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Old November 23rd, 2012, 12:39 PM
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I'd like to treat myself to a decent toolbox. Any comments on brands, ie Craftsman, Kobalt, Husky etc...
My dad has an old Craftsman, very well constructed, the new ones, not so much.
Looking for a roll-a-round

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Craigslist is a great place to find one. There are a lot of options. Matco makes a nice roller with a wood top. Craftsman are nice and pretty reasonable, especially used. I picked up a nice one with a top and bottom boxes, full of tools at a garage sale for $200.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:29 PM
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I'd go with a used Snap On, there are lots of good deals on craigslist. Mac and Matco don't really hold their value like Snap On does.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 04:52 PM
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i agree used snap on, i am actually in the process of buying a used snap-on box from my local snap on guy. its great, because you can pay them off with whatever money you want in a week.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 04:58 PM
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Harbor Freight has some pretty decent ones for a good price, and throw in a 20% off coupon. Save the money you'd spend on an expensive tool box and use it for tools.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:17 PM
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If you can score a nice snapon off Craigslist that is the way to go but unless you have extra cash to spend I would not spring for a new Snapon unless you make your living turning a wrench.

The craftsman with ball bearing slides are nice but most of the other makes will work since it is just going to sit in your garage and hold your tools.

Buy one that will fit you needs (and future needs) and spend the money you save on quality tools
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:41 PM
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I have a craftsman with ball bearings that i'm very happy with. I just wish I bought a bigger one.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:17 PM
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I have several Craftsman...I expected better quality.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:35 PM
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I picked up a giant snap on off Craigslist that looked new for $1500 (it was a 6k box iirc).
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:51 PM
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i never really thought snap on and craftsman boxes had much of a difference between them but the first day i started working at my new job my boss was looking for a seat during lunch so he pulled out a draw on his snap on box and took a seat, there was about 150pounds of tools in it. plus his 200+ pounds on it.... a craftsman box, that would never happen. at least i have yet to see a quality build craftsman box.
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For occasional homeowner usage Craftsman is ok. But for the daily user with tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools Never get a craftsman.
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I actually love my Kobalt tool box (Lowes), though I wanted a Snap On they were 3x the price.
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I've got a Kobalt that has served well for 7 years so far, and recently bought another larger rolling chest from Harbor Freight which I am very pleased with.
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I inherited my dad's Craftsman which he bought in the early 80's. I'd class it as decent. They make some pretty crappy stuff but their high end boxes seem pretty good, though I haven't actually used one in anger. If I were looking for a new one I wouldn't hesitate to look at their high end boxes. Of course, the other options people have mentioned good places to start also.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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I've got the Costco stainless steel model which has been great. The only drawbacks are it's foreign made, and magnets don't stick to it.
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I've heard that bigger HF box is good box for a great price. Better than the current Craftsman offerings.

Thought this was pretty cool
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=126086

-Jeff

I was going to buy the HF one..
But found this - if you're okay with blue this one is $359 http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...0683_200580683 Just bought that and the top box... Merry Christmas to me!
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