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Old 01-26-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Tool Chests

So I am in need of another rolling tool chest.
My old one is a Craftsman ball bearing with a bottom, intermediate and top with plenty of draws, stands proud and tall, has served me well. Now I am no pro mechanic but a weekend warrior who just happens to love tools.
So I go to Sears and find that the new stuff that they carry are of very flimsy metal with spot welds showing through. I was not convinced and had put it off saying that it needed more research.
Yesterday I was in HF and saw this US General kit they had on sale. Looked nice. and sturdy.
I did search here and found a few comments on them but none recently.
Hope to hear from folks who have these. Do they last and are you happy? Pics of your rig.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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No firsthand experience but supposedly Costco/Sams sells a brand (Torin I think?) of toolbox that are quite nicely made and not too expensive. My friend bought one last year and loves it -- BB slides, lined drawers, gas strut lid on the top box, powedercoated finish, etc.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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You are going to get what you pay for with toolboxes. I have Snap-Ons and Kennedys. Not cheap, but tops. You might have a look at the Kobalt ones that Lowe's sell. I've never really looked at one, though. I'd be leery of boxes from Harbor Fright.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #4
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Now thats a good one. Did never think to check the wherehouse deals. Ty.


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No firsthand experience but supposedly Costco/Sams sells a brand (Torin I think?) of toolbox that are quite nicely made and not too expensive. My friend bought one last year and loves it -- BB slides, lined drawers, gas strut lid on the top box, powedercoated finish, etc.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:55 PM   #5
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Thanks, but if you go look at both of them and compare, the craftsman box has the same outside handles as the Us Gen. There is a lot of similarity but the guage of metal used is different. They are all made in China :)
I have excluded snap on and the likes as I am not a pro wrench. Consumer/prosumer grade would be great for me.


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You are going to get what you pay for with toolboxes. I have Snap-Ons and Kennedys. Not cheap, but tops. You might have a look at the Kobalt ones that Lowe's sell. I've never really looked at one, though. I'd be leery of boxes from Harbor Fright.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:28 PM   #6
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I already had early '70s Craftsman top and intermediate boxes, so I went ahead and got a Craftsman 5 drawer roll around bottom box. They were on sale for around $150 a few weeks ago. What put my knickers in a twist was a local Craigslist deal yesterday. A fella had two sets of nice Craftsman 6 drawer roll around and top boxes for $95 for each set. They looked brand spankin' new. I missed them by 15 minutes. I wanted them both, and for what he was asking, a steal.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:37 PM   #7
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Having the HF box... it is alarmingly good.

Particularly being -400 with the right coupon.

Add it up, ball bearing, good feeling weight to the steel.

Pretty nice really, I think that under normal "around the home" use. That they should hold up a good long time.

Otherwise I suggest you go for used boxes.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #8
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I have a HF bottom roller and lowes kobalt top. The HF is a bargain with the 20% off coupon. IIRC I paid under $300
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:14 PM   #9
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So where does one find the 20% coupon?


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I have a HF bottom roller and lowes kobalt top. The HF is a bargain with the 20% off coupon. IIRC I paid under $300
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:15 PM   #10
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So where does one find the 20% coupon?
Don't bother, it no longer applies to tool chests and a few other items.

Wait for the biggest single coupon on the tool chest and roll with it.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:15 PM   #11
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I bought the HF ball bearing top and bottom last Feb. No complaints, $520 for the pair, including the 8.4% sales tax....I guess enough cheap fucks like me bought them with the 20% discount coupon, that they won't do that anymore. Bummmer.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:23 PM   #12
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I have 2 large chests from Craftsman, that I was able to get at a huge discount, because they had been returned due to the boxes being ripped, one had 2 small dents in a rear corner, noone will see. Sometimes, I just go to Sears, and if they have something I want I make an offer, and have the counter guy call his boss for approval. Works about half the , but be prepared to do the deal right then and there if they OK it.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #13
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Don't bother, it no longer applies to tool chests and a few other items.

Wait for the biggest single coupon on the tool chest and roll with it.
IIRC that was the 25% coupon, the 20% is good for anything:

printable coupon good till 3/15/2011
http://www.bargainez.com/printable-c...ntable-coupon/
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:53 PM   #14
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Bought the HF bottom roller on sale and would recommend it to anyone. I feel its way better than about anything from craftsman.

The other boxes HF sells that stacked three high are a different story. I really don't care for them.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:16 AM   #15
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Hf

I also have the HF bottom box. Don't bother with the narrower boxes they sell because they are junk, but the red wider ones that you are refering to are really pretty great. In my opinion the HF box is way way way better than any craftsman box I've ever had. The craftsman rollers don't last and you pay sooo much for what they are. I spent $320 on my bottom box and it has given me zero issues despite heavy loads in the drawers and plenty of time rolling around the shop. It replaced a marginal grip latch craftsman. I can't speak for the spendy ones, but you'll pay a couple grand for an equivelant snap on or comparable. You won't be dissapointed with the HF.
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