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New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Peter Person » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:26 pm

Finally picked up the Harbor Freight US General 26" 8-drawer rolling tool chest. Not Snap-On, but it seems well built and can't beat the price. It is made in China.
My 26" Craftsman 6-drawer box fits perfect on top. I think I'm all set for tool storage.
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Started out 40+ years ago with this Parker Tool Box. Top tray and a mess of tools in the box. Not very convenient.
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Upgraded to this 3-drawer Craftman box when I bought my Cub.
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When I started adding Metric wrenches and sockets to my tools, I upgraded to the 6-drawer box.
Gave Erik my 3-drawer box. Still keep the Parker filled with oddball items and duplicates.
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:04 am

I LOVE my tools, and had a great time organizing them when I bought my rolling tool box. I do still have a fairly complete portable (albeit heavy!) toolbox that travels with me to Cubfests and any remote repair jobs.

Have fun finding just the right place for everything...and more importantly, remembering just where that right place is when you need a particular tool!! :lol:

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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Stanton » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:44 pm

I bought HF's 44"x22" tool cabinet a couple years ago when it went on sale at Christmas. Red of course...

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Haven't regretted it one bit. Quality item.
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Peter Person » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:07 pm

Dale,
Funny you mention putting things in a particular location. I was thinking the same thing, how many drawers will I open trying to find something. I pretty much had my 6-drawer box memorized.

Stanton,
I seriously considered the box you have. It’s on sale for $450. The box I got was on sale for $280. I opened a HF Credit Card and got another $28 off. With tax it came to $268. If I was going to be in New Hampshire any time soon, could have gotten it w/o sales tax, saving $16!
Should last the rest of my wrench turning years.

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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Gary Dotson » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:54 am

A couple years ago, I treated myself, on black friday, to a new tool box. I bought the 72" top & bottom from Rural King, that has sure been nice! That thing replaced 7 smaller box's, in a far more organized fashion. I gave a lot of thought, as to what items went into which drawer, then labeled all the drawers. I have gotten used to it pretty quickly, Peter, you will too!

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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby ricky racer » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:26 am

People can say what they want about Harbor Freight but those US General tool boxes are pretty nice! Very well made and a great value for a box that will last a lifetime.
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby CharlieK » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:34 am

I like to remember where everything is in my entire garage--including where all tools are in the tool box--can't put up with my boy in my garage too often
get er done; life is good

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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:45 am

You're quite right, Ricky! The box from Rural King was an even better price than Harbor, plus I got a good discount with the Black Friday coupons (my wife bought the top box, I bought the bottom and used two coupons) My $1100 set-up would have cost about $6000 or more, from Snap-On. I'll never understand the frenzy for the Snap-On tool chests.

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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Peter Person » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:45 am

Gary Dotson wrote:You're quite right, Ricky! The box from Rural King was an even better price than Harbor, plus I got a good discount with the Black Friday coupons (my wife bought the top box, I bought the bottom and used two coupons) My $1100 set-up would have cost about $6000 or more, from Snap-On. I'll never understand the frenzy for the Snap-On tool chests.


For the homeowner, weekend warrior, or light duty user, Snap-On or MAC or Matco boxes are overkill. My son Aron is a road service mechanic, working on forestry and construction equipment.
He uses Snap-On tools almost exclusively, with a smattering of MAC, Matco, and Gear Wrench tools. His cordless tools are Milwaukee 18V Fuel. 2 years ago his boss upfitted the truck he was assigned to with Husky tool chests inside the side boxes of the truck. The Husky boxes were pretty well used up when he recently got a "new" truck assigned to him that already had the side boxes upfitted with some heavy duty drawer & cabinet units. The 2-year old Husky boxes got thrown in the scrap metal dumpster.
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When he first started with this company he brought his 3 month old 60" Husky box with him and was in the shop for a 6 month trial period before he was sent on the road. I "borrowed" this for the last 2 years until Aron sold the box to his brother Erik, thus the need for the HF Rolling Tool Chest. Other than a good coating of dust, it was as good as new. The "soft close drawers" still worked!
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby ricky racer » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:08 am

Gary Dotson wrote:You're quite right, Ricky! The box from Rural King was an even better price than Harbor, plus I got a good discount with the Black Friday coupons (my wife bought the top box, I bought the bottom and used two coupons) My $1100 set-up would have cost about $6000 or more, from Snap-On. I'll never understand the frenzy for the Snap-On tool chests.


I agree that both the US General and the boxes from Rural King are great buys. Being someone that worked out of a tool box throughout my career, a good tool box sure makes life easier. If you've got a youngster going into the trades, helping him buy a good box will be a gift that will keep giving throughout his career. Usually a kid just starting can't afford a decent box.
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby RUSSALL » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:42 am

Move your top box flush with the new bottom box or you’ll never use the bottom drawer on the top box


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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Nelson 634 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:47 am

So True......
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Peter Person » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:57 pm

RUSSALL wrote:Move your top box flush with the new bottom box or you’ll never use the bottom drawer on the top box

Russ


Russ, thought about that but decided against it. I'll have Aron fab up a side shelf that will bolt to the left side of the box using the holes for the push/pull bar.
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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby ricky racer » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:15 pm

RUSSALL wrote:Move your top box flush with the new bottom box or you’ll never use the bottom drawer on the top box


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Re: New Rolling Tool Chest

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:16 am

On my R.K. box, they already set flush, all drawers, top and bottom, are the same depth. I know what you're saying, though!


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