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Old 06-05-2015, 10:03 PM
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I need some suggestions on toolboxes. I plan on following my dad's footsteps as a diesel technician and I need a toolbox. I already know snap-on/matco is the best you can buy, but I don't have that kind of money for a few years. I've been looking at a US General toolbox.
But I've also worked at a place where a guy had a waterloo and loved it. What's the best "off-brand" toolbox you guys have found?
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:36 PM
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You can go with any tool box brand you like. But, make sure whatever choice you make. The toolbox has ball bearing sliding drawers and is lockable. Do not skimp on these 2 very simple but important things.

Husky makes a quality toolbox and is cheap. Don't waste your money on snap-on or mat-co tools.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:28 AM
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You can go with any tool box brand you like. But, make sure whatever choice you make. The toolbox has ball bearing sliding drawers and is lockable. Do not skimp on these 2 very simple but important things.

Husky makes a quality toolbox and is cheap. Don't waste your money on snap-on or mat-co tools.
I did end up buying the US General toolbox. Only complaint is that the wheels are a bit uneven. But it holds my tools nicely. I am still arranging them as I go.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:38 AM
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I did end up buying the US General toolbox. Only complaint is that the wheels are a bit uneven. But it holds my tools nicely. I am still arranging them as I go.
Look into shadowing your tools, it's time consuming at first but it is so worth it. You can tell at a glance of you are missing a tool. Great for ATAFs after finishing jobs.

I've seen videos of people fixing that issue on YouTube.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:38 AM
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I need some suggestions on toolboxes. I plan on following my dad's footsteps as a diesel technician and I need a toolbox. I already know snap-on/matco is the best you can buy, but I don't have that kind of money for a few years. I've been looking at a US General toolbox.
But I've also worked at a place where a guy had a waterloo and loved it. What's the best "off-brand" toolbox you guys have found?
We have 3 of these rollaround chests at my workplace (machine shop). Even being loaded down with a drawer full of steel vise Jaws or screws and nuts it opens and closes easily. For a Harbor Freight box I'm impressed. I also have the 11-drawer rollaround box and one of their wooden boxes for my personal tools. I'd rather spend money on the stuff inside the box, like Mitituyo micrometers and such
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:40 PM
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We have 3 of these rollaround chests at my workplace (machine shop). Even being loaded down with a drawer full of steel vise Jaws or screws and nuts it opens and closes easily. For a Harbor Freight box I'm impressed. I also have the 11-drawer rollaround box and one of their wooden boxes for my personal tools. I'd rather spend money on the stuff inside the box, like Mitituyo micrometers and such
I love my box but I need to adjust the wheels it woobles and irritates me. But other than that I love it.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:37 PM
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Check into Cornwell. Just as good of quality as snap on but a LOT cheaper. Both of my boxes are snap on. But I bought them when I was still in school and got a 50% discount on all snap on stuff.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:43 PM
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Check into Cornwell. Just as good of quality as snap on but a LOT cheaper. Both of my boxes are snap on. But I bought them when I was still in school and got a 50% discount on all snap on stuff.
I'm getting a good deal on tools and boxes now but im gonna wait till I can afford to build my own matco box since I love the way a guy at work has his built.
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:54 PM
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I have a double bank snap on box for sale $3000 it's a krl722
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:40 AM
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Or, Shawn, you could literally build your own box out of white oak plywood.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:06 AM
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I have a Mastercraft box (house brand for a big chain store) and I got it sale for $300, base and top. It is not a snap on box but I work with it every day, I am a semi-trailer mechanic, and it's more than fine. I don't see the need for an expensive box, just get one that fits all your stuff. It's more what's in the box and who's using it that matters
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:43 PM
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I've got a U.S. General pro series. Works great. My only complaint is the liner likes to soak up any bit of oil so if you get it make sure you wipe your tools off good or get a different liner. I paid 350 on sale at HF
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:12 PM
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:18 PM
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I did end up going with a harbor freight toolbox for now until I get ready to leave here then in gonna buy a toolbox here at discounted prices. I can get a triple bank KRA for $1,500 or $2,000. Then I plan on getting a hut for it.
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Old 06-04-2017, 10:05 PM
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Picked up my new Snap-On box in March from school discount at $1,000. Really easy to negotiate the price down that low when he yells your SSN in a crowded room.
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