Which tool chest should I buy?

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Which would you recommend?

  1. Kobalt box for $750

    12.5%
  2. Snap on for $600

    75.0%
  3. New Red/Black craftsman combo from individual for $500

    3.1%
  4. New 41” craftsman combo for $678

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  5. 41” lower box for $389

    0 vote(s)
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  6. 52” craftsman combo for $778

    18.8%
  7. 52” lower box for $439

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  1. gzig5

    gzig5 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    My buddy has this one and I helped him move it. Seems like a nice box and I wish I had room for one.
     
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    • dartfreak75

      dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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      I got a harbor freight I like it i also got a 30 dollar filing cabinet from the local government surplus store for my larger tools. I welded the drawer to the slider and it works fantastic for 30 bucks ! I got the desk too its my work bench.

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      • 75slant6

        75slant6 Well-Known Member

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        The $750 kobalt box sold.

        Heres another option that popped up last night. $400 for the whole setup.

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      • toolmanmike

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        Nope. Ton's of drawers but too shallow to put anything in. A 8" long wrench will have to go sideways.
         
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        • mopardude318

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          I’d have to agree with No on those. They are just not wide enough. I still like that Husky, or a box from Harbor Freight. Long wide deep drawers are your friend. I’m living with drawers not wide enough and having to turn my wrenches over 1” sideways drives me nuts. I like to stand my sockets up as well, I prefer to have them all in one drawer.
           
        • diymirage

          diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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          for this week at least
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        • Sublime one

          Sublime one 72 Demon FABO Gold Member

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          Much to TMMs chagrin I am all Snappy! But his point of the drawer not being deep enough is spot on. Keeping your sockets upright is a huge space saver.

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          • 75slant6

            75slant6 Well-Known Member

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            So if I decide to run up to Harbor Freight today (or next time they have a sale) would y’all recommend the Yukon with wooden top or the US General that can be stacked on later?

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          • Jax_1975_Dart

            Jax_1975_Dart Well-Known Member

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            That Snap On at that price is a much better deal than the others. However, the newer Kobalts aren’t bad.
             
          • 75slant6

            75slant6 Well-Known Member

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            Well, went to message the guy this morning about coming to look at the snap on box this evening, but it solld yesterday… guess I’ll keep my eyes open for another deal or wait till the next sale at harbor freight.
             
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            You snooze you looze.... Good deal don't last...bad deal last forever.
             
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            • Steve welder

              Steve welder Well-Known Member

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              The mechanic at the yard I work at has a Snap on box
              I have a HF box
              There is a noticeable difference
              The drawers on the Snap On box are much smoother
              The drawers are better
              If I was a mechanic full time working 40 plus years, yes I’d have a Snap On box hands down
               
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              • Moparpuller

                Moparpuller Well-Known Member

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                I would stay away from kobalts. 2 people I have worked with had them and the drawer slides come apart and all your tools end up on the ground when the drawer falls out.
                 
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                • diymirage

                  diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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                  ive had my tool pop out when my drawers fell once...that was one christmas party
                   
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                • oi81b4uu812b4

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                  The big Craftsman Professional Tool Boxes were made by a company named Waterloo Industries here in the states...
                  They also made boxes for Snap-On, Milwaukee, Husky, U-Line, Kennedy and US General...

                  I designed the adjustable tooling years ago that bent the steel for the drawers. And the machinery was built at Newcor in Bay City Michigan. The same machinery was used to manufacture usually the heavy steel boxes for numerous manufacturers.

                  If you are buying a new box look to see if it was manufactured
                  Oak Creek, Wisconsin
                  or
                  Waterloo, Iowa
                  or
                  Sedalia, Missouri
                   
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                  • barbee6043

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                    I bought a Husky box last week at a big swap there in Houston. It looked like brand new only because some hobby guy had it and never used it maybe!!??. Yep made in the USA
                     
                  • 75slant6

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                    Went and bought the 44” lower US General box tonight with a 15% coupon. They didn’t have black in stock so I’ll go pick it up when it comes in.
                     
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                    Check out harbor freight
                     
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