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Best Toolbox 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

If you have a lot of tools you’ll need to keep them somewhere safe so they don’t get lost. You’ll also need to keep all of your tools together so that if you frequently move from location to location, or you simply need to have access to them. Here is where a toolbox can come in handy. When shopping for a tool box, you will need to make sure that you purchase one that is strong and sturdy enough for all of your tools. Here is where we can come in and help. We have selected 5 of the best tool boxes on the market right now so that finding the right one is that little bit easier.

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

DEKO 168pcs - Best With Tools

The DEKO 168pcs Tool Box is a very sturdy looking toolbox that comes with a black and yellow finish. Complete with tools that are ideal for use around the home or with auto repairs that DEKO comes with 168 pieces that have been made from high-quality steel. Sold for approximately $85, this tool set comes with ratchets, wrenches, precision screwdrivers, sockets, a tape measure, hammer, and pliers.

Manufacture:

DEKO

Modal:

168pcs

Weight:

13.1 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Measuring 19.4 x 14.9 x 5.4 inches, and weighing 15.1 pounds, this isn’t the smallest or the lightest tool box, but it does come with a wide variety of tools that could prove to be just what you need. With tools that have been made to a professional grade and a toolbox that is easy to carry thanks to the handle, the DEKO 168pcs tool box is the best tool box that comes with tools. With


At Number Two...

DEWALT Toolbox - Best Without Tools

The DEWALT Toolbox Organizer comes with a black and yellow finish, as well as a padlock hasp lock that helps to keep your tools safe and secure. If you are looking for a tool box that can be carried around with ease, without worrying whether it will open up when being carried, this could be the one for you. Made from tough plastic that has been built to last, and water-resistant, the DEWALT comes with a lid that can also be used for storage.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

DWST08203

Weight:

N/A

Power:

N/A

Measuring 21 x 13 ¼ inches (Width and depth), and ideal for use with a trolley that has been specifically made to carry tool boxes, the DEWALT Tool box is ideal for storing power tools, and other tools such as hammers and wrenches. Considered to be one of the very best tool boxes that comes without tools, this tool box could be ideal if you have a lot of tools that need to be stored safely.


At Number Three...

Vastar 102-Piece

The Vastar 102-Piece Home Repair Toolbox is a modern-looking tool box that comes with 102 tools, that have a blue/white handle and are ideal for use around the home. Complete with piers, a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, level, wrenches, and screwdrivers, this kit has everything you need. Sold for approximately $50, and with tools made from chrome-vanadium steel, the Vastar weighs just 6 pounds and measures 10 x 9 x 3 inches.

Manufacture:

Vastar

Modal:

102-Piece

Weight:

6 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Complete with tools that are easy to take out and put back in again, the Vastar toolbox will ensure that you have your tools to hand when you need them the most. With handles that have been ergonomically designed and a carry case that is compact, this is possibly one of the lightest toolboxes that is complete with a range of tools. With a reputation for being a good quality tool kit, this could be exactly what you need.


At Number Four...

OUTAD 82-Piece

The OUTAD 82-Piece Tool Set comes with a wide variety of tools that make the OUTAD ideal for use around the home and in the garage. This set that has been made to use when you’re first starting out has been heated treated and comes with a chrome plate to ensure that the tools stay strong, durable, and are corrosion-resistant. Complete with screwdrivers, a tape measure, pliers, utility knife, Allen keys, a hacksaw, claw hammer, electrical tape and more, this set looks like it means business.

Manufacture:

OUTAD

Modal:

82-Piece

Weight:

6 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Measuring 13.8 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches and complete with a carry case to help you store the tools neatly and with ease, the OUTAD has a reputation for being a good tool set that has a lot of useful tools.


At Number Five...

Stanley STST19900

The Stanley STST19900  2-in-2 Tool Box and Organizer comes with dividers that can easily be removed so you can keep your tools and nuts and bolts separate should you need to. With a removable lid that also comes with side latches, the Stanley STST19900 is very easy to use. Make to store power tools and hand tools this tool box does not come with tools included, but its design means that you can keep all of your tools safe and secure.

Manufacture:

Stanley

Modal:

STST19900

Weight:

6.2 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Sold for approximately $38, and measuring 12.3 x 9.6 x 19.9 inches, and weighing 6.2 pounds, the tool box will be heavier once you’ve added your tools. The top of the tool box comes with yellow flaps that hide storage spaces, allowing you to store even more than you realized, and the bottom container allows for even more storage making this one of the handiest tool boxes around.


Buying Guide…


Portability

If you think you will need to move your tool box from one place to another you may want to look for one that comes with wheels, or can be attached to a trolley. Alternatively, if you’re happy to pick up a tool box and take it with you, you should make sure that it has a strong handle that can support the weight of the tool box. If you’re not sure that the handle is strong enough, remove some of the heavy tools, and lift the tool box gently.


Weight

The weight of the tool box itself is quite inconsequential, however, when it is full of tools, there can be a lot of additional weight. If you plan on filling your tool box with many different tools, you need to make sure that it can hold and support their weight. If you have a lot of heavy tools, you may want to opt for a tool box that is made from metals rather than toughened plastic. Metals are better at supporting the weight of your tools, which may weigh in excess of a few kilograms.


Sections

Most tool boxes come with different sections, allowing you to keep the heaviest tools in the bottom of the tool box, and the lightest tools in the top. Some tool boxes also come with sections that allow you to store nuts, bolts, and other useful objects with relative ease.

If you have a wide variety of tools, you may want to look for a tool box that has a lot of different sections, allowing you to keep particular tools in one area of the tool box, and other tools in a different part. The different sections allow you to find particular tools when you need them the most, meaning they are always to hand no matter what jobs you’re undertaking.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


Can you put saws in a toolbox?

Yes, you can put saws in a tool box, but you will need to make sure that you always put a guard over the blade so it is protected. Some smaller saws will fit in a tool box with relative ease, but larger ones will not. If you need to put a saw somewhere safe, then either hang it up on a wall, place it in a large tool box, or store it in a specific place in your workshop or garage.

Some tool boxes come with saws as standard, but they’re not usually very big. If you need to use a large saw, you may want to think about buying a big tool box and make sure you put a guard over the blade. If you have purchased a tool box that comes with tools, but you have an extra saw, it should not be stored in the tool box. This is because tool boxes such as these often have specific compartments for specific tools. This means that there will be nowhere for you to put your saw, so you may need to buy a separate tool box instead, and store your saw in there.


How much weight can they carry?

Ultimately this depends on the type of tool box that you buy. If you buy a tool box that comes complete with tools then it will be more than capable of carrying the tools that come with it. If you purchase a tool box that does not come with tools then you will need to take a look at the packaging or product description to see how much weight they can carry.

If you need to purchase a tool box that can store a lot of heavy tools, you may want to opt for the sturdy looking tool boxes that come with a carry handle and/or wheels. Tool boxes such as these are ideal for storing heavy tools in.


How much should I spend?

Ultimately the amount of money that you end up spending will depend on a few factors: Your budget and whether you need a tool box that comes with tools. Let’s take a look at each of these factors individually:

- Your budget

If you would like to spend as little as possible, then you may want to look for a tool box that is relatively low in price. One of the issues with many low price tool boxes is that they aren’t always very sturdy, meaning they may not be ideal for carrying a lot of tools. Cheaper tool boxes may not be very big either, which means you may not get all of your tools in them. If you don’t have a lot of tools to begin with, then this should not be an issue, but if you do have a lot of tools, you may want to think about paying a little more for your new tool box.

The good news is that some middle of the range tool boxes are usually quite strong and sturdy, making them a good buy, so that extra $10-20 may be worth it.

- Whether you need a tool box that comes with tools

If you are looking for a tool box that comes with tools you will need to be prepared to pay a little bit more. The good news is that if you do fork out for a tool box that comes complete with tools, you may find that you have everything you need. Some of the cheaper tool boxes may not have a wide range of tools that come in different sizes, but they should have the basic tools that will make doing a spot of DIY so much easier. However, if you are looking for a tool box that has a lot of different sized tools and is ideal for use in a workshop, you will need to pay a bit more money.


In Conclusion…

If you are on the lookout for a tool box that will help you keep your tools safe, or indeed one that already comes with tools, take a look at the list above. Find your ideal tool box so you can get a wide range of jobs completed, assured that you know where all of your tools are when you need them the most.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Router Table 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

If you need to get a lot of work done, you might need to buy a router table. This type of table may fit different table saws while allowing you to work with relative ease. The issue is that there are so many different router tables out on the market right now that it can be hard to know which is the right one for you. Here is where we can come in and help. Below you will find 5 of the best router tables out there, making it so much easier to find the right router table for you.

Product Reviews

The Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table Extension is capable of fitting every contractor-grade table saw, and other table saws that are right-tilt and cabinet-grade. This means that the Bench Dog gives users a lot more flexibility so that they can get a wide variety of work done.

Sold for approximately $330, this router table extension comes with a router top, mounting hardware, and fence. Measuring 18 x 29 x 4 inches, and weighing 60 pounds, the industrial-grade table router is considered ideal for workshops where there isn’t much space. With a dual fence slot configuration, and a miter slot, and offering users a ¼ inch T-slot, the Bench Dog has a reputation for being well-made, without taking up too much space.

Pros

  • Industrial grade
  • It fits all contractor-grade table saws
Cons

  • Doesn’t always fit very well

The Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table comes with a dust collection port, 6-foot power cord, adjustable featherboards, and a dual outlet switch. Sold for approximately $359. the BOSCH RA1181 also has a 27 x 18-inch work surface and is compatible with many routers. Weighing 33.5 pounds, and measuring 27 x 18 x 14.5 inches, a guard and starter pin are also included in the pack. With a rigid mounting plate and an aluminum fence, users can deal with tall stock without many difficulties. With up to 3 ½ bit capacity, MDF face plates, and a reputation for being a reliable router table, the BOSCH RA1181 may be worth considering.

Pros

  • It fits many routers
  • Has a good reputation
Cons

  • Carriage bolts often strip out

The Kreg PRS1045 Precision Router Table System is a tough-looking product that comes with a high-performance table top and a customizable stand.  Sold for approximately $500, this isn’t the cheapest router table system out there, but it does have a lot to offer. Easy to set up and durable, the Kreg PRS1045 comes with a unique T-square fence and a clean and modern finish.

Weighing 70 pounds, and measuring 40 x 30 x 7 inches this table system is not ideal for small areas, but if you have a lot of work to do, it could be the router table system you need. With a reputation for being outstanding, and with a solid design, if you are willing to pay a little more for your router table system, this could be the model for you.

Pros

  • It has a excellent reputation
  • Has a customizable stand
Cons

  • Very high in price

The SKIL RAS900 Router Table is sold for approximately $278, making it one of the cheapest on the market right now. With containers that allow users to store their accessories and a bit height gauge to help users simplify their set up, the SKIL RAS900 could be worth considering. Weighing 32 pounds, and measuring 27.7 x 17.7 x 9.5 inches, this isn’t the largest router table around, but it still has a lot to offer.

With a miter gauge, featherboard, bit inserts, and a guard, this router table also comes with a quick release router mount, and a starter pin and guard, giving the user additional support when using curved equipment.  The SKIL router table comes with a reputation for being a good router table if you’re only going to be using it now and again.

Pros

  • It is relatively low price
  • Comes with extra storage
Cons

  • Not ideal for everyday use

The Craftsman B00WZPHNIU Router Table is sold for approximately $84 and has a pleasant red/silver finish. Complete with 3 insert rings, a dust extraction port, and height adjustment, the Craftsman could be ideal if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a router table.

Securely holding the router in place, this table ensures users have a very smooth work area, and the outfeed and infeed offer up two inches more than some other models. With a miter gauge that can be adjusted in 2 directions of up to 60 degrees and a reputation for being sturdy, this could be the ideal router table if you don’t intend to use one every day.

Pros

  • It is very low in price
  • Offers a smooth work area
Cons

  • The fences tend to move easily

Buying Guide

Size

The size of the router table that you end up buying could depend on a few factors:

How much room you have to spare?

Some tables are ideal for small locations, the Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Router Table Extension, for example, can be added onto a table in a workshop. This means that if you do not have a lot of room, this extension could come in very handy. However, if you do have a lot of room, you may wish to opt for a larger table that has more space.

How much you wish to pay for your table?

If you would like to pay as little as possible for your router table, again you may want to opt for the Bench Dog extension or the SKIL RAS900 Router Table that comes with additional storage. If on the other hand, you are looking for a large router table, you should be prepared to pay more for it, as it will need to be a sturdy piece of equipment that supports your saw, and other accessories.

Router Mounting Plate

Phenolic or cast-iron router plates are thought to be very durable and safe. When you’re on the look-out for a new router table, you may want to look for tables that have been made from these materials. Not only are these materials strong, but they also help to reduce vibrations which means all of your cuts are more exact.

If you purchase a router table that has a small plate, it will not be as compatible as some of the larger ones. The larger plates fit most router tools, so you may want to opt for a good sized plate so you and other people can use the router table with ease.

If you are determined to buy a router table with a small plate, please find out which routers it is compatible with, as you may be disappointed. If you have already purchased a router, make sure that any table you consider is compatible with your brand to avoid disappointment.

Mobility

Some router tables can easily be moved from place to place, but some are not as portable as you may like. If you are looking for a router table that is portable, you may want to opt for a benchtop table, as they can sit just about anywhere that has a flat surface. Weighing approximately 40 pounds, benchtop tables are not light, but they can often be moved with relative ease.

Some router tables allow you to adjust the table from a benchtop table to a free-standing one. If this is the type of table that you would like, please make sure you look for a brand that offers you this. If you come across a table that can be adjusted in this way, it will have legs that fold, while being light enough for you to move from place to place.

Questions

Why would you use a router table?

Many people like to use a router table because it allows them to create smooth edges while working to a specific size and shape. Router tables also allow users to work with tall or curved stock. Routers can do quite a good job themselves, but if you would like your work to be a lot more accurate, here is where a router table could come in and help. If you’re constructing a new door frame, or you simply want to have a good finish, a router table can help you guide your lengths of wood a lot more easily.

Router tables are also ideal when you are lacking in space, particularly as some can be added as an extension to the table you usually work on. This means you technically have a lot more room, and you can do different types of work without needing to pay for a whole new table, or taking up even more space.

Router tables can also be very quick to use, allowing you to move from one area of the workshop to your router table, where you can cut that piece of wood, giving you a smooth finish, before you move onto the next stage of construction.

Can a router table be used as a jointer?

A router table can be used as a jointer because if you need a narrow jointer for edging, a router table is thought to be ideal. You can use a table mounted router if you wish to straighten some edges that have been narrowed, however, it can take a while to set up the fence with the ideal offset. Once you have the right offset, you’re good to go.

If you need a narrow jointer, simply ensure that your infeed and outfeed guides are tough enough, and long enough too, so that they can cope with the jobs you need doing.

What other things can you use a router table for?

If you wish, you may want to use your new router table as a saw, all you would need to do is set the router to a very deep threshold, preferably one that is a lot deeper than you would ordinarily use. Once you have the threshold set, you’re good to go. You may also want to think about turning the piece of over and routing the underside, as this has been proven to work.

Dovetails can be cut using a router table, in fact using a router table to cut this type of joint is fast and very effective. Clamp the tail board into a template, and then use a straight bit to cut all of the pins. This can be a little tricky to do, but a router table usually makes cutting dovetails so much easier than if you were to cut them by hand. Ideally you should make a few test-cuts just to see how effective your dovetails will be, then you’ll be good to go.

Another use for a router table includes cutting straight bits of wood, whether they are long or short. Giving a smooth finish, perhaps a smoother finish than if you were to cut the wood by hand, if you have a big job to get on with, here is where a router table will come into its own. Just make sure you have enough room on either side of the table so that you can cut large or small pieces of wood, and wood that has a curve to it.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a new router table for your workshop or garage, you should find the perfect table in the list above. Take a look at each of the tables and don’t forget to review their pros and cons so you have a good idea as to how they perform, so you get one step closer to finding the right router table for you.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Best Portable Workbenches 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Are you someone who goes working in different places and needs a good quality work surface? If so then a workbench is a very wise option. Providing stability and a flat secure surface, it is a perfect investment.

Product Reviews

This product is an aluminium stand and wooden worktop workbench, and much more. This workbench has four different positions it can be changed into. One, it can be use a very stable workbench with an additional drill holes tool tray and saw slot giving a place for everything so don’t have to put it on your work surface or on the floor. Two, you have the step that can hold up to 650 Lbs of capacity and has anti-slip step board. Three, if you fold it flat and take out the wheels at the bottom it can be used as a slider for doing maintenance under a car. Four, buy fulling up the handles you can turn the slider into a heavy lifting trolley. It weighs 48.5 pounds and in size is 47.4 x 24.4 x 4.6 inches.

Pros
  • It is a four in one
  • It is made of aluminium so it is solid
Cons
  • It weigh it total 49.5

Our top Workbench pick is the Black & Decker WM425. In addition, it has a four star rating from the customer reviews. The stand is made out of Steal and is coated in a black cover. It can hold up to 550 pounds, which is more than 14 times its own weight. The Work top a varnished wood, which has different markings and measurement to help you out on your task. In addition it has a one handed clamp system that opens up the middle of the wood, you place the object in there, then you close it and it will stay in that fixed position. This work benched can also be manoeuvred into four different positions, allowing full versatility in using this product. It weighs 38 Pounds and its detentions are 31.2 x 28.9 x 30.3 inches.

Pros
  • It can hold up to 14 times its weight
  • It can be maneuvered into four different positions
Cons
  • The working surface is not massively big

The HICO 4-in-1 is the down grade of the 5-in-1, however is not any worse quality. With an aluminium finish and 5 star review it is a great workbench and something to get invested in. it has a saw slot, drill hole and tool stray when using the workbench configuration. The workbench also have marking and measurements to make your job easier. Then it has the anti-slip step board for giving you a hand up. Panultimately it has a creeper carrier that can hold heavy weight to make them easier to manoeuver. Finally, it can be put into a small fully folded form for taking it hassle free from place to place.

Pros
  • It is a multi-functional workbench
  • It is rated 5 stars from customer reviews
Cons
  • It folds flat but still has a big surface area

The Black decked is made out of steel and coted in a black paint, which is water prof, and scratch resistant. It has a woodwork top with a varnish that prevents objects on it from sliding abut. In addition, it has a clamp in the middle, using the winding leavers that move the two parts of wood that put together the work top. The whole structure can hold 350 lbs plenty for doing all the work you need. To carry it about you can just fold it flat making it easy and simple to move from place. In total, it weighs 1.4 pounds, which is incredibly light, theoretically a child could carry it. The detentions are 33.3 x 5 x 5 inches, and if you are still not sure, it comes with 2 a year warranty.

Pros
  • It only weighs 1.4 pounds
  • It comes with a 2-year warranty
Cons
  • It is not very big

The Keter folding workbench provides a strong work area that you can take to any project. You can rely on this table to allow you to do any job from doing the sanding, cutting metal to hammering in nails into wood. The durable legs will not let you down being able to do any task you need. It is also equipped with a set of clamps helping you out even further. They are also one handed so while holding something you can clamp it and it will hold it securely in place. The Keter workbench provides ample space on the work to and can hold up to 1000 pounds. Withstanding its heavy-duty capacity’s it can easily fold up into a flat and compacts size, making it easy to carry and move around. It is a size of 21.7 x 33.5 x 29.7 inches and weighs 26.9 pounds.

Pros
  • It can hold 1000 pounds in capacity
  • It includes a set of clamps
Cons
  • It is made of plastic

Buying Guide

When looking for portable workbenches you need to consider these factors. One, you have to find out the weight of your workbench. There is no point finding a really high tec. one, if you cannot actually manoeuver it. Two, when you are moving it about you are going to find it a pain if you go to take it in the van or care are simply store it somewhere and it is too big. If you have a big, space gobbling workbench you may as well get a rolling workbench or tool chest as they can still move but when stationary are more sturdy and are generally bigger. However, back to workbenches you want something that can fold into as small as possible. Three, the material of your workbench is a big factor that will narrow down your search significantly and will be different for different tasks, therefor it is definitely a factor you should take into consideration. I will explain these factors in more detail in the paragraphs below.

Weight

When deciding a weight you need to think carefully, because you could go for the lightest one and it could be a very cheap plastic that wobbles and breaks and you will end up with a broken work bench and 50 dollars out of pocket. Therefore as a general rule anything in the low 20 pounds either is bad quality or is much smaller than you think. Now on to too heavy. As I said before you can attach a lode of things onto a workbench that look good but will put on the extra pounds on and will be impractical. Choosing one of these big objects will, for starters, be a pain. Then they will get so annoying that it will discourage you from moving it, therefore you will defeat the purposes. So as a rough guide do not go above 60 pounds, and be aware that between 50 and 60 pounds is getting on the heavy side of things. Which only leaves between 30 and 40. This is an ideal weight to choose, not to heavy that you can lift it but not too light which will leave you 50 dollars short.

Size

The biggest problem people have with size is that you see a table on the internet that you think is a bargain until I arrives and you find it only coms up to your knees. You may think that “I would not do that” until is 10 times too small. So for starters, you want your workbench to be around hip height, allowing you to bend over and lean on it but not have to find yourself kneeling or crouching. In addition, if you have a workbench any bigger than that you will find that it will not be easily portable. Which brings me on to my next point. Preferably, you want your workbench when you are moving it or storing it, to have a small surface area. Giving you more places to put it and means, you will not have a problem moving it from place to place.

Material

There are so many different combinations of materials you can choose from when looking at workbenches. The materials you can use are wood metal or plastic. However sometimes you will have a metal stand but wooden worktop, or a metal stand with a plastic top, or a plastic stand with metal on top etc. Therefore, you need to think of what would work best for you. However, there is a difference in quality when you go through the various options. Therefore, plastic is thinner, not as strong, and will scratch easily. Stand wise it is the most unstable, therefor heavy loads will be sensible which is not ideal when you are trying to do cutting or measuring heavy objects. As a work top it would be made of thick plastic however that will not help it from getting groves and carve marks which isn’t a problem for a while until the groves and scrapes make it flimsy or uneven which means some time in the not long future you will have to buy another. Metal is price wise above plastic and around the same mark as wood. It is found in most workbenches in the stand section, as it is strong stable but not as heavy as wood. It also folds quit well. As a worktop, it can be very long lasting and hardwearing. Wood is most commonly found I the worktop of workbenches. It is dense high quality but alto heavier to carry. You also find that the manufactures do not usually put a fold in the middle resulting in that it is, to store and manoeuver, much harder. Are Top Material would be a metal stand with a wooden worktop.

Conclusion

I hope that this article has given you some insight into workbenches and you have a better grasp on what you are looking for. Maybe it have given you the thing you were looking for. If so, that is a bonus!

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page

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Best Tool Chest 2018 Reviews and Comparison

If you are having trouble managing all your tools and are worried their safety then what you need is a tool chest. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes so you will not have trouble finding the one you require. They will increase your security of your tools furthermore; conserve your tools from damage and ware. This article will give you our view on what the best tool chest on the market may be.

Stationary Tool Chest

This is a top of the range, high quality Trinity stationary tool chest as well as a star rating of 4.5 out of 5. With stainless steel cabinets, and thick rubberwood workbench it a perfect perchance to invest in. Also including a built in lock to keep your tools safe and secure. Furthermore, it has additional 5x2 inch (12.7x5.1 Cm) swivel caster, two with brakes, and two without. Acting as a two in one workbench and storage unit. If you want your money’s worth then this is the thing to get. It also has a thrown in 1 year guarantee, giving you all the insurances you need. Weight wise it is 221.1 pounds (100.3 Kg) and has a maximum capacity of 2200 pounds (998 Kg), and in size terms, it is 48x19x37 inches (121.9x48.3x94 centimetres)

Pros
  • It allows plenty of storage
  • It is equipped with built in locking system
Cons
  • It can become very heavy
  • It is not easily maneuvered

Coming in 2nd place is the black Excel Stationary chest, with a bonus of being inexpensive. It is made out of steel coated in a coat of paint making it superior scratch and chemical resistant. For manoeuvring, it has four 3x1 inch (7.6x2.5 Cm) casters; two fixed and two swivel all with brakes. Fitted with eight draws one cupboard and at the top a lift up hatch. The detentions are 22x12x33.7 inches (55.9x30.5x85.6 Cm) and weighs 49 pounds (22 Kg). What puts this product behind the Trinity is that it can not be used as a workbench and does not have the same amount of storage. However, it is more manoeuvrable as it is a lighter weight. In addition it takes up less floor space so would be better suited for smaller spaces.

Pros
  • It has ample storage 
  • It is reasonably inexpensive
Cons 
  • Has a very thin layer of steel 
  • Does not hold that much weight

At rank 3rd is this multi-functional storage chest. It has is manufactured with steel and is coated in a superior scratch and chemical resistant red top paint. It is fitted with 1 top tray 9 small draws, 3 slightly bigger draws, 2 larger set of draws and then a bottom cupboard. This product can be called a portable rolling tool chest, however, still works a stationary tool chest. Furthermore, it can split into two sections. Using the top section, you can use it a hand held tool chest and the bottom section ca be still use as a stationary or portable object. It is 23.5x13x42.5 inches (59.7x33x108 Cm) and has a total weight of 57.5 pounds (26.1 Kg).

Pros 
  • It has three different functions
  • The storage has a verity to fit all the different tools
Cons
  • Has a very thin layer of steel
  • It can get very heavy and hard to wheal

Portable Rolling Tool Chest

​1. Hilka XW36CU

The Hilka XW36CU is a high quality portable tool chest. It has a top box that can also be used as a hand held toll chest complete with four draws and a top hatch. That then is attached to a bottom trolley equipped with two larger draws and a bottom cabinet, following on from that it has an extra side cabinet and screw section. This is all made out of steel and has a red superior scratch and chemical resistant paint giving that extra protection on your product. With dimensions of 53.9x18.2x54 inches (137x46.1x137.2 Cm), and the extra side cabinet of 36x6 inch (91.4x15.2 Cm) will provide plenty of room to store your tools. It all together weighs 207.2 pounds (94 Kg)

Pros
  • It has a superior scratch and chemical resistant red top paint 
  • Comes with an extra side cabinet
Cons
  • When loaded it gets harder to control
  • Takes up more floor space than others

​2. DeWalt Folding Trolley

This is a DeWalt portable toll chest, which consists of smaller tool chests that are mounted onto a steal trolley, makes it easier to move from place to place. The chest trolley has had an impact resistance test that gave the result at 4.9 Km/Hr for 4,800-meter stroke. All three boxes are different sizes in height terms; small, medium, and large, though width and length wise they are all the same. However, to manoeuvre about it has 216mm heavy-duty rubber wheels. Furthermore, it is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and comes at good cost. All in all it has a size of 20x26x43 inches (50.8x66x109.2 Cm) and a weight of 70.5 pounds (32 Kg).

Pros

  • Can be stored in very small spaces
  • Is perfect for building sites

Cons

  • It is heavy without tools on

​3. Sealey AP2513B

Rated 3rd this is a steel portable cabinet coated in a black superior scratch and chemical resistant paint. The rating on this product is 4 out of 5 stars. With two sections, this tool chest has a rolling bottom section that can be disconnected from the top section. The top section is a hand held tool chest that can be connected to the bottom by the bottom. It is equipped with 9 small draws, 2 larger draws and, 1 slightly bigger draw, fallowed by a top hatch. The bottom section has 2 large draws, 2 big draws and finally a cabinet at the bottom. Allowing plenty of room for all your tool. Overall, it weighs 86 pounds (39 Kg) and is 378x255.9x378 (960x650x960 Cm).

Pros
  • It is Multi-functional
  • It has a variety of draws
Cons
  • It can’t hold too many heavy objects
  • Has only got a thin layer of steel

Hand Held Tool Chest

​1. Sealey AP22509BB

This Stealy tool chest is made of steel and coated in a superior scratch and chemical resistant red top paint for extra protection for your tools. This particular product can be attached to other portable chest like the Sealey AP22507BB adding extra uses you may not have already had. It has six small draws, two larger and the largest draw at the bottle furthermore has a hatch at the top. For extra security, this product has a built in look keeping your tools safe. It is 28x21x19.3 inches (71.2x 54.2x49 Cm) in dimensions and 33.1 pounds (15 Kg) in weight. The rating of this product is 4 out of 5 stars, which is pretty good in my books.

Pros
  • Being able to be attached to anther product adding to its usage
  • It has a verity of different compartments 
Cons
  • It hasn’t got the strongest handles

2. Dirty Pro Tools™ Hand Held Tool Chest

With a 4.5 out of 5 star review, this seems a brilliant investment to go for. I comes in four different colours (Black, Blue, Red, and Green) and has a superior scratch and chemical resistant paint covering the steel underneath. This gives extra protection and helps secure your tools. Fitted with six small draws, two larger and the largest draw at the bottle furthermore has a hatch at the top these are US ball bearing draws. Attached is a lock and two keys to make sure you have full control over your tools. The dimensions are 22.6x10.2x15.1 inches (60x26x38.4 Cm) and weighs 33.1 pounds (15 Kg). Furthermore, it comes with and extra 4-part tool divider helping you keep your tool chest more organised.

Pros
  • It is made of steel
  • It has a built in lock
Cons
  • The handles can not hold to much weight
  • The draws have rather sharp edges

​3. US pro Hand Held Tool Chest

This tool chest high quality yet reasonably affordable. It is white with black draws. The material of it is steel with a weight/black coat of paint and was its own internal locking system and key. Fit with 9 US pro draws and hatch; 6 of them are smaller draws, two take up the whole width, 1 slightly larger again and finally the top hatch. It has a total weight of 66 pounds (30 Kg) and the overall dimensions are 23.6x10.2x15 inches (60x26x38.5 Kg) and it also comes with a 12-month warranty. Furthermore, you can get the bottom section, rolling tool chest, that has extra space, and would give you more than one way to use this product as storage.

Pros
  • It comes with 12 month warranty
  • It can be attached to another rolling tool chest
Cons
  • Its white so it will show up dirt
  • It comes with an internal locking system and key

Buying Guide

Advantages Disadvantages Affordability
Stationary Tool Chest • Holds both large and small tools
• Can hold heavier loads
• Provides a tool base
• It is Expensive
• Takes up sufficient space
• It is not portable
$$$$ to $$$$$
Portable Rolling Tool Chest • Can be portable
• Takes a good amount of equipment
• Can be used as a hand carry tool chest
• Can be heavy
• Takes up sufficient space
• Is not easy on a non-flat surface
$$$ to $$$$
Hand Carry Tool Chest • Can be carried
• Does not take up a lot of space
• Can be taken anywhere
• Can only hold as much as you can carry
• Cannot take bigger tools
• Has to be more durable
$$ to $$$

Finding the right tool chest can be very difficult as there are so many materials, shapes, colours, and sizes. This buying guide will help you narrow down your search and hopefully, prevent you from making the wrong decision.

Before looking up anything, you need to decide what this tool chest is going to be used for. Now, you have three options, you can have it as a Stationary Tool Chest, a Portable Rolling Tool Chest, or a Hand Carry Tool Chest.

Then you need think about the material you use, as this will factor into the end cost:

Plastic

Plastic will be the cheapest option but you do get what you pay for as plastic is no especially sturdy and will not be able to withstand the heaver weights.

Metal

Metal is more expensive, however, will make a difference as it can tolerate more heavy-duty work, this makes it a generally better-suited material than plastic. It can be brought to any building site protecting your tools, even in the toughest situations, with hard outer surfaces and high boiling and melting points.

Wood

Wood is perhaps the most expensive option. It is much heavier than metal and plastic resulting in the fact that you will not be able to carry as much. However if you are buying a stationary tool chest that should not be a problem.

Questions

Why buy a tool chest?

A tool chest is a mandatory piece of equipment for anyone working with tools. Whether you are a professional garage, industrial builder or simply a person doing simple DIY a proficient tool chest should be a top priority. It is a very simple but effective way of storing your tools without much hassle.

These storage units provide a convenient location for you tools, where you can easily return to, without having to go looking for every tool you require. Also exponentially improve your efficiency and salvage time in the long run, providing extra time in the task you are doing. In addition preserving and diminishing the prospect of your tools acquiring damage or stolen. Creating another layer of protection that it otherwise would not have.

What are tool chests made of?

A Tool chest can be made up of many different materials. However, the most common are plastic, metal, or wood.

If you what to go for a more affordable version you should be looking and plastic as your material. It however will not withstand heavy weights high temperatures and will be less durable. However, if you are going to put spanners and hammers in a safe environment then plastic is probably you first option.

When the material metal is used, it is most commonly steel or aluminium and sometimes they even use both. The positives of using these materials for your tool chest are that; they hard and malleable son there is no need to be worried that the tools inside will be damaged if the box gets a bit battered. Metal can withstand substantial heat with high melting and boiling points.

Then there is the most expensive option to go for a wooden tool chest. Providing a less conductive and more insulated storage facility. In result of its high density being a very hardwearing material to use nonetheless, it will create another problem that it will be heavier to move and carry around. Withstanding those points, you are paying extra for it and so it is up to you whether it is worth it.

How Secure are Tool Chests?

Just by putting your tools in any sort of unit is lowering the chances of your tools acquiring damage or being stolen. Administering some sort of unit will hide and contain safely your tools from harm’s way. We suggest that getting a proper Tool chest will adequately provide an additional protection that you, without it, wold reduce its safety and higher the likely hood of them acquiring damage. Therefore, this is a solution to give you the utmost security.

These units will also frequently pride padlocks or built in locks so it limits the amount of people able to get in without consent. There is also a factor of the material you use will make a difference as buying a plastic tool chest will not provide that much protection. Whereas in the other hand the metal will significantly affect the protection as it is much harder and will withstand a lot more force.

How to Know What Size to Get?

Evidently, the size depends on how much you are proposing to put in it. However, it is much harder picking one, as there are many different shapes and sizes that these products come in.

First, you need to decide where you are going to store your investment, as you do not what it to continuously finding that is in the way. By considering this factor will substantially narrow your search down making your job a whole lot easier.

Then you have to decide what you want to put in your tool chest. Whether you are planning to put substantially power tools or if you just have reasonable sized tools that can fit in small draws. Which will also give you a better sense of what you are looking for.

Finally, you should have a smaller selection that you can get your head around, you can decide the less major factors for instance colour, brand or what lock you want.

Conclusion

Tool chests are a very straightforward simple way to make your life a whole lot easier. By giving, the top three in the three categories will make your decision that little bit easier

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