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05-16-2004, 07:11 PM
I am looking to buy a new roll around tools chest. When I look at the weight of my vises, rotary table and other things, I realize that the tool chest will have to be really strong to hold them.

Anyone have an advise or ideas of which one I should buy?



Spin Doctor
05-16-2004, 07:17 PM
As beautiful as the Grestners are I personally would dread having one at work. I just knew that somewhere along the line some bozo on a fork truck would consider it a badge of honor if he dinged it. The Kenedy's are tough and servicable. But then they've got those crappy felt liners. The best solution might be a used Sanley Vidmar. There are usually some on ebay. These are units built for industrial use and would have no trouble with the weight.

Something like this


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05-17-2004, 08:34 AM
I am looking for practical, I would love to have a handcrafted mahogany machinist tool box, expect that I would never use it, always afraid that I would damage it.

The Stanley Vidmar looks interesting, I must check with my local mom and pops hardware to see if they can get anything from the Vidmar division of Stanley.

Thanks for the direction to look in.


Alistair Hosie
05-17-2004, 10:11 AM
Get yourself The ToolBox Book by Jim Tolpin wonderful and full of good ideas,make your own in my opinion this is a great book. Alistair


05-17-2004, 10:45 AM
jf.I have a 4 drawer rolling cabinet that I got at auction that was originally sold by w.w.grainger. It is all steel and has a square top. The best thingabout it is that it is waist high and makes it easy to lift the vise or rotary table. Tooling goes in the drawers.Check out grainger.

Paul Gauthier
05-17-2004, 12:18 PM
The Stanley Vidmars are the way to to. We have them at work. Just love em.
But they are pricey.
Paul G.

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Mike W
05-17-2004, 01:48 PM
For hand tools and smaller stuff, go to a used office furniture store and look for letter files and 3x5 card files. The have multiple sliding drawers and are built better then a Craftman rolling toolbox. Plus you can buy them for $100 or less.

John Garner
05-17-2004, 09:22 PM
Jerry --

If you're looking at new, Waterloo makes some high-end toolboxes that compare to the tool-truck brands but sell for a lot less. Any Waterloo dealer should be able to fix you up with a catalog and pricing.

There are also some alternatives to Vidmar: Lista and Bott. The last I heard, Kennedy was distributing Bott cabinets in the US.


05-17-2004, 09:58 PM
I am looking for tool boxs that work. I have thought about used 3 x 5 card files and old IBM card files. They do go for under $100, in my area, more like $25.

Speaking of area, I can travel across the border to my home in Canada and get stuff there. Which will be some time in June.


05-17-2004, 10:36 PM
Candian Tire now has a double wide with roller bearing slides on all drawers and the drawers have a latch system. Quite a nice box. It is normally $899.00 but always goes on sale for $699.00. Part number is 58-1070-0.



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05-17-2004, 11:05 PM
The costco in my area has a nice stainless steel toolbox with good ball bearing slides and lots of room. I bought the small box, but they also have a large one for about $900 Canadian. It's a real good deal compared to most other tool boxes, and it looks cool too.

05-27-2004, 10:17 PM
I bought a mid-grade roller cabinet from Sears on sale for around $300, loaded it up with v-blocks, angle plates, tooling, etc., put my 8" rotary table and milling vice on top, and it works fine!

05-30-2004, 12:50 PM

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05-30-2004, 07:02 PM
We are going down to Gerstners in the next few weeks to visit their shop and see what they have and if they can modify one model for me.