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The time has come for me to collect my tools into a proper chest/cabinet, from their various places around the garage. I was looking at sears.com, they are looking for almost 3k for what I would consider to be a fairly basic cabinet, and a toolbox costs damn near 1k. Can anyone fill me in on what makes them so worthwhile? Also, if they are NOT worthwhile, anyone have any recommendations besides craftsman?
 

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You get what you pay for. Tools are HEAVY and require more than a tin can to hold them. If your not anal about having to be the original owner, You can pick up a used Snap On or Mac box cheap right now comparred to the $10,000 they normally sell for. Just remember with a sears box, any paperclip in the world can open one. I locked the keys in my Snap on and had to wait 3 days for a new key to get into it.

I have this box which I have for sale on craigslist for $2500 so all I can say is check your local craigslist.
 

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Well with layoffs and all I can fill a warehouse right now with cheap quality boxes. Toolboxes are the dick measuring contest of mechanic and like anything in hard times there easy to sell for the right price.
 

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Local Craigslist is your friend when getting good deals on used boxes.
 

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The time has come for me to collect my tools into a proper chest/cabinet, from their various places around the garage. I was looking at sears.com, they are looking for almost 3k for what I would consider to be a fairly basic cabinet, and a toolbox costs damn near 1k. Can anyone fill me in on what makes them so worthwhile? Also, if they are NOT worthwhile, anyone have any recommendations besides craftsman?
Buy used.
 

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How big are you looking to go? I dont have a crazy amt of tools so I recently went with a Craftsman ball bearing box that was half price... I was out the door for about $250 for a 10 drawer. Its nothing compared to the picture posted above but its great for me just to organize what I have in a garage without an excessive amount of space in it.

If you're going higher end, then definitely look used. If you are looking for cheaper, then keep an eye out for sales at Sears and try to pull off something like I did. I know my box isnt worth bragging about, but it gets the job done for me and it was a steal for what it is, IMO.
 

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Costco has as decent chest combo for under $1K.

A pro wouldn't want it for daily use, but for a home garage it's more than enough and the quality is decent.

 

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Only thing to remember is tools are HEAVY. When shopping, pull a drawer out and make sure you can't twist it. I can bet if you stand on the bottom drawer of my box you'll still be able roll it in and out.
 

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I found one set on craigslist and going to check it out tomorrow. I also went to sears yesterday to look at their products. The "professional" ones were 54 inches wide and were of course amazing, but a comparable (as far as i could tell) 41 inch ball bearing setup is much less expensive. I was looking at a 22 drawer setup (similar to this but on sale http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_009H0013000B?vName=Tools&keyword=tool+chest )for 750 where as far as I could tell it was just as good as the pro series. I will likely pull the trigger on that- I do not use it daily and it will unfortunately be mostly pretty storage.
 

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My wife got me the Craftsman ball bearing set several years ago, there was a very nice sale on it at the time. I've really enjoyed it, but yeah, check out local craigslist for some good deals. Also, get some of that gripping foam pad/lining stuff you can cut to size for your drawers, it really makes a difference for keeping both your tools and drawers in good shape.
 

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I was going to suggest the Costco chest, however I see 95ttht already mentioned it.

It's fine for the occasional weekend mechanic.
 

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Only thing to remember is tools are HEAVY. When shopping, pull a drawer out and make sure you can't twist it. I can bet if you stand on the bottom drawer of my box you'll still be able roll it in and out.
This is so true. I had been throgh 2 Craftsman "crap cabinets" as I called them, since 1996, and finally wised up and bought a Clark Industrial (think Cornwell, same gauge metal, same drawers, same internal cage, same sliders, different color). There are many great deals on used boxes these days - cash in on one of those, and do yourself a favor and buy a box that will last a lifetime.

Even with those Sears "Professional" line of boxes that you can mailorder (or walk in and buy, depending on store) - they're expensive, and no better (they're pathetic) compared to my "budget" box, that is actually built like a brick shithouse and weighs ~890lbs.
 

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My pride and joy.

$3000 used with the stainless top. It was my Snap-On dealer's personal tool box.

 

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Yeah I need to take a better pic of mine. I just cleaned and waxed it and it looks AMAZING!

I also removed all the car badges. I don't know why I put them on in the first place. lol
 
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