I am looking for a tool cabinet for in my shop. It won't be moved a whole
lot, I just have to much crap up on the shelves and want it all in
something. The price of a new Snap-On chest is out of my budget, the used
Vidmars aren't cheap either.
NOpe, can't say I do, I quit buying that china made crap years ago.
better to do without than buy that junk aand then have top cart it off
as scrap in a short time. Look around for used file cabinets, or index
or IBM punch card cabinets. They are all over the place if yuou look
hard enough and usually for free just to get rid of them. They are
substanial in construction and are well suited for holding all kinds
of shop type items.
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Tried the punch card cabinet, not really that usefull. The draws are to
small :-) all they did was collect the small junky stuff.
The toolbox looks like the generic stuff you see in the large chain
stores. But with ballbearing drawers and tipping the scales at 400lbs
it is problably not to bad a deal. A lot cheaper than the $4500cnd I
payed for my roll cab, top box and side cabinet from snap-on :-)
Check Costco before you buy harbor freight on one of these. I believe
that they have a pretty good set for not much more money than this.
Costco execs have said that their maximum mark-up is about 15% so you
may get more bang for the buck there.
i was at a local Harbor Freight retail store about three weeks ago..
they had one of the cabinets in front of the store.. i was not in the
market for one so did not pay attention.. but did open and clost the
drawerw.. it seemed pretty smooth and i was impressed.. Harbor freight
is known for their junk... eventhough it is not a know brand(by me) it
seemed to work pretty good and is probably work the money for the
cabinet... i got one of those craftsman cabinets(roller type) with the
tool box on top... it is much bigger than mine and i paid about $350 for
them both about 25 yrs. ago.... from what i remember the HF cabinet is a
little thicker metal than the one i have.. and no the HF one is not very
thin stuff like those $25 boxed you see that look like a mini version
of a tool cart on wheels...
HF had these on "special" a month or so ago (around Xmas maybe??), and
I went over to Detroit to see about one. I guess maybe I expected too
much, and so I was pretty disappointed in the product all round.
Light gauge, sharp corners everywhere, "bumpy" drawer slides.
My advice is to be sure you get a first hand look at one before
buying. I did, and decided against it.
ps... somebody else nixed the flat files as being too shallow. Just
remove a tray or two for more depth, and maybe make a "drawer" with
those "extras" under a bench-top.
While most of my shop is of the old USA tools I have been looking for a tool
box and finding a fair price in my book is hard. The guy down the road had a
Snap-on box about the same size that was beat up and he wanted $2500. The
fact that its 400 pounds means its got some metal to it. I have a few of
those free shipping codes so freight shouldn't be an issue. As to using old
file cabinets the draws just don't work good for what I want. I will check
One of the welding courses I took (after the first one, it was pretty much
just to use their tools) a guy built his own box. Basically made it like
you would a wood cabinet. Welded the metal into a 4 sided box, then welded
cross pieces on the front and bought some metal drawers with glides. Of
course you could make those too. After the guides were welded to the sides,
he welded the back on. Got a lot of practice on vertical corner welding.
He pretty much just hit it with a flapper wheel and you couldn't tell it was
welded. He also had some front doors to secure the drawers and some sort of
odd locking doohickey. Had to use the hoist to get it in his truck, but you
wouldn't have to go that thick.
Based on the specs in the ad, I'd pass and keep looking. If you
noticed the weight capacity, it's very small for the total size of the
unit. A total of 475 pounds capacity is very small. My small top box
consistantly ends up with 4-500 pounds of tools in it without really
trying. The better cabinets will carry individual drawer ratings of
100-250+ pounds capacity each and the main cabinet will reflect that
Been there...done that with the cheaper crap and won't ever do it
I will keep looking not sure how fast I would hit 475 pounds of stuff.
Others have suggested and found fair prices on other solutions but I haven't
found any yet. Most of my shop has been outfitted with good tools at a very
fair price, but the tool boxes are just hard to fine.Up here in Connecticut
we have shops selling off all the time but the tool boxes still get top
I bought one of these to replace an old Craftsman and have been very
pleased with it. Lots of room, plenty of drawers that roll smoothly -
even the one that is stuffed with chisels and punches. No doubt there
are nicer and better built boxes available but this one is fine for
the money in my opinion.