have a lot of different brands.

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#5 posted 06-30-2018 09:19 PM

Try this site, I have several friends that bought from them for home shops and they are very pleased with the quality and performance.

When the time comes I finally clear a space for a bigger toolbox at home this is the company I intend to get mine from.

HF is okay for average use, would I use it at work? NO. Way too lightweight for the amount of heavy tools I have in my collection. Now light line guys and specialist probably a different story.

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#6 posted 06-30-2018 09:19 PM

You won’t beat the General boxes from HF in the bang for the buck area, sure they aren’t Cornwell or Snap-On but they don’t cost near tool truck prices either. You also can’t discount Craftsman, they make a very wide range of boxes quality wise and if you shop well and stack coupons correctly you can get their good ones for a good price.

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#7 posted 07-01-2018 12:00 AM

I”ve both craftsman and HD units, and most are well over a decade old, and have been abused as normal usage, and exposed to the weather more than i like to admit, and all three are functioning quite well, dang things just arent;’ big enough. lol

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#8 posted 07-01-2018 12:25 AM

I have 3 HD Husky 4’ benches with drawers and one taller cabinet. I think they are well made and a good value. The 4’ benches with drawers are on sale at Christmas for $199 and occasionally other times as well, like Father’s day. I have head the HF boxes are great and in looking at them they seem a good value too. If you have a Costco membership they have limited selection, but I really like their tool chest too. HD has good selection and all my boxes match. I don’t think I would buy sight unseen. Maybe a road trip or detour while on vacation to a HD or HF store?

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#9 posted 07-01-2018 01:44 AM

Something to keep in mind, those that mention not big enough. Most HF and borg boxes are 16-18 inch deep. Mine at work is 22 inch deep and it makes a difference. Heck the tool guy told me they have 36 inch deep drawers now. I think they forget that if it is 36 inch deep you need 72 inch to open the drawer and another 18 for you to stand in front. Last I checked shops are not getting bigger, at least not ours.


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#10 posted 07-01-2018 11:03 PM

I too have been looking at a new tool boxes, and I have both Harbor Freight and Home Depot stores here in town.
So I have been able to actually handle the boxes I have been looking at. HD has the Huskey, and Milwaukee brand in the store here. And HF has there brand. I think all three are comparable and of good solid quality when looking at the boxes that are over 40” long. The smaller boxes seem to fall into that homeowner special that you referred to.
HD web site shows a couple more brands. International, and the Extreme tools brand. My local store does not stock these brands, So no idea of there quality.
I am leaning toward this Husky box. it seems to have the best features for my needs.
I had not looked at the gauge of steel until now. Been going off of how the boxes feel to the touch. How smooth the drawer slides and castors are. But now that I read the web sites. HF does not say what gauge steel is being used. And the Husky I am considering is a textured black matte finish with 18 gauge steel frame, while the gloss black with silver handles is 22 gauge steel.
I am going to have to go back to HD and shop some more. Two 41” boxes for less than the one 56” box I am looking at. I have not gave the 41” box any serious thought, so I need to see if it is as solid as the 56” box.

-- John

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#11 posted 07-02-2018 05:14 AM

I’ve got a couple of the Craftsman sets. Last set I got on CL (4 drawer bottom roller cabinet and 8 drawer top cabinet) was the black Anniversary edition and came with over $2000 worth of tools. Got it for $100. I see them pop up on CL all the time, and except for some of the huge Snap-on’s, they are selling for cheap. I don’t think I would ever buy one new. Just saying.


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#12 posted 07-02-2018 01:06 PM

Yes, I’ve been looking at the gauge, and it gets confusing. 18 ga is about .048 thick. 20 ga is about .036.

Some companies say the frame is up to 14 gauge, but it looks like they just mean the channels where the casters are fastened. Some of the Extreme boxes have a THD prefix in the model number. My guess is this refers to “The Home Depot”. These are 55×21, and the regular Extreme is 55×24. I wonder what else is “shorter”?

Right now I’m kinda disgusted with looking, I’m gonna take a break. The more I look, the more I wonder about the BORG.


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#13 posted 07-06-2018 04:59 PM

HD in my experience are pretty good if you don’t have much and don’t use it and don’t move it. BUT… if you do one or more of those you will be disappointed. Especially moving it. Load it up and pull/push it and it will rack making the drawers sticky and drag. The Draw bottoms will bow/bend too. Go for Snap On or Kennedy, used if you can find them and plan on actually loading them up with tools. Also, Mech tools are far heaver than Wood tools lighter construction may be fine. Btw I’m not enamored with HF either. They work for a homeowner/occasional user but not for any day-to-day work.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#14 posted 07-06-2018 05:43 PM

Worked in a factory job as a Production Tech…running Injection Molding machines….I needed a small rollaround to get into where I needed to work. Out on the Blowmolding lines (Sidels) they had a lot more room. Most of the techs out there used the US General roll arounds from HF…and also the add-on boxes…..Some of the maintainance techs used something by Montezuma …...Heavy? One fellow used a forklift to get his outfit from one side of the department to the other..300’ away. (BTW: next time you drink out of a Pepsi product’s plastic bottle…remember me, one of the fellows that made that bottle…by the millions)

My little 4 drawer craftsman roll-around is still going strong….weighs a lot more than me…and has a 7 drawer chest on top…Have had no issues with 11+ years.

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#15 posted 07-06-2018 07:01 PM

Yeah, bear in mind that older, professional Craftsman boxes are built like tanks. I have 2 that are 30+ years old that were used in machine shops most of their lives. They are still loaded to the gills and still roll around my shop just fine and have no issues with drawers sticking. On the other hand, I have a newer “homeowner” C-man roll around too. It’s lightly loaded but the difference in quality is quite obvious.

As a machinist, Kennedy was always the favored brand. I have a small Kennedy top box but was always too cheap to spring for one of the roll-arounds :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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