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« on: September 29, 2017, 07:28:15 PM »

Anyone have one or have they ever seen and used one? They are very cost friendly and the pro series has a 300/600 lb rating which is a little better than snapon...

But thatís just paper... what is reality.

I really need a box, and as much as I would love a 72 inch box, itís gonna be a 55 inch because Iím poor, retired, married and retired. And married.

Here is a link to a box Iím looking at but from a different dealer.

https://www.nhproequip.com/extreme-tools-ex5511rc-roller-cabinet-tool-box
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 08:34:22 PM »

Craigslist might be your best friend.  Local example.  That is if your are not opposed to recycle/reuse.  YMMV

https://wichita.craigslist.org/tls/d/snap-on-tool-box/6264236184.html
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 09:00:17 PM »

I am happy to have a used box. Problem is in my area, they rarely come up and when they do, people want 80% full retail on a used box.

There is one classic 78 55 inch for sale for $2500.... but... I canít get actual pics so I donít know the condition. And for the price, that extreme tools box comes in brand new delivered.

Thatís the great debate really.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 06:20:35 AM »

x2 on the Craigslist idea.  But, guys usually want a premium for Snap-On boxes . . . . .

I own, or have owned, several Snap-On tool boxes over the years, after "upgrading" from Craftsman tool boxes in the 70's and 80's.   It seemed that the only reliable way to store heavy tools was with "top cabin" USA made stuff.   My needs expanded at the time that Sears decided to start "cheaping out" their tool box line, abandoning long time supplier Waterloo Tool Boxes.   So, at the time, Snap-On seemed the only choice, and they have served me well.

BUT, recently I developed a need for "off site" tool storage.  Many of the guys in the shop where I "part-time", have Harbor Freight tool boxes.   And although I initially discounted them, they turned out to be serviceable units, and they are very affordable, something that has become important to me in "retirement".   One of the other guys in the shop had a HF large rolling cabinet that he was very happy with, and as he pointed out, it was much more affordable than the same size in Snap-On.   The local Snap-On dealer's price for a similar size was $2500, with a 10% discount, which seemed really expensive to retired me.   So when push came to shove, I ended up purchasing Harbor Freight's, US General, 44 in wide, 13 drawer, rolling tool cabinet, normally $399.  Yeah $399.   But with a coupon from a mail flyer, I got mine for $359!!   Just on purchase price, that's an $1891 savings.   I just could not justify spending the extra dough . . . . . .

https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/tool-chests-roller-cabinets/44-in-13-drawer-glossy-red-industrial-roller-cabinet-69387.html

I am happy with it, the quality is adequate, and it is serving me well.   I have it loaded to the max, and all the drawers are functioning fine.   One thing I do not do is to roll it around the shop with it as loaded as I have it.   Other than that though, I figured I got way above my money's worth, which as I said was the big issue for me.

They have a variety of sizes of rolling tool cabinets:   a 56 inch, 11 drawer @ $749;  and a 72 inch, 18 drawer @ $1099  possible sale prices unknown.   The lower price may let you get a larger unit.   My experience is that every gear head "outgrows" their tool box . . . . . . .

Others might make a different choice.

Just my 2Ę

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2017, 08:52:25 AM »

I'll second the notion for the Harbor Freight boxes. I've been using one of the 44 inchers every day for the last 6 years as my main box in a heavy truck dealership. No issues to report at all. I also don't roll it all over the shop though. If I were buying a box today it would definitely be the 72 inch that they offer.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2017, 10:22:04 AM »

Home Depot has several large roll away tool boxes. Less than $1,000. I've bought several and one is my Bonneville spares box including gears, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2017, 12:21:37 PM »

All this said, a slick trick I saw at a shop in Iowa was to take a big el-Cheapo tool box, cut a piece of 7/16" wafer board the size of the base, bolt it to the bottom of the box to add some lateral and torsional stiffness, and upgrade the wheels.

I like the idea - but I'm super cheap . . .   
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2017, 01:38:59 PM »

Home Depot has several large roll away tool boxes. Less than $1,000. I've bought several and one is my Bonneville spares box including gears, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 02:38:57 PM »

Home Depot has several large roll away tool boxes. Less than $1,000. I've bought several and one is my Bonneville spares box including gears, etc.
John

Looking at tool boxes is something of a hobby of mine. The ones at Home Depot are all Chinese made, as are the Harbor Freight ones. Believe it or not, the Harbor Freight ones are MUCH better made, and cheaper for what you get.
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2017, 05:54:40 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2017, 08:51:32 AM »

I always thought the double wide tool boxes were way over priced. I have had good luck with buying two really nice Craftsman bottom boxes (caught on sale) and then build a steel frame bed with a good set of quality casters to set them on.  I have three sets like this now with different types of middle and top boxes to go along with it. Probably a third of the price of a solid bottom box.
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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2017, 10:58:11 AM »

Doubt if all but a few could afford a large roll away tool box made in America!
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2017, 04:01:26 PM »

Slide, I bought the not so extreme version of this at Home Depot at Christmas, it was $199 on sale.  Not professional grade, but it does what I need for a whole lot less.  I have seen the exact same at Harbor Freight, but without the prestigious Husky nameplate on it.

Funny, but I also get medical carts from my nursing home to use for small parts.  I forgot that years ago they were needing a cart in a department and used one of mine from my garage.  It just broke after eight years and the replacement quote was $2700 for a new one.  I found a nice used one coming off lease for $500.  Gotta be thrifty!
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2017, 07:42:07 PM »

About ten years ago I attended a gov't surplus auction here in Tucson and my bid won two heavy-duty tool cabinets. They are really nice- each drawer is rated for 450lbs and slides on ball bearings. I use the larger drawers for larger tools such as electric & pneumatic drills, angle grinders, and other big heavy stuff. I was lucky, I think I bid about $200 for both of them. They were made by Rack Engineering in PA.

Regards, Neil  Tucson, AZ


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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2017, 09:42:47 AM »

My typical approach is to find American made stuff at clearance price or used pieces.  Heck, us old guys don't have many years left and we are gentle on things.  We do not need the strength and quality that a young person wants at the start of their career. 
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