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PStechPaul
02-28-2016, 01:49 AM
For quite some time now I've been looking for a good deal on a rolling tool cabinet with lots of drawers to organize my tools. Harbor Freight has a 27" 11 drawer black cabinet sometimes for about $150:
http://www.harborfreight.com/11-drawer-roller-cabinet-67421.html

Ace Hardware sometimes has a Craftsman cabinet on sale for $100, but I missed the last two sales, and it is rather flimsy:
http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=35692506

Home Depot has a couple units for under $150 or so, but they are not at the local store:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-24-in-W-8-Drawer-Tool-Chest-and-Cabinet-Combo-Dark-Gray-C-208BS/205821769
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-24-in-10-Drawer-Tool-Chest-and-Rolling-Tool-Cabinet-Set-Grey-C-210B/204188454

I found an old and somewhat rough unit on CL for $75 and I bought it. Looks like it will need some work but it will be a good start to getting organized:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_1_600x450.jpg

There is also a side shelf of some sort shown on top, and some of the drawers have some tools included (mostly drills and sockets). I'll probably unload it from my truck in the next couple of days, and it might even be warm enough to clean it up and do a quick paint job. I also bought a smaller Husky tool box with three drawers for $30, in new condition, but I only saved $10 from new price at Home Depot:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Toolbox_600x450.jpg

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Toolbox_Open_600x450.jpg

Paul Alciatore
02-28-2016, 03:05 AM
A few years ago I purchased a Husky brand, roll around from Home Depot and I am very happy with it. As far as I can tell, it is every bit as good as the Craftsman units at the local Sears which cost about four times more. I looked at what the local HF had at that time and was totally not impressed. I had trouble opening and closing the drawers even with nothing in them.

I bought it at Christmas time and got a good(?) deal. It is all drawers, which I prefer to the open bin at the bottom, and cost around $125 or so IIRC. It's solid and I haven't had a bit of trouble with it. I did have to make my own draw liners and that cost about $15 more.

metalmagpie
02-28-2016, 09:38 AM
I took longer looking and bought all Kennedy. They are great but can't take the weight a Lista can nor do they have ball bearing slides. If I had to start over, I'd look for all mechanics boxes, the kind with the wide aluminum handles.

metalmagpie

sarge41
02-28-2016, 12:52 PM
I would have looked a little longer, for a roller drawer cabinet. They have been out a few years now and are getting reasonably priced. I am slowly phasing out the slide/drawer cabinets in favor of roller drawers. If you spend a lot of time and effort in restoring this cabinet, you still got a $75.00 cabinet. Just one mans opinion.

Sarge

daveo
02-28-2016, 01:03 PM
Painting the inside of a tool box drawers sucks! It all blows right back at you...

Paul Alciatore
02-28-2016, 01:32 PM
By "roller drawer" do you mean ball bearing slides? Almost all the current boxes have ball bearing slides. But there can be a vast difference in them. The HF units I looked at had ball bearing slides, but were of poor quality. They need to be well made or they are worse than simple, friction slides. I have seen ball bearing slides just fall apart - little balls everywhere.

For comparison, I have an older Sears workbench with simple slides for the drawers. They work perfectly after 40+ years of use. It is a good idea to use a bit of lube now and then.

Ball bearing does not automatically mean quality. Only quality means quality.




I would have looked a little longer, for a roller drawer cabinet. They have been out a few years now and are getting reasonably priced. I am slowly phasing out the slide/drawer cabinets in favor of roller drawers. If you spend a lot of time and effort in restoring this cabinet, you still got a $75.00 cabinet. Just one mans opinion.

Sarge

H380
02-28-2016, 03:11 PM
If you have the space and $ look at the larger HF stuff. They are 98% of the MAC and Snap On stuff and 1/5 the price. Look close at one.

http://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/tool-chests-roller-cabinets/44-in-13-drawer-glossy-red-industrial-roller-cabinet-68784.html

1-800miner
02-28-2016, 03:16 PM
I have a Craftsman and an equivalent Husky that sit side by side. The husky is the better of the two.
Smoother drawer pulls and heavier metal.
Then again, next to them is a big Mac that my son gave me. That thing is a beast!
Probably 1500 lbs. of stuff in it and it smiles about it.

Guido
02-28-2016, 04:09 PM
Mac Allied Tools, Sabina, OH--------tough stuff

J Tiers
02-28-2016, 06:12 PM
Yes, the bin is pretty much wasted space. You forget what's in the back of it, and you have to get pretty palsy-walsy with the floor to see.

I have a craftsman top box, ball bearing, and a "friction slid" base. I sorta like the ball bearing, but..... they roll out too easily. I once had to catch a ball slide box as it was just falling over on our technician. Not a tall one either. It slightly tipped, and then the whole lot of drawers opened up and pulled it over on him. I caught it before it went all the way. He being a short guy, he was under it trying to hold it up, but it was winning. He still got a "tool shower".

"Only quality means quality".

That is SO RIGHT! The name on the front means nothing. The quality guarantees the name, not the reverse.

jdunmyer
02-28-2016, 07:09 PM
I have 2 of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/tool-chests-roller-cabinets/26-in-16-drawer-glossy-red-roller-cabinet-combo-61609.html and am going to buy another this week. Have compared it to a Craftsman and something from H.D. and neither stand up to it.

Harbor Freight has 2 'brands' of tool chests, the red ones are great! Not to mention a steal at $319.99.

PStechPaul
02-28-2016, 08:02 PM
I seem to be attracted to low-ball bargains that may turn into major projects, but I think this will be adequate for my needs and may not require too much TLC to get it in satisfactory shape. Plus I got some tools and things with it that add a few dollars worth of value to the mix. Here is what I found:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Chest_1.jpg

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Chest_2.jpg

Tomorrow should be another nice warm day and I'll see how much I can do to clean this up and maybe straighten some of the sheet metal and maybe some paint as needed. But I'm aiming for reasonably good function and appearance, not a true restoration. The top chest is a Mac, and fairly well made and heavy. The bottom "Husky" maybe not so much, yet still heavier than the Craftsman homeowner grade or equivalent Stanley and HD. The bottom cabinet is 26" x 18" x 36" tall (16,800 cubic inch), and the top is about 25" x 16" x 20" tall (8000 cubic inch).

J Tiers
02-28-2016, 08:42 PM
Remember.... it's a TOOLBOX....

It needs to effectively store your tools, and not get them dirtier than you already did. If it does that, and you do not find it visually offensive, you are probably done cleaning it.

For me, that one greasy drawer would have to be cleaned....... Dunno if it would have to have paint, can't see enough of it. The front.... depends if it is dirt or rust.

polaraligned
02-28-2016, 08:55 PM
I have a large 9 year old HF box, and it is very difficult to open and close the drawers. The newer ones that I see in the store are a million times better.

Tundra Twin Track
02-28-2016, 10:11 PM
I took longer looking and bought all Kennedy. They are great but can't take the weight a Lista can nor do they have ball bearing slides. If I had to start over, I'd look for all mechanics boxes, the kind with the wide aluminum handles.

metalmagpie
X2 on what metalmagpie said Lista or Rosseau style are great ,I bought a Kennedy at auction the guy beside me was drooling over it,so I took the contents out of it and gave him the box.

PStechPaul
03-09-2016, 08:09 PM
I spent a couple hours today cleaning up and painting the top cabinet. Here it is with the drawers removed:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2782.jpg

The top section after cleaning with wire brush and degreaser:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2783.jpg

Looks pretty in pink! It's really a darker shade of red, but the ambient light played tricks:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2784.jpg

The bottom was bowed in so I drilled holes in it and screwed it to a piece of plywood:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2787.jpg

It's probably not going to be a great bargain if I factor in the time I spend on it, but I get some satisfaction from restoring stuff, and I'll probably take better care of my tools and do better work if this looks good. I cleaned out all the drawers, removed the handles, and painted the fronts. And I also cleaned and painted my old Husky 3/8" socket set box, that was pretty rough looking. It was one of my first tool purchases, probably 1972 or 1973.

PStechPaul
03-09-2016, 10:40 PM
The small drawers before painting:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2785.jpg

Large drawers and the side shelf:
http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2786.jpg

The socket wrench box hiding in the top of the cabinet. Hot pink!
http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2788.jpg

More hot pink!
http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Tool_Cabinet_2789.jpg