[MR2] Recommended tool chests?
bpeitzke at netwood.net
Wed Mar 14 15:29:45 EDT 2012
If buying for myself I would, but this will be a birthday gift for my son-in-law. Wish I could afford to buy him a new Snap-On chest.
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From: "Steve Bagdon" <mr2 at bagdon.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:14:17
To: 'Aaron Willis'<AWillis at lithia.com>; 'Bob Peitzke'<bpeitzke at netwood.net>; 'MR2 Email'<mr2 at mr2.com>
Subject: RE: [MR2] Recommended tool chests?
I was going to say, if in for the long journey, find a used tool store, or a
pawn shop that does tools, and buy a used Snap-On. It's going to get dirty
anyway, so buy better, that's already seen it's bumps. I bought used one of
the normal width Snap-On rolling tool chests at least 10yrs ago, with the
dual-handled top chest, and it's served me amazingly well. Built like a
tank, great material and construction, very smooth slides, etc.
Considering that for most serious home mechanics, a single drawer of quality
tools will have more value then the cost of just the chest, stop worrying on
the chest cost, just buy quality (and preferably used, to get even better
From: mr2-bounces at mr2.com [mailto:mr2-bounces at mr2.com] On Behalf Of Aaron
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 4:29 PM
To: Bob Peitzke; MR2 Email
Subject: Re: [MR2] Recommended tool chests?
This comes up almost continuously on garagejournal.com, and the
consensus seems to be that Harbor Freight is the winner by a large
margin. Seems they have significantly better build quality and heavier
construction than anything else in that price range. Craftsman in
particular is rapidly losing favor as their affordable offerings drop in
quality and their higher-quality units get more expensive. The darling
of that Chevrolet set (for those who get the reference) is the 13 drawer
Advertised price on that is $599, but you can almost always find a sale
price coupon putting it between $350 and $400.
There's another setup near that price range that seems decent if you
prefer the taller machinist style cabinet and chest combination:
$399, on sale now or $359, but I bet you can find a coupon that brings
it down to $300 or less.
Their entry-level 11-drawer black roller cabinet is on sale at $199, but
doesn't get much respect at garage journal, apparently being too flimsy
to justify the savings when a little more money buys something genuinely
I am still looking for a Snap-On KR557 to park under my '79 KR-537A...
Aaron Willis, Parts Dept. - Lithia Toyota Scion of Springfield, OR -
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From: mr2-bounces at mr2.com [mailto:mr2-bounces at mr2.com] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 2:54 PM
To: 'MR2 Email'
Subject: [MR2] Recommended tool chests?
I'm shopping for a good but not too expensive tool chest for my
I'm looking for a main chest with multiple drawers, on caster wheels,
and a smaller multi-drawer chest that sits atop the main one.
I figure my pain threshold is around $300.
Harbor Freight? Sears? Lowe's?
Appreciate any suggestions.
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